Bridging the Divisions: Interfaith Dialogue

Bridging the Divisions: Interfaith Dialogue

Bridging the Divisions: Interfaith Dialogue Through Social Activism

When: Thursday, November 26, at 8:00 pm

Where: Upper Library

Massey Committee for Interfaith Dialogue will be hosting its first panel of the year. The speakers are from a variety of religious backgrounds within the greater Toronto area and have practiced their traditional beliefs and are committed to social activism. They will each bring some members of their respective communities. The event is open to all members of the University of Toronto community.

Speakers’ Bios:

Rizwan is a Canadian Muslim researcher and educator. He graduated from the University of Toronto (VIC 0T6) with a degree in Islamic Studies and also studied Islamic Philosophy and intellectual history at McGill University. Since 2009, he has coordinated two national youth-led civic engagement projects for the Canadian Council of Muslim Women (CCMW). The first was the pioneering Muslim Youth Canada Project from 2009-2011, in which over 1,000 Canadian Muslim youth in 10 cities participated. The second was the Common Ground Project from 2011-2013, in which over 400 Canadian youth of diverse beliefs and backgrounds in 10 cities participated. Rizwan serves as the education coordinator for a community laboratory called Beyond Belief, a non-sectarian, non-partisan grassroots initiative to strengthen the religious literacy and civic literacy of diverse young Canadian Muslims.

H.E Sungjang Rinpoche is the 4th Lineage holder of Ngawang Drakpa tradition of Gelugpa sect of Tibetan Buddhism . He has obtained a Master’s degree in Madiyamaka philosophy at Gaden Jangtse University in India and is currently the director of Tibet Compassion International where he promotes harmony, preservation of Tibetan culture and humanitarian works .

Héctor is currently working at the Scarboro Mission’s Interfaith Department where he leads their “Youth in Dialogue” initiative. He is a graduate student in philosophy at the Institute for Christian Studies. Originally from Bogota, Héctor began undergraduate studies in philosophy at the National University of Colombia, transferring to the University of Toronto to complete his BA. He also holds a Master of Divinity and a Bachelor of Sacred Theology from the Toronto School of Theology. Parallel to his studies, Héctor has worked for several non-for-profit, faith-based organizations, including Fontbonne Ministries and the Newman Centre Catholic Mission. “