NOVEL CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) UPDATE: In-person attendance to our events is not possible at the moment. Please participate live in our lectures, meditations, and services here and subscribe to our YouTube channel to get notified when we go live. Please be well and stay safe. See you all soon!
How do you live a meaningful life? What is the self? Do you have free will or is everything determined? What is happiness? Why is there suffering in the world? Does anything have any meaning? Why do we 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 share a commitment to life-long learning and a passion for exploring the ideas that philosophers and theologians have wrestled with since ancient times.
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The Gospel of Thomas
Of all the gospels left out of the New Testament canon, the Gospel of Thomas may be the most important. Some scholars argue that this collection of the sayings of Jesus preserves an independent witness of the historical Jesus. Others believe the text is dependent on the New Testament and contaminated by the ideas of Gnostic Christianity. John Hamer of Toronto Centre Place gives an overview of Thomas and compares the text’s sayings with those in the four canonical gospels.
Our meditation events welcome participants of all religious and ethnic backgrounds, and gender identities and expressions. We respect all spiritual types and sensibilities, from those who simply want to achieve deep relaxation, manage stress, anxiety, and depression, to those who walk the path of spiritual growth. Our approach brings together the modern, secular mindfulness techniques and research, as well as the perspectives of the ancient contemplative traditions from East and West. This is a judgment-free, non-competitive environment. There is no cost for this event but your donations allow us to offer this program to everyone regardless of their current financial situation.
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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 lessons, mission updates, meditation, hymns, prayer, and other meaningful activities, while building an inclusive community together. We celebrate open communion on the first Sunday of each month. In addition to those physically present, many more actively participate via Zoom, Facebook Live and YouTube Live.
JOIN OUR ONLINE CHURCH SERVICES EVERY SUNDAY AT 12:00 PM EDT
RE-WATCH OUR PENTECOST SERVICE IN 50 LANGUAGES
RE-WATCH THE 2021 EMMA SMITH HERITAGE HYMN FESTIVAL
ABOUT CENTRE PLACE
Welcome to our Inclusive Online Church, an LGBTQ+ affirming, non-dogmatic, interfaith community Beyond the Walls with regular participants and ministers from around the world.
Mindfulness meditation. Meditation centre. History, Philosophy, and Theology lectures. Discussion groups. Retreats. All our events are live streamed on this website as well as our YouTube channel and Facebook page.
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 home of the Toronto Congregation of Community of Christ. Meeting in Downtown Toronto since 1891.
PHYSICAL ADDRESS (no mail received)
320 Richmond Street East #101
Toronto, ON M5A 1P9
MAILING ADDRESS (for envelopes and large items)
260 Adelaide Street East #134
Toronto, ON M5A 1N1
Historian, Theologian, Lecturer, Pastor
Meditation, Spiritual Formation, Financial Officer
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.