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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.

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.

Five Oaks Education and Retreat Centre outside Paris, Ontario has long been a gathering place for Christians of all traditions. The Centre has now expanded its vision and mission as follows:

March 21, 2018 marks International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. The Islamic Association of Saskatchewan (Saskatoon) Inc. is inviting faith leaders to join together on an important forum, "Eliminating Racism (Hate Is Too Great a Burden)." 

Each panelist will have 5 to 7 minutes to contribute to the topic from their own faith perspective. Faith leaders will also offer a prayer for world peace.

This week will change you. You will experience a lifetime of study and travel the world within a city. You will go away with fresh eyes and a mind more open than you ever expected. We all need this experience. -Sharon Cooke

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