Dealing with our Darknesses: An Anglican-Muslim Conversation about Transgression, Penitence, and TransformationExport this event to calendar

Friday, September 30, 2016 — 7:00 PM EDT to Sunday, December 11, 2016 — 7:00 PM EST

A Series of Challenging Inter-Faith Conversations   stained glass imagerenison studies in islam logo    renison institute of ministry logo

Organized by Renison Institute of Ministry, Studies in Islam, and the Centre for Dialogue and Spirituality in the World Religions.

Opening Event:

Free public lecture featuring 

Friday September 30

7 pm, Theatre of the Arts, University of Waterloo 

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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 

Sunday October 30, Patriarchy and Gender Oppression  

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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.

November 20, Militancy and the Theological Exploitation of Religion for Violence

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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. 

December 11, Moving from Darkness to Light: Strategies and Stories of Resilience and Transformation

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The final session in the series will focus on moving from darkness to light through faith-based strategies for survivors and perpetrators.

Further Information:

Free registration is per event. You must register for each event separately. 

For more information contact Marilyn Malton or Idrisa Pandit.

This event is offered with the generous support of the Anglican Foundation of Canada.

Location 
HH - J.G. Hagey Hall of the Humanities

200 University Avenue West

Waterloo, ON N2L 3G1
Canada

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