Putting the Pieces Together
… with a cup of Spirituali-tea and baking for good measure!

Class, eat, study, and if you’re lucky, sleep. Repeat. Ever feel like you’re coasting through university life and every day is just a repeat of yesterday?

Putting the Pieces Together, a service offered by Spiritual Care, provides you with the space and time to consider your priorities and hopes, integrating them into your student life. It can help you make sense of the somewhat arbitrary pace and feeling of academic life, with the support of other students.

Come and find community, share a meal, ask the big questions, and define your direction in life.

Three-part series:

5:30 - 7:30 pm, 111 St. John’s College, the Quiet Room

RSVP: Free to attend and meal included, but space is limited. Please email edgar.french@umanitoba.ca to register for the series.


To help students intentionally integrate their spirituality into their academic experience, encouraging education to be regarded as not simply the acquisition of knowledge and skills but also the process of transforming that information, enabling students to engage the world in a heartfelt way. In the words of Sharon Daloz Parks, “[Education] is the task of initiating young lives into a responsible apprehension first of the realities and questions of a vast and mysterious universe and second of our participation within it.” After students become proficient at deconstructing the world in the classroom, how can we help them put the pieces back together and find where they fit when they step out into the world? How can students also approach what can also be a daunting task, with the support of a community and not in isolation?


Through group activities, times of discussion and sharing, Putting the Pieces Together aims to help students address and explore answers to questions around purpose and meaning in community. It is through communal reflection, sharing and listening, that personal meaning is discovered or perhaps even re-discovered. Together is the way we arrange the disparate pieces of our lives into some coherent manner.

Circles of Trust

October 10, 2018 - 5:30 - 7:30pm
St. John’s College, room 111, designated as the Quiet Room

Circles of Trust gatherings aim to help students make sense of their lives in what can sometimes become an experience in chaotic activity and fragmented lives. These gatherings operate from the viewpoint that nestled in each individual is the potential and wisdom to know the best way forward - through challenges, adversities, and set-backs of all kinds.

Harnessing this potential requires creating a safe environment with clear guidelines, expectations and goals. Student Circles of Trust would follow the stipulations listed in Parker Palmer’s, A Hidden Wholeness: The Journey Toward an Undivided Life, Welcoming the Soul and Weaving Community in a Wounded World. Circles of Trust gatherings would apply these principles with an eye to young-adult university life experiences.

Spirituality on Film

November 21, 2018 - 5:30 - 7:30pm
St. John’s College, room 111, designated as the Quiet Room

Alternate gatherings could include watching a film that is conducive to self-awareness and discussion around matters of purpose and meaning. Popcorn included, of course! Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat describe the potential of film for helping one engage in matters of spirituality:

“Buddha says everything comes down to one thing — staying awake. The film experience — a darkened room, eyes focused on a screen, few distractions — supports the practice of attention, but it still doesn't come naturally. You have to consciously notice what is happening on the screen so that in the rush of images you don't miss a clue or an epiphany. Many movies will be big events with spectacular special effects and soaring soundtracks where the signs are obvious. Others will be little slice-of-life pictures where [god] is in the details. Some will feature characters that have a gift for attention revealed in the way they observe the world around them. Attention is a spiritual quality you bring to the film as well as one you may find demonstrated in the story.” - spiritualityandpractice.com/films/features/view/10933

A facilitated discussion would follow including, but not limited to…

  • How does the film speak to or touch our lives?
  • What new perspective does it bring to our understanding of the world around us?
  • How might the film encourage us to live differently?

Stories On The Beaten Path

December 5, 2018 - 5:30 - 7:30pm
St. John’s College, room 111, designated as the Quiet Room

One of the greatest challenges we all face is feeling as though no one else faces the kinds of problems we do in life. There is nothing that instills greater hope and courage than the discovery of finding out we are not alone in our trials and hardships. While others may not walk in our shoes, we discover others have walked similar paths and are still standing.

Stories On The Beaten Path invites students to reflect on their particular journeys of meaning and spirituality as they listen to others who have walked this path before them. Every gathering will involve a member from the University community (chaplain, elder, student, staff or faculty member), to share their life’s learnings – particularly with an eye to how their spirituality has impacted their lives for the better. Tea and refreshments will definitely be part of the sharing experience!