University of Toronto. Multi-Faith Centre

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University of Toronto. Multi-Faith Centre

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  • Multi-faith Centre for Spiritual Study and Practice

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2007 - current

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In 1999-2000, the University recognized some 75 different religious and spiritual groups on campus. The Campus Chaplains’ Association has grown to include spiritual leaders of more than 20 denominations, including all of the world’s major religions, making it one of the most diverse organizations of its kind.

Given the historical relationships between the U of T’s federated colleges and Christian churches, there has emerged, quite naturally, some concern for equity among non-Christian groups. This has taken the form, primarily, of the demand for prayer and worship space on campus.

Throughout the 1990s, the University of Toronto has taken a number of steps to accommodate the spiritual needs of the community:

Hart House, the University’s central cultural facility, has made changes to its chapel to open it up for a variety of uses.
More than 400 Muslims gather in the Hart House debates room every Friday afternoon for Jumu'ah prayers.
At the International Student Centre, students use quiet rooms to meditate and pray.

On March 25, 2007, the Multi-faith Centre for Spiritual Study and Practice in the Koffler Institute (formerly the Koffler Institute of Pharmacy Management) at 569 Spadina Avenue officially opened its doors to the University community. The project was designed by Moriyama & Teshima Architects . As noted by the Globe and Mail, the main activity hall is a room for all faiths and a site to marvel. - from http://www.studentlife.utoronto.ca/mf/about-us

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