May 8-9, 2017
Saint Paul University, Ottawa

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BUILDING OUR WHOLE SOCIETY: RELIGION & CITIZENSHIP AT CANADA’S 150TH

“Our Whole Society: Bridging the Religious-Secular Divide” is the overarching theme of a series of conferences that address the contribution of religion to the common good. The theme for the 2017 conference is:

BUILDING OUR WHOLE SOCIETY:
RELIGION & CITIZENSHIP AT CANADA’S 150TH

At Canada’s 150th anniversary of confederation, we need to discover a new way of talking, thinking and acting together so that Canada’s religious diversity can become a resource for our collective advancement. Building Our Whole Society will build on years of experience in interfaith and religious-secular dialogue to convene a range of fresh perspectives that will help us to think about how to build our whole society and promote a more active Canadian citizenry. We will be asking, 

  • How can an inclusive society provide space for diverse perspectives and practices to be welcomed into the public sphere? 
  • Can we advance beyond simple toleration of religious and other differences to embrace a wider respect for all citizens? 
  • How can we draw upon Canada’s religious and cultural diversity as a resource for strengthening civic engagement and fostering a more mature collective life?

Read the Building Our Whole Society concept paper for a fuller exploration of the conference’s theme.

We invite you to join us and our distinguished speakers, panelists and guests as we explore these and other relevant questions at the Building Our Whole Society conference. 

This gathering, the third in a series of “Our Whole Society” conferences, follows on earlier conferences held at McGill University (2013) and University of British Columbia (2015).

The conference is being organized under the auspices of the Canadian Interfaith Conversation in partnership with several Conversation Participants, Canadian Race Relations Foundation and Cardus' Faith in Canada 150 project.

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