The Stuart Ivison Memorial Lecture Series
The 2017-2018 Season
The Stuart Ivison Memorial Lectures continues this year at First Baptist Church Ottawa (140 Laurier Avenue West at Elgin). This lecture series, named after First Baptist’s longest serving minister, features monthly speakers from a variety of disciplines and backgrounds. This season’s theme is Christianity and the Public Sphere. There is no cost involved and all are welcome to attend.
Spring 2018 Lecture Schedule
Wednesday, April 18, 2018 at 7 p.m.
Topic: Bringing Death Back to Life: Conversations about Death, Dying and Grieving Well
Speakers: Jim Nininger, Tim Flaherty, Monica Patten of Compassionate Ottawa
Wednesday, May 2, 2018 at 7 p.m.
Topic: Evangelical Equations: Christianity and the Environment
Speaker: Peter Landry
Wednesday, May 16, 2018 at 7 p.m.
Topic: A Roundtable on Christianity and the Public Sphere
Speaker: Dr. Andrew Bennett, Bruce Clemenger, Mike Hogeterp
Compassionate Ottawa, a network of community volunteers, is working toward a new social model of community care to support the frail elderly and those dealing with death, dying, grieving and loss at any age. In collaboration with others, a conversation is emerging about how we can engage together to help individuals, families and caregivers prepare for the journey toward the end of life and the grief that follows. Many partners are stepping up to work with Compassionate Ottawa, and few are as important as the faith community whose call has always been to care for those who are in need.
The Reverend Dr. Andrew P.W. Bennett is a Ukrainian Greek-Catholic deacon of the Eparchy of Toronto and Eastern Canada. Fr. Deacon Andrew serves as Senior Fellow at Cardus, Canada’s faith-based think-tank, where he is Programme Director of Cardus Law which looks at the role of law in society with a particular focus on religious freedom in Canada. He also serves as Senior Fellow at the Religious Freedom Institute in Washington, DC. Fr. Deacon Andrew previously served in the Canadian foreign service as Canada’s first Ambassador for Religious Freedom and Head of the Office of Religious Freedom from 2013 to 2016 during which time he led in defending and championing religious freedom internationally as a core element of Canada’s principled foreign policy. He remains a regular and active commentator on religious freedom in Canada and abroad. Fr. Deacon Andrew’s ambassadorial appointment was the culmination of a 14-year career in the Canadian civil service. He holds a B.A. Hons. in History (Dalhousie), an M.A. in History (McGill), and a Ph.D. in Politics (Edinburgh).
Bruce J. Clemenger is President of the Evangelical Fellowship of Canada. He has served on staff since 1992 and established the EFC’s Centre for Faith and Public Life in Ottawa in 1996. In 2003 he was appointed to the position of EFC President. Previously he served as the Executive Director of Samaritan’s Purse Canada. Bruce is in regular contact with Christian leaders as well as key policy makers from coast to coast. He speaks and writes on religion, culture, ethics and politics and has been interviewed by secular and religious media. He is a member of the International Council of the World Evangelical Alliance and a member of the Interfaith Committee for Canadian Military Chaplaincy. He and his wife Tracy live in the Ottawa valley with their two daughters.
Mike Hogeterp is the Director of the Centre for Public Dialogue, a justice and reconciliation office of the Christian Reformed Churches in Canada. Through research, advocacy and citizen empowerment the Centre for Public Dialogue strives to pursue public good in thoughtful, constructive and non-partisan Christian engagement in Canadian public debates. Mike is also deeply invested in Canadian ecumenical justice work, regularly collaborating with partners at the Canadian Council of Churches, KAIROS, and the Evangelical Fellowship of Canada, among others.
Past lectures- Audio files