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Chester Ronning Centre for the Study of Religion and Public Life

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

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  • The Good of Difficult Conversations

    March 21, 2024

    A couple of weeks ago, I was invited to a conversation with a community member whom I consider a friend to talk about Israel’s bombardment of Gaza. A few other University employees were a part of this conversation on campus. She bought us tea and the Chaplain who sat across from me brought home-made gelato. We sat on couches with our refreshments as the stark winter sun beamed down on our faces. The mise en scène made it look like a cozy afternoon yet there was a palpable discomfort.

  • Harmony in Verse: Hip-Hop and Faith Unveiled in Black History Month

    February 9, 2024

    In the symphony of Black culture, hip-hop is a distinctive melody, a powerful narrative that intertwines resilience, identity, and faith. As we navigate the nuanced terrain of this genre, its convergence with faith unfolds as a captivating journey of cultural evolution, aligning poignantly with the essence of Black History Month.

  • Yes, Die Hard is a Christmas Movie

    January 22, 2024

    As the holiday season is officially over, it’s a great time to reflect and revisit the seasonal traditions we’ve adopted throughout our lifetime. The holiday season is defined by traditions, after all.

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