Our bi-monthly newsletters inform about topics and issues related to civic religious literacy in Canada especially. The “Thought Corner” unpacks common questions, concerns, and points of tension using religious literacy skills.
To learn about our current engagements, check our engagements listing here.
October 2022 Newsletter
Dear friends of CCRL,
The news across the country reminds us that we are a very diverse, social, and strong group of people. Despite Hurricane Fiona, Jews in the Maritimes were still able to celebrate Rosh Hashanah. Hundreds of Hindus danced for hours to celebrate Navratri in Moncton. And, an American student almost cried after meeting other Sikhs during her visit to Montreal.
Our strength also leads us to speak up about injustices we see here and globally. Cross nationally, we saw this from the marches for Sisters in Spirit held annually to commemorate missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls, and protests held in anger of Mahsa Amini’s death in Iran. This school year, we aim to talk about the beauty and challenges of this diversity in our upcoming Civic Literacy Youth Network (CLYN).
The Civic Literacy Youth Network offers a space for youth and young adults across Canada to discuss diversity related issues by incorporating a full spectrum of religious, spiritual and non-religious viewpoints. It will include participants from urban and rural regions as well as from different backgrounds (including Black, Indigenous and People of Colour, who are agnostic, Buddhist, Christian, humanist, Jewish, Muslim, and Sikh, among other religious, spiritual, and non-religious affiliations). By the end, participants will have gained experience and skills in dialogue, analysis and engagement with peers, and understand civic religious literacy.
September was really busy and full for everyone, so we extended the deadline for applications to October 11th. Please share this opportunity widely in your network. We hope this will give potential applicants more time to apply.
To tackle current issues collaboratively, we are also engaged in other projects, including a project to preserve griot tradition and empower Black youth, contributions to a Community of Educators hosted by the BC Office of the Human Rights Commissioner, and guest speaking with students at UNBC’s Environmental Studies program.
Our work aims to prevent and respond to the current issues we see using religious literacy. If you would like to learn more or collaborate with us, please reach out at any time. We always welcome collaborators.
If you would like to offer financial support, we welcome your contribution here. We are a charity and can provide tax receipts for larger donations.
Thank you for your support,
CCRL Executive Director & Co-Founder
How does belief (religious or not) inform life and society in Canada today?
Here are some headlines that show how religious, spiritual, and non-religious perspectives remain part of our daily lives and society. They show the struggles, virtues, and influence of Canadians in local and global communities. Some are one-on-one interactions while others are systemic, good and bad.
Follow our Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn accounts for headlines on a regular basis. Note, these headlines do not indicate endorsement but are shared for the purpose of awareness and understanding.
- How Indigenous Catholic clergy reckon their culture with their faith National Post
- Opinion – To the ruling elites, be they secular or religious: Just leave Muslim women alone The Globe and Mail
- ‘Pain on the other side of the world is pain in Canada too’: Iranian freedom protest in Kelowna Lake Country Calendar
- Sex and shame in Canada’s national game CBC News
- Every Child Matters flag hoisted for the first time outside the Whitehorse RCMP Detachment for National Day for Truth and Reconciliation RCMP
- Online project built on stories of Inuit history, traditions Nunatsiaq News
- Yellowknife schools mark a day devoted to reconciliation Cabin Radio
- Families of missing and murdered Indigenous women seek change ahead of Oct. 4 vigils CTV
- Pressure Cooker CBC
- Prince Rupert man and Nisga’a residential school survivor hopes for reconciliation Terrace Standard
- A vision achieved: new Diwan Pavilion officially opens at Aga Khan Garden U of Alberta
- Filmed and produced entirely in Alberta, Father of Nations gets CIFF world premiere Edmonton Journal
- Red Deer will gain a new mosque in Timberlands in 2023 Red Deer Advocate
- A look at aquamation — cremation by water instead of fire — in Canada CBC
- La Ronge honours missing and murdered Indigenous relatives Saskatoon Star Phoenix
- Local church leader elected to highest governing body Winnipeg Free Press
- Canada’s first Inuk classical singer visits Western Western Gazette
- Dancer Gurdeep Pandher goes to CN Tower to bring Bhangra to new heights CBC
- Gloucester High School assault: Ottawa police charge six minors Ottawa Citizen
- Bouchard : « Au Québec, c’est comme ça qu’on vit » Le Devoir
- Canada film tour offers new perspectives for UC students U of Cincinnati News
- Two Jewish women have been elected to Quebec’s National Assembly—a historic first The Canadian Jewish News
- High Holiday Hurricane: How Maritime Jews celebrated Rosh Hashanah after post-tropical storm Fiona The Canadian Jewish News
- Hundreds Dance And Celebrate Navratri In Moncton 91.9 The Bend
- ‘They want the world to hear them:’ St. John’s rally held in solidarity with Iran protests CBC Nfld. & Labrador
- Buddhist Leader Becomes First Religious Head In Russia To Openly Condemn War In Ukraine Radio Free Europe
- Modeling the Future of Religion in America Pew Research Center
- Pope warns of nuclear war risk; appeals to Putin on Ukraine AP News
- Samford University cuts ties with LGBTQ-affirming ministries amid student outcry Religion News Service
Religious Literacy Thought Corner
Every issue, this section will focus on one specific aspect of society or identity. Using religious literacy skills and framework, our team will briefly prompt how to identify and perceive the influence of religion, spirituality, and non-religious belief in our lives and world.
This issue highlights the past thought corner pieces and invites you to revisit them. They are as relevant as ever.
- The role of religious literacy to address eco-anxiety (Dr. Erin Reid, August 2022)
- Religious literacy is needed for understanding the past, the present, and with an eye on acting in the future (Dr. Siebren Miedema, June 2022)
- What do Christians in Canada believe? (Dr. Bryan Hillis, April 2022)
- Race, Religion, and Spirituality – What’s the Connection? (Dr. W. Y. Alice Chan and Dr. Margie Patrick, February 2022)
… and more.
Cultural/Holy days (October & November 2022)
This list of dates is generally commemorated or observed by many individuals within a community. Some individuals from each community may not adhere to the cultural/holy days themselves. It is not a comprehensive list of cultural/holy days worldwide but a list of those commonly recognized across parts of Canada. Our team wishes you a rejuvenating time of contemplation, celebration, and community support this October & November.
A video image from the article Hundreds Dance And Celebrate Navratri In Moncton above.
Oct 5 – Vijayadashami/Dussehra/Dashain (Hindus)
Oct 8 – Mawlid al-Nabi (Muslims)
Oct 9 – Sukkot, ends Oct 16 (Jews)
Oct 12 – Karva Chauth (some Hindus and Sikhs)
Oct 20 – Birth of Guru Granth (Sikhs)
Oct 24 – Diwali, ends Oct 29 (Hindus, Sikhs, Jains)
Oct 26 – Birth of the Báb (Bahá’í)
Oct 27 – Birth of Bahá’u’lláh (Bahá’í)
Oct 31 – Samhain (Wiccans)
Nov 1 – All Saints’ Day (various Christians)
Nov 2 – All Souls’ Day (various Christians)
Nov 8 – Guru Nanak Birthday (Sikhs)
Nov 20 – Christ the King (various Christians)
Nov 24 – Martyrdom of Guru Tegh Bahadur Sahib (Sikhs)
Nov 26 – Day of the Covenant (Bahá’í)
Nov 27 – First Sunday of Advent (various Christians)
Nov 28 – Ascension of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá (Bahá’í)
Nov 30 – St. Andrew’s Day (various Christians)