Faith Issues Today

Faith Issues Today is a continuous learning and Professional Development Series offered at Regis College. This series offers non-credit courses on scripture, church history, theology and its relevancy in today’s world.

We are currently not offering any Faith Issues Today Film Series courses.

Additional Information

Regis College is located at 100 Wellesley Street West, Toronto, near the corner of Queen’s Park Crescent East. Regis College is on the 94 Wellesley TTC bus route and a short walk (south) from the Museum subway station. Public parking is available in the University of St. Michael’s College parking lot on St. Joseph Street, one block north of Regis College. The venue is accessible.

For more information about the Faith Issues Today Continuous Learning Series, please contact regis.communications@utoronto.ca or call 416-922-5474 x229.

Conditions of Enrolment

Before registering, please read the conditions of enrolment.

  • Faith Issues today courses are non-credit courses. No record of attendance or payment receipt will be issued.
  • Participation in each course is restricted to registrants only.
  • Cancellation must be requested in writing prior to the course. Only completed forms with full payment will be processed. Confirmation will be emailed to applicants.
  • Regis College reserves the right to cancel or change the course offered.
  • Privacy Notice: Contact information provided in the registration process will be retained and used by Regis College in accordance with its privacy policy.

If you experience difficulty, please contact regis.communications@utoronto.ca or call 416-922-5474 x229.

Previous Series

Postcolonial Theology and Cinema (Fall 2023)

Presented by Adelmo Dunghe, SJ

This course explores the emerging discipline of postcolonial theology.

Considering the challenges posed by contemporary Third World theologians, the course explores

  • some of the ways in which their concerns have been manifested in a selection of recent narrative film works
  • how Christianity’s historical relationship with empire has shaped recent and contemporary understandings of non-western traditions and interpretative frameworks.

List of films with discussion topics:

  • Chocolat – (Cameroon, 1960s) – a question of nostalgia
  • Vers le sud – (Haiti) – exploitation and love
  • Queimada! (director’s cut) – (Portuguese Antilles) – sentiment and economics
  • Shooting Dogs – (Rwanda) – “failures of humanity”
  • Mister Johnson – (Nigeria) – the tragedy of translation
  • White Material – (Cameroon, 2010s) – “they’re just white material”

…dark secrets, distant hopes…: a narrative film series about human trafficking (Fall 2023)

Presented by Adelmo Dunghe, SJ

“The hidden figure of crime.” This is how the United Nations describes the 20- to 40-million people who are being held in slavery today. The lesser-known but powerful films in our brief series consider the evils of human trafficking via some popular genres. The Lost Son is a crime drama, while La Sconosciuta takes the form of a thriller. And Once You’re Born… is an adventure full of unexpected twists and turns. These are films, mostly in foreign languages, with English subtitles and address difficult themes with explicit content.

  • The Lost Son (France/UK 2000) – “Innocence isn’t lost – it’s taken…”
  • La Sconosciuta (The Unknown Woman) (Italy 2006) – The painful cost of independence…
  • Quando sei nato non puoi piu nasconderti (Once You’re Born, You Can’t Hide Anymore) (Italy 2005) – It’s not just an adventure…

Classic Cinema from Catholic Countries: Short Masterworks by Six Legendary Filmmakers (Spring 2023)

Presented by Adelmo Dunghe, SJ

A series of 1-hour masterpieces by

  • Luis Bunuel
  • Vittorio De Sica
  • Federico Fellini
  • Krzysztof Kieslowski
  • Louis Malle
  • Roberto Rossellini


Introducing postwar European culture in six theologically oriented works by popular writers and filmmakers.  After each viewing, discussion will explore the historical, social, and spiritual worlds behind each film.