Baha'i Faith of the Shoals

Citizenship and Religion explored in Canada
24 May 2017

Representatives of the Baha’i community Gerald Filson (second from left) and Geoffrey Cameron (right) stand with steering committee members at the “Our Whole Society: Religion and Citizenship at Canada’s 150th,” including Elizabeth May (second from right), leader of the Green Party.
OTTAWA, Canada — As the people of Canada prepare to celebrate 150 years since the confederation of their country, there has been a wide-ranging national conversation about the past, present, and future of relations between its diverse citizens. One aspect of this discussion has been the changing role of religion and spirituality in society in the context of increasing religious and ethnic diversity and a resurgence of Indigenous culture and ways of life.

Over the last several years, the Baha'i community has spearheaded an initiative to bring together leading thinkers from all sectors of society to explore the place of religion in public life. A question before Canada's Baha'i Office of Public Affairs has been how to create a space for meaningful exploration, where a variety of insights can shed light on a topic and collective understanding can advance.

A series of conferences held since 2013 in Montreal, Vancouver, and this year in Ottawa have aimed to foster such an environment and have invited prominent voices in Canada's public discourse to examine religion's role in society.


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