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PROGRAMMING: Disputed Souls: Exploring Conflicted Spiritualities

Disputed Souls: Exploring Conflicted Spiritualities

Wednesday, February 27, 2019 6-8pm
Tea Base
222 Spadina Ave – unit C15
Toronto, Ontario M5T 3B3

Where do our spirits go when our bodies are out of place? Where do they come from, when our communities are in diaspora? Are we seekers, heretics, or revolutionaries? How have our spirits been wounded, and how will they ever be healed?

Join us at Tea Base for an exploration of conflicted spiritualities in Asian diasporas.

Exploring what spirituality and community means for millennials, Maria Patricia Abuel and Ren Ito will discuss their experiences as people of colour, being raised by Asian immigrant parents, and how they come to terms with it through their work as an artist and academic.


Activities include:
– Small group discussions
– Mock confessional
– Creating personal or group zines
– Sharing food and tea

This workshop is focused on the importance of having active discussions to allow space for healing and understanding of any conflicted feelings and trauma regarding religion.


Maria Patricia Abuel (she/her) is a Toronto-based Filipina multidisciplinary artist. Her practice involves questioning issues of hybrid identity, femininity, and conservative expectations. She challenges traditional frameworks within cultures and artistic practices with a playful deploy of irony. She has exhibited at Trinity Square Video, Art Museum, Y+ Contemporary, and Open Space Gallery at OCADU. You can find her at mpabuel.com.

Ren Ito (he/they) lives and works in and around Toronto, on lands covered by the Dish With One Spoon wampum treaty. His struggle to live his faith as a person of colour has shaped much of his life, and has led him to pursue a PhD in Asian North American Christianity at the University of Toronto. Outside of his studies, Ren is on staff with the United Church of Canada doing social justice work, and is involved with a number of Japanese and Asian Canadian community organizations.


Tea Base is a cozy community arts space tucked away in the heart of Chinatown Centre. Driven by the need for accessible spaces for artists and young professionals, we are a place for sharing; all in-between sips of tea.

We host cultural programming, workshops, and events; as well as teas curated by local sommeliers, and a collection of writing and art from the East and South-East Asian diaspora.

If you have an idea, we have the space!