Magazine article Anglican Journal

Symposium Will Help Shape Future: Focus Will Be on the Relevance of Religion within Canada

Magazine article Anglican Journal

Symposium Will Help Shape Future: Focus Will Be on the Relevance of Religion within Canada

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Niagara, Ont.

A national symposium about faith in the Canadian context is being proposed by the Vision 2019 Planning Task Force as one way of engaging Anglicans across the country to "help shape the mission priorities" of the Anglican Church of Canada for 2010 to 2019. Ina presentation to the fall meeting of the house of bishops, Paul Goulet, a member of the task force who is from the diocese of Toronto, said the symposium would be "a key way to connect with the Canadian public" in all its diversity.

"We're inviting more people to come into the tent," said Mr. Goulet. "Yes, we have a partnership with Lutherans but what about other people of faith? We are ready and open to reach out for the common good."

Mr. Goulet said that the task force has identified the increasing secularization of Canadian society as "our single biggest challenge." He added: "The nominal Christian West has disengaged the connection between religious faith and the way society is organized and run. We're looking to recognize that opportunity ... We hope it stimulates thought and imagination, and energizes Canadian Anglicans and Lutherans in expressing a dynamic role in Canadian society."

Mr. Goulet said the task force, which will ask the Council of General Synod to approve the proposal, has not determined how broad the representation of the symposium would be.

The symposium has been tentatively titled, Does Faith Matter? …

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