Tuesday, December 4, 2012




God & Government  

Panelists to speak about religion and politics

Released by Jack Brown for MLA Gwen O'Mahony


n Monday, December 10, Gwen O'Mahony will host a forum addressing the role of religion in politics.


Three expert scholars will form our panel: Bill Blaikie, fellow at the Knowles-Woodsworth Centre at the University of Winnipeg; Ron Dart, professor of political science and religious studies at the University of the Fraser Valley; and Paul Rowe, assistant professor of religion at the Religion in Canada Institute at Trinity Western University.


"Religion often has an uncomfortable relationship with politics and the political process. In recent years, the contribution of religion to the public discourse has been increasingly narrow and one-sided. For many involved in electoral politics, "religion" has become little more than a demographic marker, like age, income or ethnicity", said MLA for Chilliwack-Hope, Gwen O'Mahony.

"As a person of faith, I'm not sure that's a positive development. That's why I've invited three eminent scholars to join me on December 10th to discuss how faith and politics inform each other. How can faith positively engage with the issues of the day? I hope the community will find the discussion valuable and join us to explore it".

Beyond Secularism is free to attend and open to all who have an interest in the topic.

The event takes place Monday, December 10, 7:30 pm at Evergreen Hall (9291 Corbould Street), Chilliwack


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