Multi-Faith Discussion: Faith and Hope in Uncertain Times
We live in a precarious world in which the ideas of hope and faith are not often discussed within our communities, especially with recent global events. Join the Queen’s Faculty of Education for an open dialogue with a multi-faith panel focused on the ideas of hope and faith.
Wednesday, April 19
Auditorium at Duncan McArthur Hall (511 Union Street West)
The evening will begin with opening remarks made by University Chaplain Kate Johnson, followed by the multi-faith panel, question period, and a reception with light refreshments.
Panelists: Dr. Mohamed M. Bayoumi, Rev. Lisa Chisholm-Smith, Laurel Klaus-Johnson, Gregory Nacu and Rabbi Karen Soria
The event is hosted by the Queen’s Faculty of Education in conjunction with the Queen’s University Chaplain.
Dr. Mohamed M. Bayoumi received his BSc. Degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Alexandria, Dipl. Mathematiker and doctorate degree from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich, Switzerland. He is currently Professor Emeritus at Queen’s and has previously served as an Adjunct Professor at the Royal Military College. He is a founding member of the Islamic Society, has volunteered as its President and served on many of its committees. He has spoken to many groups about Islam and has helped to build bridges between the Muslim and Kingston communities at large.
Rev. Lisa Chisholm-Smith is an ordained Deacon in the Anglican Church of Canada. A graduate of Queen’s Concurrent Education program and the Institute for Christian Studies, Lisa served for more than 18 years as a facilitator of adult Christian education and training through regional offices of the Anglican Church in both Kingston and Ottawa. Ms. Chisholm-Smith recently moved back to Kingston and currently serves as Campus Minister and Children & Youth Ministries at St James’ Anglican Church.
Laurel Klaus-Johnson is a Mohawk of the Bear clan. As a Grandmother on the Katarokwi Grandmothers Council she assists with the resurgent spiritual lives of Indigenous Peoples in this territory. Quarterly seasonal and lunar ceremonies bring our families together in prayer joy and celebration. Circles teaching rituals and medicines are shared positively in this thriving Indigenous community.
Gregory Nacu is a professional software developer in Kingston. He has been studying and practicing Wicca for 20 years. He helped organize and lead the Pagan community in Kingston from 2001 until 2010. During which time he led ritual and taught many classes on Wicca. Over the years he has given numerous talks to the public about Wicca and Paganism. He is currently the co-organizer of The Fellowship of the Lord and Lady, a Wiccan teaching circle.
Rabbi Karen Soria attended the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati, Ohio, where in May, 1981, she was awarded rabbinical ordination and a Master of Arts in Hebrew Letters. She has served congregations in Melbourne, Australia; Florida; Washington state; Winnipeg, Manitoba; and now Kingston, Ontario. She also served over 11 years as a chaplain in the US Navy and 3 ½ years in the Canadian Armed Forces. She was awarded a Doctor of Divinity, honoris causa, upon her completion of 30 years of rabbinical service.