A Series of Challenging Inter-Faith Conversations
Organized by Renison Institute of Ministry, Studies in Islam, and the Centre for Dialogue and Spirituality in the World Religions.
Free public lecture featuring
- Bishop Mark MacDonald, National Indigenous Anglican Bishop, Anglican Church of Canada and
- Dr. Ingrid Mattson, Chair of Islamic Studies, Huron University College.
Friday September 30
7 pm, Theatre of the Arts, University of Waterloo
This public lecture will explore foundational questions such as:
- What are the theological resources within our Muslim and Christian traditions for healing and transforming our broken histories and contemporary realities?
- How do (or can) Muslims and Christians understand reconciliation, penitence, forgiveness, moral responsibility to one and all?
- How can (or must) we, as a community, actively foster healing and renewal by facing our darknesses?
Followed by three workshops:
Join in one or the entire series of guided, challenging, interfaith conversations designed to build relationships between Christians and Muslims, address difficult issues, and promote strategies for healing and reconciliation within and between our faith traditions. Seating is limited; register for each event individually.
- Sunday afternoons from 2 to 4 pm
- Check-in and refreshments will begin at 1:30 pm.
- Dunker Family Lounge, Renison University College
Explore ways in which gender oppression, gender violence, family violence, systemic-institutional violence, and other forms of gender injustice and oppression are connected to patriarchy, privilege, concepts of authority, and patriarchal interpretations within our faith traditions. The workshop may consider the discrimination faced by LGBTIQ2S members of our faith communities as well as the sexual abuse and professional misconduct perpetrated by members of the religious establishment.
Examine religious and ethnic othering, militancy, terrorism, and the theological and legal justifications for violence and oppression, past and present. Topics to be considered here may include "texts of terror" in our scriptures, religiously sanctioned or promoted violence (often mixed with values of the state or dominant culture), as well as concrete examples of the complexities of trying to address the “religious” and cultural justifications for violence so we can emerge from the darknesses of supremacism, dehumanization, persecution, and the many other faces of violence.
The final session in the series will focus on moving from darkness to light through faith-based strategies for survivors and perpetrators.
Free registration is per event. You must register for each event separately.
This event is offered with the generous support of the Anglican Foundation of Canada.
200 University Avenue West
Waterloo, ON N2L 3G1