Institutional Inversion – Fermented Thoughts Event

Ivan Illich’s Institutional Vision and Its Misunderstandings
Often misunderstood as being crassly anti-institutional, Illich in fact saw possibility in turning institutions inside-out and flipping them upside-down. Join David Cayley from CBC Radio’s IDEAS (now retired) for a presentation and discussion about Ivan Illich’s thinking on institutions and their contemporary relevance.
Date: Wednesday, July 19, 2017 – 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Event Type: Talks and Discussions
Contact Info: Isaiah – waterlooschool@theworkingcentre.org; (519) 743-1151 x 175
Location: Fresh Ground, 256 King St. E, Kitchener, Ontario
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The Mystery of the Liturgical Year

Our next monthly meeting will be held on Friday, July 14th from 3:00pm to 4:30pm. We will be discussing “The Mystery of the Liturgical Year: The Easter Liturgy” by Louis Bouyer from the Fall 2016 (Volume 43.3) issue of Communio entitled Time. Continue reading

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The George Grant Reader

George Grant as a Philosopher of Fittedness for the Contemporary Canadian Situation or Overcoming Our Self-Incurred Immaturity

In the autumn of 2016, the Communio Circle of the Diocese of Hamilton spent a study day on George Grant’s book English-Speaking Justice. In this follow-up piece, I’m going to outline one or two of Grant’s themes as they emerge in The George Grant Reader.[1] There was certainly a note of contemporary relevance in the discussion the group had on that September Saturday. As events unfolded in American and global politics later last fall, and continue to do so, Grant presents a challenge specifically to Canadians: not only to embrace a path different from that of their neighbours to the south, but also to think carefully about the content of that difference. Continue reading

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Ecce Homo: On the Divine Unity of Christ

I’ve just finished Aaron Riches’ book Ecce Homo: On the Divine Unity of Christ (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2016). All Christians should revisit the Church councils now and again to be reminded of how we’ve been formed over time. As Riches takes pains to point out, the careful work of a robust Christology remains relevant to the contemporary Church, both as a challenge and as a resource. Continue reading

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A Reflection on the Canticle of Mary

This reflection is meant as a companion piece to one I wrote earlier on the Canticle of Zechariah. Reflection on the Canticle of Mary actually ought to precede that on the Canticle of Zechariah. The day, after all, begins with the vigil of the night before. Fair enough, but I’m glad I began as I did. I didn’t really worry that I was treading on well-known terrain. But who can say the words “Magnificat anima mea Dominum,” or even simply “Magnificat…,” without a sense of trespassing where countless others, not only with words, but also with images and music, have trod? It’s too late for such trepidations now! As with the Canticle of Zechariah, the meditation is conditioned by the process of memorizing the song in the Latin. Continue reading

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Communio Circle Study Day: Words of Christ by Michel Henry

Communio Circle Study Day: Words of Christ by Michel Henry Saturday, June 24th at the Newman Centre Guelph, 325 Gordon Street, Guelph, Ontario

In Words of Christ (Paroles du Christ) — here translated into English for the first time — Michel Henry asks how Christ can be both human and divine. He considers, further, how we as humans can experience Christ’s humanity and divinity through his words. Are we able to recognize this speech as divine, and if so, then how? What can testify to the divine nature of these words? What makes them intelligible? Startling possibilities — and further questions — emerge as Henry systematically explores these enigmas. For example, how does the phenomenology of life bring to light the God of which scripture speaks? Might this new region of phenomenality broaden or transform the discipline of phenomenology itself, or theology? Henry approaches these questions starting from the angle of material phenomenology, but his study has far-reaching implications for other disciplines too. Intended for a wide audience, his work is a uniquely philosophical approach to the question of Christ and to the place of this question in human experience. This highly original, interdisciplinary perspective on Christ’s words was Henry’s last work, published shortly after his death in 2002. (From the Back Cover) Continue reading

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Giving Time

Our next monthly meeting will be held on Friday, June 9th from 3:00pm to 4:30pm. We will be discussing “Giving Time: The Trinitarian Origin of Created Spatio-Temporality” and ““Once upon a Time”: Preserving the Past in a Presence Open to the Future” by Ferdinand Ulrich from the Fall 2016 (Volume 43.3) issue of Communio entitled Time. The PDFs can be downloaded here and here. Continue reading

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Being, Gift, Self-Gift

Our next monthly meeting will be held on Friday, May 12th from 3:00pm to 4:30pm. We will be discussing “Being, Gift, Self-Gift (Part Two)” by David L. Schindler from the Fall 2016 (Volume 43.3) issue of Communio entitled Time. The PDF can be downloaded here. Continue reading

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Technology and Time

Our next monthly meeting will be held on Friday, April 21st (not April 14th, which is Good Friday) from 3:00pm to 4:30pm. We will be discussing “Technology and Time” by Michael Hanby from the Fall 2016 (Volume 43.3) issue of Communio entitled Time. The PDF can be downloaded here. Continue reading

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Book Launch: The Fellowship of the Beatific Vision

Book Launch: The Fellowship of the Beatific Vision

Book Launch: The Fellowship of the Beatific Vision

You are invited to attend the launch of Norm Klassen’s book “The Fellowship of the Beatific Vision: Chaucer on Overcoming Tyranny and Becoming Ourselves” on Friday, March 24th at 7:00pm at the Newman Centre Guelph, 325 Gordon Street, Guelph, with parking from Dean Avenue. The program includes a Medieval harp performance by Hanna Caruso, interview with Norm, a reading and a social.

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