FC150 Millennial Summit
We're convening 75 Delegates from across Canada to reflect on the role of faith in common life and pluralism on the eve of Canada's 150th anniversary.
- June 28‐30, 2017
- Registration now closed
Do you ever find yourself wondering if faith can truly be public? Do you ask how it is possible to live within a specific faith tradition yet move towards a genuine culture of pluralism in Canada? Millennials who would answer "yes" will be attending the Faith in Canada 150 Millennial Summit.
The Faith in Canada 150 Millennial Summit is the culmination of a series of regional gatherings held over the last year with dynamic Canadian leaders born approximately between 1980 and 2000. The Summit’s purpose is to bring together 75 Canadians of differing faith convictions in Canada’s capital city on the eve of Canada’s 150th anniversary celebrations. Together, millennials from across the country will address pressing questions related to the place of faith in public life, the true nature of pluralism, and the meaning of religious freedom.
- Wednesday, June 28th
- 3:00 – 5:00pm
- Guest Arrival/Check-In
- 6:00 – 7:30pm
- Welcome Reception hosted by Cardus
- Thursday, June 29th
- 9:00 – 10:30am
- Session 1: What is the public square and who inhabits it?
- What does it mean to be a Canadian who is faithful?
- As a millennial generation, how do we communicate our faith publicly?
- 10:30 – 11:00am
- 11:00am – 12:30pm
- Session 2: Can faith be truly public?
- Does our generation have a different understanding of what is private and public faith?
- What challenges have occurred within the Canadian faith landscape within the last 150 years? How can we recognize and honor these challenges while resolving to face the future?
- How do we address faith on the fringes, such as extremism and how it enters the public space?
- 12:30 – 2:00pm
- 2:00 – 3:30pm
- Session 3: Living our faith in difference
- Can a common life be built based on genuine disagreement?
- How can we work to cultivate a more genuine, robust sense of pluralism within the faith landscape?
- How can we learn to have a conversation in which we really listen to one another?
- How do we confront secularism and relativism and the drive to absolute autonomy in our society?
- 3:30 – 5:00pm
- Session 4: Our religious life and the common good.
- Are religious institutions open to the millennial generation’s understanding of public faith?
- How do we address the growing trend of individuals pursuing faith outside of the formal spaces of worship? What is this trend really telling us about the Canadian faith landscape?
- Are there challenges to understanding the common good, such as cultural and theological differences?
- Evening Reception with local faith leaders
- Friday, June 30th
- 9:00 – 10:30am
- Session 5: Faith and Millennials: Key challenges
- Millennials of faith are often viewed as odd or at worst irrational and seen as being opposed to reason or science – How do we avoid the inference that people of faith are out of step with progressive ideas?
- There is often this pressure to “be the same” as everyone else in society, accept ‘established’ values – How do we strive for a genuine pluralism?
- We live in what has been referred as a post-modern society that often holds an opposition to truth – How do we meet the challenge of holding objective and universal beliefs in tension with these societal norms?
- Views informed by faith and professions of faith are excluded from universities and the workplace – How do we grapple with the challenge of marginalization?
- Popular culture speaks of meaning, happiness, and mindfulness yet excludes reference to faith – How can we prevent faith being presented as just one of many spiritual options?
- There is this sense that if you’re faithful, you’re intolerant – How do we deal with the challenges of these non sequiturs?
- 10:30 – 10:45am
- 10:45am – 12:00pm
- Session 6: Moving Forward in Friendship and Faith
- What actions can we take to better engage our peers and our particular corners of the public square, i.e. university, business, government?
- How do we demonstrate through action the link between friendship and faith to our peers who are not of faith?
- What do we want the Faith in Canada 150 Millennial Network to become and achieve in the medium and long-term?
- 12:00pm – 1:30pm
- Working Lunch:
- All delegates to the conference have been invited to submit questions that they feel are most pressing for their generation to consider within this conversation. As such, the final session will be self-guided and take place in break-out groups in which delegates will be given the freedom to address the most pressing questions from a comprehensive list of those submitted to consider.
- 1:00 – 1:30pm
- Final Remarks
Q: When is the Faith in Canada 150 Millennial Summit?
The Faith in Canada Millennial Summit will take place June 28-30. Please note that the official program will not begin until after dinner on June 28 and will conclude at noon on June 30.
Q: Where will the Faith in Canada 150 Millennial Summit take place?
The Summit will take place at Cardus Ottawa and an additional location (TDB) in Ottawa’s downtown core. Dialogue and celebrate alongside other summit participants in our nation’s capital as Canada prepares to throw its biggest birthday bash ever!
Q: What is the deadline for applications?
Early Bird registration closes on Friday, March 24, 12:00am EST.
Those who apply after March 24 will pay a registration fee of $139.00. Applications will continue to be accepted until Friday, May 1, 12:00am PST. Registration is now closed.
Q: Where will I stay?
While the cost of travel and accommodations are the responsibility of each delegate, we have secured accommodations at a discounted rate for the personal booking convenience of Faith in Canada 150 Millennial Summit delegates who are accepted to the program, provided they secure these accommodations before April 28. Each attendee will be given details on this discount upon confirmation of their place at the Summit. Should delegates prefer to make alternative arrangements you are welcome to do so.
Q: Do I need to provide references?
Applicants need to provide one reference who has known the applicant for at least two years.
Q: Can I extend my trip if I wish to stay in Ottawa after the program?
Yes. All travel and accommodation arrangements are the responsibility of the delegate. As such, you are free to extend your stay as long as you like. Faith in Canada 150 Millennial Summit delegates are encouraged to stay and enjoy Canada’s 150thanniversary celebrations.
Q: Do I need to purchase my own travel insurance if I am from outside Ottawa?
Yes. Please note that it is the responsibility of all delegates travelling from outside of the Ottawa area to purchase their own travel, health etc. insurance.
Q: I have special dietary restrictions. Can they be accommodated?
Please make note of these needs and the severity of your allergy (if applicable) on the Eventbrite registration link that will be sent to each delegate that is accepted to attend the Summit.
Q: I don’t feel comfortable speaking on behalf of my entire faith community but would consider myself engaged and committed to my own faith journey. Can I still attend?
Absolutely! This experience intends to allow vibrant millennials of faith a chance to learn, explore, and contribute to the shaping of the conversation surrounding faith and pluralism in the Canadian context. The strength of the summit will come from the diversity of perspectives. Your willingness to contribute as an individual of faith and engage in conversation with delegates who may hold a perspective different from your own is what equips you to apply.
Q: Why would I attend the Faith in Canada 150 Millennial Summit?
The next 150 years of Canadian history will be shaped by those who are willing to engage with one another in a posture of openness and willingness to undertake difficult conversations marked by nuance and complexity. It is so important to have difficult conversations and engage with one another proactively rather than reactively – we encourage you to place yourself in the center of the conversation of diversity and faith in Canada.
With thanks to our sponsor:
Delegates will attend six seminar-style sessions over a two-day period. Each session will be devoted to addressing a critical question regarding faith and pluralism within a Canadian context. A member of the Cabinet of Canadians will chair each conversation-style seminar. Over the course of the Summit, delegates will also attend two receptions with formal leaders of faith and other prominent Canadians whose personal faith convictions inform their day-to-day leadership roles in Canada.
Delegates were required to fill out an application and provide one reference before being considered for a spot at the Summit. This registration fee covers the cost of the Summit’s proceedings and meals for its duration. Hotel and accommodation will be the responsibility of each delegate. A special hotel rate is available for all summit delegates whose application to attend was accepted before April 28. Details will be provided upon acceptance.
It is our hope that Canada’s next generation of faithful leaders moves beyond tolerance to a more vibrant and involved expression of living peaceably in diversity. Canada’s 150th anniversary provides the perfect opportunity for those who will shape Canada’s next 150 years to gather together and contribute to the increasingly important conversation about public expressions of faith in a country portrayed as becoming increasingly secular.
Registration is now closed. Thank you!
For more information, please contact Hannah Marazzi at email@example.com
Raised in British Columbia, Hannah currently resides in Ottawa, working in the fields of human rights and communications. She is an active part of her community and a passionate advocate for the empowerment and education of the next generation.
Ray Sawatsky is an advisor for the FC150 Millennials Conference, and CEO of the Global Aid Network (GAiN) Canada.
Ray SawatskyAdvisory Member
Executive Director of the Edmonton-based Islamic Family & Social Services Association (IFSSA), and past President of The Tessellate Institute. Contributing Editor of Literary Review of Canada.
Mohamed is also an advisor for The Ross and Davis Mitchell Prize for Faith and Writing.
Mohamed HuqueAdvisory Member
Senior Manager, Partnerships at the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA). CIJA is an official partner of this project.
Ariella KimmelAdvisory Member
Daniel Bezalel Richardsen
He is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Foment, the literary journal of the Ottawa International Writers Festival, Canada's largest independent literary celebration.
Daniel is also an advisor for The Ross and Davis Mitchell Prize for Faith and Writing.
Daniel Bezalel RichardsenAdvisory Member
Duncan is a writer and researcher with a passion for child and youth work. His experience with Kerr Street Mission and The Meeting House have led him to pursue a career in charity and ministry. Duncan has worked as a writer and editor in a variety of settings, including fiction, legal academia, and creative non-fiction.
Duncan is the Manager, Research and Executive Projects at the Canadian Council of Christian Charities, and official partner of this project.
Duncan FieldAdvisory Member
Academic Manager at The Canadian Bureau for International Education.
Mozynah NofalAdvisory Member
Victor has a background in education, social work, and law enforcement. He has experience working with indigenous and various visible minority youth groups. He is currently completing his BA in Education at the University of Alberta while working in law enforcement and actively volunteering in his community with disadvantaged youth.
Victor SinghAdvisory Member
Laura is passionate about the arts and media and using it for social change at all levels, but especially at the grassroots. With over 15 years of industry experience, she has a wide range of multi-media skills, with a focus on photography and film and video production. As a producer, she has led numerous creative projects, and managed both small and large-scale events. The majority of her media projects involve not-for-profit initiatives, including youth empowerment programs, interfaith efforts, and other initiatives aimed at using various avenues of media to help educate and deliver effective and compelling content to audiences. Laura currently lives in Toronto, Canada with her husband and two children.
Laura FriedmannAdvisory Member
Jessica is the Executive Director of the 4Rs Youth Movement, a collaboration of fourteen national organizations who are working with Indigenous and non-Indigenous young people who are coming together to cultivate understanding and action in support of a reconciled future. Jessica is Anishinaabe-French from Sault Ste. Marie, ON, Batchewana First Nation, and has lived in Northern Ontario her whole life.
Jessica BolducAdvisory Member
Nate is a world traveler who is interested in the effects of pilgrimage on culture. Through hitchhiking and backpacking, he has found a passion for nature and minimalism. His experience working with Somali refugees in Kenya, peacemakers in Colombia, and anti-human traffickers in Cambodia have developed his appreciation for marginalized communities that find wisdom through struggle.