The building that houses the Toronto School of Theology (TST) administrative offices, 47 Queen’s Park Crescent East, is also home to a variety of organizations, many of which are faith-based, ecumenical organizations. These organizations, along with TST, intentionally decided to share a building in order to foster formal and informal connections between faith-based organizations in Toronto. Currently, the organizations that call 47 Queen’s Park Crescent East home are:
Canadian Catholic Campus Ministry (CCCM) a national network of professional Catholic Campus Ministers, grounded in the tradition of the Roman Catholic Church, inspired by the vision of Vatican II. CCCM exists to bring the Gospel of Christ to the academic world, through a national network; the ministry of the National Coordinator and the Board; publications, programs and other means of sharing resources; national and regional Campus Minister and Student conferences. CCCM has its roots in the early Catholic Colleges in Canada, dating back over 200 years. The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) named the first National Chaplain in 1948.
Canadian Catholic Students Association (CCSA) is a national association representing all Catholic students on campuses across Canada.
Contact: National Coordinator of CCCM & CCSA
The Canadian Centre for Brief Coaching (CCBC) promotes positive change and growth in organizations, groups and individuals through Solution-Focused Brief Coaching, a strength-based approach to coaching. Recognizing clients’ internal resources and an orientation to the future as the key elements for sustainable change, the solution-focused approach co-constructs client’s desired outcome through intentional inquiry on client strengths and positive past experiences.
The CCBC’s activities focus on the following: the Clinic, which offers coaching services specialized in the solution-focused method; the Institutes, which deliver education and training in solution-focused coaching as well as leadership and organizational development; and the Community, which functions as a hub for solution-focused practitioners and organizations, providing essential support and resources for lasting results.
Contacts: HaeSun Moon, Program Director & Lead Faculty, Faculty of Social Work, University of Toronto
Bo-Yon Koh, Associate Director
The Canadian Churches’ Forum for Global Ministries is an ecumenical agency that works in partnership with others to foster intercultural leadership, learning and ministry. Formerly The Ecumenical Forum of Canada, it is one of the oldest ecumenical organizations in Canada, having emerged from the Canadian School of Missions founded in 1921 by several churches and theological colleges. For almost 100 years the Forum has played a unique role in preparing people for cross-cultural mission and ministry.
As it has since its inception, the Forum continues to foster a deep spirit of community and solidarity among groups and individuals of distinct traditions and beliefs involved in intercultural ministry in Canada and globally. It is a "table" around which Canadian Churches gather to learn from each other and work together. Through its programs the Forum provides skills and understanding for intercultural ministry rooted in racial justice, theology and context.
Contact: Jonathan Schmidt, Director
The Canadian Council of Churches (CCC) is the most inclusive ecumenical body in Canada and one of the broadest ecumenical councils in the world. Its membership currently consists of 22 denominations of the Anglican, Roman Catholic, Protestant, Evangelical and Eastern and Oriental Orthodox traditions. The officers and staff of the Council are drawn from the diversity of traditions represented by the member denominations.
The CCC was founded in 1944 to bring churches into encounter with one another, and as such, the CCC is a place where all voices hold equal weight. The members act together in areas of Faith and Witness, Justice and Peace, and Biotechnology, according to their particular theologies and polities, and centered in their common Trinitarian witness.
An example of recent work is the leadership of the CCC in a Religious Leaders’ Summit held in parallel with the G8 meeting to comment on and challenge the G8 for the sake of God’s people.
Contact: Sheila Dyck, Administrative Assistant
Christian Volunteer Movement (CVM) is an ecumenical, Christian, international development and mission organization. Currently CVM is active in Africa with numerous projects in The Gambia, West Africa. CVM's mission is to link volunteer expertise in Canada with service opportunities overseas, both responsibly and sustainably. Among CVM's programs are a major health partnership with the Ministry of Health in the Gambia, the development of an ecumenical seminary with the Gambian Christian Council, and building inter-religious dialogue (Muslim-Christian) through music. CVM uses a combination of short-term and long-term personnel to meet both the physical and spiritual needs of people.
Contact: Steve Hewko, Administrator
Federation of Sisters of St. Joseph of Canada represents the three Canadian congregations of Sisters of St. Joseph: Sisters of St. Joseph of Toronto; Sisters of St. Joseph of Sault Ste Marie; Sisters of St. Joseph in Canada (with sites in Hamilton, London, Peterborough, Pembroke). The common purpose of the Federation is to focus and empower its members in the passionate living of their mission of active and inclusive love. As a Federation, the three Congregations are able to deepen the awareness of a shared identity and mission, offer mutual support to each other, work together on common ministries and areas of concern, and through its Office for Systemic Justice, integrate contemplation and justice by focusing on the connections between the change that is needed in the world and the change that is needed in ourselves.
Contact: Margaret Magee, Administrative Coordinator
NLP Canada Training is an organization that creates workshops, courses and experiences for people who want to do more by thinking more effectively. Integrated thinking allows people to focus attention on the way different parts of themselves come together in achievement. It also allows them to pay attention to how they can maintain integrity as they are integrated into other systems in their lives. NLP helps people get the results they want and like the results they get.
Contact: Linda Ferguson, Senior Partner
Toronto Mennonite Theological Centre is a graduate teaching and research affiliate of the Toronto School of Theology (TST). The Mennonite Centre offers graduate level theological courses from an Anabaptist perspective as part of TST’s curriculum. It offers students a Mennonite-related point of reference, belonging within an ecumenical community. Students regularly share current research with peers in the Scholars’ Forum. Each term the Mennonite Centre offers public lectures and personal opportunities for theological reflection. A prayer service precedes such events. Fellows engaged in post-doctoral or other research enrich the community. The Centre does not register students and relies on other member colleges for that role. Toronto Mennonite Theological Centre is presently administered by Conrad Grebel University College on behalf of Mennonite colleges and seminaries in Canada and the United States.
Contact: John Rempel, Coordinator
Women’s Inter-Church Council of Canada (WICC) is the only national women’s ecumenical organization in Canada. A vibrant and diverse Christian women’s council consisting of representatives from ten church partners. WICC coordinates programs and develops resources that foster ecumenism, support faith and spirituality, and encourage action for justice. As well as coordinating the annual World Day of Prayer and the Fellowship of the Least Coin in Canada, WICC works in coalition with other organizations on issues including racism and violence against women. Through Women Doing Theology gatherings, an annual liturgy for December 6, and resources such as Healing Waters and Making Waves, WICC helps to connect people of faith who are working for justice in church and society.
Contact: Patricia Burton-Williams, Executive Director