Our full winter 2014 calendar is now available (with changes: updated 30 January 2014).
6 March, 6-9pm at Garneau United Assisted Living Place (11148 - 84 Ave) "Is Anything Sacred" Forum on Religion in a Secular Society co-sponsored by Edmonton Interfaith Centre and the Ronning Centre; $5 cover charge, RSVP by 3 March 780-41306159
8 March, "Do secular philosophies say all that need be said about questions of justice?" Philosophers' Café, Michael DeMoor
10 March, "Lawyers as Secular Seminarians," Daniel Mol
14 March, "Here I Am . . . Send Someone Else," Religion and Public Life Café, Brian Krushel
20 March, "The Doubtful Triumph of Non-Violence," Gwynne Dyer
21 March, "The Impact of Vatican II on My Faith Formation," Religion and Public Life Café, Shelaigh Ross
22 March, "What's happened to our conception of a city?" Philosophers' Café, Milton Friesen
5 April, "On the road to secularism? Charles Taylor Meets Jean-Jacques Rousseau," Philosophers' Café, Nicholas Wickenden
12 April, "Is the prophet necessarily a voice crying in the wilderness?" Philosophers' Café, Martin Tweedale
In the News
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).
A video of the recent talk with Brigadier General (ret) Stephen Xenakis on "Omar Khadr: The Man" is available on YouTube.
A video of the talk "Omar Khadr: The Law" with Attorney Samuel Morison, US Department of Defense, can be found on YouTube.
David Goa taught this summer at the Vancouver School of Theology: "Reconciliation: Becoming a New Creation."
David Goa recently published "Working in the Fields of Meaning: Cultural Communities, Museums, and the New Pluralism." For details see our Publications page.
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.
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.
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.
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