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Faith in Canada 150 is powered by the think tank, Cardus.

Cardus is dedicated to the renewal of North American social architecture. Drawing on more than 2,000 years of Christian social thought, Cardus works to enrich and challenge public debate through research, events, and publications, for the common good.

Why is Cardus powering FC150?

A public square stripped of faith and its expression is one in which hope, forgiveness, grace, and mystery will wither. This underlies Faith in Canada 150 and summarizes why Cardus, as a Canadian Christian think tank, is the driving force behind the Faith in Canada 150 program.

From its beginnings, Cardus has been a public, Christian, and credible organization. It has been intentional in fostering and implementing 2000 years of Christian social teaching.

We are not, however, church. Nor are we actors for specific Christian denominations. We reach out in honest yet hospitable ways to engage faith traditions other than our own. We welcome without overwhelming.We converse apart from imperatives of conversion.

In our secular age, we believe a fundamental commitment to pluralism is vital for a think tank committed to its Christian foundations, and for a free society to flourish. If faith can be categorized into act, content, and conduct, we begin with a grace-filled rapprochement among Canadians turned toward making faith the active principle in their lives.

We can respectfully disagree with the content of other faiths. We can offer charitable critique if the conduct of other faithful people is at odds with Canadian tradition. But we must always vigorously protect the shared space in which all acts of faith occur, even those acts of faith required to disavow belief in the transcendent.

Human beings, as Rabbi Jonathan Sacks says, are meaning-seeking creatures. We must then, as pluralists, as democrats, and as Christians called to love our neighbours, safeguard the freedom to pursue one’s path through mysteries of being, purpose and good.

The alternative, in an age often dismissive of faith, is isolation of the faithful from each other. The result will be stripping faith from the public square through the denial of the possibility of public acts of faith. It will be the withering of the fruits of faith: hope, forgiveness, grace, and mystery.

Faith in Canada 150 is a joyful force for celebrating faith in our past, present, and future. Please join Cardus in bringing it forward.

Our Team

Program Director
Greg Pennoyer is the Director of Faith in Canada 150. Greg has a passion for igniting public dialogue on the topic of spirituality and the human condition. As Executive Director of The Humanitas Group, Greg co-lead the development of an art exhibition that probed the question of what it means to be human.  He has also produced two books of reflection and art that continue on that theme.

His passion  for civic renewal has lead him everywhere from Parliament, where he served as a Legislative Assistant, to publishing, as a board member of Image Journal, to journeying with others in the spiritual life through board membership on the Henri Nouwen Society and Prison Fellowship International. Greg holds a MA in Public Policy and a BA in Pastoral Theology.

Chair - Cabinet of Canadians
Dr. Bennett is an academic with an extensive educational background in history, political science, and religious studies. He received a Bachelor of Arts in History (1st Class Honours) from Dalhousie University in 1995, a Master of Arts in History from McGill University in 1997, and a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Edinburgh in 2002.

Project Lead - Faith Alliance
Sarah Brandsma is Project Coordinator in the Hamilton office. Before joining the Cardus team, she used her administrative and creative abilities at IDEAHUB; a start-up business incubator in the Northumberland region. Sarah completed her B.A. with a double major in History and Religion & Theology at Redeemer University College.  

Project Lead - Millennial Summit
Hannah Marazzi is project leader for the Millennials conference, and marketing coordinator at Cardus. A graduate of Trinity Western University and the Laurentian Leadership Centre, Hannah Marazzi comes to Cardus with a strong background in communications, event planning, and program development. 

Project Lead - Spirited Citizenship
Ray Pennings is a co-founder of Cardus and currently serves as its Executive Vice President, working out of the Ottawa office. He has long experience in Canadian industrial relations, as well as public policy, political activism, and political affairs generally. 

Project Lead - Mitchell Prize
Doug Sikkema is a Senior Researcher for Cardus, and managing editor of Comment Magazine. After receiving a B.A. from Redeemer University College, Doug Sikkema completed his M.A. in English literature at the University of Ottawa and a Bachelor of Education at the University of Toronto. 

Senior Writer & Editor - Thread of 1000 Stories
Prior to joining Cardus, Peter was vice­president of English­-language magazines for Readers' Digest Magazines Canada Ltd. He is a former editor­in­chief of The Gazette newspaper in Montreal, a former editorial page editor of the Calgary Herald newspaper and has worked as a journalist throughout Canada during his 30­-year career in the media.

Events Coordinator
Mary-Anne Van Slingerland is the Events Coordinator at Cardus. Her passion is to organize and execute exceptional and memorable events. Mary-Anne holds a B.A. in English from the University of Toronto. 

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