Advocating for religion in a pluralistic society and in Canadian public life

"Our Whole Society" Conference

"Our Whole Society" Conference, St. Paul University, Ottawa, Canada, May 8-9, 2017

At Canada's 150th anniversary of Confederation, we need to discover a new way of thinking, talking and acting together so that Canada's religious diversity can become a resource for collective advancement.

The third iteration of the 'Our Whole Society' conference will ask such challenging questions as, can we advance beyond simple toleration of differences to respect for the diversity of our citizenry?  Can we create an inclusive secularism which provides space for diverse secular and religious viewpoints and practices to be welcomed into the public sphere without prejudice of any kind? How will we foster a mature collective life that will benefit all Canadians?

The Conference keynote speakers are Dr. John Borrows and Dr. John Ralston Saul.  Also expected is broad participation from all sectors of Canadian society, including people who profess a faith tradition and people who do not. Karen Hamilton, the OWS planning group chair, says, "How appropriate that as Canada marks its 150th anniversary as a country, a diverse representation of Canadian society will gather in our nation's capital to have a thoughtful, respectful, honest and future-oriented conversation about the role of religion in our society for the benefit of all Canadians."

Be there, be part of the conversation, be a part of of the strengthening of Canadian citizenship.