Dealing with our Darknesses
Dealing with our Darknesses: Strategies and Stories of Resilience and Transformation
Sunday, December 11, 2016
Dealing with our Darknesses: Militancy and the Theological Exploitation of Religion for Violence
Sunday, November 20, 2016
Dealing with our Darknesses: Patriarchy and Gender Oppression
Sunday, October 30, 2016
Dealing with our Darknesses: Transgression, Penitence, and Transformation
Friday, September 30, 2016
Perspectives on Peace and Justice
Saturday, December 5, 2015
Perspectives on Peace and Justice: Engaging our ethical traditions (faith-based or other) with human realities
Sunday, November 22, 2015
Perspectives on Peace and Justice: Dialoguing with our scriptures: what do we mean by “peace” and “justice”?
Sunday, October 25, 2015
Wednesday, November 18, 2015
In the fifteen years since 9/11, the racialization of Muslim peoples in the United States and Canada has intensified. In this talk, hear Dr. Frankie Condon examine how the rhetorical means by which diverse peoples worldwide – who share a faith tradition – have been increasingly represented as a “race” that may more easily be marginalized and criminalized in the west and around the world.
Tuesday, September 22, 2015
Bilal Kuspinar is the Dean, Faculty of Fine Arts and Director of the International Rumi Center for the Study of Civilizations and Chair of the Department of Philosophy, Necmettin Erbakan University, Konya, Turkey. His areas of specialization include: Theories of Knowledge, Philosophy of Illumination, Political Philosophy, Islamic Philosophy & Mysticism, and Islamic Civilization. He has previously taught at Concordia University, Mc Gill University, and the International Institute of Islamic Thought and Civilization, Malaysia. He is the author of numerous books and articles including The Lamp of Mysteries and Avicenna’s Theory of Knowledge.
Saturday, December 13, 2014
Engage with first-hand accounts from pilgrims about the experience and impact of making a pilgrimage.
Featuring presentations by:
Diana Park, Board Member, Temple Shalom, Waterloo
Arthur Boers, Associate Professor and the R.J. Bernardo Family Chair of Leadership, Tyndale University College and Seminary
ALi Zaidi, Professor of Glaoba Studies, Wilfrid Laurier University
Saturday, November 15, 2014
What makes a place “sacred” and what insights into each tradition does this give us?
Featured presentations by:
Bob Chodos: a long-time member and lay leader of Temple Shalom, Waterloo
Wendy Fletcher: Principal and Vice-Chancellor, Renison University College
Amir Al-Azraki: Adjunct Faculty,Studies in Islam, Renison University College
Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Islamic art encompasses one of the world's greatest traditions
of decorative geometric patterns. These patterns are well
suited for study, construction and visualization using
computational techniques. Professor Kaplan will discuss his
ongoing research on the structure of Islamic geometric
patterns, and algorithms for constructing them automatically.
He will also present several novel artistic variations based on
techniques that would have been impossible or impractical
historically. These variations allow contemporary craftspeople
to create innovative new designs that are still recognizably
part of an ancient tradition.
Craig S. Kaplan is an Associate Professor in the David
R. Cheriton School of Computer Science at the University of Waterloo
Islam in Europe or European Islam? The Muslim struggle for civil rights and belonging in postwar Europe
Tuesday, October 7, 2014
This talk explores the social and political history of Muslims in postwar Europe. It analyzes key debates and controversies, including how Muslim immigrants have focused attention on questions of citizenship and belonging, the division between secular and religious life, and the shape and extent of cultural and women’s rights.
About the Speaker
Aitana Guia is a sessional assistant professor of modern European history at York University. Dr. Guia specializes on nationalism, minorities, and immigration in Europe. Her second monograph, The Muslim Struggle for Civil Rights in Spain: Promoting Democracy through Migrant Engagement, 1975-2010 has just been published by Sussex Academic Press.
Monday, June 23, 2014
Homogeneity and exclusivism or diversity, tolerance and multiculturalism? That is the question.
Friday, March 14, 2014
Using the coverage in the U.S. newspapers post September 11, 2001, this talk will uncover the multifaceted use of the term, “Islamophobia”. Even though the term Islamophobia was used commonly in the U.S. press after 9/11, Dr. Mohamed argues that, owing to its multiple definitions, Islamophobia became an ambiguous term.
Dr. Eid Mohamed received his doctorate in American Studies from George Washington University, where he specialized in Middle Eastern Studies, modern Arab history and culture, and US-Middle East encounter. He has taught both in the U.S. and the Middle East. His research interests are centered on the significant interplay of religion, pop culture and politics and the role they play in shaping the complex relation between America and the nations and peoples of the Middle East. His forthcoming book is entitled: Arab Occidentalism: Images of America in the Middle East.
Sunday, December 8, 2013
This is the second in a two-part series that examines Mysticism through multiple faiths. Join our guest speakers as they discuss some of the similarities and differences between traditional, non-traditional, and popular forms of mysticism. Featuring presentations by:
- Rabbi Lori Cohen, Temple Shalom, Waterloo
- Dr. Douglas Bors, Professor Emeritus, Department of Psychology, University of Toronto and member of St. James' Anglican Church, Stratford
- Mr. Shiraz Sheikh, Adjunct Professor, Studies in Islam, Renison University College, Waterloo
Saturday, November 16, 2013
This is the first in a two-part series that explores the roots and branches of mysticism in all three traditions through stories, lives, writings, and experiences. Featuring presentations by:
- Mr. Bob Chodos, a long-time member and lay leader of Temple Shalom, Waterloo
- The Rev'd Glenda Meakin, retreat leader, teacher of Christian Meditation, and retired Anglican priest
- Dr. Timothy Gianotti, Director, American Islamic College, Chicago
Wednesday, March 20, 2013
A social historian of medieval crime and gender, Bednarski works on criminal records from the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries to see how ordinary people lived, laughed, loved, and loathed.
Understanding the Feminine in our Scriptures
October 21, 2012
Explore three scriptural approaches to gender justice. Highlights include: exploring the feminine in the scriptures, and the impact of patriarchy on scholarship and teaching.
Examining the social and cultural meaning of the feminine in our scriptures
November 10, 2012
Examine the intersection and the overlap of faith and culture from the early history of each faith tradition to the current status of women of faith living in transborder, pluralistic communities such as Canada.