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Fall Programming

Sign up now for AUREL 270 Fall 2014: "Ultimate Questions in a Post-Christian Age," taught by David Goa; students as well as community members are welcome to attend.

Our Philosophers' Cafés this fall will be on the theme "The City and Its Possibilities." The series begins on Saturday, 20 September at 1:00pm at Steeps in Edmonton (11116 - 82 [Whyte] Ave between 109 St and 114 St).

In Camrose, we will host a series of conversation on current issues on religion and public life around the theme "Meeting in the Agora." These will be held at the Ronning House, 4606 - 49 St. The first meeting will be Monday, 22 September at 12:00pm.


22 September, "Radicalization, Canadian Culture, and University Education," Natasha Martel and David Goa,  Conversations in the Agora

22 September, "Ultimate Questions in a Post-Christian Age," David Goa

25 September, "Downstream: Bestemor and Me," Vangie Bergum

27 September, Memoir Writing Workshop with Vangie Bergum

29 September, "Ultimate Questions in a Post-Christian Age," David Goa


In the News

The inaugural Ibrahim Abu-Rabi Commemorative Lecture on "Rethinking Islam in the Contemporary World" took place on May 7, 2014 with Professor Carl Ernst, the Kenan Distinguished Professor of Religion at the University of North Carolina.

A video of the recent talk on Ukraine with the Very Rev Fr Dr Cyril Hovorun is available: "Maidan: Church in the Public Square."

A video of Frank Schaeffer's talk at the University of the Fraser Valley is available from Icons of Insight. Respondents include: Brad Jerzak, Archbishop Lazar, and David Goa

Read a review of David Goa's Ronning Centre book "Working in the Fields of Meaning" from Religious Studies and Theology.

You can watch the February 2014 talk by Frank Schaeffer on the L'Abri legacy on YouTube.

A podcast by David Goa "On Religion in the Public Square" was posted on the Tentative Apologist 11 Feb 2014.

  Read Brian Evans's talk from the 14 December book launch for "The Remarkable Chester Ronning."

  From the Augustana News: "Chester Ronning Celebrated in Film and Print."

  Biography sheds light on ‘remarkable’ Canadian diplomat (featuring video clip by Tom Radford).




About the Ronning Centre


The Chester Ronning Centre for the Study of Religion and Public Life is the first (and only) gathering point in a public university in Canada focusing on a broad range of themes where religion and public life intersect. To the discussion of vital issues that often call forth deeply emotional responses, it seeks to bring original contributions that embody the highest standards of academic scholarship.

While rooted in the academy, our activities relate no less to the public square and the full range of religious communities, bringing the depth and texture of the most varied religious and civil ideas into a hospitable and constructive conversation. Scholars of the Centre are recruited locally, regionally, and nationally. Through partnerships with other institutions, our work has become increasingly international in scope.

Our Purpose

To cultivate a deep understanding of issues and themes at the intersection of religion, faith and public life and, to do so in the public sphere and in religious spheres.

Our Mission

To nurture a hospitable context that brings forward the finest thinking of women and men of faith and the depth and texture of their traditions in conversation with public intellectuals and various secular ideologies on the nature and shape of public life in our age of pluralism.

Our Goal

To focus the work of scholars on issues and themes where religion, faith and public life intersect and to nurture the public conversation as well as religious understanding of these issues and themes. We will do this through:

  • interdisciplinary research and publications shaping a new community of scholars and public intellectuals
  • deep ethical reflections which draw on religious sources associated with human rights, our care for the life of the world and our understanding of difference
  • deepen the public understanding of the vital role of religious perspectives and their complex sources as they are brought to bear on public discourse
  • deepen the understanding within religious communities of the fragile and complex nature of the public sphere in a pluralistic society