By Brian Carwana We often hear that religion in Canada is waning as the percentage of non-religious people has surged. But the story gets more complicated if we ask a different question: namely which communities are keeping their members best and which are struggling to retain their children once they
By Brian Carwana Westerners’ image of Islam has not often been very positive. Many Westerners know little about Islam and this gap can get filled by dramatic news events like terrorism or the extremist regime in Afghanistan. At Encounter, we promote education and actual engagement with religious communities to move
By Brian Carwana We are in the midst of a season of religious holidays. From November through early January, many religious traditions have celebrations marking key events in their stories, often holding up light amidst the darkness engulfing the northern hemisphere. This, my friends, is a great opportunity! An opportunity
By Brian Carwana So often when Muslims make the news, it is as either victims or perpetrators of violence (the murdered London family or the Taliban respectively). Where, I always wonder, are the stories of Muslims like those I know – people who are excellent neighbours, insightful colleagues, and community supporters?