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Considerations

Convivium brings you news, commentary and research on issues affecting daily life for Canadians of all faiths.
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Launching Questions

 

Raymond J. de Souza

Editor in Chief Father Raymond J de Souza reflects on the launch of Convivium as an online publication and examines the matter of multiple answers, and questions. 

Editor in Chief Father Raymond J de Souza reflects on the launch of Convivium as an online publication and examines the matter of multiple answers, and questions. 

Carry On Questioning

 

Peter Stockland

Today Publisher Peter Stockland reflects on the importance of asking honest, essential questions about democratic life. 

Today Publisher Peter Stockland reflects on the importance of asking honest, essential questions about democratic life. 

  • Murders and Meaning

    Andrew Bennett

    In the wake of the homicidal attack on a mosque in suburban Quebec City at the end of January, Convivium Publisher Peter Stockland spoke with Cardus’ Andrew Bennett, Canada’s former ambassador for religious freedom, about the cultural signs such violence illuminates. Bennett is blunt: Canada has a religion problem. 

  • Defending a Foundational Freedom

    Andrew Bennett

    Andrew Bennett, Canada’s former Ambassador for Religious Freedom and now Cardus Senior Fellow, argues for the need to recognise the foundational nature of freedom of religion and conscience in our society and its link to our common life.  

  • Finding God at the AGO

    Doug Sikkema

    Can you find God in a Monet? I hate the question and its kind. Even when well-intentioned Christians ask it, the question belies a ham-fisted approach to all art as some utilitarian vehicle to the Divine. As if Crane and Waugh, Picasso and Turner, Wagner and Bach are all “up to” the same kind of thing.

  • No Trumping Virtue

    Ray Pennings

    Convivium: Ray, a few weeks in advance of voting day in the U.S., you wrote a very well-received piece on what’s being called “post-truth” politics. You made the point that truth went sideways almost at the outset of this election, and nobody seemed to care. How does that thesis stand up against the outcome that we saw on Tuesday? How big a factor do you now think “post truth” politics were in getting Donald Trump to the White House? .

  • Is the Party Over?

    Ray Pennings

    For political junkies, presidential nominating conventions are destination television. It’s ritualistic theatre as, almost without exception in living memory, the presumptive nominee has been confirmed. Yes, officially winning a nomination warrants “Breaking News Alerts,” but the conventions are more about marketing than decision-making.

  • The Conversation: Solitary Talks with God

    Marina Nemat with Stephanie Schoenhoff

    As a political prisoner in Iran, where she was kept in solitary confinement and narrowly escaped execution, Marina Nemat says she discovered the reason God is a great storyteller. "He let's us," she says in conversation with Convivium's Stephanie Schoenhoff, "tell our own stories."

Thread of 1,000 Stories

Millions of Canadians live their faith through everyday acts. The Thread seeks to stitch those stories together. Submissions welcomed for consideration: thread@faithincanada150.ca.

#97: The Sidewalk View

Gideon Strauss

In his seventh regular dispatch from from Montreal’s faith-rich Outremont district, Gideon Strauss meets with Emile Kutlu, the president of the Laurier West Merchant Association, responsible for the commercial interests along this street that runs along the southern end of the borough of Outremont to Mile End. 

#96: Margaret Burwash

Marguerite Van Die

Margaret Proctor Burwash had a keen interest in the welfare of female students at the University of Toronto’s Victoria College, and believed that their education should be largely in the hands of women.

Sacred Spaces

Photography is the art of seeing, which can bring the sacred to light and give pause to reflect, to ponder, to pray. Submissions welcomed for consideration: convivium@cardus.ca.

Engaging Voices

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