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Cultures, Groups, and Scholars: Multidisciplinary Approaches to Inter-Religious Studies

Join three research associates of Iona Pacific and VST for a research colloquium exploring interdisciplinary analysis of interfaith encounters in ordinary life, structured group experiences, and academic collaboration. January 28, 1:00-2:00pm. Epiphany Chapel

Dr. Rosa Sevy, Research Associate, Iona Pacific Inter-religious Centre
Dr. Mark Stein, Research Associate, Iona Pacific Inter-religious Centre
Dr. Ashley Moyse, Research Associate, Vancouver School of Theology


Kristallnacht Commemoration

On Thursday, November 13, 2014, at 12:00 noon in Epiphany Chapel, VST and Iona Pacific Inter-religious Centre will remember the “Night of the Broken Glass.” During the night of November 9-10, 1938, most of Germany’s and Austria’s synagogues were attacked. Many had stood for centuries. 267 synagogues wee destroyed by fires set deliberately. Over 7,000 Jewish-owned storefronts were smashed. Please join us as we bear witness to the events and share hopes for a brighter future.

Convener: Laura Duhan Kaplan
Welcome: Harry Maier, VST
Speaker: Helen Waldstein Wilkes, author of Letters from the Lost
Musicians: Harriet Frost, singer-songwriter; Charles Kaplan, guitarist
Poetry: Madison Slobin, UBC student


My Rabbi: Post-performance panel discussion

“My Rabbi,” an original Canadian play written and performed by Kayvon Kelly and Joel Berenbaum explores inter-faith friendship in troubled times. Please join Dr. Laura Duhan Kaplan (Iona Pacific Inter-religious Centre), Dr. Rima Berns-McGown (Centre for the Comparative Study of Muslim Societies and Cultures, Simon Fraser University) and Rabbi Dan Moskovitz (Temple Sholom) for a post-performance discussion after this moving, thought-provoking play. Sunday Oct. 12, 2014, 3:00 pm play, 4:15 discussion, Firehall Arts Centre.


Mystics and the Mind: Towards an Understanding of Interfaith Spirituality
2014 Somerville Lecture

Rabbi Dr. Laura Duhan Kaplan will speak about spiritual basis for interfaith understanding found in mysticism and depth psychology. These disciplines describe common dimensions of a human encounter with the Divine that finds expression in different theologies and religious traditions. Thursday September 11, 2014, 7:00-9:00 pm, Epiphany Chapel.