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On Ecumenism with Prof. Lucian Turcescu
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Dr. Lucian Turcescu is Professor of Historical Theology and Graduate Program Director in the Department of Theological Studies at Concordia University in Montreal.
Between 2011-2016 he has served twice as Chair of the Department of Theological Studies. In 2004-5 he was the Chair of the Department of Religious Studies at St. Francis Xavier University (Nova Scotia). He has done research, published, and taught in several areas, including religion and politics, early Christianity, and ecumenism. He received numerous prestigious research grants. He authored, co-authored and (co-)edited several books, most of which benefited from the generous financial support from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) of Canada. He published over three dozens peer‐reviewed articles. He is twice Past President of the Canadian Society of Patristic Studies (2004‐2008) and an Associate Editor of the Journal of Ecumenical Studies and Theoforum (formerly Eglise et Theologie). He served as a member of the Board of Directors, Canadian Corporation for Studies in Religion, and the Corporation’s combined program director (1999‐2002). In 2010 he received the Concordia University Dean’s Award for Distinguished Scholarship. The award is meant to “recognize not only the extremely high caliber of research produced over an extended period of time, but also the sheer volume of productivity which has earned the author innumerable awards and grants, and has brought both national and international recognition to the Faculty of Arts and Science of Concordia University.”
He also serves as Expert Witness in court cases of asylum and deportation, especially connected with religious persecution.
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KAICIID International Fellows Programme pour les leaders religieux en tant que praticiens du dialogue interreligieux 2016-2017Dr. 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.
During their gathering in Kuala Lumpur, the Fellows also visited local houses of worship such as mosques, churches and temples so that they can interact and dialogue with religious leaders and congregations. For some of the Fellows, this was their first time visiting the houses of worship of other religions and have a firsthand experience of the extensive diversity in Kuala Lumpur.
Following this training, the Fellows will implement their projects to promote mutual understanding and social cohesion in their own ethnically and religiously diverse communities. Previous projects have included community dialogues, study trips for students, research, writing and distributing interreligious dialogue manuals and even publishing a dialogue game app. At the conclusion of the one-year programme, the Fellows will visit KAICIID in Vienna to finalise their training and evaluate their dialogue projects before being inducted into the KAICIID International Fellows Network.
KAICIID is an intergovernmental organization, based in Vienna, Austria, whose mandate is to promote the use of dialogue globally to prevent and resolve conflict, to enhance understanding and cooperation. It has a Board of Directors made up of representatives from major world religions. The funding States of KAICIID (Republic of Austria, Kingdom of Spain and Kingdom of Saudi Arabia) constitute the “Council of Parties” responsible for overseeing the work of the Centre, and the Holy See (the Vatican) is a Founding Observer to the Centre.