Our Whole Society: Bridging the Religious-Secular Divide

Date(s) - March 22, 2015 - March 24, 2015
All Day

UBC Robson Square

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Posted on Jan 12 2015 Author Jesse Hair Categories:

What is a ‘whole society’? What does it mean for individuals and communities? What happens when the rights and responsibilities of some people come into conflict with the rights and responsibilities of others?

In Canada we pride ourselves on being a secular society that protects and nurtures all people and so we should. Sometimes we assume, however, that a secular society has no need for religion or that religion has no place in public discourse.

And yet, not only are the majority of the world’s people religious, so are many Canadians. For many of us our faith is a key, or the key way in which we define ourselves. We need to consider how to create appropriate space for religion in public discourse and how to do so in a society that is increasingly diverse.

Contrary to popular prediction, religion has not faded away in this country. Its form and shape may shift but it seems to be here to stay. How might or should religious freedom be in relationship with other human rights?

Come join the conversation about reconciling secularism, religion and the common good that is a common good for all Canadians.

March 22-24, Vancouver B.C. UBC Robson Square. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter and let the conversation begin!


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