Events

We offer programs for the general public as well as educational programs and diversity training for organizations and professionals in many spheres. If you want a speaker or a program customized for you, 

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Upcoming Events

Online Discovery Week  [May 2 - 7]

(Upcoming Event)

Learn about five religions in one exceptional week! Explore [...]

Online

Discovery

Week

Learn about five religions in one exceptional week!

Explore history, ritual, key practices and principle beliefs of Hinduism, Judaism, Buddhism, Islam and First Nation.

This is our premier event of the year. To learn more and to register, click here.

Music, Masks, Murtis and More: Religion Comes Alive in Artifacts

(Upcoming Event)

This presentation is especially popular with schools. We help students [...]

Music, Masks, Murtis, and More: Religion Comes Alive in Artefacts

This presentation is especially popular with schools. We help students understand that Western conceptions of what "religion" is can distort how we see traditions that are not endemic to the West.

About 1/4 of the presentation is a talk while the remainder uses religious artifacts (clothing, ritual items, musical instruments, statues, etc.) to teach. This presentation has proved to be a hit in the Zoom era.

To learn more, click here.

Religion: The Big Questions [June 1- July 13]

(Upcoming Event)

Our brand new series explores big questions: religiosity, secularism, and [...]

Religion: The Big Questions

In this brand new series, we will investigate big questions: religiosity, secularism, and how religion intersects with liberalism and Western democracies. Big questions invite us to examine many angles and so, at different times, we will learn about sexuality, economics, history, psychology, and sociology. The series draws a fair bit on Brian’s PhD studies which he has mercifully completed (his wife deserves your applause), but has real relevance for understanding American politics, large social trends, and how Western societies work. To learn more and to register, click here.

Lifelong Learning Mississauga - Religion, Secularism and Liberalism [April 6 to June 1]

(Upcoming Event)

Lifelong Learning Mississauga - Religion, Secularism and Liberalism

In this series, we will investigate big questions: religiosity, secularism, and how religion intersects with liberalism and Western democracies. Big questions require many angles and so, at different times, we will learn about sexuality, economics, history, psychology, and sociology. The series draws a fair bit on Brian’s PhD studies but should have real relevance for understanding American politics, large social trends, and how Western societies work.

EVENTS

  • Apr 6: The Axial Age

  • Apr 13: We're all Protestants! How the Protestant Reformation Birthed the Modern West

  • Apr 27: What Drives Religiosity

  • May 4: American Exceptionalism

  • May 11: Feeling God is Real

  • May 18: Liberalism and the Secular State - A dissertation in an hour

  • May 25: Family Values Politics

  • June 1: Some Lessons From 20 Years of Studying Religions

For more information, contact us.

In this series, we will investigate big questions: [...]

We were delighted to have the opportunity to offer these programs recently. If you are interested in hearing about what Encounter World Religions can bring to your organization, school, or group please reach out to us via

encounter@worldreligions.ca

Past Events

(Past Event)

World Religions Series - Ontario Provincial Police

[Invite Only] A series on learning about different ethno-religious communities [...]

World Religions Series - Ontario Provincial Police

[Invite Only] A series on learning about different ethno-religious communities for police staff.

  • Hinduism

  • Buddhism

  • Judaism

  • Islam

  • Christianity

  • Sikhism

  • Wicca & Implicit Bias

(Past Event)

Religious Diversity & Inclusion at Work - Magnet Forensics

[Invite Only] Workplace success requires trust and relationships. In this webinar [...]

Religious Diversity & Inclusion at Work: Magnet Forensics

[Invite Only] Workplace success requires trust and relationships. In this webinar, we will explore religion, often the neglected, avoided topic when it comes to diversity and inclusion. For many, religion is central to their very identity and yet we communicate to staff that this part of them must be kept private or hidden. We will learn about a Western bias regarding religion, how this bias distorts our perceptions, and the danger of a single story.

(Past Event)

Implicit Bias, Religion Identity & Policing - OPP Provincial Liaison Team

[Closed] Brian Carwana will speak on implicit bias, religious identity [...]

Implicit Bias, Religious Identity & Policing

[Closed] Brian spoke on implicit bias, religious identity and policing for a training program hosted by the OPP’s Indigenous Policing Bureau and offered to hundreds of officers from police forces across Canada.

Organ Donation & Religion

(Past Event)

In this past webinar, hosted by the Organ Donation & [...] 

Organ Donation & Religion

In this past webinar, hosted by Organ Donation & Transplantation Alliance, we explored religious views on organ donation and talk about cultural competency, cultural humility and religious literacy.

 

Brian Carwana's contribution to this webinar drew partly on his experience offering multiway training sessions to three American donation agencies, namely Gift of Hope, LiveOnNY, and the NJ Sharing Network.

Religious Inclusion & Holidays - City of Guelph

(Past Event)

[Closed] We discussed how a Western Lens distorts how [...]

Religious Inclusion & Holidays - City of Guelph

We discussed how a Western Lens distorts how we see religions and the implications this has for our workplaces and our societies. Further we explored some principles regarding how to handle religious holidays, an area through which religion most notably intersects with work.

Respectful Ways to Celebrate Inclusive Holidays

(Past Event)

Webinar hosted by Canadian Centre of Diversity & Inclusion.

Respectful Ways to Celebrate Inclusive 

Holidays

Webinar hosted by Canadian Centre of Diversity & Inclusion (CCDI).

In this webinar, we explored religion, often the neglected, avoided topic when it comes to diversity and inclusion in the workplace. For many people, religion is not irrelevant but central to their identity. We learned about Western bias regarding religion, how this bias leads us to sideline the topic, and how we can begin to correct this sidelining via religious holidays.

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