Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Spirituality and Politics

On March 23, 2010 I was invited to a lunch and learn session on Spirituality and Politics organized by Spiritual Directions. I was honoured to be there along with leaders of various faith communities and representatives of voluntary civic and social organizations and institutions.

The guest speaker for this session was Preston Manning who spoke about his experience and perspective. He addressed the following: “What questions does spirituality raise in the political field? What challenges does it offer? If spirituality is truly about being passionate about life, holding values that guide our actions and building a community that promotes the welfare of all people, how do we get people inspired again about the power of politics to change the world for the better?”

The intention for these lunch and learn opportunities is to provide a time to discuss the possibilities and scope of change, define actions that will encourage positive change and hopefully people with a spiritual perspective can have a positive influence on the way our society will evolve.

Spiritual Directions is an inter-spiritual centre committed to:

  • Values that affirm life and uphold human dignity
  • Actions that build community
  • Teaching spiritual practices that lead to transformation in the structures of our society
  • Providing healing and training for inter-personal success in family or business context

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Appropriate place of religion in the public square subject of evening debate

Should a Muslim woman in Quebec be allowed to wear her niqab during a publicly-funded language course? Questions about Religion and the Public Square, including how to live out one’s religious commitments in public life, will be debated at a March 23 event sponsored by the Sheldon Chumir Foundation for Ethics in Leadership.

WHEN: Tuesday, March 23, 6:00 – 9:00 pm
WHERE: MacEwan Centre, Cassio Room A + B, University of Calgary

Speakers will address:

• Pluralism and the place of religion in the public square
• The meaning of “secularism”
• Freedom of religion in Canada: Charter protection of religion from government interference
• Balancing citizens’ obligations to their faith and public life


• Karim Dharamsi, General Studies, Mount Royal University
• Wayne McCready, Religious Studies, University of Calgary
• Jonnette Watson-Hamilton, Faculty of Law, University of Calgary
• Wayne Stewart, Nonprofit Executive in Residence, Institute for Nonprofit Studies, Mount Royal University

The event is FREE and open to the public. A reception will follow the speaker presentations and audience discussion.

Co-sponsors include the University of Calgary chapters of Campus for Christ, The Western Muslim and The Freethinkers.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

A Public Service Of Holocaust Remembrance - April 12, 2010

A time of

Reflection & Music

Guest Speaker:
Holocaust Survior and Historian
Elly Gotz

Monday, April 12, 2010 at 7:30 p.m.
Reception & Refreshments following

Scarboro United Church
134 Scarboro Ave SW, Calgary

Sponsored by the Canadian Council of Christians and Jews, Alberta Region
and Scarboro United Church