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.

As part of World Interfaith Harmony Week 2015, I attended a delightful evening sponsored by the Intercultural Dialogue Institute. IDI is a non-profit organization that promotes respect and understanding amongst people of all cultures and faiths. I was attracted to both the theme of the event, “How We Talk to God”, and the panel, three of whom are associates at the Canadian Interfaith Conversation.

Prof. Clifford Orwin, Professor of Political Science, Classics and Jewish Studies at the University of Toronto, is a featured plenary speaker at the "Our Whole Society" conference (Vancouver, March 22-24). Prof.

What would it look like if religious leaders from all faiths and from all over the world came together in one place? This is what will happen October 15 – 19th 2015 in Salt Lake City at the Parliament of World Religions.

Of the myriad responses to the Charlie Hebdo and related murders in and around Paris between January 7th and 9th last, from elegies on free speech and democracy, to lamentations that the depredations of Boko Haram in Nigeria and the Taliban in Peshawar were largely ignored, to mass marches through the streets of Paris and beyond, one of the deepest dialogues on the tragedy and its origins was convened by the Canadian Muslim Leadership Institute (CMLI) at the University

The Rev. Dr. Karen Hamilton, a member of the Canadian Interfaith Conversation's Executive Committee, was interviewed for the article in Canadian Immigrant, "Divine diversity: is it time to talk about religion in Canada." She is quoted as saying, in relation to the formation of the Conversation, “Canada’s inherent characteristics of acceptance are both by design and by accident. We’re not binary, and polarized.