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 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.

June 12

The Canadian Council of Imams (CCI) strongly condemns the mass shooting in Orlando this morning. Our prayers and thoughts are with the victims and their families. We applaud the efforts of first responders in treating the wounded and injured and call on authorities to bring anyone involved in this terrible crime to justice.

The Har Zion Temple and Imam Mahdi Islamic Centre sit side by side in Thornhill, even sharing a parking lot.  Their current refugee sponsorship project, however, brings them closer than ever.

When the synagogue was interested in sponsoring refugees, it contacted the mosque, which was also considering refugee sponsorship.  The houses of worship partnered in the sponsorship process and are now trying to raise a joint target of $60,000.

Lors de leur réunion du 1er décembre 2015, les membres de la Conversation interreligieuse canadienne ont largement débattu au sujet des appels à l’action figurant dans le rapport de la Commission de la vérité et de la réconciliation (CVR). La CVR a été créée en 2008 pour réagir aux répercussions des pensionnats dans les communautés autochtones du Canada.

At their meeting of December 1, 2015, Participants in the Canadian Interfaith Conversation held extensive discussion about the Calls to Action included in the report of the Truth & Reconciliation Commission (TRC). The TRC was established in 2008 in response to the impacts of residential schools on Indigenous communities in Canada).

The Canadian Interfaith Conversation (CIC) promotes harmony and spiritual insight among religions and religious communities in Canada (see our Charter Vision)  To this end the Conversation strongly condemns the cowardly act of pepper-spraying in Vancouver last Friday. More notable are the efforts of thousands of Canadians who have opened their homes, hearts and wallets to welcome the new residents to Canada. We applaud these exemplary acts of service, compassion and hope.