The Religiously Literate Leader - Senior Advisory Board
We presented to the Senior Advisory Board of Canada's Public Prosecution Service about biases around religion in Canadian culture, how they impact people, and how religious literacy can foster a better work environment, more engaged employees, and more open and trusting conversations with members of the public.
The Origin of Vaisakhi Vaisakhi originated as a harvest festival in India's Punjab region. In 1699, it took on special significance for Sikhs when Guru Gobind Singh, the tenth Sikh guru, created the order of the Khalsa. This order redefined the concept of authority within the Sikh community, introduced a new initiation ceremony and code of conduct, and provided the community with a new religious and political vision. The first five Sikh baptisms, all performed by Guru Gobind
Brian was on an organ donation panel for the US-based Organ Donation and Transplantation Alliance. The panel discussed misconceptions around religious communities and their views on death, dying, and donation and considered how such issues can be approached with skill and kindness.
Brian spoke on April 27, 2022 as part of “An Afternoon of Nurturing Spirit” series. The world's religions are not just about books and beliefs – they include sacred objects, ritual items, clothing, and musical instruments. In this engaging talk, we learned briefly about a Western bias about what "religion" is before then turned to demonstrate the meaning and use of dozens of religious objects from Encounter's office that was shown and explained. Learned the meaning of elabora
A Celebration of the United Church's Commitment to be an Anti-Racist Church and Community Brian took part part in this online celebration where he spoke to leaders in the United Church about the history of how racism in Canada has entwined with religion. We looked at the historical record, the unique role that religion can add to the human tendency to discriminate, and finally, what we might do to move forward.