Religion and Public Policy


Photo Credit: Richard C. Choe©

Religion and Public Policy: An Ecumenical Conversation was a day offered by Lois Wilson to her friends and by her friends to Lois Wilson on the occasion of her 85th Birthday. 

This amazing day of dialogue, encounter and debate on Religion and Public Policy in the Canadian and Global Ecumenical context is available in an audio form here. 

Part One

Part Two

Or you can click on the links below to watch video of the sessions and keynote speakers

Morning Session

Welcome and Introductions by Lois Wilson

Dr. Jan Love

Senator Nancy Ruth

 Ofelia Ortega Suarez

Kim Stanton

Question period and thank you following the morning plenaries

Afternoon Session

Bishop Barbel von Wartenberg Potter

Professor Peter Timmerman

 Thank you to Stephen Milton ( for donating his time and talent to make these videos available.


9:30 Gathering and Singing – Lynda Katsuno Moderator for the Day

10:00 Welcome and Introduction to the Day – Lynda and Lois Wilson

10:10-10:30 Moderator of Panel One: Mary Jo Leddy

Jan Love “Civil discourse in the Public Square”

10:30-10:45 Canadian Response from Senator Nancy Ruth – Civil Discourse in Parliament

10:45- 11:00 Q & A and discussion

11:00-11:15 Break

11:15 Moderator of Panel Two: Will Ingham

Ofelia Ortega: “How to read the actual signs of the times”.

11:35- 12:05 Canadian Response from Kim Stanton, Lawyer

11:50 – 12:05 Q & A and discussion

12:05- 12:30 Open Discussion of the Morning’s Issues – Moderated by AJ Finlay

Thanks to panelists – Ruth Wilson

12:30-2:00 Lunch

2:00-2:15 Gathering, Music and Announcements

2:15 – 2:35 Moderator of Panel Three: Alexa Gilmour

Barbel von Wartenberg Potter: "There can be no peace, unless we have peace with the earth"

2:35- 2:50 Canadian Response from Peter Timmerman, Centre for Religion and Ecology

2:50 – 3:05 Q & A and Discussion

3:05-3:20 Break

3:20 Panel Discussion moderated by Marion Best, featuring Professor Ursula Franklin “I have heard many good things, HOWEVER….with Lois Wilson, Jan Love, Barbel von Wartenberg Potter, Ofelia Ortega and participation from those gathered

4:20 Thanks to the Panelists – Jean Wilson

4:25 Closing Remarks by Lois Wilson and family


5:00-6:00 Reception in Alumni Hall

Religion and Public Policy Poster 

Continuing Education