Chester Ronning Centre for the Study of Religion and Public Life

The Chester Ronning Centre for the Study of Religion and Public Life is a gathering point within a public university in Canada focusing on a broad range of themes where religion and public life intersect. The Centre seeks to bring to the university and to the general public original contributions that embody the highest standards of academic scholarship.

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Biblical Assemblages in the European Far Right | Hannah M. Strømmen | March 11, 2021 | 12PM MST

Taking the far-right terrorist attacks in Norway on the 22 July 2011 as a starting point, this talk examines the role Bibles play in European far-right circles. It is not just a matter of interpretations of the Bible informing far-right ideology. Rather, Bibles and biblical texts function in varied, sticky ways and in conjunction with multiple elements in the arsenal of symbols, artefacts, stories and statements on the far right.

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Hannah Strømmen, PhD | Senior Lecturer @University of Chichester

Hannah M. Strømmen, PhD is Senior Lecturer in Biblical Studies. Her research focuses on the influence and impact of the Bible in contemporary culture.

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Lunch & Learn: World-Repairing work and living well together in the New Diversity | Lori Beaman | March 30, 2021 | 12PM MST

This talk will focus on the idea of world-repairing work as a site for collaboration between diverse people. As the consequences of climate change become increasingly clear, humans are finding creative and innovative ways to address it through collaborations that transcend boundaries, manifest deep equality, and focus on similarity rather than difference.

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Lori Beaman | Professor | University of Ottawa

Lori Beaman, PhD is currently the Principal Investigator of the Nonreligion in a Complex Future (NCF) Project. The primary focus is to study the relationship between increasingly complex diversities created by growing nonreligion populations and institutions, and to build an evidence base from which to identify models for living well together in complex, diverse, and inclusive societies.


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Events with Sarah Hurwitz

"A Jewish Journey in the White House" with Sarah Hurwitz

During the final years of her tenure in the White House as First Lady Michelle Obama’s chief speechwriter, Sarah Hurwitz reconnected with Judaism, exploring the wisdom of Jewish law, the power of Jewish spirituality, and the lessons of Jewish history, all of which had a profound impact on her political career. From drafting her first out of office message for Shabbat, to attending her first Jewish silent meditation retreat, to coming to understand that her role as a speechwriter is to tell the story of the stranger – those who are oppressed or forgotten – Hurwitz speaks about her Jewish journey and how her Jewish values shaped her time in the White House. And she shares insights from her new book, Here All Along: Finding Meaning, Spirituality, and a Deeper Connection to Life -- in Judaism (After Finally Choosing to Look There).

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Coffee and Conversation with Sarah Hurwitz

Grab a coffee and join us in this exclusive event! Chester Ronning Centre Director, Ian Wilson, will lead us in an intimate interview and Q+A session with Sarah Hurwitz.

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Events with Rev. Nontombi Naomi Tutu

We have created an exclusive animated short in collaboration with Rev. Tutu to share her journey.

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"Truth and Reconciliation in a Time of Crises" with Rev. Nontombi Naomi Tutu

In the past five years, Canadians have learned about the impacts of residential school systems and the crisis of missing and murdered Indigenous women. Add in a pandemic, climate change, political strife and protests against police brutality and racism — it’s a lot to process. In response to these issues and crises, hear from the Rev. Nontombi Naomi Tutu, who discusses how we can work toward truth and reconciliation in today’s complex world.

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Coffee and Conversation with Rev. Nontombi Naomi Tutu

Grab a coffee and join us in this exclusive event! Chester Ronning Centre Director, Ian Wilson, will lead us in an intimate interview and Q+A session with Rev. Naomi Tutu following  Truth and Reconciliation in a Time of Crises.

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