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1 The Role of Faith in Our Society (and how you can shape it)

2 Weekend 1.hear 2.consider 3.decide 4.plan

3 Weekend talk together as people of faith  not easy lots to talk about doesn’t happen much tendency to get side-tracked  issues  emotions  attempt disciplined gentle  my hope

4 Weekend 1.hear 2.consider 3.decide 4.plan

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6 Weekend 2.consider  the role of faiths in society  our society’s ideas of leadership  Islamic ideas of leadership  how Canadians see Canada  how Canadians see Islam  how marginal groups become central in Canada

7 Weekend 3.decide  the role of faiths in society the role of your faith in your society 4.plan  how marginal groups become central in Canada how you will be part of leading this process for Islam

8 Weekend 2.consider a. the role of faiths in society b. our society’s ideas of leadership c. Islamic ideas of leadership d. how Canadians see Canada e. how Canadians see Islam f. how marginal groups become central in Canada

9 a.The Role of Faiths in Society mosque  state church  state faith  society faiths  society What is it?  here  now

10 a.The Role of Faiths in Society  no faiths allowed  only private faiths allowed  only personal faiths accepted  faiths public but powerless  faiths can propel citizen’s actions  faiths can propel groups’ actions  faiths have rights  one faith dominates  one faith rules public private unequalequal

11 a.The Role of Faiths in Society Does our society have a consensus?  maybe  possible source:  reaction to European Wars of Religion ~

12 a.The Role of Faiths in Society Does our society have a consensus?  Enlightenment ~ society’s primary values are  democracy »individual is supreme  freedom »free association »social relationships are rights-based  reason »logic + evidence > belief + authority

13 a.The Role of Faiths in Society Does our society have a consensus?  Enlightenment religious “tolerance” religion must be  marginal  private “secularism”

14 a.The Role of Faiths in Society Does our society have a consensus?  What can people of faith say & do? all have rights to  believe  practise (some constraints)  advocate | witness  convert not all rights are uncontested

15 a.The Role of Faiths in Society Does our society have a consensus?  faith can be  view depends on its role in society what leaders advocate “proximity” to violence celebrated useful dangerous distraction “nice”

16 a.The Role of Faiths in Society Islamic Neo-Modernism  Indonesia Nurcholish Majid  Egypt Hasan Hanafi  US Fazlur Rahman Khaled Abou El-Fadl  Morocco Fatima Mernissi  England Tariq Ramadan

17 a.The Role of Faiths in Society Bangladesh  Bangladesh Institute of Islamic Thought Canada  Canadian Council on American-Islamic Relations US  Center for Islamic Pluralism  International Institute of Islamic Thought  Progressive Muslim Union Indonesia  International Center for Islam and Pluralism

18 Weekend 2.consider a. the role of faiths in society b. our society’s ideas of leadership c. Islamic ideas of leadership d. how Canadians see Canada e. how Canadians see Islam f. how marginal groups become central in Canada

19 b.Our Society’s Ideas of Leadership fads

20 b.Our Society’s Ideas of Leadership fads bios

21 b.Our Society’s Ideas of Leadership fads bios heroes

22 b.Our Society’s Ideas of Leadership fads bios heroes

23 b.Our Society’s Ideas of Leadership fads bios heroes

24 b.Our Society’s Ideas of Leadership other ideas possible A leader is best when people barely know he exists. When his work is done and his aim fulfilled, people will say, “We did it ourselves.” to lead not a noun a verb to lead is to serve to serve is to lead Lao Tzu

25 b.Our Society’s Ideas of Leadership other ideas possible  this program’s ideas of leadership collaborator ambassador collaborator facilitator teacher

26 c.Islamic Ideas of Leadership Australia  Saeed  University of Melbourne Trends in Islam: A Preliminary Attempt at Classification Bangladesh  Anisuzzaman & Majumder Leadership: Western and Islamic – A Conceptual and Explorative Study  Ather & Sobhani  International Islamic University Chittagong, Bangladesh Managerial Leadership: An Islamic Perspective Canada  Karim  Carleton University  Institute for Research on Public Policy Changing Perceptions of Islamic Authority among Muslims in Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom Indonesia  Saleh  Institut Agama Islam Negeri, Indonesia Modern Trends in Islamic Theological Discourse in 20th Century Indonesia Malaysia  Khan  Mina Management Institute Islamic Leadership Principles US  Aabed  Brigham Young University A Study of Islamic Leadership Theory and Practice in K-12 Islamic Schools in Michigan  Beekun  University of Nevada Leadership, an Islamic Perspective  Sachedina  University of Virginia The Islamic Roots of Democratic Pluralism

27 c.Islamic Ideas of Leadership ?

28 Weekend 2.consider a. the role of faiths in society b. our society’s ideas of leadership c. Islamic ideas of leadership d. how Canadians see Canada e. how Canadians see Islam f. how marginal groups become central in Canada

29 d.How Canadians see Canada How Americans see America conflicting  consistent contested  uncontested positive  negative powerful  weak true  false constructive  destructive

30 How non-Christians see Christianity conflicting  consistent contested  uncontested positive  negative powerful  weak true  false constructive  destructive

31 d.How Canadians see Canada  The Greatest Canadian Tommy Douglas »http://archives.cbc.ca/society/celebrations/topics/1455/http://archives.cbc.ca/society/celebrations/topics/1455/  What Canadians Think (About Almost Everything) Ipsos Canada »http://www.randomhouse.ca/catalog/display.pperl?isbn= http://www.randomhouse.ca/catalog/display.pperl?isbn=

32 d.How Canadians see Canada  How Canadians See Themselves »http://www.filibustercartoons.com/New%20Canada%20Guide/index.php?page=themselveshttp://www.filibustercartoons.com/New%20Canada%20Guide/index.php?page=themselves similar to United States  but superior respectful orderly caring  active state moderate beloved around the world tolerant, multi-cultural society  promotes ethnic, cultural, and linguistic diversity  does not demand its immigrants assimilate

33 d.How Canadians see Canada respectful orderly caring moderate beloved tolerant multi-cultural conflicting  consistent contested  uncontested positive  negative true  false constructive  destructive powerful  weak

34 e.How Canadians See Islam Canadian views on various religions  MacLeans/Angus Reid poll »2009 »http://www2.macleans.ca/2009/04/28/what-canadians-think-of- sikhs-jews-christians-muslims/http://www2.macleans.ca/2009/04/28/what-canadians-think-of- sikhs-jews-christians-muslims/ generally favourable view Christianity72% Buddhism57% Judaism53% Hinduism41% Sikhism30% Islam28%

35 e.How Canadians See Islam compared to  global »2005 pewglobal.org »2010 gallup.com

36 e.How Canadians See Islam Canadian views on various religions  MacLeans/Angus Reid poll »2009 »http://www2.macleans.ca/2009/04/28/what-canadians-think-of- sikhs-jews-christians-muslims/http://www2.macleans.ca/2009/04/28/what-canadians-think-of- sikhs-jews-christians-muslims/ Why? generally favourable view Christianity72% Buddhism57% Judaism53% Hinduism41% Sikhism30% Islam28%

37 e.How Canadians See Islam generally favourable view believe encourages violence Christianity72%10% Buddhism57%4% Judaism53%14% Hinduism41%13% Sikhism30%26% Islam28%45% Canadian views on various religions  MacLeans/Angus Reid poll »2009 »http://www2.macleans.ca/2009/04/28/what-canadians-think-of- sikhs-jews-christians-muslims/http://www2.macleans.ca/2009/04/28/what-canadians-think-of- sikhs-jews-christians-muslims/ Why?

38 e.How Canadians See Islam  faith can be  view depends on its role in society what leaders advocate “proximity” to violence celebrated useful dangerous distraction “nice”

39 Aligning d.How Canadians see Canada  respectful  orderly  caring  moderate  tolerant  embracing all cultures  promoting diversity ethnicity language culture c.Islamic ideas of leading

40 Weekend 2.consider a. the role of faiths in society b. our society’s ideas of leadership c. Islamic ideas of leadership d. how Canadians see Canada e. how Canadians see Islam f. how marginal groups become central in Canada

41 f.Marginal  Central Ukrainian-Canadian

42 f.Marginal  Central Jewish-Canadian

43 f.Marginal  Central Chinese-Canadian

44 f.Marginal  Central Japanese-Canadian collectionscanada.gc.ca

45 f.Marginal  Central How did this change happen?  confrontation rare rarely effective  grievance, redress & reconciliation newer uncertain

46 f.Marginal  Central How did this change happen?  “workable” methods of ethnic pluralism far from perfect  First Nations  African  Caribbean

47 f.Marginal  Central How did this change happen?  education university professions  law  medicine  dentistry  accounting  involvement organizations  membership  leadership both  internal  external »civil society »political parties

48 f.Marginal  Central Canadian society now  cultural pluralism language  fluent actions  mixed  religious pluralism language  awkward actions  minimal

49 Weekend 1.hear 2.consider 3.decide what you want the role of your faith in your society to be 4.plan  marginal  central how you choose to be part of leading this process for Islam

50 3.Your Faith in Your Society Consensus now?  all have rights to believe practise (some constraints) advocate | witness convert  not all rights are uncontested What do you want the consensus to be? 2020

51 3.Your Faith in Your Society What are you aiming for?  no faiths allowed  only private faiths allowed  only personal faiths accepted  faiths public but powerless  faiths may propel citizen’s actions  faiths may propel groups’ actions  faiths have rights  one faith dominates  one faith rules public private unequalequal 2020

52 3.Your Faith in Your Society remember:  public  representative  contested not easy consider carefully

53 3.Your Faith in Your Society What is my goal?  For my faith to take its rightful place in a society of ideas What words and actions will best meet this goal?

54 3.Your Faith in Your Society What should people of faith say & do?  guaranteed failure isolation criticizing other faiths  “disproving”  ranking “sermonizing” assuming credibility

55 3.Your Faith in Your Society What should people of faith say & do?  almost certainly a trap victimhood

56 3.Your Faith in Your Society What should people of faith say & do?  likely to lead to success self words  few  agreed »within my faith  resonant »with other faiths »with our society’s deepest values partnerships actions  excellence  diligence  from faith  to benefit society

57 Weekend 1.hear 2.consider 3.decide what you want the role of your faith in your society to be 4.plan your role  marginal  central how you choose to be part of leading this process for Islam

58 4.Your Role marginal  central  education university professions  law  medicine  dentistry  accounting  involvement organizations  membership  leadership both  internal  external »civil society »political parties ethnic communities

59 4.Your Role things you care about orgs with that focus your current or potential role measures of success within your community bridging your community to others civil society outside your community politics

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61 What is a “story” mythology is a powerful force harness it and you can generate change ignore it at your peril story

62 What is story?  story = mythology = narrative = trope = meme = conventional wisdom = repeated “fact”  story is what we tell each other about our shared world what we collectively assume is true what we imagine something to be

63 How do stories work? present now not rational

64 How do stories work? range of qualities conflicting  consistent contested  uncontested positive  negative powerful  weak true  false constructive  destructive

65 How do stories work? example  the city as story examples about Winnipeg  The Forks  1919 strike  Chicago of the North

66 The Forks “For 6,000 years…” rivers/tr_rivers_rrdigatforks.asp pdf_folder/dwntwnprofile.pdf canada/about_destin/manitoba/winnipeg.html weekend.html?cid=onairaugust2005 &_activities/historic_sites concierge.fairmont.com/list.process/ oid_35/olid_8873/cid_17/ manitoba/ca-mb-winnipeg.html events/acgm05/html/outline_eng.htm gocanada.about.com/cs/historyofwinnipeg/ reservations.travelnotes.org/nexres/city_content/ citycontent_show.cgi?src= &ses=&id=10552 travelvideo.tv/videos/manitoba.html travelguide.asp?type=2&stateid=3&area=winnipeg on_the_waterfront_complete_report.pdf summit.dpi.org/en/travel/tours/sightsmuseum.htm www1.servicecanada.gc.ca/asp/gateway.asp?hr=en/ mb/lmireports/perspectives shtml&hs=mb0 units/emergency_medicine/winnipeg/winnipeg.htm

67 The Forks

68 1871

69 The Forks Ray Thiessen

70 How Canadians See Islam Gazette/Angus Reid poll »2010 March  Canadian view on niqab ban »http://www.montrealgazette.com/life/Most+Cdns+a gree+with+Quebec+burka/ /story.htmlhttp://www.montrealgazette.com/life/Most+Cdns+a gree+with+Quebec+burka/ /story.html Quebec95% Alberta82% Ontario77% Atlantic provinces73% BC70% Manitoba65% Saskatchewan65%

71 How Canadians See Islam compared to  Americans »http://www.theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/polls_surveys_and_statistic s_relating_to_islam_and_muslims_1995_to_2007a/http://www.theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/polls_surveys_and_statistic s_relating_to_islam_and_muslims_1995_to_2007a/  Europeans »http://www.angus-reid.com/polls/view/12143http://www.angus-reid.com/polls/view/12143  gobal »http://pewglobal.org/2005/07/14/islamic-extremism-common-concern-for-muslim-and- western-publics/3/#i-how-muslims-and-westerners-see-each-otherhttp://pewglobal.org/2005/07/14/islamic-extremism-common-concern-for-muslim-and- western-publics/3/#i-how-muslims-and-westerners-see-each-other


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