Atheists and Catholics: A Conversation Among Friends

Friday, October 3rd, 2014
A year ago a dialogue was held at the Cathedral of Christ the King in Hamilton on the topic of Christianity and Secularism. Join us for this follow-up event at the Art Gallery of Hamilton beginning with time for visiting the gallery for free and a reception in the gallery lounge with food and drink. A moderated panel discussion between two atheists and two Catholics will be based upon questions exchanged beforehand and will include time for audience participation. The evening will close with a social in the gallery lounge.
4:00pm AGH Free Admission
6:00pm Reception
7:00pm Conversation
9:00pm Social until 10:00pm

Panelists:
Alan d’Eon
Diana Glennie
Sister Bernadette Caron, SOLI
Rev. Mark Morley, Diocese of Hamilton
Moderator: Philippa Carter, Religious Studies, McMaster University

Sponsored By:
Hamilton-Niagara Atheists and Humanists
Communio Circle of the Diocese of Hamilton
McMaster Catholic Students Association

Donations Accepted To Defer Costs:  Surplus Funds Will Be Given To Charity
Paid Parking is available at:
Art Gallery of Hamilton
123 King Street West, Hamilton, Ontario

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A Proposal from the Communio Circle of the Diocese of Hamilton to the Hamilton Atheists

On September 21, 2013 an event was held at the Cathedral of Christ the King in Hamilton entitled “Christianity and Secularism: A Conversation for the Year of Faith among Christians, Atheists, Non-Believers and Free Thinkers in the Diocese of Hamilton.” It was organized by the Communio Circle of the Diocese of Hamilton and was based upon the format of the Courtyard of the Gentiles held in Paris, France in 2011. Students from MACSA (McMaster Catholic Students Association) voluteered to help run the event. It began with a discussion among a group of panellists on the topic of Christianity and Secularism in Nicholas Mancini Centre, after which all in attendance were invited to visit the Cathedral Church to look around, pray, and meditate while our Diocesan choir provides music for believers and non-believers as they explored the sacred space together. When the event was held at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, a choir came from Taize. We had Canadian composer/musician Peter-Anthony Togni play the organ and accompany the choir. An informal social gathering with light refreshments in the Cathedral Auditorium was held concurrent with visiting the sacred space. The idea was to provide an opportunity for believers and non-believers to engage one another through discussion, art and conversation over lunch. However, when the discussion was opened up to the audience, it became apparent that there weren’t as many non-believers present as we had hoped. Thankfully, one of the non-believers who attended later posted a comment at our blog. Continue reading

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In Search of the Sacred

“What do we mean when we call something ‘sacred’?”
Josef Pieper

Our “summer” book event will take place in the Boardroom at the St. Jerome’s University (not at St. Michael’s Church) the afternoon of Friday, September 12th, from 2:30pm to 6:30pm. The book is Josef Pieper’s “In Search of the Sacred” from Ignatius Press, a collection of four talks Pieper gave between 1969 and 1975, some of which have been published elsewhere.

2:30pm Welcome (Moderator: Prof. Nikolaj “Nick” Zunic, St. Jerome’s University)
2:45pm-3:30pm I. The Sacred and Its Negation (Fr. Mark Morley, Blessed Sacrament Parish, Kitchener)
3:30pm-4:15pm II. What Makes a Priest? (Fr. John Redmond, St. Gregory’s Parish, Cambridge)
4:15pm-4:30pm Break
4:30pm-5:15pm III. What Makes a Building a Church? (Stephen Jones)
5:15pm-6:00pm IV. No Mere Words but Reality: The Sacrament of Bread (Seán O’Seasnain)
6:00pm Pizza

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The Confession of the Casta Meretrix

Our next monthly meeting will be held on Friday, August 8th from 3:00pm to 4:30pm. We will be discussing Jacques Servais’s “The Confession of the Casta Meretrix” from the Winter 2013 (Volume 40.4) issue of Communio entitled Ecclesiam Sanctam. The article can be downloaded from the Communio Web site here.

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‘Sacrosancta Ecclesia’: The Holy Church of Sinners

Our next monthly meeting will be held on Friday, July 11th from 3:00pm to 4:30pm. We will be discussing Roch Kereszty’s “‘Sacrosancta Ecclesia’: The Holy Church of Sinners” from the Winter 2013 (Volume 40.4) issue of Communio entitled Ecclesiam Sanctam. The article can be downloaded from the Communio Web site here.

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Is Religious Liberty Possible in a Liberal Culture?

Our next monthly meeting will be held on Friday, June 13th from 3:00pm to 4:30pm. We will be discussing “Is Religious Liberty Possible in a Liberal Culture?” by David S. Crawford from Dignitatis Humanae and the Rediscovery of Religious Freedom Communio Summer-Fall 2013 Edition (Volume 40.2-3).

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“All Things Counter, Original, Spare, Strange”: Liberal Society and Pluralism

Our next monthly meeting will be held on Friday, May 9th from 3:00pm to 4:30pm. We will be discussing “All Things Counter, Original, Spare, Strange”: Liberal Society and Pluralism by Frederick C. Bauerschmidt from Dignitatis Humanae and the Rediscovery of Religious Freedom Communio Summer-Fall 2013 Edition (Volume 40.2-3).

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Christian Culture and the Form of Human Existence

Our next monthly meeting will be held on Friday, April 11th from 3:00pm to 4:30pm. We will be discussing Christian Culture and the Form of Human Existence by Antonio López from Dignitatis Humanae and the Rediscovery of Religious Freedom Communio Summer-Fall 2013 Edition (Volume 40.2-3).

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Dignitatis humanae

Our next monthly meeting will be held on Friday, March 14th from 3:00pm to 4:30pm. We will be discussing the Declaration on Religious Freedom – Dignitatis humanae from the Second Vatican Council in preparation for studying articles in the Summer-Fall 2013 Edition. It is available here from the Vatican Web site.

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The Joy of the Gospel

Our next monthly meeting will be held on Friday, February 14th from 3:00pm to 4:30pm. We will be discussing “Evangelii Gaudium: A Personal Response” by our very own Dcn. Charles Fernandes. It is available here from our Web site. Pope Francis’ Apostolic Exhortation The Joy of the Gospel (i.e.Evangelii Gaudium) can be downloaded from the Vatican Website here.

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