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Winter Programming

Our Philosophers' Cafés this term will be on the theme "Beyond Right and Wrong." The series takes place at Steeps in Edmonton (11116 - 82 [Whyte] Ave between 109 St and 114 St), on Saturdays as noted below from 1:00-3:30pm.

In Camrose, we have replaced our Religion and Public Life Cafés with "Conversations in the Agora." These will be held at Ronning House, 4606 - 49 Street, just north of the Augustana campus. For Greeks, the agora was the public square, a place of meeting, discussion, debate, and insight—a place of deep conversation where old perspectives were made new. We hope you will join the conversation.

Our complete Winter 2015 calendar is available now (formatted legal size for printing).

Our Winter 2015 newsletter is also available.

For all events listed below, full information can be found by clicking the link in the description.

11 April, "Nietzsche's Moral Mirror: If an ape looks in, can an angel look out?" Robert Burch, Philosophers' Café

2 May (NOTE date change; cafe will not meet on 25 April as previously announced), "Does the Jesus of the Gospels Teach a Moral Religion?" David Goa, Philosophers' Café

In the News

Check out the Ronning Centre YouTube channel for newly uploaded videos featuring some of our recent speakers.

David Goa was chief curator for the online exhibition "U Encounter."

Recently released "The Christian Responsibility to Muslims." See our Publications page for more information and to order.

Senior Ronning Centre International Fellow Iain Benson was at the Ronning Centre for two talks this past week: "The Case of TWU Law School," and "What Divides? What Unites? and Who Decides? Pluralism and the Limits of the Law." To read more from Iain, you can also order a copy of his 2007 lecture,  published by the Ronning Centre "Living Together with Disagreement: Pluralism, the Secular, and the Fair Treatment of Beliefs in Canada Today" from our Publications page.

David Goa quoted in The Walrus article "The Education of Omar Khadr."

An article in the Huffington Post by our Augustana Distinguished Lecture speaker, Rev Dr John Chryssavgis on "Orthodoxy, Putin, and the West."


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