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The Interreligious Forum for Peace

The Interreligious Forum for Peace,
a new program of the
Canadian Centre for Ecumenism,
invites you to the Art Festival
"Peace Now: The Beauty of Diversity"
which will be held in Montreal
from October 25th to October 28th
at The Dominican Convent,
2715 Chemin de la Côte Ste-Catherine, H3T 1B6.
Information: 514-937-9176#21 or #33;
(or write to denitsa@oikoumene.ca)

The Festival will be a unique opportunity to learn about dialogue, to meet and to discover the artistic and spiritual richness often hidden behind the walls of our sacred places. The program includes an academic symposium on interfaith dialogue and peace-building, a concert of sacred music, practical workshops, an exhibition and kiosks. In addition to artistic sharing, the Festival will be an open space for dialogue on our beliefs and the social implications that flow from them; a place of networking and solidarity.

Art Festival Program

"Peace Now: The Beauty of Diversity"
25-28 October, 2018, 2715, Chemin de la Côte-Ste-Catherine, Montreal, QC, H3T 1B6 (Dominican Convent in Outremont)
Thursday, October 25th 2018, Dominican Convent
6:00 p.m. Conference Interreligious Dialogue and Peace-building
Panel 1 The Official Interreligious Dialogue
Moderator: Professor Patrice Brodeur Simultaneous Translation
Archbishop Christian Lépine, Roman Catholic Diocese of Montreal
Iman Salam Elmenyaw, Muslim Council of Montreal
Rabbi Reuben Poupko, Executive Member of CIJA and Chairman of the Rabbinical Council

Panel 2 Interreligious Dialogue as a Tool for Peace-building
Moderator Denitsa Tsvetkova
Nicole O’Bomsawin, anthropologist, councilor in the Abenaki Band Council:
Reconciliation and Peace, one Native Peoples perspective
Dr. Carmen Chouinard, representative of the Centre Islamic Libanais:
Éco-féminisme et construction de la paix

Noah’s pudding (diversity dessert) offered by Intercultural Dialogue Institute and snacks

Friday, October 25th 2018, Dominican Convent in place October 23 - 28, 8:00a.m.- 7:00p.m.
Exhibitions The Beauty of Diversity:
Celebrating Canada's Jewish Experience
Muslims, Quebecers and afterwards? in collaboration with Centre justice et foi
Photos of homeless people in collaboration with Maison Nazareth
Céline Savard in collaboration with Centre for Services Restorative Justice
Poems from René (in French)
10h00 Teaching tools:
Let’s abolish torture! with ACAT-Canada (in French)
Blanket exercises with Marie-Émile Lacroix (bilingual)

Saturday, 27th October 2018, Dominican Convent
Workshops (bilingual):
10h00 Ebru: The Art of Drawing on Water, with Sema Tekce
13h00 Atelier par symboles selon la cosmovision autochtone Donné par Dolorès Contré (en français)
14h00 - 16h00 Atelier Céline Savard, Centre for Services in Restorative Justice

Sunday, 28th October 2018 , Dominican Convent
3 p.m. Peace and Creation stories (Mixed Group for interreligious dialogue)
Christian-Jewish Dialogue in Montréal
Maria’M (Christian-Muslim feminist group)
Interreligious Forum for Peace

6 p.m. Sacred Music Concert “Music for Peace”, Dominican Convent Auditorium
MC Father John Walsh
Judith Cohen Letcher (Jewish Music)
Focolari Mouvement Choir (Christian Catholic Music)
Lamia Yared et Naeem Shanwar (Ancien Syriac Orthodox Christian Music and Soufi Music)
Traveling Spirit, song on the Drum (Native Friendship Centre of Montreal)
Aishwarya Nair, Mamata Niyogi-Nakra et Sylvi Belleau (Dance Kala Bharati)
Shams Al Habib (Soufi Music)
Geneviève Labbé (projet Maison du monde)
Imani Family Choir (Christian Protestant Gospel Music)
We are the World (together)

Dialogue at the Edges


The Canadian Council of Churches (CCC) is coordinating a Canadian Forum on Inter-Church Dialogues in partnership with the Faith and Witness Commission of the CCC, the Canadian Centre for Ecumenism  and the Prairie Centre for Ecumenism (PCE) in Saskatoon to take place on 12-13 October, 2018, in Montreal, QC at the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Montreal (2000 Sherbrooke St W, Montreal).

The event is entitled: Dialogue at the Edges / Dialogue à la fin pointe.

The Canadian Forum on Inter-Church Dialogues brings together delegates on dialogues from a cross-section of Christian churches to discuss the prospects and questions surrounding ecumenical dialogue both in Canada and abroad. The Forum is also open to people interested in learning more about ecumenism.

The keynote speakers for this event are: The Rev. Canon Dr. Alyson Barnett-Cowan and The Most Reverend Noël Simard. Evening keynote addresses are free and open to the public, and have simultaneous translation in English and French. In addition to the keynote speakers, there will be several panel discussions and workshops (see attached draft program).

Please join us at the 2018 Canadian Forum on Inter-Church Dialogues.

Register by September 28, 2018: EventBrite link.

Please contact Adriana Bara for any questions you might have: 514-937-9176 # 33.


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Father Irénée Beaubien, SJ Has Died


It is with deep sadness that the Canadian Centre for Ecumenism announces the death of its founder, Father Irénée Beaubien, SJ, in the infirmary of Jean-de-Brébeuf community of Richelieu, on Monday, May 15, 2017, at the age of 101 years.

Until his last breath, Fr. Beaubien was for the Centre a spiritual guide, a faithful friend and a model to follow. We offer our sincere condolences to his family and his Jesuits brothers. The team of the Canadian Center for Ecumenism will continue to follow in his steps to accomplish his dream of a world of faiths in collaboration without barriers.

Visitation will be at Gesù church (1202, rue de Bleury, Montreal) on Friday, May 26, from 7:00 pm to 9 pm.
The funeral will be celebrated on Saturday, May 27th at 10:00 am
at the same location and will be presided by Father Erik Oland, SJ, the Provincial Superior of the Jesuits, with the participation of the Canadian Center for Ecumenism.

KAICIID International Fellows Programme pour les leaders religieux en tant que praticiens du dialogue interreligieux 2016-2017

IMG_20170405_173903495 Dr. Adriana Bara, the executive Director of the Canadian Centre for Ecumenism, and twenty-three other influential peace practitioners of the KAICIID International Fellows Programme from all over the world representing six of the world’s religions, convened in Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia from 3 to 8 April 2017 for advanced dialogue training and to design interreligious dialogue projects to promote social cohesion in their own communities.