Dignity, Difference and Dialogue: Theology in Context
Tina Beattie and Catherine Cavanagh
The Canadian Forum on Theology and Education
April 27th and April 28th, 2018
St. Volodymyr Cultural Center,
1280 Dundas Street West, Oakville Ontario L6M 4H9
$225 includes parking, brunch, dinner, wine and cheese on April 27th,
and parking, breakfast, refreshment break, and lunch on April 28th.
Accommodation $127.60 per room per night taxes included.
Rooms contain 2 Queen beds or I King or 1 Queen size bed.
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‘Dignity, Difference and Dialogue: Theology in Context’ will address issues of diversity and inclusion specifically in the Canadian Catholic school context as a reflection of Catholicity within society as a whole. How we struggle with issues such as race, gender, LGBT concerns, religious difference and poverty in our Catholic schools will interest both teachers and non-teachers alike. Schools must navigate tensions between what the Church hierarchy wants our students to learn, what Christ teaches, and what society promotes.
To examine questions of equity and inclusion our presenters, Tina and Cathy will draw on perspectives on Catholic Social Teaching, theologies of hospitality, teachings on conscience, biblical teaching, and maybe some postcolonial theology and some of the philosophy of Emmanuel Levinas. Participants will have opportunities to share relevant stories from within our Catholic school systems; How have we dealt with LGBT students? GSAs? Aboriginal students? Muslim students? Atheists? Students with disabilities? . What can we learn from our experiences?
There will be opportunities to reflect and discuss questions arising from these perspectives. How do we each address these questions in our lives? Where is God in this?
WHAT IS CATHOLIC EDUCATION ALL ABOUT?
schools, colleges, universities; parish homilies, adult education courses and workshops
I remember my high school education in Liverpool (1953-1960) with the Jesuits at St. Francis Xavier’s College ). Although it would never be found in the curriculum the following statement permeated everything I was taught and everything I learned.
“Being Catholic does not mean putting your brain in park.”
This thought has been front and centre in High School Forum and the Canadian Forum on Theology and Education since it all began in 1979. This has led to Forum having
Albert Nolan OP from South Africa
Graham Rossiter CFC and Marisa Crawford from Australia
Fr. Dermot Lane from Ireland
Michael Morwood from Australia
Teresa Forcades OSB from Spain
- Dick Westley
- Mary Malone
- Ted Schmidt
- Paul Hansen CSSR
- Andre Guindon OMI
- James DiGiacmo SJ
- Diarmuid O’Murchu MSC
- Christine Schenk CSJ
- Michael W. Higgins
- Joanmarie Smith CSJ
- Mary Boys SNJM
- Gabriel Moran
- Frank Morrisey OMI
- John Pungente SJ
- Peter Ellis
- Heather Eaton
- Mike Crosby OSF
- Joan Chittister OSB
- Regina Coll CSJ
- Paul Lakeland
These are but a few of the internationally renowned theologians, scripture scholars and authors who have each spent two and three days with adult Catholics and others here in Ontario at Forum.
Participants who have be part of Forum over the years have written:
The immeasurable value of varied and renowned presenters rests in their deep personal appreciation of Catholic faith and Catholic T/tradition, their prophetic witness to the Gospel and their willingness to push theology to new limits of understanding.
FORUM speakers are moving Catholic faith into the future. They are voices to be heard and prophets in their own time! They respect but challenge the status quo and push faith to new heights and depths!
Forum just like life has evolved over the years. What was a initially a foundational theological opportunity for secondary teachers has developed into a cutting edge theological discourse.
As a practising Catholic, I appreciate a venue in which various perspectives and interpretations of our faith – and of societal issues – can be dissected and discussed in a non-judgmental and open-minded manner. Most of the other Church-run institutions I have contact with do not promote this same type of openness. Important questions are raised, perceptive and well-supported responses are offered, and everyone – no matter what conclusions are reached on a personal level – comes away from Forum with a deeper and more authentic connection to the Spirit.
I have for the most part, found your choice of topics and speakers, to be challenging and inspirational… The process needs to continue to be radical and involving.
Forum 2018 will bring together Tina Beattie from England via Zambia, Kenya and Zimbabwe and our own Cathy Cavanagh from Brockville, Ontario via Malawi and Zimbabwe.
The journey continues…