Resisting oppression and reclaiming spirituality
ROARS is a student-led peer support group that provides a safe(r) space for self-identified women, trans, two-spirited, and gender non-binary/non-conforming people to discuss, critically analyze, and take action on issues of sexism, misogyny, racism, transphobia, homophobia, biphobia, xenophobia, ageism, ableism, classism, White supremacy, colonialism, and settler colonialism, in relation to our lived experiences within religious institutions and spiritual journeys. This is a space to examine the impact of oppressive -isms and reclaim your own spirituality.
ROARS is a collaborative initiative between the Multifaith Centre for Spiritual Study & Practice and the Centre for Women & Trans People at the University of Toronto.
ROARS will be hosting sessions every first and third Tuesday of the month from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. at the Centre for Women & Trans People (CWTP).
Location: 563 Spadina Ave, Room 100, North Borden Building
Toronto, Ontario, M5S 2J7
The CWTP is located north of College, on the east side of Spadina Avenue. The CWTP is wheelchair accessible through Bancroft Avenue. The CWTP provides TTC tokens upon request for sponsored meetings and events, and may be able to provide childcare with advance notice. The CWTP is child friendly and strives to be a trans inclusive space.
Meet the peer facilitators
Adryan Bergstrom-Borins (she/her) is a white cisgender queer woman of Jewish, European (Icelandic, Swedish, Romanian, and Russian), and Indigenous (in the process of learning about her Indigeneity, particularly through spirituality) descent. Adryan is a Masters of Public Policy Candidate at the University of Torontos School of Public Policy & Governance, Class of 2017. Adryan is a struggling ally who is passionate about gender, social justice, equity, accessibility, and sexual violence policy, struggling to actively write and work within an anti-oppressive, de-colonial, trans-inclusive intersectional feminist framework. Adryan works as a programming assistant at the Multifaith Centre for Spiritual Study & Practice, where she co-founded Resisting Oppression and Reclaiming Spirituality. Adryan is an avid tea drinker and lover of most things sci-fi.
Sarah (she/her) is a Pakistani American Muslim, and identifies as queer. She is a PhD Candidate in the Department of Sociology at the University of Toronto. Her dissertation focuses on negotiations of gender and religion within practicing Muslim couples in Toronto, and how social structures and economic factors position these negotiations within the larger sociopolitical context. She is a community organizer for Salaam (a queer Muslim support group) and a board member at the Toronto Unity Mosque (a queer positive and trans affirming space). Sarah is interested in social justice, eco-feminism, and anti-oppression. Her social justice activism is how she practices her religion.