TWU and the Evangelical Fellowship of Canada to hold international conference on religious freedom

“Our hope is that this conference will bring new insights to the importance of religious freedom for our world, identify worrisome trends, and propose constructive responses.”
—Paul Chamberlain, PhD, conference chair and director of ACTS Seminaries Institute for Christian Apologetics

Langley, British Columbia—Trinity Western University together with the Evangelical Fellowship of Canada (EFC) will bring some of the world’s top experts from various faith backgrounds to speak at an international religious freedom conference in B.C. Called “Keeping the Faith,” the conference will take place from June 6-8 on Trinity Western’s campus in Langley, B.C. Sessions, intended for academics, faith professionals and anyone interested in discussing religious freedom, will address issues, questions and challenges with respect to religious freedom and its relation to the public good.

“This is a conference for our times,” says Paul Chamberlain, PhD, conference chair and director of ACTS Seminaries Institute for Christian Apologetics at TWU. “And Trinity Western is well-positioned to provide leadership.”

Last May, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled in favour of Trinity Western University in the University’s five-year legal challenge. The Supreme Court required the British Columbia College of Teachers to approve TWU’s teacher education program, despite the BCCT’s concern over TWU’s religious beliefs.

“Trinity Western's experience in its recent landmark Supreme Court case illustrates how even in advanced democracies like ours, threats of legal, political, social and educational restrictions exist for people of faith,” says Chamberlain. “And now, following the September 11 terrorist attacks, religious conflict and persecution have taken on a whole new level of significance.”

The conference will begin on the evening of June 6 with a keynote address, free to the public, by Dr. David Novak, entitled “Religious Freedom: The First Right in a Secular Society.” Dr. Novak is the J. Richard and Dorothy Shiff chair of Jewish Studies and professor of the study of religion and philosophy at the University of Toronto.

Dr. Paul Marshall, senior fellow at the Center for Religious Freedom in Washington, D.C. and author of a best-selling, award-winning survey of religious persecution worldwide, titled, “Their Blood Cries Out,” will deliver the second keynote address. Also free to the public, this address, entitled “Religious Freedom in the International World,” will take place on the evening of June 7.

Both keynote addresses on June 6 and June 7 will begin at 7 p.m. on TWU’s campus.

Other notable conference speakers will be Janet Epp Buckingham, general legal counsel for the EFC, and Robert Kuhn, legal counsel for TWU during its Supreme Court case.

“Our hope is that this conference will bring new insights to the importance of religious freedom for our world, identify worrisome trends, and propose constructive responses,” says Chamberlain.

For more information, visit www.twu.ca/religiousfreedom or call 604-888-7511 ext. 3836.

Trinity Western University, located in Langley, B.C., is a privately funded Christian liberal arts university enrolling over 3,000 students this year. With a broad-based, liberal arts and sciences curriculum, the University offers undergraduate degrees in 34 major areas ranging from business, education and computer science to biology and nursing, and 12 graduate degrees including counselling psychology, theology and administrative leadership.

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