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Spirit of the Land: Stories for Generations

October 2018, Video

7th Annual Spirit of the Land Conference

"Make Sure All Of Your People Vote": Donald Trump and the Complexity of Evangelicalism in North America

October 2018, Video

Lecture by Distinguished Visiting Fellow Dr. Molly Worthen

Land Values and Living Values: Exploring the impacts of land ownership trends on rural communities and environments

June 2018, Video

Dialogue with Nettie Wiebe

Responding to Snowden: The Religious Self in Light of Technology and Public Policy

March 2018, Video

Panel Discussion with Dr. Daniel Sims, Dr. Kevin Haggerty, and Houssem Ben Lazreg

The Future of Faith-Based Education in Alberta

March 2018, Video

Lunch & Learn with Dr. Clark Banack

What to do with all these Canaanites? A settler-Canadian reflection on biblical conquest stories

February 2018, Video

Augustana Distinguished Lecture with Dr. Christine Mitchell

Does the Bible justify genocide? If so, do we have to listen?

February 2018, Video

Augustana Distinguished Lecture with Dr. Christine Mitchell

Being Fruitful and Multiplying: Creation Museums as Symbolic Spaces

February 2018, Video

Dialogue with Dr. Jim Linville

From Zion to New York City: Religion, Violence, and the Practice and Theory of Peacebuilding

November 2017, Video

2nd annual Chester Ronning Lecture on Religion and Diplomacy with Dr. Atalia Omer

Next Generation Thinking: Hopeful Economics for the 21st Century - Part 1

November 2017, Video

Part 1 of the 6th annual Spirit of the Land Conference, featuring Key Note Shaun Loney, widely recognized as one of Canada’s leading social entrepreneurs. He has started or mentored 14 social enterprises in sectors as diverse as energy, construction and agriculture. 

Next Generation Thinking: Hopeful Economics for the 21st Century - Part 2

November 2017, Video

Part 2 of the 6th annual Spirit of the Land Conference, featuring presentations by: Marc Soberano (Building Up), Hannah Cree (Common Good), Darcy Wood (Aki Energy), Heather Braid (Grant MacEwan), Rajan Rathnavalu (Newo Global Energy), Rob Avis (Verge Permaculture), and Sylvia McAdam (One House, Many Nations).

Next Generation Thinking: Hopeful Economics for the 21st Century - Part 3

November 2017, Video

Part 3 of the 6th annual Spirit of the Land Conference, featuring a permaculture power workshop with Rob Avis, Verge Permaculture.

Ecclesia semper reformanda est: The Reformation and the Tradition of the Reform

October 2017, Video

A dialogue with Dr. Geoff Dipple & Dr. Brandon Alakas

Your Faith on Feminism

October 2017, Video

A dialogue with Aruna Gnanadason and Ani Zonneveld

Two Friends, Two Faiths

October 2017, Video

A discussion on peace resources in Islam & Christianity with Dr. Chris Huebner and Dr. Muhammad Ali Shomali

Chester Ronning's Mission, Then & Now

September 2017, Video

A Conversation with Dr. Ian Wilson

Justice for (W)all?: Judicial Interference in Religious Decisions and the Case of Wall v Judicial Committee of the Highwood Congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses

September 2017, Video

A Conversation with Dr. Patrick Hart

Reformations and Renewals

March 2017, Video

A Symposium with Dr. Brandon Alakas, Dr. Geoff Dipple, and Rev. Craig Wentland 

The Role of the Bible in Postsecondary Education - Part 1

March 2017, Video

Part 1 of a Symposium with Dr. Ian Wilson and Dr. Ehud ben Zvi  

The Role of the Bible in Postsecondary Education - Part 2

March 2017, Video

Part 2 of a Symposium with Dr. Brian Doak and Dr. Anne Moore  

Ask the Animals: Nature and Theodicy in the Book of Job

March 2017, Video

A Lecture by Visiting Fellow Dr. Brian Doak  

Do the Victors Have Moral Limits?

January 2017, Video

Augustana Distinguished Lecture with Rabbi Lindsey bat Joseph  

Dancing on our Enemy’s Grave: The Ethical Limits of Victory

January 2017, Video

Augustana Distinguished Lecture with Rabbi Lindsey bat Joseph 

Indigenous Research Methodologies: Sharing My Research Journey

November 2016, Video

A Conversation with Dr. Claudine Louis

Dialogues across Divides: Track Two Diplomacy

November 2016, Video

Inaugural Chester Ronning Lecture on Religion and Diplomacy with Dr. Peter Jones  

Commemorating the Reformation

October 2016, Video

A Conversation with Bishop Kochendorfer, Dr. Nostbakken, and Dr. Hammond  

ISIS, Donald Trump, and Technological Culture: Reflection on Human Purpose

October 2016, Video

Augustana Distinguished Lecture with Dr. Kieran Bonner  

Can first questions be an educational focus in this era of global tech. culture?

October 2016, Video

Augustana Distinguished Lecture with Dr. Kieran Bonner 

Mixed Blood & Urban Indigenous Identity

September 2016, Video

A Conversation with Sharon Pasula 

Hardliners of the World: Unite to Kill a Deal! Iran after the Nuclear Deal

December 2015, Video

A Ronning Centre Lecture, A Pot-pourri of Ideas, animated by Distinguished Visiting Fellow, Mojtaba Mahdavi.  

Hardliners of the World: Unite to Kill a Deal! Iran after the Nuclear Deal

December 2015, Video

The third café in the Fall 2015 Philosophers' Café series, A Pot-pourri of Ideas, animated by Distinguished Visiting Fellow, Mojtaba Mahdavi. 

Transforming Healthcare in an Age of Demographic Transition and Fiscal Restraint

December 2015, Video

The sixth café in the Fall 2015 Philosophers' Café series, A Pot-pourri of Ideas, with animateur Dr. Carl Amrhein, Deputy Minister of Health, Province of Alberta. 

Politics & Planning in Cities of Conflict: The Case of Jerusalem

Fall 2015, Audio

Talk at King's University. 

The Role of Jerusalem: Religious Perspectives

Fall 2015, Audio

Talk at Augustana Campus, University of Alberta. 

Dignity Re-evaluated: A theological examination of human dignity and the role of the Church in bioethics and end-of-life care

Fall 2015, Article

Quentin Genuis is currently doing his clerkship training in the faculty of medicine at the University of Alberta. With a research focus in bioethics, he also holds a Master of Letters (Nov 2015) with distinction from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland. 

From Fractured Conversation to the New Economy

November 2015, Video

The fifth café in the Fall 2015 Philosophers' Café series, A Pot-pourri of Ideas, with animateurs Rajan Rathnavalu and Hans Asfedlt. 

C-51: To See or Not to See

October 2015, Article

International Ronning Fellow Ron Nikkel, President Emeritus of Prison Fellowship International, comments on Canada's 2015 Anti-terrorism Act (Bill C-51). 

Recolonizing the Arab World

September 2015, Video

A component of "The Unfinished Project of the Arab Spring: Why "Middle East Exceptionalism" is Still Wrong" International Conference at the University of Alberta, co-sponsored by the Kale Institute for Advanced Study and organized by Dr. Mojtaba Mahdavi, ECMC Chair in Islamic Studies and Associate Professor, Political Science. Talk presented by keynote Tariq Ali, world-renowned writer, journalist and filmmaker. 

Reformist Islam, Gender and the Question of Authority

September 2015, Video

A component of "The Unfinished Project of the Arab Spring: Why "Middle East Exceptionalism" is Still Wrong" International Conference at the University of Alberta, co-sponsored by the Kale Institute for Advanced Study and organized by Dr. Mojtaba Mahdavi, ECMC Chair in Islamic Studies and Associate Professor, Political Science. Talk presented by keynote Amina Wadud, Professor Emerita of Islamic Studies and Expert on Islam, Gender and Justice. 

The Struggle against Fundamentalism after the Revolutions of 2011

September 2015, Video

A component of "The Unfinished Project of the Arab Spring: Why "Middle East Exceptionalism" is Still Wrong" International Conference at the University of Alberta, co-sponsored by the Kale Institute for Advanced Study and organized by Dr. Mojtaba Mahdavi, ECMC Chair in Islamic Studies and Associate Professor, Political Science. Talk presented by keynote Karima Bennoune, Professor of International Law from the University of California. 

Religious Ethos of Putin's Regime in Russia

March 2015, Video

Archimandrite Very Rev. Fr. Dr. Cyril Hovorun, a priest of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church and past chair of its Department of External Church Relations discusses the current conflict in the Ukraine. 

Nationalism as a Form of Secularization of the Church

March 2015, Video

A talk by Archimandrite Very Rev. Fr. Dr. Cyril Hovorun, a priest of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church and past chair of its Department of External Church Relations. 

Film: The Traveling Guru

March 2015, Video

Dr. Darrol Bryant, Distinguished Professor Emeritus and the Director of the Centre for Dialogue and Spirituality in World Religions at Renison University College/ University of Waterloo, Canada, discusses the film made of his experience taking students to India for first-hand exposure to Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, and Sikhism in that country. 

Symphony and Its Reincarnations in Our Days

March 2015, Video

A talk on interrelationships between the early Church and the State during Late Antiquity and the Early Medieval periods, with reflections for our contemporary period. Given by Archimandrite Very Rev. Fr. Dr. Cyril Hovorun, a priest of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church and past chair of its Department of External Church Relations.

Art for the Halibut

November 2014, Video

The sixth café in the Fall 2014 Philosophers' Café series, The City and Its Possibilities, with animatuer Karyn Stirling, owner of the Expressions Café.  

Canada and Palestine in Conversation: ISIS, Israel, and the Aspirations of a People

November 2014, Video

A conversation with David Anderson, MP for Cypress Hills-Grasslands, Salim Munayer, Director of Musalaha Ministries and David Goa, Director of the Ronning Centre.  

Prophet by the Land

November 2014, Video

Duane Guina speaks for the "Respecting the Land" 2014 Conference at Augustana. Duane Guina has a degree in Agricultural Economics, worked for Farm Credit Corporation from graduation until April of 1998 where he then established Farmland Legacies.  

Respect in the New Economy: Circulating New Ideas about Money

November 2014, Video

Mike Unrau speaks for the "Respecting the Land" 2014 Conference at Augustana. Mike Unrau, has a M.A. and International Social Work where he directed several self-initiated projects leading and teaching University students in social work, currently works with Calgary dollars and has worked as Manager of Environmental Education at Green Calgary Association, (credit: spiritoftheland.com). 

The Case of the Trinity Western University Law School 

November 2014, Video

A Ronning Centre Lecture with Distinguished Visiting Fellow, Professor Iain Benson, the Resident Scholar at Massey College, University of Toronto.

Prostitution and Canadian Law and Culture

November 2014, Video

The sixth café in the Fall 2014 Religion and Public Life Café series, Conversations in the Agora, with animateur Kate Quinn, Executive Director of the Centre to End All Sexual Exploitation.  

Who Divides? What Unites? And Who Decides? Pluralism and the Limits of Law

November 2014, Video

A Ronning Centre Lecture with Distinguished Visiting Fellow, Professor Iain Benson, the Resident Scholar at Massey College, University of Toronto.  

Who Governs? Who Cares? Democracy and Power in Edmonton

October 2014, Video

The third café in the Fall 2014 Philosophers' Café series, The City and Its Possibilities, with animatuer Judy Garber (Political Science, University of Alberta). 

Found Wanting: A Multimedia Installation Regarding Grief and Gratitude

October 2014, Video

Artist, writer and Director of the Open Studio project, Betty Spackman speaks about the "Found Wanting" Expedition.  

Intelligent Humanity: Christianity and the Arts

October 2014, Video

Artist, writer and Director of the Open Studio project, Betty Spackman discusses images and objects that represent the Christian faith in popular culture. 

On Earth as in Heaven: Transforming Perspectives and Practices

October 2014, Video

The Augustana Distinguished Lectures with Distinguished Visiting Fellow Rev. Dr. John Chryssavgis, Archdeacon of the Ecumenical Patriarchy. 

Peace and Justice: Spiritual Reflections on the Beatitudes 

October 2014, Video

The Augustana Distinguished Lectures with Distinguished Visiting Fellow Rev. Dr. John Chryssavgis, Archdeacon of the Ecumenical Patriarchy. 

Screening of "Hellbound"

October 2014, Audio

A Ronning Centre Consultation Panel discussion with Eugene Boe, David Goa and Randal Rauser at the Faith and Life Chapel, Augustana Campus.  

In the Heart of the Desert: The Spirituality of the Desert Fathers and Mothers

October 2014, Video

The Augustana Distinguished Lectures with Distinguished Visiting Fellow Rev. Dr. John Chryssavgis, Archdeacon of the Ecumenical Patriarchy. 

The Other Side of the City: Urban Institutions that Harm and Help

October 2014, Video

The second café in the Fall 2014 Philosophers' Café series, The City and Its Possibilities, with animatuer Milton Friesen, Director of Social Cities and member of Cardus. 

Downstream: Bestemor and Me

September 2014, Video

Author Dr. Vangie Bergum speaks out of the heart of her memoir in her Battle River and Camrose Book Launch. Co-sponsored by the ALL-Battle River Writing Centre. 

A Sense of Place

September 2014, Video

The first café in the Fall 2014 Philosophers' Café series, The City and Its Possibilities, with animatuer Charles Schweger, Professor Emeritus of the University of Alberta.  

Radicalization, Canadian Culture, and University Education

September 2014, Video

The first café in the Religion and Public Life Café Series, Conversations in the Agora, animated by Director of the Ronning Centre, David Goa and Natasha Martel, a student at Augustana. 

Jesus and Muhammad: A Sufi Perspective

September 2014, Video

A Ronning Centre Lecture with Distinguished Visiting Fellow Bilal Kuspinar, Ph.D. in Philosophy and Director of the International Rumi Centre.  

Rethinking Islam in the Contemporary World

May 2014, Video

ICMES' first Annual Ibrahim Abu-Rabi’ Commemorative Lecture delivered by Dr. Carl W. Ernst, the W. R. Kenan Distinguished Professor of Religious Studies, and Co-Director of the Carolina Center for the Study of the Middle East and Muslim Civilizations, at the University of North Carolina. (Credit: International Council for Middle East Studies) 

Maidan: The Church in the Public Square

May 2014, Video & Audio

A seminar series co-sponsored by the Chester Ronning Centre and the Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies, University of Alberta. Speaker Archimandrite Very Rev. Fr. Dr. Cyril Hovorun, a priest of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, and a past chair of its Department of External Church Relations, holds a candidate degree from the Kyiv Theological Academy and a PhD in theology from the University of Durham.

Watch here     Listen here for part 1     Listen here for part 2 

Is the prophet necessarily a voice crying in the wilderness?

April 2014, Audio

The seventh café in the Winter 2014 Philosophers' Café series, Evicting religion from the public commons: blessing or curse? with animateur Martin Tweedale, who has a PhD from the University of California and is a Professor Emeritus at the University of Alberta. 

On the road to secularism? Charles Taylor meets Jean-Jacques Rousseau

April 2014, Audio

The sixth café in the Winter 2014 Philosophers' Café series, Evicting religion from the public commons: blessing or curse? with animateur Nicholas Wickenden. Nicholas Wickenden was educated at the University of Alberta and King's College, Cambridge and has previously taught history at the University of Alberta. 

Is Anything Sacred? Religion in a Secular Society

March 2014, Audio

A talk at the Ashbourne Centre, Edmonton co-sponsored by Edmonton Interfaith Centre and the Ronning Centre with Salima Versi, Father Stefano Penna, Martin Tweedale and David Goa. 

What's happened to our conception of a city?

March 2014, Audio

The fifth café in the Winter 2014 Philosophers' Café series, Evicting religion from the public commons: blessing or curse? with animateur Milton Friesen, the Program Director, Social Cities of Cardus. 

Here I Am . . . Send Someone Else

March 2014, Audio

The fourth café in the Winter 2014 Religion and Public Life Café series, Vocation: The Gift of Service, with animateur Brian Krushel, Senior Pastor of the Camrose Church of God. Note: Due to technical difficulties, only the first 30 minutes of Brain Krushel's talk could be recorded. 

Do secular philosophies say all that need be said about questions of justice? 

March 2014, Audio

The fourth café in the Winter 2014 Philosophers' Café series, Evicting religion from the public commons: blessing or curse? with animateur Michael De Moor of Kings University College. 

Lawyers as Secular Seminarians

March 2014, Audio

A Ronning Centre Lecture with Daniel Mol, an Edmonton area litigation attorney. 

On Religion in the Public Square

February 2014, Audio

An interview with David Goa, Director of the Ronning Centre, recorded in an episode of The Tentative Apologist Podcast. 

Finding Grace in Failure

February 2014, Audio

The third café in the Winter 2014 Religion and Public Life Café series, Vocation: The Gift of Service, with animateur Greg Pietz, Pastor of the Camrose Resurrection Lutheran Church. 

Frank Schaeffer at the University of the Fraser Valley

February 2014, Video

Frank Schaeffer spoke at the University of the Fraser Valley in Abbotsford, B.C. on his parents’ legacy, growing up at L'Abri, the religious right, his journey to Orthodoxy and his granddaughter Lucy. Following Frank's talk, a panel discussion featuring Brad Jersak, Archbishop Lazar and David Goa respond with their own thoughts and experiences. (Credit: Icons of Insight) 

Frank Schaeffer on the L'Abri Legacy

February 2014, Video

Frank Schaeffer discusses growing up with his Father and Mother, Francis and Edith Schaeffer and the lasting impact they made on the Evangelical Right in America. He carefully traces Francis Schaeffer's engagement with Christianity arguing that, rather than turning away from his parent's legacy, he has instead carried it on through his journey to Orthodoxy. (Credit: Icons of Insight) 

Is Morality Only a Human Creation?

February 2014, Audio

The second café in the Winter 2014 Philosophers' Café series, Evicting religion from the public commons: blessing or curse? with animateur Paul Viminitz, Professor of the Philosophy Department at the University of Lethbridge. 

Theism, Humanism, or Scientism: Which is the Real Delusion? 

February 2014, Audio

A Ronning Centre & Veritas Forum with Andy Bannister, Martin Tweedale, Al-Hajj Usama Al-Atar, & David Goa, moderator. Al-Hajj Usama Al-Atar is an imam and a researcher at the University of Alberta. Andy Bannister is Lead Apologist, Ravi Zacharias International Ministries. Aleem Karmali is an independent filmmaker and a member of the Ismaili Association of Edmonton. 

Blasphemy and the Challenge of Freedom of Speech

February 2014, Audio

A Ronning Centre Consultation with Distinguished Visiting Fellow Mumtaz Ahmad and Chester Ronning Centre director David Goa. Mumtaz Ahmad is a Professor of Political Science and Vice President (academic affairs) at the International Islamic University, Islamabad, Pakistan, and Distinguished Visiting Scholar at the College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, Virginia, USA. 

Toward a Theology and Pedagogy of Active Hope: Lessons from My Parents 

February 2014, Audio

A Ronning Centre Lecture with Reverend Dittmar Mündel. Reverend Dittmar Mündel is a pastor of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada, ordained in 1970 and has been a faculty member of Augustana teaching in Religious Studies and Interdisciplinary Studies since 1980. 

Teaching Language, Giving Voice

February 2014, Audio

The second café in the Winter 2014 Religion and Public Life Café series, Vocation: The Gift of Service, with animateur Kim Misfeldt, Professor of German at Augustana. 

Muslim Tide, Christianity, and the Reshaping of Canada

February 2014, Audio

A Ronning Centre Conversation with Chester Ronning Centre Director, David Goa. 

Politics and Theology of Blasphemy: The Pakistan Experience

January 2014, Audio

A Ronning Centre lecture by Distinguished Visiting Fellow Mumtaz Ahmad, Professor of Political Science and Vice President (academic affairs) at the International Islamic University, Islamabad, Pakistan, and Distinguished Visiting Scholar at the College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, Virginia, USA. 

Biography sheds light on ‘remarkable’ Canadian diplomat 

January 2014, Video

Article by Geoff McMaster featuring a video clip from Tom Radford's 1980 film "China Mission: The Chester Ronning Story". 

Is there still a constructive role for religions in debating public issues?

January 2014, Audio

The first café in the Winter 2014 Philosophers' Café series, Evicting religion from the public commons: blessing or curse? with animateur David Goa, director of the Chester Ronning Centre. 

Servant Leader

January 2014, Audio

The first café in the Winter 2014 Religion and Public Life Café series, Vocation: The Gift of Service, with animateur Les Parsons, Augustana Ski Coach. 

The Afghanistan End-Game and the Future of Militancy in Southwest Asia

January 2014, Audio

A Ronning Centre Lecture by Distinguished Visiting Fellow Mumtaz Ahmad, Professor of Political Science and Vice President (academic affairs) at the International Islamic University, Islamabad, Pakistan, and Distinguished Visiting Scholar at the College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, Virginia, USA. 

Discerning the Living Presence

December 2013, Audio

The fifth café in the Fall 2013 Religion and Public Life Café series, Vocation: The Gift of Service, with animateur Linda Gervais. 

Norway's Peace Engagement: Approaches, Achievements and Deep Dilemmas

November 2013, Audio

A guest lecture for Augustana's 2013/2014 academic theme Progress with Kristian Harpviken, Director of PRIO; the Peace Research Institute in Oslo. 

Prostitution: Marketing Sexual Favors

November 2013, Audio

The fifth café in the Fall 2013 Philosophers' Café series, Is Everything Up for Sale? with animateur Bert Pitzel, Social Justice Coordinator at the Archdiocese of Regina. 

Cultivating the Fields of Meaning

November 2013, Audio

The fourth café in the Fall 2013 Religion and Public Life Café series, Vocation: The Gift of Service, with animateur Will Pattison, M. Sc. Agricultural Economics, past lecturer of economics at Augustana and farmer. 

Catholic Social Teachings on the Economy 

November 2013, Audio

A Ronning Centre talk by Bert Pitzel, the Social Justice Coordinator at the Archdiocese of Regina. 

Omar Khadr: The Law

November 2013, Video & Audio

A talk at the King's University College co-sponsored by the Chester Ronning Centre and the Micah Centre at The King’s University College of Omar Khadr's story with Attorney Samuel Morison, US Department of Defense.

Watch here     Listen here 

Paying People to Do the Right Thing

November 2013, Audio

The sixth café in the Fall 2013 Philosophers' Café series, Is Everything Up for Sale? with animateur Janet Wesselius, an Associate Professor of Philosophy at Augustana campus. 

Two Mendicant Anti-Professionals in the Age of the Simulacra of the Professions and the System

October 2013, Audio

A Ronning Centre lecture with Distinguished Visiting Fellow Dan Bogert O'Brian, United Church Minister who has served in the university, First Nations communities, and rural and urban communities in Western and Central Canada.  

The Accidental Judge

October 2013, Audio

The third café in the Fall 2013 Religion and Public Life Café series, Vocation: The Gift of Service, with animateur Harry Gaede, lawyer and judge. 

Democracy, Equality, and Laïcité 

October 2013, Audio

A Ronning Centre conversation on the proposed Quebec Charter of Values with Jérôme Melançon, Augustana Professor of Political Studies and Philosophy and David Goa, Director of the Ronning Centre. 

Pay Your Dough and Jump the Queue

October 2013, Audio

The second café in the Fall 2013 Philosophers' Café series, Is Everything Up for Sale? with animateur Fred Judson, Professor Emeritus in the Department of Political Science at the University of Alberta. 

Omar Khadr: The Man

October 2013, Video & Audio

A talk at the University of Alberta co-sponsored by the Chester Ronning Centre and the Micah Centre at The King’s University College of Omar Khadr's story with guest speaker Brigadier General (ret) Stephen Xenakis, MD. 

Watch here     Listen here 

You Can't Have All of Me, But Can I Sell You a Part?

October 2013, Audio

The third café in the Fall 2013 Philosophers' Café series, Is Everything Up for Sale? with animateur Elizabeth Panasiuk who has a MA in Philosophy from University of Waterloo and teacher of Philosophy courses at Grant MacEwan University. 

Ethics, Ethos, and Mythos: Merton, Potlaches and Technology

October 2013, Audio

A Ronning Centre lecture with Distinguished Visiting Fellow Dan Bogert O'Brian, a United Church Minister. 

Toward a New Public Theology for Canada

October 2013, Audio

The Synod of Alberta and the Territories, Trinity Lutheran Church, and the Ronning Centre present a Reformation Day Symposium, a gathering for clergy and laity endorsed by Bishop Larry Kochendorfer, Toward a New Public Theology for Canada: The Augustana Distinguished Lectures by David Pfrimmer, Principal-Dean and Professor of Applied Christian Ethics at Waterloo Lutheran Seminary. 

Listen here for the morning session     Listen here for the afternoon session 

Canada: A Tale of Two, or Three, or Four National Stories

October 2013, Audio

The Synod of Alberta and the Territories, Trinity Lutheran Church, and the Ronning Centre present a Reformation Day Symposium, a gathering for clergy and laity endorsed by Bishop Larry Kochendorfer, Toward a New Public Theology for Canada: The Augustana Distinguished Lectures by David Pfrimmer, Principal-Dean and Professor of Applied Christian Ethics at Waterloo Lutheran Seminary.  

Dispatches from the Front: Church Contributions to the Public Purpose

October 2013, Audio

The Synod of Alberta and the Territories, Trinity Lutheran Church, and the Ronning Centre present a Reformation Day Symposium, a gathering for clergy and laity endorsed by Bishop Larry Kochendorfer, Toward a New Public Theology for Canada: The Augustana Distinguished Lectures by David Pfrimmer, Principal-Dean and Professor of Applied Christian Ethics at Waterloo Lutheran Seminary.  

My Vocation as a Parent, Teacher, and Citizen

September 2013, Audio

The first café in the Fall 2013 Religion and Public Life Series, Vocation: The Gift of Service, with animateur Pat Mader Mündel. 

Introduction to Sandel Himself

September 2013, Audio

The first café in the Fall 2013 Philosophers' Café series, Is Everything Up for Sale? with animateur Martin Tweedale, who has a PhD from the University of California and is a Professor Emeritus at the University of Alberta. 

A Sufi Speaks to the Modern World

September 2013, Audio

A Ronning Centre lecture by Distinguished Visiting Fellow Bibal Kuspinar, an internationally recognized scholar, Distinguished Visiting Fellow of the Ronning Centre and Director of the International Rumi Centre. 

Freedom of Conscience in Health Care: Distinctions and Limits

June 2013, Article

Dr. Stephen J. Genuisis Clinical Professor in the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry with research interests in environmental health sciences who works on clinical nutrition and elimination of persistent pollutants from the human body. He received the Commemorative Medal from the Governor General of Canada in recognition of significant contribution to Canada. 

Rabbi David Kunin's farewell address on Dialogue

June 2013, Audio

Rabbi David Kunin gives a farewell address on dialogue at St. Stephens College (UofA) shortly before his departure to Japan. 

Bisexuality and Transsexuality among the Hindu Gods

April 2013, Audio

A Ronning Centre lecture as part of the Religion & Masculinities Symposium co-sponsored by the Program of Religious Studies by Distinguished Visiting Fellow Wendy Doniger (Ph. D. from Harvard University and D. Phil. from Oxford University). 

Is There Human Rights in Prisons?

March 2013, Audio

A Ronning Centre Lecture with Distinguished Visiting Fellow, Ron Nikkel. Ron Nikkel has been the President and CEO of Prison Fellowship International for over 30 years and currently a member of the advisory board of the International Center for Religion and Diplomacy based in Washington DC. Co-sponsored by the University of Lethbridge.  

Is Insanity a Demeaning Defense? 

March 2013, Audio

The fifth café in the Winter 2013 Philosophers' Café series, Does Imprisonment Fit the Crime? with animateur Annalise Acorn, Lawlor Professor of Law and Ethics, Faculty of Law, University of Alberta. 

Do Our Justice Systems Really Do Justice?

March 2013, Audio

A Ronning Centre lecture by Distinguished Visiting Fellow Ron Nikkel, President and CEO of Prison Fellowship International.  

Is Spirituality in Prisons Really Meaningful?

March 2013, Audio

The fourth café in the Winter 2013 series, Does Imprisonment Fit the Crime? with animateur and Distinguished Visiting Fellow, Ron Nikkel, President and CEO of Prison Fellowship International. 

Can Our Justice System Be Genuinely "Restorative"?

February 2013, Audio

The second café in the Winter 2013 series, Does Imprisonment Fit the Crime? with animateur Janet-Sue Hamilton, Retired Warden from the Edmonton Institution for Women. 

A Democratic Faith

February 2013, Audio

A Ronning Centre Seminar with the Augustana sessional lecturer of Political Studies & Philosophy, Jérôme Melançon. 

Public Life and the Mennonite-Anabaptist Tradition

February 2013, Audio

A Ronning Centre lecture by Distinguished Visiting Fellow Roger Epp, Professor of Political Science at the University of Alberta, where he served from 2004 to 2011 as founding dean of the Augustana Campus in Camrose. 

Do Prisons Actually Accomplish What We Expect Them To?

January 2013, Audio

The first café in the Winter 2013 series, Does Imprisonment Fit the Crime? with animateur Farzad Bawani, Board Director of the John Howard Society. 

The Social Challenges Created by Reproductive Technologies: What are the Facts?

November 2012, Audio

The fifth café in the Fall 2012 Philosophers’ Café series, Living and Dying with Medical Technology, with animateur Professor Timothy Caulfield (Health Law/Bioethics, Faculty of Law, University of Alberta).

*Note: the first few minutes of the talk were not recorded  

Light of the East: Eastern and Western Christians in Dialogue 

November 2012, Audio

A conversation with Distinguished Visiting Fellow Very Rev. John H. Erickson, Professor Emeritus at St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary in New York during The Light of the East Eastern and Western Christians in Dialogue, an event by the Western Diocesan and Eparchial Coordinators in Ecumenism (WDECE) and co-sponsored by the Chester Ronning Centre.  

Respondent 

November 2012, Audio

A talk with Most Rev. Lawrence Huculak, OSBM, Archeparch of Winnipeg, Metropolitan for Ukrainian Catholics in Canada during The Light of the East Eastern and Western Christians in Dialogue, an event by the Western Diocesan and Eparchial Coordinators in Ecumenism (WDECE) and co-sponsored by the Chester Ronning Centre.

*Note: only the first 24 minutes were recorded due to technical difficulties 

Orthodoxy in North America: Challenges & Opportunities (Part 2)

November 2012, Audio

A Ronning Centre lecture at St Hermans of Alaska, Edmonton by Distinguished Visiting Fellow Fr John Erickson. 

Orthodoxy in North America: Challenges & Opportunities (Part 1)

November 2012, Audio

A Ronning Centre lecture at St Hermans of Alaska, Edmonton by Distinguished Visiting Fellow Fr John Erickson. 

Salvation, a Conversation

November 2012, Audio

The Orthodox Mind, a conversation on the spiritual life and the life of the world at an Orthodox Youth Retreat, Kadesh Camp, Christopher Lake, Saskatchewan with David Goa, director of the Chester Ronning Centre.  

Sin, a Conversation

November 2012, Audio

The Orthodox Mind, a conversation on the spiritual life and the life of the world at an Orthodox Youth Retreat, Kadesh Camp, Christopher Lake, Saskatchewan with David Goa, director of the Chester Ronning Centre.  

Scripture, a Conversation

November 2012, Audio

The Orthodox Mind, a conversation on the spiritual life and the life of the world at an Orthodox Youth Retreat, Kadesh Camp, Christopher Lake, Saskatchewan with David Goa, director of the Chester Ronning Centre.  

The Orthodox Understanding of Scripture 

November 2012, Audio

The Orthodox Mind, a conversation on the spiritual life and the life of the world at an Orthodox Youth Retreat, Kadesh Camp, Christopher Lake, Saskatchewan with David Goa, director of the Chester Ronning Centre.  

The Religious Roots of Alberta's Populist Conservatism 

November 2012, Audio

A Ronning Centre Lecture with Clark Banack who teaches in the Department of Political Science at York University in Toronto. 

Adapting to that Which You Can't Prevent (and Vice Versa!)

October 2012, Video

A talk by environmentalist Bill McKibben's as a part of Augustana's Campus 2012/13 annual academic theme (co-sponsored by the Ronning Centre). 

Drawing Life from Death

October 2012, Audio

The third café in the Fall 2012 Religion and Public Life Café series, Care for the Dying, Remembering the Dead, with animateurs John and Eloise Bergen, missionaries to Kenya.  

Forgiveness as Resurrection

October 2012, Audio

A Ronning Centre Consultation with John and Eloise Bergen, missionaries to Kenya. 

The Qur'anic Perspective on Tolerance and Pluralism

October 2012, Audio

The Institute of Ismaili Studies and the Aga Khan Council for Edmonton presents a lecture by Dr. Reza Shah-Kazemi, a Research Associate at the Institute of Ismaili Studies.  

From Theological Dogma to Spiritual Mystery: Esoteric Muslim Perspectives on Christian Doctrine: Considering the Incarnation

October 2012, Audio

The first of the Ronning Centre Distinguished Lectures by Distinguished Visiting Fellow Dr. Reza Shah-Kazemi, a Research Associate at the Institute of Ismaili Studies.

From Theological Dogma to Spiritual Mystery: Esoteric Muslim Perspectives on Christian Doctrine: Considering the Crucifixion 

October 2012, Audio

The second of the Ronning Centre Distinguished Lectures by Distinguished Visiting Fellow Dr. Reza Shah-Kazemi, a Research Associate at the Institute of Ismaili Studies. 

Rethinking Healthcare

September 2012, Audio

A Ronning Centre lecture and Philosophers' Café special evening lecture about Living and Dying with Medical Technology, by Distinguished Visiting Fellow Dr. Stephen Genuis, MD and Clinical Professor in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Alberta. 

Is it time to Change the Way We Think about Healthcare?

September 2012, Audio

The first café in the Fall 2012 Philosophers' Café series, Living and Dying with Medical Technology, with animateur Dr. Stephen Genuis, MD and Clinical Professor in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Alberta. 

Being Restored to Finitude

September 2012, Audio

The first café in the Fall 2012 Religion and Public Life Café series, Care for the Dying, Remembering the Dead, with animateur Dittmar Mündel, Associate Director of the Ronning Centre. 

Jesus and Nonviolence

March 2012, Audio

A half-day retreat with Ronning Centre Distinguished Visiting Fellow (co-sponsored by the Synod of Alberta and the Territories, ELCIC), Simon Harak, S.J., who entered the Society of Jesus in 1970.
He has a B.A from Fairfield University, an M.div from the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley, and an M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Notre Dame.
 

Justice and Future Generations

March 2012, Video

The fifth café in the Winter 2012 Philosophers' Café series, What’s Justice Got to Do with It? with animateur Jennifer Welchman (Philosophy, University of Alberta). 

Justice and War

March 2012, Video

The fourth café in the Winter 2012 Philosophers' Café series, What’s Justice Got to Do with It? with animateur Simon Harak and Paul Viminitz (Philosophy, University of Lethbridge). 

Submission and the American Presidency: Tracing the Prehistory of Michele Bachmann and Sarah Palin

March 2012, Audio

A Ronning Centre Lecture with Emily Johnson, a graduate student at Yale University, where she studies the religious and cultural history of the United States. Emily graduated from the University of Alberta in 2007 with a B.A. in History and Women’s Studies. 

State-Imposed Ethics and Religious Teaching 

March 2012, Audio

A Ronning Centre Research Fellow Lecture with Iain Benson, renowned lawyer.  

Justice and Religious Freedom

March 2012, Video

The third café in the Winter 2012 Philosophers' Café series, What’s Justice Got to Do with It? with animateur Iain Benson. 

A Rabbi's Journey

March 2012, Audio

The third café in the Winter 2012 Religion and Public Life Café Series, Spiritual Pilgrimages for the Healing of the World, with animateur Rabbi Carmit Harari of Temple Beth Ora.  

Obama and Me: Wearing the Mask, Wanting to Scream in the 21st Century 

February 2012, Audio

A Ronning Centre Lecture with Steve Bynum, the Senior Producer for Worldview, Chicago Public Media's weekday global affairs program. As well, he has a B.A. in American Studies from the University of Notre Dame and is completing a Master’s Degree in Public Policy and Administration from Northwestern University. 

*Disclaimer: Steve speaks as a private citizen and not as a representative of Chicago Public Media in this lecture. Any opinions expressed are entirely his own. 

Thinking about the Prophet Muhammad

February 2012, Audio

The fourth lecture in the Ronning Centre Lecture Series, The Christian Responsibility to Muslims, with Chester Ronning Centre Director, David J. Goa.  

Justice and the Responsibility to Protect

February 2012, Video

The second café in the Winter 2012 Philosophers' Café series, What’s Justice Got to Do with It? with animateur Thomas Keating (Political Science, University of Alberta).   

A Journey to Orthodoxy 

February 2012, Audio

The second café in the Winter 2012 Religion and Public Life Café Series, Spiritual Pilgrimages for the Healing of the World, with animateur Steve Bynum the Senior Producer for Worldview, Chicago Public Media’s weekday global affairs program. He also has a B.A. in American Studies from the University of Notre Dame and is completing a Master’s Degree in Public Policy and Administration from Northwestern University. 

Justice: Can We Have Too Much of It?

January 2012, Video

The first café in the Winter 2012 Philosophers' Café series, What’s Justice Got to Do with It? with animateur Don Carmichael (Political Science, University of Alberta).  

Conversations Ancient and Modern

January 2012, Audio

The third lecture in the Ronning Centre Lecture Series, The Christian Responsibility to Muslims, with Chester Ronning Centre Director, David J. Goa.  

Gideon Walked Out

December 2011, Audio

The fifth café in the Fall 2011 Philosophers' Café series, Spiritual Pilgrimages for the Healing of the World, with animateur Allen Berger, Dean of the Augustana Campus.  

Is a diversity of religious communities a help or a hindrance to a healthy society?

December 2011, Video

The seventh café in the Fall 2011 Philosophers' Café series, What Makes a Healthy Society? with animateur David Goa, Director of the Ronning Centre.  

Canada and Civil Religion 

November 2011, Audio

A Ronning Centre Seminar with John von Heyking, Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Lethbridge, in Alberta, Canada. 

The Highest Public Calling: A Conversation on Religion and Public Life 

November 2011, Audio

A Ronning Centre Forum with James Rajotte, MP Edmonton – Leduc.  

What are the limits to “reasonable accommodation”?

November 2011, Video

The fifth café in the Fall 2011 Philosophers' Café series, What Makes a Healthy Society? with animateur Lisa Kline, PhD in Philosophy, University of Illinois.  

Can the Cultivation of Civic Democracy Unite into One Country a Variety of Ethnic Cultures and National Identities?

November 2011, Video & Audio

The sixth café in the Fall 2011 Philosophers' Café series, What Makes a Healthy Society? with animateur John von Heyking, Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Lethbridge, in Alberta, Canada.

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Landscape of Christian-Muslim Conversation 

November 2011, Audio

The second lecture in the Ronning Centre Lecture Series, The Christian Responsibility to Muslims, with Chester Ronning Centre Director, David J. Goa.  

Turning Persons into Symbols 

November 2011, Audio

The first lecture in the Ronning Centre Lecture Series, The Christian Responsibility to Muslims, with Chester Ronning Centre Director, David J. Goa.  

A Community's Journey Guided by the Imam of the Day

November 2011, Audio

The third café in the Fall 2011 Religion and Public Life Café series, Spiritual Pilgrimages for the Healing of the World, with animateur Azim Jeraj, a member of the Ismaili community in Edmonton.  

Covenants and Public Life in Puritan New England

November 2011, Audio

A Ronning Centre Seminar with William Van Arragon, co-sponsored with the Atlantic Studies Seminar, King’s University College. William Van Arragon is assistant professor of history at King’s University College. 

Is “social networking” creating a new politics?

October 2011, Video

The fourth café in the Fall 2011 Philosophers' Café series, What Makes a Healthy Society? with animateur Rebecca Warren, Assistant Director of the Ronning Centre. 

Church as Sanctuary 

October 2011, Video & Audio

A Ronning Centre Consultation with Richard Hergesheimer, the pastor of First Lutheran Church who befriended the Lennikov family in which he speaks of in this Consultation. Mikhail Lennikov provides his side of the story in a video recording. 

Watch here for Lennikov    Listen here for Hergesheimer 

'But How Is His Reason?': The Ethical Tradition in Islam

October 2011, Audio

The second of the Augustana Distinguished Lectures with Amyn B. Sajoo, Scholar in Residence at Simon Fraser University’s Centre for the Comparative Study of Muslim Societies & Cultures. Made possible through the Hendrickson Memorial Endowment Fund, hosted by the Ronning Centre for the Study of Religion and Public Life, and co-sponsored by the Department of Political Science, University of Alberta. 

Can “localism” revive community and challenge consumer society?

October 2011, Video

The third café in the Fall 2011 Philosophers' Café series, What Makes a Healthy Society? with animateur Jenny Berkenbosch, artist and co-owner of Sundog Organic Farm.  

Law, Faith, and Ethics: Narratives of Public Islam

October 2011, Audio

The first of the Augustana Distinguished Lectures with Amyn B. Sajoo, Scholar in Residence at Simon Fraser University’s Centre for the Comparative Study of Muslim Societies & Cultures. Made possible through the Hendrickson Memorial Endowment Fund, hosted by the Ronning Centre for the Study of Religion and Public Life, and co-sponsored by the Department of Political Science, University of Alberta. 

Power down to a post-carbon future

October 2011, Video

The second café in the Fall 2011 Philosophers' Café series, What Makes a Healthy Society? with animateur Gordon Laxer, Director of the Parkland Institute.  

The Clash of Civilizations: Christian Zionism

October 2011, Audio

A Ronning Centre Seminar with Rabbi Daniel Friedman of Beth Israel Synagogue, Edmonton, and is pursuing a Ph.D. in International Relations at the University of Alberta. 

From an Exclusive to a Broad Faith

October 2011, Audio

The second café in the Fall 2012 Religion and Public Life Café series, Spiritual Pilgrimages for the Healing of the World, with animateurs Ray Sawatasky and Chester Ronning Centre Director, David Goa. 

Poverty, Philanthropy, and the Quest to Shape and Empire: Gregory Nazianzen and Emperor Julian "the Apostate"

October 2011, Audio

A Ronning Centre Seminar with Jeremy Siemens. Jeremy works with the homeless as a Career Development Facilitator at the Mustard Seed in Calgary. He completed his MA at the University of St. Michael's College in the University of Toronto, focusing on early Church History.  

The Manifestations of Xeno-racism After Norway

October 2011, Audio

A Ronning Centre Seminar with Dr. W. Andy Knight, the Chair of the Department of Political Science and Professor of International Relations at the University of Alberta.  

Does a fair society need an overarching community and a common culture?

September 2011, Video

The first café in the Fall 2011 Philosophers' Café series, What Makes a Healthy Society? with animateur Don Carmichael, Professor of Political Science, University of Alberta.  

The Mar Thoma Church in the Modern World

July 2011, Audio

A Ronning Centre consultation with Mar Thoma Bishops Rt. Rev. Dr. Geevarghese Mar Thodosius Diocesan Bishop (North America) and Rt. Rev. Joseph Mar Barnabas Diocesan Bishop (Kerala, India).  

Religious Perspectives on Civil Life

A Ronning Centre Symposium co-sponsored by the ECMC Chair in Islamic Studies, University of Alberta, and the Istanbul Foundation for Science & Culture and in partnership with King’s University College and St. Mary’s University College. March 2011, Audio (Click on speaker's name below to hear their section of the symposium)
Theme 1: How does each tradition understand the private sphere, the public sphere and the secular?

Ibrahim Abu-Rabi,' ECMC Chair in Islamic Studies, University of Alberta, Edmonton discusses the Islamic perspectives of Said Nursi.

John Hiemstra, Professor of Political Studies, the King's University College, Edmonton discusses the neo-Calvinism of Abraham Kuyper.

Hans Dittmar Mündell, Professor of Religious Studies, University of Alberta, Augustana Campus, Camrose discusses contemporary Lutheran perspectives.

Mark Charlton, Professor of Political Science, St Mary's University College, Calgary discusses the Roman Catholic perspective following the Second Vatican Council.

Thomas A. Papademetriou, Professor of History, Richard Stockton College, Pomona, New Jersey, USA discusses the hesychastic tradition of Eastern Orthodoxy.

Theme 2:  What are the sources within your tradition that cultivate a life-giving stance towards the other?

Syed Farid Alatas, Professor of Sociology, National University of Singapore discusses the Islamic perspectives of Said Nursi.

Stephen Martin, Professor of Theology, The King's University College, Edmonton discusses the neo-Calvinism of Abraham Kuyper.

Ray Schultz, National Bishop (retired), Evangelical Lutheran Church of Canada discusses contemporary Lutheran perspectives.

Michael Duggan, CWL Chair of Catholic Studies, St Mary's University College, Calgary discusses the Roman Catholic perspective following the Second Vatican Council.

Nil Nellis, Chester Ronning Centre Research Fellow discusses the hesychastic tradition of Eastern Orthodoxy.

Theme 3:  What lessons can be drawn from a concrete and recent example within each tradition of its way of responding to the struggles found in the communities of another tradition?

Faris Kaya, Director of the Istanbul Foundation for Science and Culture discusses the Islamic perspectives of Said Nursi.

Arlette Zinck, Professor of English, The King's University College, Edmonton discusses the neo-Calvinism of Abraham Kuyper.

Franz Volker Greifenhagen, Professor of Religious Studies, Luther College, University of Regina, Saskatchewan discusses a new convivium.

Iain Benson, Extraordinary Professor of Constitutional Law University of the Free State in Bloemfontein, South Africa discusses the Roman Catholic perspective following the Second Vatican Council.

Theme 4:  How do spiritual disciplines central to each tradition prepare the faithful for active citizenship?

Bilal Kuspinar, Professor of Philosophy and Education, Ahlia University, Bahrain discusses the Islamic perspectives of Said Nursi.

Cam Harder, Professor of Systematic Theology, Lutheran Theological Seminary, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan discusses pietism and social transformation. 

George Papademetriou, Professor of Theology, Holy Cross Seminary, Brookline, Mass., USA discusses the hesychastic tradition of Eastern Orthodoxy.

Julien Hammond, Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Edmonton discusses the Roman Catholic perspective following the Second Vatican Council. 

 ... the Roman Catholic perspective following the Second Vatican Council

March 2011, Audio

Mark Charlton, Professor of Political Science, St. Mary's University College, Calgary discusses Theme One of the Ronning Centre Symposium Religious Perspectives on Civil Life; "How does each tradition understand the private sphere, the public sphere and the secular?" 

... the Roman Catholic perspective following the Second Vatican Council

March 2011, Audio

Michael Duggan, CWL Chair of Catholic Studies, St. Mary's University College, Calgary discusses Theme Two of the Ronning Centre Symposium Religious Perspectives on Civil Life; "What are the sources within your tradition that cultivate a life-giving stance towards the other?" 

... the Roman Catholic perspective following the Second Vatican Council

March 2011, Audio

Iain Benson, Extraordinary Professor of Constitutional Law University of the Free State in Bloemfontein, South Africa discusses Theme Three of the Ronning Centre Symposium Religious Perspectives on Civil Life; "What lessons can be drawn from a concrete and recent example within each tradition of its way of responding to the struggles found in the communities of another tradition?" 

... the Roman Catholic perspective following the Second Vatican Council

March 2011, Audio

Julien Hammond, Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Edmonton discusses Theme Four of the Ronning Centre Symposium Religious Perspectives on Civil Life; "How do spiritual disciplines central to each tradition prepare the faithful for active citizenship?" 

... contemporary Lutheran perspectives

March 2011, Audio

Hans Dittmar Mündell, Professor of Religious Studies, University of Alberta, Augustana Campus, Camrose discusses Theme One of the Ronning Centre Symposium Religious Perspectives on Civil Life; "How does each tradition understand the private sphere, the public sphere and the secular?" 

... contemporary Lutheran perspectives

March 2011, Audio

Ray Schultz, National Bishop (retired), Evangelical Lutheran Church of Canada discusses Theme Two of the Ronning Centre Symposium Religious Perspectives on Civil Life; "What are the sources within your tradition that cultivate a life-giving stance towards the other?" 

... Pietism and social transformation 

March 2011, Audio

Cam Harder, Professor of Systematic Theology, Lutheran Theological Seminary, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan discusses Theme Four of the Ronning Centre Symposium Religious Perspectives on Civil Life; "How do spiritual disciplines central to each tradition prepare the faithful for active citizenship?" 

Are Deep Attachments to Other Human Beings a Necessary Part of Living Excellently? 

March 2011, Video

The sixth café in the Winter 2011 Philosophers' Café series, What Makes an Excellent Life? with animateur Suzette Phillips, a psychologist.  

How Much Freedom of Choice Does One Need to Live Excellently?

March 2011, Video

The fifth café in the Winter 2011 Philosophers' Café series, What Makes an Excellent Life? with animateur Don Carmichael, Professor of Political Studies, University of Alberta. 

... a new Convivium

March 2011, Audio

Franz Volker Greifenhagen, Professor of Religious Studies, Luther College, University of Regina, Saskatchewan discusses Theme Three of the Ronning Centre Symposium Religious Perspectives on Civil Life; "What lessons can be drawn from a concrete and recent example within each tradition of its way of responding to the struggles found in the communities of another tradition?" 

... the Islamic perspectives of Said Nursi 

March 2011, Audio

Ibrahim Abu-Rabi', ECMC Chair in Islamic Studies, University of Alberta, discusses Theme One of the Ronning Centre Symposium Religious Perspectives on Civil Life; "How does each tradition understand the private sphere, the public sphere and the secular?" 

... the Islamic perspectives of Said Nursi 

March 2011, Audio

Syed Farid Alatas, Professor of Sociology, National University of Singapore discusses Theme Two of the Ronning Centre Symposium Religious Perspectives on Civil Life; "What are the sources within your tradition that cultivate a life-giving stance towards the other?" 

... the Islamic perspectives of Said Nursi

March 2011, Audio

Faris Kaya, Director of the Istanbul Foundation for Science and Culture discusses Theme Three of the Ronning Centre Symposium Religious Perspectives on Civil Life; "What lessons can be drawn from a concrete and recent example within each tradition of its way of responding to the struggles found in the communities of another tradition?" 

... the Islamic perspectives of Said Nursi

March 2011, Audio

Bilal Kuspinar, Professor of Philosophy and Education, Ahila University, Bahrain discusses Theme Four of the Ronning Centre Symposium Religious Perspectives on Civil Life; "How do spiritual disciplines central to each tradition prepare the faithful for active citizenship?" 

Edward Said on Criticism, Religion, and Islam

March 2011, Audio

A Ronning Centre Lecture by Distinguished Visiting Fellow Dr. Colleen Keyes, a Ph.D. student at the University of Exeter's Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies - Hartford Seminary Joint Programme. Co-sponsored by the ECMC Chair in Islamic Studies, University of Alberta. 

... the hesychastic tradition of Eastern Orthodoxy

March 2011, Audio

Thomas A. Papademetriou, Professor of History, Richard Stockton College, Pomona, New Jersey, USA discusses Theme One of the Ronning Centre Symposium Religious Perspectives on Civil Life; "How does each tradition understand the private sphere, the public sphere and the secular?" 

... the hesychastic tradition of Eastern Orthodoxy

March 2011, Audio

Nil Nellis, Chester Ronning Centre Research Fellow discusses Theme Two of the Ronning Centre Symposium Religious Perspectives on Civil Life; "What are the sources within your tradition that cultivate a life-giving stance towards the other?" 

... the hesychastic tradition of Eastern Orthodoxy

March 2011, Audio

George Papademetriou, Professor of Theology, Holy Cross Seminary, Brookline, Mass., USA discusses Theme Four of the Ronning Centre Symposium Religious Perspectives on Civil Life; "How do spiritual disciplines central to each tradition prepare the faithful for active citizenship?" 

... the neo-Calvinism of Abraham Kuyper

March 2011, Audio

John Hiemstra, Professor of Political Studies, the King's University College, Edmonton discusses Theme One of the Ronning Centre Symposium Religious Perspectives on Civil Life; "How does each tradition understand the private sphere, the public sphere and the secular?" 

... the neo-Calvinism of Abraham Kuyper

March 2011, Audio

Stephen Martin, Professor of Theology, the King's University College, Edmonton discusses Theme Two of the Ronning Centre Symposium Religious Perspectives on Civil Life; "What are the sources within your tradition that cultivate a life-giving stance towards the other?" 

... the neo-Calvinism of Abraham Kuyper

March 2011, Audio

Arlette Zinck, Professor of English, the King's University College, Edmonton discusses Theme Three of the Ronning Centre Symposium Religious Perspectives on Civil Life; "What lessons can be drawn from a concrete and recent example within each tradition of its way of responding to the struggles found in the communities of another tradition?" 

Language of Fire: The Rhetoric of Hate and Violence

February 2011, Video

Archbishop Lazar, Prof. Ron Dart and Director of the Ronning Centre, David Goa discuss the inflammatory language used for manipulation and to create hate and violence. (Credit: Orthodox Canada)

Radical Islamism: From Afghanistan to the Arab World

February 2011, Audio

A Ronning Centre Seminar with Dr. Ibrahim Abu-Rabi', endowed chair of Islamic studies at the University of Alberta.  

The Story That Love Tells: A Christian University's Reading of the Omar Khadr Case

February 2011, Audio

A Ronning Centre Consultation with Arlette Zinck, Faculty of Arts Dean and Associate Professor of English at The King’s University College. Co-sponsored by the ECMC Chair in Islamic Studies and the Muslim Students’ Association, University of Alberta.

Is a Religious (Theistic) Worldview a Help or Hindrance to Living an Excellent Life? 

February 2011, Video

The fourth café in the Winter 2011 Philosophers' Café series, What Makes an Excellent Life? with animateur Stephen Martin, Professor of Theology, King’s University College. 

Eco-Spiritual Ethics in the Holy Qur'an

February 2011, Audio

A Ronning Centre Consultation with May Naguib. May Naguib has two master’s degrees, one from the London School of Economics and another from Harvard Divinity School. She is currently preparing for entry into a PhD program. 

Who is Happiest of All?

February 2011, Video

The third café in the Winter 2011 Philosophers' Café series, What Makes an Excellent Life? with animateur Mark Anielski, President and CEO of Anielski Management Inc. and author of The Economics of Happiness. 

Via Activa versus Via Contemplativa: The Life of Community Involvement versus the Life of Observation and Reflection

January 2011, Video

The second café in the Winter 2011 Philosophers' Café series, What Makes an Excellent Life? with animateur Daniel Coleman, Professor of English at McMaster University. 

Greek Philosophers on How to Live Well 

January 2011, Video

The first café in the Winter 2011 Philosophers' Café series, What Makes an Excellent Life? with animateur Martin Tweedale, Professor of Philosophy, Emeritus of the University of Alberta. 

Caring for the Souls of the Young 

December 2010, Audio

A Ronning Centre Consultation, "A Christian-Muslim Conversation", with the Mufti of Damascus, Shaykh Dr. Al-Bizem, and Vice-Rector of the Al-Fateh Islamic Institute in Damascus, Shaykh Dr. Hussam al-Din Farfour, will be joined in this conversation by Dr. Harry Fernhout, President of The King’s University College. 

Women and Islam

November 2010, Audio

A Ronning Centre Lecture by Distinguished Visiting Fellow Dr. Ghada Talhami, Professor Emerita. Dr. Ghada Talhami is a specialist on the contemporary Middle East and has written a number of books on Lebanon and the Arab/Israeli conflict. Co-sponsored with the University of Alberta ECMC Chair in Islamic Studies and Women’s Studies Departments. 

Israel and Lebanon: Will There Be a New War between Israel and Hizbuallah? 

November 2010, Audio

A Ronning Centre Lecture by Distinguished Visiting Fellow Dr. Ghada Talhami, Professor Emerita. Dr. Ghada Talhami is a specialist on the contemporary Middle East and has written a number of books on Lebanon and the Arab/Israeli conflict. Co-sponsored with the University of Alberta ECMC Chair in Islamic Studies and Women’s Studies Departments. 

Faith, Harmony, and Dissent 

November 2010, Audio

A Ronning Centre Forum with David King, former Executive Director of The Public School Boards’ Association of Alberta and former Minister of Education, Government of Alberta. 

Why Science and Faith Matter to Each Other

November 2010, Audio

A Ronning Centre Lecture by Distinguished Visiting Fellow Father José G. Funes, head of the Vatican Observatory and scientific advisor to Pope Benedict XVI. Father José G. Funes is an Argentine Jesuit priest and an astronomer. 

Rebuilding Civil Society in Afghanistan

November 2010, Audio

A Ronning Centre Lecture by Distinguished Visiting Fellow, the Honourable Flora MacDonald. The Honourable Flora MacDonald served as member of Canada's parliament and held several cabinet positions and was the first women appointed Minister of Foreign Affairs in 1979. In more recent years she has been serving on boards and advisory councils of various organizations such as CARE Canada, Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative, Partnership Africa-Canada and Future Generations International. 

Christian Millennialism and Political Thought in Alberta

October 2010, Audio

A Ronning Centre Seminar with Clark Banack, a PhD Candidate in the Department of Political Science at the University of British Columbia. His dissertation considers and compares the influence of religion on various currents of political thought in Alberta in both historical and contemporary periods.   

Advising the Powerful: John Donne's Moral Suasion at Court

October 2010, Audio

A Ronning Centre Seminar with Paul Harland, Professor of English at the Augustana Campus, University of Alberta. 

Mezvinsky on Christian Zionism

October 2010, Video

David Goa interviews Dr. Norton Mezvinsky from Orthodox Canada. 

Do You See What I See? Film, Religion, and Theology in the History of an (East) Indian Jesus Movie 

October 2010, Audio

A Ronning Centre Seminar with Dr. Dwight Friesen. Dr. Dwight Friesen recently completed his doctoral studies at New College, University of Edinburgh, where he probed the relationship between media, religion, and theology by studying the life of an (East) Indian Jesus film.  

The Democratic Promise

September 2010, Audio

A Ronning Centre Seminar with Jérôme Melançon, Sessional Lecturer of Political Studies & Philosophy in the Departments of Social Sciences & Humanities, University of Alberta, Augustana Campus.  

Love and Fear in Human Relationships

March 2010, Audio

The second part of the Ronning Centre Consultation Series, Love and Fear in the Bible and Love and Fear in Human Relationships, with Raymond L. Schultz, National Bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (retired). Raymond L. Schultz currently serves as an advisor to the Council of the Lutheran World Federation and chairs the Council’s Renewal Committee. 

Love and Fear in the Bible

March 2010, Audio

The first part of the Ronning Centre Consultation Series, Love and Fear in the Bible and Love and Fear in Human Relationships, with
Raymond L. Schultz, National Bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (retired). Raymond L. Schultz currently serves as an advisor to the Council of the Lutheran World Federation and chairs the Council’s Renewal Committee.
 

A Glorious and Sad Song: The Last Pietist to be Buried on the Prairies

February 2010, Audio

The fifth lecture in the Ronning Centre Study Circle Series, The Genius of Pietism and the Challenge of Modernity, presented by David J. Goa, Director of the Chester Ronning Centre. This series is co-sponsored with the Messiah Lutheran Church and Canadian Lutheran Bible Institute, Camrose and presented at the Messiah Lutheran Church and the Trinity Lutheran Church in Edmonton. 

Islamism in Pakistan: Its Intellectual Roots

February 2010, Audio

A Ronning Centre Seminar by Dr. Kemal E. Argon, who recently was awarded a PhD in Islamic Studies jointly by Hartford Seminary and the University of Exeter. Co-sponsored by the Chester Ronning Centre, the ECMC Chair in Islamic Studies, University of Alberta King’s University College, Edmonton. 

Pietism and the Bible in the New World: Reading for Friendship, Reading for Proof

February 2010, Audio

The fourth lecture in the Ronning Centre Study Circle Series, The Genius of Pietism and the Challenge of Modernity, presented by David J. Goa, Director of the Chester Ronning Centre. This series is co-sponsored with the Messiah Lutheran Church and Canadian Lutheran Bible Institute, Camrose and presented at the Messiah Lutheran Church and the Trinity Lutheran Church in Edmonton. 

Faith-Based Organizations Engaged in the Social Economy

February 2010, Audio

A Ronning Centre Seminar by Dr. Bob McKeon and Martin Garber-Conrad. Dr. Bob McKeon currently heads the Office of Social Justice, Catholic Archdiocese of Edmonton and is a Lecturer at St Joseph’s College, University of Alberta. Martin Garber-Conrad, an ordained Lutheran minister, is the CEO of the Edmonton Community Foundation. 

Pietism and the Sacraments in the Christian Life

January 2010, Audio

The third lecture in the Ronning Centre Study Circle Series, The Genius of Pietism and the Challenge of Modernity, presented by Eugene L. Boe, Academic Dean and Professor of Systematic and Historical Theology, Lutheran Brethren Seminary. This series is co-sponsored with the Messiah Lutheran Church and Canadian Lutheran Bible Institute, Camrose and presented at the Messiah Lutheran Church and the Trinity Lutheran Church in Edmonton. 

Pietism and Social Transformation in Rural Norway 

January 2010, Audio

The first lecture in the Ronning Centre Study Circle Series, The Genius of Pietism and the Challenge of Modernity, presented by Reverend Dr. Cam Harder, Professor of Systematic Theology, Lutheran Theological Seminary, and Director of the Centre for Rural Community Leadership and Ministry in Saskatoon. This series is co-sponsored with the Messiah Lutheran Church and Canadian Lutheran Bible Institute, Camrose and presented at the Messiah Lutheran Church and the Trinity Lutheran Church in Edmonton. 

Ronning as Diplomat

January 2010, Audio

Part two of a commemorative address by Distinguished Visiting Fellow Brian L. Evans, Professor of History, Emeritus, University of Alberta. Dr. Brian L. Evans first obtained his PhD in Chinese History from the School of Oriental and African Studies in London, England. 

Ronning as Politician

January 2010, Audio

Part one of a commemorative address by Distinguished Visiting Fellow Brian L. Evans, Professor of History, Emeritus, University of Alberta. Dr. Brian L. Evans first obtained his PhD in Chinese History from the School of Oriental and African Studies in London, England. 

The Dalit Liberation Struggle in India: Christianity as Aid or Hindrance?

January 2010, Audio

A Ronning Centre Seminar with Dr. Jack Waschenfelder, Associate Professor of Religious Studies at the Augustana Campus, University of Alberta. 

Spiritual Transformation or Colonization: Pietism, a Prairie Story

January 2010, Audio

The second lecture in the Ronning Centre Study Circle Series, The Genius of Pietism and the Challenge of Modernity, presented by David J. Goa, Director of the Chester Ronning Centre. This series is co-sponsored with the Messiah Lutheran Church and Canadian Lutheran Bible Institute, Camrose and presented at the Messiah Lutheran Church and the Trinity Lutheran Church in Edmonton. 

Christian Orthodoxy and Modern Science: Complementarity? 

December 2009, Audio

A Ronning Centre Consultation with Archbishop Lazar Puhalo, Abbot, Monastery of All Saints of North America and Civil Liaison, Canadian Orthodox Archdiocese. Co-sponsored with the King's University College.  

David Goa on Abraham's Sacrifice

November 2009, Video

Seated in Ravine Park in Edmonton, Alberta, David Goa, Director of the Ronning Centre, discusses the meaning of the sacrifice of Isaak with Archbishop Lazar. (Credit: Orthodox Canada) 

Land as Formational

November 2009, Audio

A Ronning Centre Lecture by Distinguished Visiting Fellow Tim Lilburn, Professor at the University of Victoria. 

Spirituality and Poetry: Personal Searches of Muslims Past and Present

November 2009, Audio

A Ronning Centre Consultation with Shamas Nanji, a poet and writer who lives in Edmonton. 

The Projects of Canadian Poetry 

November 2009, Audio

A Ronning Centre Lecture by Distinguished Visiting Fellow Tim Lilburn, Professor at the University of Victoria.  

From Stone to Flesh: The European Encounter with the Buddha

November 2009, Audio

A Ronning Centre Lecture with Distinguished Visiting Fellow, Donald Lopez, Arthur E. Link Distinguished University Professor of Buddhist and Tibetan Studies, University of Michigan. Co-sponsored with the University of Alberta Distinguished Visitor, Religious Studies. 

The Palestinian-Israeli Conflict and Prospects for a Peaceful Resolution

November 2009, Audio

A Ronning Centre Lecture by Dr. Norton Mezvinsky, Emeritus Distinguished Connecticut State University Professor and Emeritus Professor of History, Central Connecticut State University. Co-sponsored with the University of Alberta ECMC Chair in Islamic Studies. 

Boundary, Barricade and Bastion: Religion, State & the Challenge of Pluralism

November 2009, Audio

A Ronning Forum Dialogue, co-sponsored with The King's University College, with James Payton; Professor of History of Redeemer University College, Archbishop Lazar Puhalo; Abbot, Monastery of All Saints of North America and Civil Liaison, Canadian Orthodox Archdiocese, and Ibrahim Abu-Rabi'; ECMC Professor in Islamic Studies, University of Alberta. 

Human Rights and Religious Associations: Case Study of the Heinz v. Christian Horizons Decision?

October 2009, Audio

A Ronning Centre Forum with Iain Benson, Senior Associate Counsel at Miller Thomson. Co-sponsored by the King's University College. 

Muslim and Christian Relations in Syria

October 2009, Audio

A Ronning Centre Consultation co-sponsored with the ECMC Chair of Islamic Studies and The King’s University College with guest speakers Abdul Fattah al-Bizem; Mufti of Damascus, and Shaykh Hussam al-Din Farfour; Vice Rector of Al-Faith Islamic Institutes and lecturer at the Great Umayyad Mosque, Damascus. 

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Islamic Movement in the Arab World

October 2009, Audio

A Ronning Centre Lecture in the lecture series, The Future of Political Islam and the West, by Distinguished Visiting Fellow Dr. Hassan Hanafi, Professor of Philosophy at Cairo University. Co-sponsored by the ECMC Chair of Islamic Studies, University of Alberta. 

Islamic Movement in Palestine since the Oslo Accords and the Future of the Arab-Israeli Conflict

October 2009, Audio

A Ronning Centre Lecture in the lecture series, The Future of Political Islam and the West, by Distinguished Visiting Fellow Dr. Mustafa Abu-Sway, Professor at Al-Quds University, Jerusalem. Co-sponsored by the ECMC Chair of Islamic Studies, University of Alberta.  

Publishing about Political Islam

October 2009, Audio

A Ronning Centre Lecture in the lecture series, The Future of Political Islam and the West, by Distinguished Visiting Fellow Professor Roger Van Zwanenberg, Pluto Press. Co-sponsored by the ECMC Chair of Islamic Studies, University of Alberta.  

Isaac Reads (with) Ishmael: The Bible and the Qur'an

October 2009, Audio

The Augustana Distinguished Lectures hosted by the Ronning Centre with Dr. F. Volker Greifenhagen, associate professor of Religious Studies at Luther College, University of Regina. Lectures are made possible through the Hendrickson Family Endowment. 

"Little Mosque on the Prairie" and Modern Convivencia

October 2009, Audio

The Augustana Distinguished Lectures hosted by the Ronning Centre with Dr. F. Volker Greifenhagen, associate professor of Religious Studies at Luther College, University of Regina. Lectures are made possible through the Hendrickson Family Endowment. 

When Rights Collide: Reconciling Religion and the "Secular" in the Public Sphere

September 2009, Audio

A Ronning Centre Seminar with Alex Fielding, Bachelor of Laws from the University of Victoria (2008) and Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, Music and Development Studies from the Augustana University College (2003).  

Judaism, a Dynamic Interaction 

September 2009, Audio

A Ronning Centre Consultation with Rabbi David Kunin of Beth Shalom Congregation, Edmonton. 

Descent into Chaos: Pakistan & India in the Wake of the Mumbai Attacks

April 2009, Audio

The second of the Islam in Contemporary Society lectures by Distinguished Visiting Fellow Dr. Mumtaz Ahmad, Professor of Political Science at Hampton University in Virginia, U.S.A., and the Executive Director of the Iqbal International Institute for Research & Dialogue, International Islamic University, Islamabad. Co-sponsored by the ECMC Chair in Islamic Studies, University of Alberta and the King's University College. 

Islam: What We Believe

April 2009, Audio

The first lecture in the Ronning Centre Consultation, Islam for Christians, co-sponsored by the ECMC Chair of Islamic Studies, University of Alberta and recorded at Trinity Lutheran Church. With speaker Imam Tamir Ali, a teacher at the Islamic Academy in Edmonton. Imam Tamir received his B.A. in Islamic Studies from Al Azhar University in Egypt. 

Women in Islam: The Witness of Authentic Texts

April 2009, Audio

The second lecture in the Ronning Centre Consultation, Islam for Christians, co-sponsored by the ECMC Chair of Islamic Studies, University of Alberta and recorded at Trinity Lutheran Church. With speaker Sahar Suwaid, a teacher at the Islamic Academy in Edmonton. 

Shi'ism, It's Origins and Contemporary Reality

April 2009, Audio

The third lecture in the Ronning Centre Consultation, Islam for Christians, co-sponsored by the ECMC Chair of Islamic Studies, University of Alberta and recorded at Trinity Lutheran Church. With speaker Dr. Abdul Hameed Kadhair who received his PhD in Biology from McGill University. 

Ismailis: Perspectives on a Personal Search

April 2009, Audio

The fourth lecture in the Ronning Centre Consultation, Islam for Christians, co-sponsored by the ECMC Chair of Islamic Studies, University of Alberta and recorded at Trinity Lutheran Church. With speaker Shamas Nanji, a poet and writer residing in Edmonton. 

Contemporary Islam in South Asia

April 2009, Audio

The fifth lecture in the Ronning Centre Consultation, Islam for Christians, co-sponsored by the ECMC Chair of Islamic Studies, University of Alberta and recorded at Trinity Lutheran Church. With speaker Dr. Mumtaz Ahmad, Professor of Political Science at Hampton University, VA, USA. 

Religious Formation, Identity and Politics on the Boundary Between Pakistan and India

April 2009, Audio
The first of the Islam in Contemporary Society lectures by Distinguished Visiting Fellow Dr. Mumtaz Ahmad, Professor of Political Science at Hampton University in Virginia, U.S.A., and the Executive Director of the Iqbal International Institute for Research & Dialogue, International Islamic University, Islamabad. Co-sponsored by the ECMC Chair in Islamic Studies, University of Alberta and the King's University College.
 

Science as Salvation? Religion, Science and Myths

March 2009, Audio

A Ronning Centre Seminar with Janet Wesselius, an Assistant Professor of Philosophy, specializing in epistemology and philosophy of science. She serves on the CRC Advisory Committee.  

The Wor(l)d of Wendell Berry

March 2009, Audio

A Ronning Centre Seminar with David Ridley, a graduate of St Stephen’s College, Edmonton. He worked with CBC Radio Ideas to produce “The World of Wendell Berry.” 

There is No Holiness but Social Holiness

February 2009, Audio

A Ronning Centre Consultation with Matthew Francis, Coordinator for Youth and Young Adult Ministries for the Archdiocese of Canada, Orthodox Church in America. Matthew Francis holds an MA in theology from the University of Manchester; he has taught there, as well as at Ambrose University College, Calgary. 

Shame, Guilt and Sacrifice in Girard's Mimetic Theory

February 2009, Audio

A Ronning Centre Seminar with Anne McTaggart, who graduated from Augustana in 2003 and is currently working on her PhD in the Department of English and Film Studies at the University of Alberta. Her dissertation focuses on representations of shame and guilt in late medieval English literature.  

Does Religion Poison Everything? A Critical Response to the New Atheism

February 2009, Audio

A Ronning Centre Seminar with Joseph A. Buijs, a professor of philosophy at St Joseph’s College, University of Alberta. 

Religious Claims in the Public Square: Lutheran Resources 

February 2009, Audio

The Augustana Distinguished Lecture with Dr. Cynthia Moe-Lobeda. Dr. Moe-Lobeda is on the faculty of Seattle University's Department of Theology and Religious Studies, and graduate School of Theology and Ministry. A Workshop for Clergy and Church Workers made possible through the Hendrickson Family Endowment. 

The Church in Public Life: Luther for the 21st Century

February 2009, Audio

The Augustana Distinguished Lecture with Dr. Cynthia Moe-Lobeda. Dr. Moe-Lobeda is on the faculty of Seattle University's Department of Theology and Religious Studies, and graduate School of Theology and Ministry. A Workshop for Clergy and Church Workers made possible through the Hendrickson Family Endowment. 

Hildegard of Bingen in Her Time and Now

February 2009, Audio

A Ronning Centre Consultation with Ingrid Cramer-Doerschel, a minister of the Evangelical Church in Germany for 17 years, she accepted the call of Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church in Edmonton in 2006. 

Child Soldiers: Rehabilitation in the Midst of Desolation 

February 2009, Audio

A Ronning Centre Forum on Religion and Public Life with Tom Faulkner, Associate Professor of Church & Society in the Faculty of Theology, and Director of the Ridd Centre for Religion & Global Policy in the Global College at The University of Winnipeg. He is also a member of the coordinating Committee of the Child Soldiers Initiative headed by Lieutenant-General Romeo Dallaire (ret.). 

After Ten Years: The South African Churches and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission

January 2009, Audio

A Ronning Centre Forum on Religion and Public Life with Stephen Martin, Associate Professor of Theology at The King’s University College in Edmonton. 

The Roots of the Crisis in Gaza

January 2009, Audio

A Ronning Centre Consultation with Dr. Ibrahim Abu-Rabi', Professor of Islamic Studies and Islamic Chair at the University of Alberta and Research Fellow of the Chester Ronning Centre. 

Democracy Today and the Challenge of Religious-Spiritual Aspiration 

January 2009, Audio

A Ronning Seminar with Don Carmichael, a political theorist in the Department of Political Science at the University of Alberta.  

Between Creed and Constitution: Freedom of Religion in Germany

January 2009, Audio

A Ronning Centre Seminar with Karola Radler, who was a lawyer and judge in Germany. After immigrating to Canada she began work on a Master of Theological Studies (Honours) at St Stephen’s College in Edmonton. 

Reclaiming Culture for Christ: Intellectual Renewal and American Evangelism 1947-2008

November 2008, Audio

The second of two lectures in the Ronning Centre Forum, Faith and Politics: Crossing the Undefended Border with Molly Worthen. Molly Worthen is a writer who has covered American religion for the New York Times Magazine, the New Republic, and Christianity Today and is currently a PhD candidate in religious history at Yale University. 

Jesus for President: Faith and Politics and Why Americans Can't Keep Them Apart 

November 2008, Audio

The first of two lectures in the Ronning Centre Forum, Faith and Politics: Crossing the Undefended Border with Molly Worthen. Molly Worthen is a writer who has covered American religion for the New York Times Magazine, the New Republic, and Christianity Today and is currently a PhD candidate in religious history at Yale University. 

Faith and Politics: Crossing the Undefended Border -- Interfaith Panel Discussion

November 2008, Audio

The conclusion of the Ronning Centre Forum, Faith and Politics: Crossing the Undefended Border, with an Interfaith Panel Discussion with Molly Worthen. Molly Worthen is a writer who has covered American religion for the New York Times Magazine, the New Republic, and Christianity Today and is currently a PhD candidate in religious history at Yale University. Forum co-Sponsored by the University of Alberta Interfaith Chaplains’ Association. 

Trends in the Contemporary Muslim World: Nationalism and Religion in Turkey and Indonesia 

November 2008, Audio

A Ronning Centre Seminar with Ibrahim M. Abu-Rabi', ECMC Chair in Islamic Studies, University of Alberta and research fellow for the Chester Ronning Centre. 

What Happened to the Southern Baptists?

October 2008, Audio

A Ronning Centre Consultation with John Bruneau, retired Dean and CEO of Gardner College, Camrose, where he taught for nine years. Prior to this he was pastor of First Baptist Church in Camrose. 

Creative Dissent: A Politician's Struggle for Peace

October 2008

A Ronning Centre, Audio Forum with the Honourable Douglas Roche O.C., an author, parliamentarian and diplomat, who has specialized throughout his 35-year public career in peace and human security issues. Mr. Roche was a Senator, Member of Parliament, Canadian Ambassador for Disarmament, and Visiting Professor at the University of Alberta. 

Doing Ethics in a Pluralistic World

September 2008, Audio

The Augustana Distinguished Lecture with the first Ronning Centre Distinguished Visiting Fellow, Dr. Roger Huchinson, Professor Emeritus of the Emmanuel College of Victoria University in the University of Toronto. Lecture funded by the Hendrickson Memorial Endowment Fund. 

Ecumenical Dialogue: From the Global to the Local

September 2008, Audio

A Ronning Centre Lecture by Distinguished Visiting Fellows Monsignor Donald Bolen; priest of the Archdiocese of Regina and Respondent Dr. Roger Hutchinson; Professor Emeritus of Victoria University, Toronto. Lecture co-sponsored with the Anglican Diocese of Edmonton, the Catholic Archdiocese of Edmonton, The Order of St. Lazarus, and The Faculty of Arts, University of Alberta.  

Who Was Jesus? Was the Crucifixion Necessary? 

March 2008, Audio

The first lecture in the Holy Week Study on the Life and Passion of Jesus with Dr. Christian A. Eberhart. Dr. Christian A. Eberhart Associate Professor of New Testament Studies, Lutheran Theological Seminary, Saskatoon. Sponsored by the Augustana Humanities Department and the programs in Philosophy and Religion. 

Celebrating Salvation: What is the Power of the Eucharist/Last Supper?

March 2008, Audio

The second lecture in  the Holy Week Study on the Life and Passion of Jesus with Dr. Christian A. Eberhart. Dr. Christian A. Eberhart Associate Professor of New Testament Studies, Lutheran Theological Seminary, Saskatoon. Sponsored by the Augustana Humanities Department and the programs in Philosophy and Religion. 

Why a Passion About the Passion Reveals Your Passion?

March 2008, Audio

The third lecture in the Holy Week Study on the Life and Passion of Jesus with Dr. Christian A. Eberhart and Ronning Centre Director, David Goa. Dr. Christian A. Eberhart Associate Professor of New Testament Studies, Lutheran Theological Seminary, Saskatoon. Sponsored by the Augustana Humanities Department and the programs in Philosophy and Religion.  

Waiting for St. Benedict: Liturgy, Memory, and the Re-Imagination 

February 2008, Audio

A Ronning Centre Consultation with Dr. Mark W. Charlton, Vice-President Academic and Dean of St. Mary's University College and an Oblate of Westminster Abbey in Mission, BC.  

God and Evolution: Conversations with the Christian Tradition 

January 2008, Audio

A Ronning Seminar with Craig Wentland, Reverend Craig Wentland is the Augustana Campus Chaplain and instructor in Religious Studies.  

The Bible: A Weapon or Life-Giving Word (Part Two)

January 2008, Audio

A Ronning Centre Study Circle with speakers David Goa, Director of the Ronning Centre, and Dittmar Mündel, Professor Emeritus of the University of Alberta Augustana Faculty. Part One is given in 2007-Fall Series. 

The Trumpet's Uncertain Sound: War & The United Church of Canada 

January 2008, Audio

A Ronning Centre Consultation with Tom Faulkner. Tom Faulkner currently teaches in the Faculty of Theology at the University of Winnipeg.  

The Bible: A Weapon or Life-Giving Word (Part One)

November 2007, Audio

A Ronning Centre Study Circle with speakers David Goa, Director of the Ronning Centre, and Dittmar Mündel, Professor Emeritus of the University of Alberta Augustana Faculty. Part Two is given in 2008-Winter Series. 

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What Has Constantinople To Do With New York? Byzantine Reflections on International Human Rights

October 2007, Audio

The Augustana Distinguished Lectures with Reverend Dr. Timothy Curle, LLB, MTS, MA (Theology), MA (Legal Studies), PhD (Political Science). He is pastor of a Wesleyan Methodist Church in Ottawa, teacher at Carleton University, and Executive Director of World Hope International Canada, a relief and development organization. Lectures made possible through the Hendrickson Family Endowment. 

"The Most Important Book I Have Ever Read" John Humphrey, Henri Bergson and International Human Rights

October 2007, Audio

The Augustana Distinguished Lectures with Reverend Dr. Timothy Curle, LLB, MTS, MA (Theology), MA (Legal Studies), PhD (Political Science). He is pastor of a Wesleyan Methodist Church in Ottawa, teacher at Carleton University, and Executive Director of World Hope International Canada, a relief and development organization. Lectures made possible through the Hendrickson Family Endowment. Co-sponsored by the John Humphrey Centre for Peace and Human Rights. 

Re-thinking the Enlightenment: New Directions for International Human Rights

October 2007, Audio

The Augustana Distinguished Lectures with Reverend Dr. Timothy Curle, LLB, MTS, MA (Theology), MA (Legal Studies), PhD (Political Science). He is pastor of a Wesleyan Methodist Church in Ottawa, teacher at Carleton University, and Executive Director of World Hope International Canada, a relief and development organization. Lectures made possible through the Hendrickson Family Endowment. 

Can You Be a Christian Apart from Church?

September 2007, Audio

A Ronning Centre Consultation with Reverend Dr. Brian Krushel, the lead pastor of the Camrose Church of God since 1985.  

Is Political Friendship Possible in the Modern Age?

September 2007, Audio

A Ronning Centre Seminar with Dr. John von Heyking, Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Lethbridge where he teaches political philosophy and religion and politics.  

Beyond the Stereotypes: Missionaries, Science and Culture in the South Pacific 

September 2007, Audio

A Ronning Centre Seminar with Professor Jane Samson, member of the Department of History and Classics at the University of Alberta, a member of the advisory committee of the Chester Ronning Centre, a research associate of the Centre, and a member of the Anglican Educational Chaplaincy board at the University of Alberta.   

Buddhist Wisdom for Inner and Outer Peace 

March 2007, Audio

A Ronning Centre Consultation with Gen Kelsang Phuntsog, Buddhist monk and the Resident Teacher at Akshobya Kadampa Buddhist Centre in Calgary. He has spent more than 10 years studying and teaching Buddhist meditation under the guidance of the foremost Buddhist scholar and meditation master, Geshe Kelsang Gyatso.  

Bible in Tradition as Truth and Revelation 

March 2007, Audio

A Ronning Centre Study Circle series, Thy Word Giveth Life: The Bible in Orthodox Tradition, co-sponsored by the Orthodox Institute on the Spiritual Life.  A Conversation with Ronning Centre Director, David Goa and His Eminence, Archbishop Lazar Puhalo, Abbot of All Saints of North America in Dewdney, BC and civil liaison of the archdiocese of Canada.  

The Whole Bible as Revelation of Jesus Christ

March 2007, Audio

A Ronning Centre Study Circle series, Thy Word Giveth Life: The Bible in Orthodox Tradition, co-sponsored by the Orthodox Institute on the Spiritual Life.  A Conversation with Ronning Centre Director, David Goa and His Eminence, Archbishop Lazar Puhalo, Abbot of All Saints of North America in Dewdney, BC and civil liaison of the archdiocese of Canada.  

The Word Incarnate & the Bible 

March 2007, Audio

A Ronning Centre Study Circle series, Thy Word Giveth Life: The Bible in Orthodox Tradition, co-sponsored by the Orthodox Institute on the Spiritual Life.  A Conversation with Ronning Centre Director, David Goa and His Eminence, Archbishop Lazar Puhalo, Abbot of All Saints of North America in Dewdney, BC and civil liaison of the archdiocese of Canada.  

Living Together with Disagreement

February 2007, Audio

A Ronning Centre Forum with Lawyer Iain Benson, Executive Director of the Centre for Cultural Renewal. Iain Benson is a leading Canadian public intellectual and practices constitutional and administrative law, having appeared before all levels of Court in Canada and as a witness before a wide variety of Commissions, House and Senate committees.  

Climate of Fear / Commitment to Peace 

A Public Conference on Spiritual Antidotes to Fear. Co-sponsored with the Thomas Merton Society of Canada. Augustana Distinguished Lectures made possible through the Hendrickson Memorial Endowment Fund.

October 2006, Audio 

The Root of War is Fear

Augustana Distinguished Lecture with Jim Forest, editor of the quarterly journal, In Communion, and secretary of the Orthodox Peace Fellowship. He served for twelve years as General Secretary of the International Fellowship of Reconciliation. In his lifetime he became a close personal friend of Thomas Merton. 

Merton and the Search for Peace

Augustana Distinguished Lecture with Donald Graystone, director of the Institute for the Humanities at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver where he taught religious studies for 15 years. An Anglican priest, he is director of Pacific Jubilee Program in Spiritual Formation and Spiritual Direction in Vancouver, and a member of the Board of Directors of the Ronning Centre and vice-president of the International Thomas Merton Society. 

Mohandas Gandhi, Satyagraha and the Living Out of Peace: Common Spiritual Sources

Workshop with Hannah Goa. Hannah Goa is currently working on an MSc in Human Ecology at the University of Alberta. Her interest in peace studies and Gandhian philosophy was sparked at a conference hosted by the Gandhi Foundation in 1993, since she has travelled to India several times visiting several sites of significance to Gandian culture. She also has worked in Edmonton to better understand poverty in the modern world. 

African Culture and Merton's Vision of Peace

Workshop with Dr. Bitubu-Mufuta Felicien. Dr. Bitbu-Mufuta Felicien was inspired by the writing of Thomas Merton as he considered the devastation of four decades of political violence in Africa. His doctoral work was on African oral literature and his a program worker for Catholic Social Service of Edmonton.

War and Peace in Thomas Merton

Augustana Distinguished Lecture with Ross Labrie is the author of several books and Professor Emeritus of English at the University of British Colombia and president of the Thomas Merton Society of Canada. 

Deep Structural Fear

Workshop with Archbishop Lazar Puhalo, the Abbot of the Monastery of All Saints of North America in Dewdney, BC. As well, he is Civil Liasion for the OCA in Canada. He has lectured widely and the author of numerous books on a variety of topics.

Exploring a Pedagogy of Peace through Public Confession 

Workshop with Sean Wiebe and Mark Daley, both doctoral candidates at the University of British Colombia. Mr. Wiebe teaches with the Heritage Christian Academy, Calgary. Mr. Daley runs the Heritage Online School, Kelowna, BC. 

Antidotes to Fear: A Conversation on Religious Capacity 

Workshop with Zohra Husaini, Virindra Lamba, and David Goa, all who have written and lectured widely. Zohra Husaini, PhD, serves on the Board of the Edmonton Interfaith Centre for Education. Virindra Lamba has served on the Advisory Committee on Religion and Human Rights and the Edmonton Interfaith Centre for Education. David J. Goa is Director of the Ronning Centre. 

Thomas Merton and George Grant - Radical Conservatives 

Augustana Distinguished Lecture with Ron Dart, a board member of the Thomas Merton Society of Canada, political science advisor to the Stephen Leacock home/museum in Orillia, Ontario, author of thirteen books and as well, he teaches in the Department of Political Science, Philosophy and Religious Studies at the University College of the Fraser Valley in Abbotsford, BC. 

Closing Meditation: Glory to God for All Things

An Akathist with Commentary led by Matthew and Krista Francis. 

Love Your Enemies as Yourself 

October 2006, Audio

The Augustana Distinguished Lecture with Jim Forest, editor of the quarterly journal, In Communion, and secretary of the Orthodox Peace Fellowship. He served for twelve years as General Secretary of the International Fellowship of Reconciliation. In his lifetime he became a close personal friend of Thomas Merton. Augustana Distinguished Lectures made possible through the Hendrickson Memorial Endowment Fund. 

Public Launch of the Chester Ronning Centre for the Study of Religion and Public Life Augustana Campus, University of Alberta

March 2006, Audio

Dr. Roger Epp, Dean of Augustana invites the public to the launch of the Ronning Centre. Reflections on the Life and Work of Chester Ronning: Model Teacher with speakers Audrey Ronning Topping (Photo Journalist), Seymour Topping (Professor), Berdie Fowler (Editor), and Dr. Brian Evans (Professor Emeritus). Reflections on the Purpose and Work of the Ronning Centre with speakers Bill Blaikie (MP), Reverend Ray Schultz (National Bishop of the Evangelical Church of Canada), Dr. Carl Amrhein (Provost of the U of A), and David Goa (Director of the Ronning Centre). Featuring the Augustana Choir, conducted by Ardelle Ries.  

Preaching in the Social Gospel in the 21st Century: Challenging Secular, Religious and Market Fundamentalists

March 2006, Audio

A Ronning Centre Forum with Keynote given by Reverend Bill Blaikie, MP, and responded to by Honourable Walter McLean. Reverend Bill Blaikie is MP, Deputy Leader of the NDP and Minister in the United Church of Canada. Honourable Walter McLean is Cabinet Minister under Prime Minister Brian Mulroney and Minister in the Prosbyterian Church of Canada. Keynote and respondent Followed by a Public Forum with David Goa, Professor John Heimstra, Bishop Victoria Matthews, Mrs. Shadya Nanji, Walter McLean and Bill Blaikie.

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A Christian Science Understanding of Religion and Public Life

January 2006, Audio

A Ronning Centre Consultation with Professor Nicholas Wickenden (rtd.), a Historian at the University of Alberta. Consultation responded to by Dittmar Mündell, Associate Director of the Ronning Centre and animated by David Goa, Director of the Ronning Centre. 

Religion as Strength and Weakness for Political Parties 

September 2005, Audio

A Ronning Centre Consultation with Archbishop Lazar Puhalo and respondent Professor Petr Mirejovsky, Augustana Faculty, University of Alberta. Archbishop Lazar Puhalo is Civil Liasion Officer, Diocese of Canada Orthodox Church in America, and Abbott, Monastery of All Saints of North America Dewdney, BC.  

Orthodox Tradition and Public Life (Part of "Thy Kingdom Come" series)

September 2005, Audio

A Ronning Centre Consultation with Archbishop Lazar Puhalo (ret.), Reverend Dr. Tom Oosterhuis, Reverend Dr. Dittmar Mündell and animateur David J. Goa, Director of the Ronning Centre. Archbishop Lazar Puhalo is Civil Liaison for the Canadian Diocese, Orthodox Church of America. Rev. Dr. Tom Oosterhuis is biblical scholar and Reformed Chaplin of the University of Alberta. Rev. Dr. Dittmar Mündell is Associate Director of the Ronning Centre and a theologian. 

"Thy Kingdom Come": A Reformed and Lutheran Conversation on Public Life

June 2005, Audio

A Ronning Centre Consultation Series, Thy Kingdom Come, with speakers Reverend Dr. Setri Nyomi, Reverend Dr. Tom Oosterhuis, Reverend Dr. Dittmar Mündell, Honourable Walter Mclean and David J. Goa, Director of the Ronning Centre.

Introduction with Director of the Ronning Centre, David J. Goa alongside Rev. Dr. Dittmar Mündell, Associate Director of the Ronning Centre, and Hon. Walter Mclean, Cabinet Minister in the Mulroney government and minister of the Presbyterian Church.

Address by Reverend Dr. Setri Nyomi is General Secretary of the World Alliance of Reformed Churches and the 2005 recipient of the Award for Service on the Cutting Edge of Mission given by the E.H. Johnson Memorial Trust of the Presbyterian Church of Canada.

Dialogue with all speakers of "Thy Kingdom Come" consultation series.  

Faith and Health Care: Making Connections in Alberta

A Ronning Centre Conference with keynote speaker Dr. Nuala Kenny and lectures by Dr. David Swan and Dr. David Pfrimmer. Lectures followed by a panel discussion.

May 2005, Audio

Faith and Values Intersecting with Health Care and Public Policy

Keynote by Dr. Nuala Kenny, recognized nationally as an educator, physician, ethicist, author and Sister of Charity of Halifax. She has been involved with various national boards such as the National Council for Bioethics in Human Research, the Canadian Pediatric Society, the Canadian Bio ethic Society and many more. 

Where Are We in Terms of Health Care in Alberta Provincially?

Lecture by Dr. David Swann, family physician, Public Health Officer, and newly elected opposition member in the Alberta government. 

How are you living the intersection of faith and health care in your area?

Panel discussion with representatives from the following areas in health care; Debbie Zimble (parish nurse), Reverend C. Wentland (Augustana faculty), Dr. P. Nieman (pediatrician), Carol Barwick (hospice chaplain), Ms. Carter (Executive Director of the Medicine Hat Women's Emergency Shelter) and moderator Barb Stolee. 

Where do we go from here? Advocacy, Networking and Support 

Conclusion with Greer Black representing the Christian Health Association of Alberta and Dr. David Pfrimmer representing the Canadian Council of Churches Ecumenical Health Care Network.

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