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Dr. Adriana Bara
Executive Director – on leave
Adriana Bara is the Executive Director of the Canadian Centre for Ecumenism since 2013. Adriana Bara received a BAC in Civil Engineering and a BAC in Theology in Romania, a Master’s in Theology from Concordia University, Montreal, Canada, and a Ph.D. in Theology from the University of Montreal. Adriana has taught various courses in Theology and Religion in Practice in the Department of Theological Studies and the Department of Religions and Cultures at Concordia University in Montreal.
As the head of the Canadian Centre for Ecumenism, Adriana has been actively involved in the official Canadian ecumenical dialogues. She has facilitated collaboration between churches in joint involvement in social action.
She has also been involved in building positive relationships between various religious communities in Canada. In 2020 the Assembly of Catholic Bishops of Quebec, in collaboration with the Canadian Centre for Ecumenism and religious leaders, established the Table interreligious de concentration du Quebec. The Table’s role is to be a bridge between Quebec’s government and faith communities after many decades of estranged relations between them.
Between 2016-2017, Adriana was an International Fellow of the King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz International Centre for Interreligious and Intercultural Dialogue (KAICIID) in Vienna, Austria, alongside twenty other scholars from religious education centers around the world involved in practical peace-building actions.
Dr. Denitsa Tsvetkova Interim Executive Director Projects Coordinator Editor of the Ecumenism Magazine
Denitsa Tsvetkova, PhD is the coordinator of the Interreligious Forum for peace at the Canadian Center for Ecumenism. In 2019 she completed her Ph.D. in practical theology at the University of Montreal. Her research “The orthodox immigrant’s communities from Eastern Europe in Montreal and the cultural diversity” crossed trinitarian theology and interculturality, based on the reality of orthodox communities in Montreal. She also has a MA in theology and a MA in European sciences and social sciences.
In 2012, she published “Migration and believing between inculturation and acculturation”, Cahiers scientifiques, Acfas, in collaboration with Samia Amor and Patrice Brodeur. In the same work, her text “Immigration of the Bulgarian Church in Montreal: ecclesial and community acculturation and inculturation”, she presents the changes in the Bulgarian church after its installation in Montreal. Tsvetkova gave many conferences regarding identity and dialogue. She participated in the Denise Couture research team about feminist interspirituality.
She works at the Canadian Center of Eecumenism since 2013 where, among others, she is the project coordinator and chef editor of the Ecuménisme magazine. The magazine is part of the Atlas database and is placed at the intersection of the intellectual thoughts of universities and the practice of ecumenical and interreligious dialogue. Denitsa is also part of many interreligious dialogue groups. She is engaged in the work of the Interreligious Round Table of Quebec.
Currently, she is a member of the team of the researcher Solange Lefevbre, T-AP Recovery, Renewal and Resilience in a Post-Pandemic World.