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.

Reflecting on Canada 150, Shimon Koffler Fogel – CEO of the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA) – recently wrote in the Globe and Mail:

Under the banner of Cardus’ Faith in Canada 150 project, 75 Millennials gathered in Ottawa to talk about their faith in a highly diverse interfaith environment.

Hannah Marazzi, a lead organizer of the Millennial Summit, described the event as “an opportunity to bring together young people of diverse faith traditions from across Canada for a time of dialogue, celebration, and vision casting on the eve of Canada’s sesquicentennial anniversary.” 

Solomon penned a couple proverbial sayings as signposts to guide people on their quest for immortality, For everything there is a season, a time for every activity under heaven. A time to be born and a time to die …God has made everything beautiful for its own time. He has planted eternity in the human heart, but even so people cannot see the whole scope of God’s work from beginning to end …  A good reputation is more valuable than costly perfume.  And the day you die is better than the day you are born. (Eccl. 3:1,2,11; 7:1-2)

In the late spring of 2015, a young Yazidi woman named Nafiya Naso came to give a talk at the Asper Jewish Community Centre in Winnipeg.  She told of a horrific genocide of Yazidis that was taking place in Iraq.  Some of those who heard her talk were moved to action.