Camrose Religion and Public Life Cafés are focused on the theme "A Call to Service." NOTE LOCATION CHANGE! Cafés will now be held at Malories, 5105 - 50 Ave (across from RBC).
Edmonton Philosophers' Cafes are focused on the theme "Is Everything Up for Sale?" (based on the book "What Money Can't Buy" by Michael Sandel).
Our complete Fall 2013 Calendar of Events.
Our Fall 2013 Newsletter.
For all events below, click on event or series title for description and details on location and time.
28 November, 11am-12:30pm, Interfaith Scriptural Reasoning event at the Interfaith Centre, SUB 3-02, David Goa (panelist)
30 November, "Paying People to Do the Right Thing," Philosophers' Café, Janet Wesselius
6 December, "Discerning the Living Presence," Religion and Public Life Café, Linda Gervais
7 December, "The Market: Frankenstein's Monster or the Goose That Lays the Golden Egg?" Philosophers' Café, Don Carmichael
14 December, "The Remarkable Chester Ronning: Proud Son of China," University of Alberta Press Book Launch with Brian Evans
(Save the date for this book launch and reception from 2-5pm in Camrose! More information coming soon.)
In the News
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