For Such a Time as This! Worship meets justice and the arts in turbulent times

ICS' Centre for Philosophy Religion and Social Ethics is sponsoring this one-day workshop on October 21, 2017 at First Christian Reformed Church in Toronto. The workshop will explore creative ways in which the arts can be integrated into worship settings so that Christians can be inspired by the Gospel's call to pursue justice. The day will include a live performance of the play Just Faith? by students from Toronto District Christian High School!

Opening Frames: Cinema and Transcendence

A Two-Day Conference on Film and Spirituality

April 3–4, 2017

TIFF Bell Lightbox, Green Room
350 King Street West, Toronto · map

Featuring cinematic legend Paul Schrader (Taxi Driver, Raging Bull, Affliction), speaking on the "Transcendental Style" in film

Other speakers include:


Monday, 1:00pm–4:00pm
Registration (1:00) and Panel Discussion (2:00–4:00) with David Peck (moderator), Hugh Gibson, Sherien Barsoum, Paul Johansen, and Mark Kingwell

Keynote Speaker 7:00pm
Paul Schrader (with Joe Kickasola)

Tuesday, 10:00am–4:00pm
Workshop 1: Catherine Wheatley (10:30–12:00)
Workshop 2: Mark Cauchi, John Caruana (1:00–2:25)
Workshop 3: Joe Kickasola (2:35–4:00)

Register Now ($65 for both days)
Registration for Paul Schrader's lecture only can be done at the TIFF page for the lecture. (Note that on the linked page you must float your cursor over the event date and click on that in order to be taken to TIFF's Ticketmaster page, where you can then purchase tickets for the Schrader lecture.)

Presented through a partnership between TIFF, The Institute for Christian Studies' Centre for Philosophy, Religion, and Social Ethics, Ryerson University, and Imago.

Mystical Landscapes: From Vincent van Gogh to Emily Carr

"'The Second Book of God': Protestant Mysticism." Rebekah Smick. In Mystical Landscapes: From Vincent Van Gogh to Emily Carr Ed. Katharine Lochnan. Art Gallery of Ontario & Musée d'Orsay. DelMonico Books - Prestel. November 2016.

Find it at: Random House

Publisher's Overview:

This richly illustrated volume explores mystical themes in European, Scandinavian, and North American landscape paintings from the late 1800s to the early 1900s. Beautifully illustrated with works by Emily Carr, Marc Chagall, Arthur Dove, Paul Gauguin, Lawren Harris, Gustav Klimt, Piet Mondrian, Claude Monet, Edvard Munch, Georgia O’Keeffe, Vincent van Gogh and James McNeill Whistler, among others.

Common to their work is the expression of the spiritual crisis that arose in society and the arts in reaction to the disillusionments of the modern age, and against the malaise that resulted in the Great War. Many artists turned their backs on institutional religion, searching for truth in universal spiritual philosophies. This book includes essays investigating mystical landscape genres and their migration from Scandinavia to North America, with a focus upon the Group of Seven and their Canadian and American counterparts.

Accompanying an exhibition at the Art Gallery of Ontario and the Musée d’Orsay, this book offers a penetrating look at the Symbolist influence on the landscape genre.

Tracing the Lines: Spiritual Exercise and the Gesture of Christian Scholarship

ICS is pleased to announce the publication of Tracing the Lines: Spiritual Exercise and the Gesture of Christian Scholarship by Robert Sweetman, ICS' H. Evan Runner Chair in the History of Philosophy. This book is the first in a new series incubated at ICS' Centre for Philosophy, Religion, and Social Ethics, entitled Currents in Reformational Thought. Tracing the Lines explores what Christian scholarship is and should be, with an eye to locating historical resonances with the rich varied tradition of two thousand years of Christian scholarship. Locating his own thought within the reformational intellectual tradition, Sweetman shows how a variety of historical streams of Christian thought have all contributed to informing a contemporary understanding of Christian scholarship. In the end, Sweetman offers an understanding of Christian scholarship as scholarship attuned to the shape of our Christian hearts.

Find it on: Wipf and Stock