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

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January 16, 2022

World Religions Day - One Burlington

[Open for Registration]  January 16, 2022 at 3pm. Brian is honoured to be the Keynote Speaker for World Religions Day being hosted by One Burlington virtually. You can register here.

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February 6, 2022

Interfaith Conversation - St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church 

[Open] Brian will be interviewed by pastor John Borthwick about interfaith in this marking of Interfaith Harmony Week hosted by St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in Guelph, ON. The interview is Sunday morning at 10:30 am and will be live (but also available afterwards as a recording) on the church’s Youtube channel here.

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February 16, 2022

Making the Case for Religious Literacy in the Workplace

[Open for Registration] February 16, 12:30 pm EST. Join us for our workshop Making the Case for Religious Literacy in the Workplace. Our culture shies away from discussing religion, especially in the workplace. But that reluctance is counterproductive to our efforts to create inclusive workplaces where our teammates feel they belong and are able to fully contribute. In this workshop we will review the current research and help you make a business case for including religious literacy in your Diversity, Equity and Inclusion initiatives. As a participant you will receive insights and supporting materials to help you prepare yourself and your team for these important conversations. To learn more and to register please click here. We hope you'll join us. 

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January 16, 2022

Justice, Compassion and Resilience, World Religions Day - Barrie Interfaith

[Open] January 16, 2022 at 1pm.

Brian will be joining the online events for World Religions Day at Barrie Interfaith to speak about "Justice, Compassion and Resilience." You can access all the details and the flyer at the link here. Click here to register!

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February 8, 2022

Years of Interfaith: Here’s What I Learned - Seniors in Conversation

[Closed Event] Twenty years ago, I entered a path that would define my career. I’ve had the privilege of visiting hundreds of mosques, synagogues, temples, and Wiccan covens. They’ve taught me so much. Here, I will share some of the most important things I learned.

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January 26, 2022

[Registration is now open!] January 26, 2022, at 2 pm.

The Protestant Reformation changed everything: how we understand politics, religion, the ideal life, and even ourselves. We will explore how this world-altering event has shaped us all, be we Protestant, Catholic, Jew, Atheist or otherwise.

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February 10 to March 24, 2022

Religion: The Big Questions

[Open for Registration] Join us for the return of this popular series! Together we will investigate the big questions religion asks and attempts to answer. We’ll discuss religiosity, secularism, and how religion intersects with liberalism and Western democracies, and we’ll examine the many ways religion influences our understanding of sexuality, economics, history, psychology, and sociology. The series draws from more than 20 years of studying and teaching about religions, including Brian’s PhD studies, and has real relevance for understanding American politics, large social trends, and how Western societies work. Prepare to be entertained by these engaging and enlightening talks. Register here for one, a few or all of these presentations.

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

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A History of Racism & Religion in Canada - Islington United Church

[OpenBrian spoke at the Islington United Church. This speaker series is intended to educate and help everyone take action on racism within the church, the community, and the wider Canadian context. Click the link to watch the replay!

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Religious Inclusion: A Starting Point for the Workplace

[Closed Event] With a diverse workforce comes diverse religious practices. This webinar explored some starting steps to becoming a more religiously inclusive workplace that can engender and stimulate a climate of pluralism.

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One Burlington - Panel on Islamic Heritage Month

[Open To Public] Brian joined a panel on learning about Islam and the contributions of Muslims. Follow the link here to find out more.

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Connecting Across Difference: Religious Inclusion and Diversity

[Closed Event] Kinross's customized program combined content from our Discovering Identities program and our Religion at Work program. Together we explored how religious inclusion is a priority for Kinross, the industry and organization's best practices and how teams can work together to support a welcoming, inclusive and effective workplace.

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World Religions Series - Ontario Provincial Police

[Closed Event] A series on learning about different ethnoreligious communities for police staff.

  • Hinduism

  • Buddhism

  • Judaism

  • Islam

  • Christianity

  • Sikhism

  • Wicca & Implicit Bias

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Challenges in Donation and Transplantation

Brian discussed religious literacy with respect to end of life issues and donation. Organ donation literally saves lives. Being able to understand the religious issues can help lead to donations and new life for recipients.

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Window into Christianities

[Closed Event] For Hyundai we focused on the importance of religious literacy in a welcoming workplace, and provided their staff with insight, tools, and the confidence to have open and supportive conversations with colleagues and customers.

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Religious Diversity & Inclusion at Work - Magnet Forensics

[Closed Event] Workplace success requires trust and relationships. In this webinar, we explored 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 learned about a Western bias regarding religion, how this bias distorts our perceptions and the danger of a single story.

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Welcoming Workplace

[Closed Event] With the City of Waterloo we will explore the importance of religious literacy and create practical tools and strategies to ensure a welcoming workplace.