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Spirited Citizenship

What is Spirited Citizenship?

Spirited Citizenship is a research, networking and conversation initiative intended to stimulate greater public appreciation for the contribution of faith-motivated activities and organizations to Canada’s social fabric. 


Now appearing in:

The week of December 4-8 an article will be released each day, emerging from the November 10, 2017, Spirited Citizenship Research Conference: Care, Conflict, and Virtue. The conference convened academics, policy and opinion shapers, and faith-based organization leaders to discuss how Canadians' changing relationship with faith and the role of faith communities in society will shape Canada's future.

Dec 4, 2017

Religion, Multiculturalism, and the Public Square

Angus Reid and Shachi Kurl

Dec 5, 2017

Giving voice to religion might create a better Canada

Ray Pennings


Dec 6, 2017

We must include religion in the dialogue about diversity

Dr. Janet Epp Buckingham


Dec 7, 2017

Faith-based care and medical assistance in dying

Dr. Christopher DeBono


Dec 8, 2017

Policy-makers and social capital research

Milton Friesen

SEE THE VIDEOS

New videos will be uploaded each day!



Research with the Angus Reid Institute:

Spirited Citizenship is conducting extensive public opinion research into faith and the faithful in Canadian public life. Cardus and the Angus Reid Institute have been releasing findings throughout 2017 with a view to stimulating public conversation.


The first installment was released on April 13, 2017:


The second installment was released on May 17, 2017:


The third installment was released on June 29, 2017:


The fourth installment was released on November 16, 2017:


Conferences:

Spirited Citizenship partnered with various conferences in 2017, including a sponsoring partnership with “Our Whole Society” which was held in Ottawa on May 7-9, 2017. We also co-sponsored an event with Regent College, which focused on the role of Christianity in First Nations' history, and considerations for how we might move toward reconciliation in the church and beyond. "Our Stories Shape Us: History, Faith and Practice of the Indigenous Church in Canada" took place September 30, 2017, at Regent College. 

​​Spirited Citizenship Research Conference: Care, Conflict, and Virtue - Nov 10, 2017

Spirited Citizenship held a major research conference of its own, joining academics and practitioners, on November 10, 2017, at the Cardus Ottawa office.  "Spirited Citizenship: Care, Conflict, and Virtue" convened academics, policy and opinion shapers, and faith-based organization leaders to discuss how Canadians' changing relationship with faith and the role of faith communities in society will shape Canada's future. A centrepiece of the day was the presentation of the findings of a year-long series of public opinion polls conducted by the Angus Reid Institute and Faith in Canada 150 during Canada's sesquicentennial year. Learn more at the event recap page.

Advisory Board

Mr. Ray Pennings

Ray Pennings is the Conference Director for Spirited Citizenship, and Executive Vice President of Cardus.

He has long experience in Canadian industrial relations, as well as public policy, political activism, and political affairs generally. He has headed several of Cardus' largest research projects over the years, including a monumental education survey which led to the Cardus Religious Schools Initiative in association with the University of Notre Dame.

Ray is a respected voice in Canadian politics as well, having held senior positions on campaign teams at municipal, provincial, and federal levels. Ray did his under-graduate at McMaster University and holds a Masters of Arts in Religion from Puritan Theological Seminary.

Mr. Ray Pennings

Conference Director
Dr. A.W. Barber

A.W. Barber is the Coordinator for both the South Asian Studies Program and for the East Asian Studies Program at the University of Calgary.

Dr. A.W. Barber

Advisory Member
Rev. Paul Bates

Paul Bates is a Senior Fellow with Cardus, and Assistant Professor of Leadership at McMaster Divinity College, following two years he spent as special advisor to the president at McMaster University.

Rev. Paul Bates

Advisory Member
Dr. Reginald Bibby

Reginald W. Bibby holds the Board of Governors Research Chair in Sociology at the University of Lethbridge. He has been monitoring social trends in Canada through a series of national surveys since the 1970s and has written about them in more then a dozen books. He is also an Officer of the Order of Canada.

Dr. Reginald Bibby

Advisory Member
Mr. Milton Friesen

Milton Friesen is program director of the Social Cities program at Cardus. Core ideas that orient a significant amount of his work include the exploration of complexity science by means of various network approaches. Network dynamics are a persistent feature of our human interactions including the organizations, institutions and societies that Cardus is working to support and make sense of.

Mr. Milton Friesen

Advisory Member
Ms. Shachi Kurl

A public policy analyst, Shachi Kurl directs research, communications, partner development and operations at the Angus Reid Institute. She brings 15 years of experience to her role, spending the first part of her career as political reporter and as a representative for the small business community. Shachi is a recipient of the prestigious Jack Webster award for Best TV Reporting. A frequent columnist and commentator, she holds a degree in Journalism and Political Science from Carleton University in Ottawa and serves on the boards of the Dr. Peter AIDS Foundation and the CKNW Orphans’ Fund.

Shachi Kurl is also Co-Chair of the Cabinet of Canadians.

Ms. Shachi Kurl

Advisory Member
Ms. Yael Levin

Yael Levin is the Manager of Community Relations at The Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs in the Pacific Region (CIJA | PR). In this role, Yael has developed strategic advocacy experience focused on a wide range of issues, from foreign policy to social justice.

As a seasoned relationship builder, she has been responsible for establishing and strengthening key strategic relationships with British Columbia’s influential ethnic, cultural and religious leaders on behalf of the Jewish community in Canada and in Israel.

Yael has led CIJA | Pacific Region in numerous events – from the Holocaust Annual Memorial at B.C.’s Legislature in coordination with the Ministry of Multiculturalism to the events surrounding the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s report release, partnering with Reconciliation Canada and the City of Vancouver; as well as leading the official celebrations of the 25th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Germany and Israel with the German Consulate in Vancouver.  

Yael serves as a founding board member of Fundación B’nei El & Sefarad, a Spanish Foundation that seeks to collect and restore the history of Jews in the Iberian Peninsula. Locally, she is a member of the British Columbia Council for International Cooperation, the Laurier Institution, and serves as the Chair of the Executive Committee of the Multi Faith Summit Council of British Columbia. 

Ms. Yael Levin

Advisory Member
Dr. Angus Reid

Angus Reid is the Chairman of the Angus Reid Institute. He has been the recipient of a Canada Council Doctoral Fellowship, and was inducted into the Marketing Hall of Legends in 2010.

Dr. Angus Reid

Advisory Member

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