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Sunday Meeting

Explore the intersection of religion and politics with researchers from the University of Toronto

On June 9, researchers from the University of Toronto will be attending our Vancouver Sunday meeting to learn about the intersection of religion and politics in Canada. Researchers Paul Thomas and Jerald Sabin are working with Professor David Rayside and are trying to address a gap in academic study about the influence of religion on Canada's political parties at the federal and provincial levels.

The researchers will give a brief overview of their project before hosting a discussion to contribute to their research.

Here's some more details on their goals:

The objective of this research is to make sense of an understudied aspect of Canadian political life – the intersection of religion and politics.  This ambitious project is exploring both federal and provincial politics and will depend on public opinion surveys, legislative debates and briefs from concerned groups, and other sources.  Most crucially, it will depend on confidential interviews with various experts, close observers of Canadian politics, and representatives of parties and advocacy groups. Over the next several years, this will result in academic conference presentations, journal articles, and in the longer term a book bringing together a variety of case studies and broad analytical conclusions.

All are welcome to attend. After about half an hour of coffee, tea, and socializing, we discuss topics of interest to our members. Keep up to date with our current topics at

The BC Humanist Association was formed in 1984 and many of our members are not on Meetup. We have a regular attendance of about 30 people at our Sunday meetings (rather than the small number who RSVP on Meetup).

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Great. Good conversation. Nice to find other people as principled as I am ~; )

    1 · June 9, 2013

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