Colloquium and Vespers Commemorating the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation

500 Years of Reformation

 CREOR Colloquium and Vespers on 500 Years of Encounters between the Reformation and the World Religions

October 30-31, 2017

       Birks Heritage Chapel

3520 University Street

2nd Floor

School of Religious Studies

Centre for Research on Religion

Web: http://www.mcgill.ca/religiousstudies/events/lecture-series

500 Years of Reformation & the World Religions, October 30-31, 2017

This conference focuses on the 500th anniversary of the Reformation in light of the rich, many sided and often conflict laden relations between the Reformation and the world’s religions. Papers will address a selection of topics involving central aspects of the relationship between the history of the Reformation with Judaism, Islam, and the Asian religions, as well as with the Indigenous people and the inter-religious dialogue. A central question in all papers will be what we can learn from the past to make our present and future better, especially in the context of inter-religious contacts in Quebec and Canada and in light of the growing influence of religion and globalization. A panel discussion will close this colloquium, which will be open to the public.

Organized by the Council for Theological Education in Montreal (Cite-M), the Center for Research on Religion (CREOR), the Church of St. Andrew and St. Paul, and the School of Religious Studies (SRS), McGill University

Date & Location:       Birks Heritage Chapel, 3520 University Street, Montreal, October 30-31, 2017

Church of St. Andrew and St. Paul, 3415 Redpath St., corner Sherbrooke St. West, Montreal, October 31, 2017

A freewill donation is requested


 October 30

9-12 am: Morning program

Gerbern S. Oegema (McGill University):

The Reformation and Judaism: Between Philo-Semitism and Anti-Semitism

Glenn Chestnut (A. & P., Montreal):

The Reformation and Islam: Karl Barth in Conversation with Tariq Ramadan and Ali


Arvind Sharma (McGill University):

The Reformation and the World Religions

12 am – 2 pm: Lunch

2-5 pm:            Afternoon program

Charles Taylor (McGill University):

Reform and the Secular Age

Patricia G. Kirkpatrick (McGill University):

The Reformation and the Issue of Gender

Lucille Marr (McGill University):

Incorporating Indigenous and Women’s Voices in Canadian Church History

 31 October

 9-12 am: Morning Program

Emidio Campi (University of Zürich):

Commemorating the Quincentenary of the Reformation

Torrance Kirby (McGill University):

Paul’s Cross and the Culture of Persuasion in the English Reformation

Jonathan Oldengarm (A. & P., Montreal):

The Reformation and the History of Music

12-.1.30 pm: Lunch (Birks building, foyer)

1.30-3 pm: Afternoon program

John Vissers (John Knox College):

Reformed and Reforming: The Theological Witness of Joseph C. McLelland

Maurice Boutin (McGill University):

DON’T   CHAT ,  BUT  TRY: Joseph C. McLelland’s Legacy”

3.30-4.30 pm: guided tours of the Church of st. andrew & St. paul, &amp

7-9 pm: Evening Program

A Liturgy of Solemn Vespers for the Reformation

Magnificat in D major, BWV 243 (J.S. Bach, 1685-1750)

Verleih uns Frieden (Felix Mendelssohn, 1809-1847)

Clergy: The Rev. Dr. Glenn Chestnutt (The Church of St. Andrew and St. Paul) & Père Pierre Dufour, c.s.c. (St. Joseph Oratory)

Musicians: Choir of the Church of St. Andrew and St. Paul; Serenata St. John

Jonathan Oldengarm, organist; Jean-Sébastien Vallée, conductor