Conference on Religions and Social Innovation, an International Conference at the University of St. Michael’s College, Toronto, Canada.
Place: Fr Madden Auditorium, Carr Hall, Room 100, 100 St Joseph Street, Toronto, ON
Time:   27-29 October 2013

A common received narrative, particularly in the West, is that religions typically represent forces for conservatism in politics and civic society. Yet, in an increasingly globalized world, religious persons and movements have responded in creative ways to the challenges of various pluralist and secularist social orders. They have also inspired new political, economic or social initiatives from within their  own religious frameworks.  This conference will intend to highlight the various ways that religious traditions and religiously-inspired movements have served and continue to serve as forces for social innovation.

Keynote speakers

Claudio Monge OP, “Religion, Hospitality, and Social Innovation.”

Andrea Most, “The Contemporary Jewish Food Movement in North America, a Report from the Field(s).”

Jamelie Hassan, “Art as a Medium of Social Innovation.”

Session topics include:

  • Social Entrepreneurship,
  • Missionary Activity,
  • Religion in the Modern World,
  • Peace and Conflict Resolution,
  • Education,
  • Religion and Politics,
  • International Development,
  • Social Activism,
  • Visual Art as Social and Spiritual Innovation,
  • Community-Based Learning and Curricular Innovation.

Free and open to the public – please register through Conference Website:

Click here to see the conference booklet to get more information about the speakers and conference.

For details please contact Monica Phonsavatdy: 416 926-7256 or

The conference is co-sponsored by the University of St. Michael’s College, the Intercultural Dialogue Institute, the Focolare Movement, the University of Toronto Multi-Faith Centre, and the University of Toronto Centre for Community Partnerships. We gratefully acknowledge the support from the Richard Alway Endowment Fund.


Religions & Social Innovation