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.

Many people have asked me what it is that motivates and moves me and why I feel so strongly about the issue of Yazidi refugee sponsorship—why I believe the Jewish community must be focusing on Yazidi sponsorship exclusively. To be clear— the Yazidis are facing genocide. And the world is ignoring it, much like the world ignored what was happening to the Jews during the Shoah—this despite the fact that we are living in an era that allows us to receive photos and news and pleas for help every day.

La Conversation interreligieuse canadienne a fait parvenir une lettre à chacun des chefs des cinq principaux partis prenant part à l’élection fédérale du 19 octobre. On y demandait  ce que chacun d’eux, s’il était élu, avait l’intention de faire  dans les six domaines de préoccupation commune, soit :

•  L’élimination de la pauvreté au Canada et, plus particulièrement, de la pauvreté infantile à l’échelle mondiale 

The Canadian Interfaith Conversation sent a letter to the leaders of each of the five major parties running in the October 19 federal election. The letter asked what, if elected, the party leader intended to do in relation to six areas of shared concern, including:

•  Eradication of poverty in Canada and globally, notably child poverty

•  Global climate change

The long-anticipated Sustainable Development Goals (2016-2030) were adopted by the world at the United Nations September 25, 2015. These 17 Global Goals follow the Millennium Development Goals (2000-2015). 

During the closing days of last week and over the weekend, we have seen not simply an escalation in virulent verbal attacks on Muslims, but two documented assaults on Muslim women, one wearing a niquab, the other no more than a simple hijab.

In Montreal, a pregnant young Muslim woman was assaulted and knocked to the ground by two teenage males. In a Toronto mall, a second young woman was roughly handled by an adult male while in the presence of her two young daughters.