We have welcomed a number of prominent speakers since this series began in September 2012. Read on to find out more about our guest speakers and their chosen topics to date:
Season 1: 2012-2013
Wednesday, September 26, 2012
Speaker: Paul Dewar, M.P. for Ottawa Centre
Topic: The Legacy of Tommy Douglas
Wednesday, October 17, 2012
Speaker: The Reverend Dr. Das Sydney, Minister of Highland Baptist Church in Kitchener, Ontario; Vice President, Canadian Council of Churches
Topic: First Nations: A Bitter History and Christian Goodwill?
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Speaker: Professor Hugh Kindred, Professor of Law Emeritus at Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia
Topic: War, Law and Human Rights at the United Nations: What’s Achievable?
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Speaker: The Reverend Craig Bowers, Associate Priest , St. Paul’s Anglican Church, Kanata, and Ecumenical and Interfaith Officer for the Diocese
Topic: Persecution of Faith
Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Speaker: The Reverend Fred Demaray, Retired CBOQ minister
Topic: Singing our Faith to our Culture: How Hymnody Grows and Changes
Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Speaker: The Reverend Robert Campbell, Retired CBOQ minister
Topic: Poverty in Canada: Facts, Fallacies and Faithful Responses
Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Speaker: Patricia Marsden-Dole, Doctoral Candidate at St. Paul University, Ottawa; Retired Canadian Ambassador and Canada’s first woman Trade Commissioner
Topic: Compassionate Aging: Why Bother?
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Speaker: Mike Hogeterp, Director of the Christian Reformed Centre for Public Dialogue, Ottawa
Topic: Living the Call to Reconciliation: Knowing our Aboriginal Neighbours
Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Speaker: The Reverend Dr. William Sturgess, Minister Emeritus at Yorkminster Park Baptist Church, Toronto
Topic: Peter Taylor Forsyth: The Cross Speaks to Public Values
Wednesday, June 19, 2013
Speaker: The Reverend Janet Handy, Executive Director of the Church Council on Justice and Corrections
Topic: Restorative Approaches to Justice and Corrections
Season 2: 2013-2014
Wednesday, September 25, 2013
Speaker: Professor Craig Evans, Payzant Distinguished Professor of New Testament at Acadia Divinity College
Topic: Jesus in North American Culture and Media
Wednesday, October 16, 2013
Speaker: Alex Neve, Order of Canada
Topic: Human Rights in a Changing Canadian Culture
Wednesday, November 6, 2013
Speakers: Dr. Roberta Sinclair and Superintendent A.R. (Tony) Pickett, Royal Canadian Mounted Police
Topic: The Abuse of Social Media: Raising Questions; Raising Awareness
Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Speakers: Constable Matthew Hunt and Constable Ryan Pierce, Ottawa Police Services
Topic: Educating Families about Cyber Bullying
Wednesday, January 15, 2014
Speaker: Leanne Olson, Medical Team Leader & Project Coordinator with MSF
Topic: For Want of Medicine: Doctors Without Borders on Social Justice
Wednesday, February 12, 2014
Speaker: Professor Nipa Banerjee, Ph.D.
Topic: Foreign Aid and Effectiveness in Fragile States
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
Speaker: Professor Tim Aubry, Ph.D., C.Psych. University of Ottawa
Topic: Ending Homelessness: An Assessment of the Housing First Initiative
Wednesday, April 2, 2014.
Speaker: Rabbi, Dr. Bulka, Order of Canada
Topic: The “Gotcha” Mentality and Ultimate Meaning
Wednesday, May 7, 2014
Speaker: The Reverend Dr. Pierre Allard
Topic: Public Misunderstandings of Restorative Approaches to Justice
Wednesday, June 4, 2014
Speaker: The Reverend Scott Kindred-Barnes, Ph.D.
Topic: Is Religion Evil? A Response to Some Recent Critics
Season 3: 2014-2015
Tuesday, September 30, 2014 at 7 p.m.
Speaker: Professor John Schram, Distinguished Senior Fellow, Norman Paterson School of International Affairs, Carleton University
Topic: The Future of Peace-Building and Development in Africa
Wednesday, November 5, 2014 at 7 p.m.
Speakers: Kerry Kaiser, Coordinator, Centretown Emergency Food Centre, Ottawa
The Reverend Jason Pino, Restoring Hope Ministries, Ottawa
Pastor John Andrew, Open Arms Ministries, Kentville, Nova Scotia
Topic: Neighbours in Need: A Panel on Social Justice
Wednesday, December 3, 2014 at 7 p.m.
Speaker: Dr. David Kilgour, A Fellow of the Centre for the Study of Democracy at Queen’s University
Topic: Advocating Human Rights in the 21st Century
Wednesday, December 10, 2014 at 7 p.m.
Speaker: Tom Hayes, Yorkminster Park Baptist Church, Toronto
Topic: Christmas in Art and Music
Wednesday, January 14, 2015 at 7 p.m.
Speaker: The Reverend Dr. Tom Sherwood, Adjunct Research Professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Carleton University
Topic: Spiritual but not Religious: A New Canadian Spirituality
Wednesday, March 4, 2015 at 7 p.m.
Speaker: The Reverend Dr. Karen Hamilton, General Secretary of the Canadian Council of Churches
Topic: Canada’s Problem with Human Trafficking
See link: The Reverend Dr. Karen Hamilton – Witness
Wednesday, April 1, 2015 at 7 p.m.
Speaker: Dr. Martha Musgrove, Part-Time Professor, the University of Ottawa
Topic: Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein: A Moral Tale for the 21st Century
Season 4: 2015-2016
Season 5: 2016-2017
Sunday, March 5, 2017 at 10:30 a.m.
Topic: Love Changes Everything
Speaker: Dr. Tony Campolo
Wednesday, March 15, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.
Topic: Beyond Dialogue. Beyond Caring
Speaker: Joe Abbey-Colborne, Director, Faith in the City, Toronto: Inter-faith Action
Sunday, March 26, 2017 at 12 p.m. (A light luncheon will be served)
Topic: Martin Luther: A Mighty Fortress
Speaker: The Reverend Dr. Victor Shepherd, Professor of Theology, Tyndale University College and Seminary
Wednesday, April 19, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.
Topic: The Domino Effect of Euthanasia
Speaker: Dr. John Patrick, M.B.,B.S.,M.R.C.P., M.D.
Friday, April 28, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.
Topic: It’s Not the Same, Is It?
Speaker: The Reverend John Boyd
Wednesday, May 10, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.
Topic: Mennonite Indian Residential Schools: Reflections Of A Former Staff Kid
Speaker: Dr. Anthony Siegrist, Ottawa Mennonite Church
Wednesday, May 31, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.
Topic: Living Faith: The Background to the Modern Baptist Statement of Faith
Speaker: The Reverend Dr. Stephen Hayes
Wednesday, June 21, 2017 at 7 p.m.
Topic: God and the Recovery of Ultimate Meaning in a Materialist Age
Speaker: Christ Barrigar, Ph.D. Philosophy, McGill University
Season 6: 2017-2018
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