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Deep Dialogue

Welcome to the Deep Dialogue page, where Participants in the Conversation share their views on the importance and nature of interfaith dialogue and related issues, and also post news items. Deep Dialogue recognizes that we can do more together, and do so better, when we provide opportunity to talk about the things that have deepest meaning for us. We believe that our desires to contribute to the well-being of all people come from the place where our values and beliefs reside, not from a superficial desire to get along with others. When we are able to share those things that hold deep meaning for us, we not only promote better understanding but we are also able to better anticipate where and how we can work better together.

Guest blog posts are welcome (send requests to info@interfaithconversation.ca). Please note that views expressed in blog posts written by a Conversation Participant reflect their own views, not those of the Canadian Interfaith Conversation as a whole.

After two years of close consultation, Canada's Indigenous communities in conjunction with Canadian Geographic have just released the four-volume Indigenous Peoples Atlas of Canada. The volumes include sections on First Nations, Inuit, Métis, and Truth and Reconciliation, and promise to be a comprehensive resource on Indigenous languages, histories, treaties, lands, and cultures.

The Intercultural Dialogue Institute’s (IDI) ongoing Meet Your Neighbour project in the Greater Toronto Area seeks to bring people from various cultures and faiths together in an environment of kindness, respect, and hospitality. Hosts and guests organise meals throughout the year based around certain feast day celebrations and holy meals of various religious and cultural traditions. And while these traditions each consider certain feasts sacred, sharing a meal with another in one’s home can also be considered a sacred act.

THE NEXT OUR WHOLE SOCIETY CONFERENCE

Theme: “Being Human, Together: Searching for common ground in an age of transition”

Dates (to be confirmed): April 28-30, 2019

Location: Toronto

Where is interfaith conversation in Canada today and what does it need to make it a more impactful part of society?

For religious communities engaged in efforts to strengthen relationships with Indigenous peoples, a central concern is the part that religion and spirituality can play in the reconciliation process. To help address this question, the Baha’i Community of Canada - in partnership with the University of Victoria Faculty of Law and the Centre for Studies in Religion and Society and the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation - offered a symposium in March.

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