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CENTRE PLACE

320 Richmond Street East #101
Toronto, ON M5A 1P9
260 Adelaide Street East #134
Toronto, ON M5A 1N1
647-348-7755

info@centreplace.ca

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Toronto Centre Place is a welcoming, inclusive community that has been meeting in Downtown Toronto since 1891. Our mission is to invite everyone into community, to continually learn & grow, to abolish poverty & end needless suffering, to pursue peace everywhere, and to live life meaningfully together. Centre Place is the home of Community of Christ Toronto Congregation.

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MINDFULNESS MEDITATION

PHILOSOPHY, THEOLOGY, HISTORY LECTURES AND DISCUSSION

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MEANINGFULLY

together

living life

News and Updates

 

Lectures

How do you live a meaningful life? What is the self? Do you have free will or is everything determined? What will make you happy? What is happiness? Why is there so much suffering in the world? Does anything have any meaning? If not, why do you value some things more than others? We explore these and similar questions with lectures and discussion on history, theology, philosophy, religious studies, comparative religion, neuroscience, and more.

Participants include regulars and first-timers of different backgrounds who share a commitment to life-long learning and a passion for exploring the ideas that philosophers and theologians have wrestled with since ancient times.

UPCOMING LECTURES

Check our calendar of upcoming lectures and discussion meetups.

BROWSE LECTURES

Watch a previous lecture presented at Centre Place.

YOUTUBE CHANNEL

Watch featured lectures on our YouTube channel.

Meditation

Breathing, relaxation, and guided exercises. Experience deep relaxation. Learn to manage stress and anxiety. Deepen your spiritual practice. Our approach to mindfulness draws together Zen meditation and other techniques from the mystical traditions of East and West. We also incorporate the modern perspectives of neuroscience, evolutionary psychology, and philosophy of mind. All levels, spiritual types, religious backgrounds, and gender identities and expressions are welcome.

We start with guided exercises to help us find the right posture and breathing rhythm. Then, we focus the mind and explore consciousness envisioning images and considering ideas that draw together ancient wisdom and mythology from the Eastern and Western traditions with up-to-date theories in the fields of neuroscience, evolutionary psychology, and philosophy of mind. We follow with a few minutes of gentle yoga to relax the core muscles in preparation for 10 minutes of silent unguided meditation.  

All levels are welcome. This is a judgement-free, non-competitive environment. You can either sit on a chair or on a meditation cushion. You can bring a change of clothes to make your practice more comfortable.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Check our calendar of upcoming meditation classes and free sessions.

WATCH A MEDITATION

Watch a featured meditation session presented at Centre Place.

BROWSE MEDITATIONS

Browse the video catalog of Centre Place mindfulness meditation sessions and classes.

 

Sundays

Our Sunday activities are grounded in a tradition of progressive Christianity that is free from dogma and judgement. All are welcome regardless of background and beliefs. We are an inclusive, LGBTQ+ affirming community. We nurture the mind, body, and spirit with lectures, meditation, discussion groups, authentic conversation, and other meaningful activities, while building an inclusive community together. In every 11:00 am service we share lessons, mission updates, meditation, hymns, and prayer. We celebrate open communion on the first Sunday of each month.

 

Join us for any or all of our Sunday programming:

  • 10:00 am Scripture Discussion Group

  • 11:00 am Inclusive Church Service

  • 12:00 noon Snacks and Sharing Time

  • 1:00 pm Illumination Class (Scripture, Theology)

  • 2:00 pm Logos Meditation (Lectio Divina, Mindfulness, Centering Prayer)

sunday calendar

Check our upcoming Sunday events: Inclusive Church, Illumination Class, Logos Meditation.

 
 

watch illumination

The Bible in context: authors, audiences, purposes, and goals. Find new insights and value for your spiritual practice.

Join us for a moment of relaxation as we open mind, body, and soul to the word and let the spirit transform our lives one breath at a time.

watch LOGOS

watch SERVICE

A non-dogmatic and non-judgemental church service open to interfaith and skeptical perspectives. We reject literal interpretations of scripture and approach the Bible in context.

Retreats

Give yourself a break from the stressful distractions of daily life and be part of a weekend of mind-body practices, lectures, and meaningful conversation at a peaceful, scenic woodland campground. Connect with yourself by experiencing meaningful connection with others. The weekend program is divided into three general categories:​​
 

  • mind/body practices

  • conversation and connection activities

  • lectures and workshops


Events are arranged to allow participants to focus on the category in which they are most interested. Individuals may also feel inspired to be adventurous and sample something new. There are also plenty of opportunities for all participants to gather together and share what they have learned. Individuals are also free to opt out of any activities and make use of the beautiful surrounding environment for their own personal rest, meditation and reflection.

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Centre Place is a charitable organization that relies on your support. Your generous contributions make our mission possible. If you wish to give to Centre Place today please click on one of the buttons below. All donations are tax deductible for residents of the US and Canada.

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Stay in Touch

 PHYSICAL ADDRESS
320 Richmond Street East #101
Toronto, ON M5A 1P9

MAILING ADDRESS
260 Adelaide Street East #134
Toronto, ON M5A 1N1

John Hamer
Historian, Theologian, Lecturer, Pastor
pastor@toronto.communityofchrist.ca
647-348-7755

JOHNJOHN HAMER

Historian, Theologian, Lecturer, Pastor
pastor@toronto.communityofchrist.ca

LEANDRO PALACIOS

Meditation, Spiritual Formation, Financial Officer

leandro@centreplace.ca

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Directions

Centre Place is on the ground floor of the Modern, a new mixed-use tower at the north-east corner of Richmond and Sherbourne (320 Richmond Street E. #101). We're located in the "Old Town" neighbourhood in the heart of downtown Toronto.

If you are coming by transit, the nearest Subway Station is King. Take the street car east about six blocks to Sherbourne.

For drivers coming in from the north and east, take the Don Valley Parkway to the Richmond exit heading west, the church will be on the right. Coming from the west, take the Gardiner Expressway to the Jarvis exit, taking Jarvis north to Adelaide, and then east to Sherbourne. On Sunday mornings street parking in the neighbourhood is free and relatively plentiful and we are located across the street from a Green-P city parking lot.

 
 

Upcoming Retreats

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Rentals

Centre Place is an ideal space for corporate meetings, art exhibits, lectures, meditation, yoga, worship services, choir rehearsals, small conferences, and more. The whole facility is wheelchair accessible.

 

Our Multipurpose Room is fully equipped with audio and video systems. The maximum capacity in class room configuration is 40 persons seated in individual cushioned chairs with armrests. Other configurations are available. Classroom tables are available. Yoga mats and meditation cushions are available for an extra fee.

 

Your rental also grants you use of the lounge, kitchen, two washrooms (one fully accessible), and a coat hanging hallway. Use of the kitchen supplies, coffee maker, tea pot, microwave, and fridge is included. Conditions apply for the use of the stove and oven.

 

Use of our high-speed Wi-fi is included.

The hourly rate is $120.00

 

A staff member will be available on-site at all times should you need assistance.

Please ask us about daily, weekly, and monthly discount rates.

Additional discount available for CRA Registered charities.

For all rental inquiries please email us at info@centreplace.ca