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Face2Face: On Campus Community in Conversation

CMU's Face2Face events are a series of conversations with CMU faculty and special guests designed to engage the community on a wide variety of current events and issues at the intersection of faith and life. Come out to listen, question, and discuss. 

All Face2Face discussion take place from 7:00 to 8:30 PM in Marpeck Commons (2299 Grant Ave.) unless otherwise stated.


2016-17's Upcoming Face2Face Discussions

► 7:30 PM | Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Why Beauty Matters: Radical Amazement, Spirituality, and the Ecological Crisis


Nature has the power to draw us into her beauty, to inspire feelings of wonder and awe, to connect with our spirit. Sadly, our approach in this technological age is too often the opposite, seeing nature as a tool to be used, a resource to be consumed. In a time of ecological crisis what we may need, more than anything else, is a change of posture. 

Mathematician Dr. Tim Rogalsky, biologist Dr. Rachel Krause, and engineer Randy Herrmann will take us on a fascinating ‘guided tour’ into the wonder of nature. See with new eyes and stand in awe of the hidden beauty of flora, fauna, and land.

You will be drawn into a deeper amazement and a call to care for nature in new ways.

The phrase “radical amazement” comes from the Jewish rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel, whose work represents one strand of Jewish environmentalism. He has argued that the root of the environmental crisis lies in the way that we have changed our posture toward the natural—world from awe, wonder, and amazement to detachment, control, and manipulation.

In 1955 Heschel wrote the following, strikingly prophetic, statement: “As civilization advances the sense of wonder declines. Such decline is an alarming symptom of our state of mind. Humankind will not perish for want of information; but only for want of appreciation.”

Seeing nature through eyes of radical amazement may be exactly what our world needs today. It is also precisely the natural posture of the religious person. One theme of the conference, and a significant take away for all three of us, was how much our world today needs religion.

Science has the power to explain. Religion has the power to inspire. Inspiration has the power to galvanize people to action. The presentation will attempt to bring all of this together.

Dr. Tim Rogalsky


► Tuesday, February 7, 2017

with Dr. Harry Huebner, Moderator 

Too rarely do persons from Jewish, Muslim, and Christian traditions—those who, in spite of great present diversity also share faith roots within an ancient Abrahamic tent—sit with one another and speak with conviction out of their particular faith conviction and practice. 

What lies at the core of each religious tradition? What challenges does each religious tradition face today and what contribution does each bring to its adherents and to our society? How can we live with difference between and among faith traditions that also hold much in common and what possibilities might we see for working together for peace and justice in the world?  


► Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Details to be confirmed.


Past Dates from the 2016-17 Face2Face Discussion Series

► Friday, September 23, 2016 | Journey to Renewed Covenants​ 

Join us for the ​Manitoba Screening of ‘Reserve 107’ with Brad Leitch (Director), followed by audience conversation with film participants. 


Indigenous rights and title to the land remain a taboo topic for many across Canada, but in the small town of Laird, SK, an old injustice is providing new opportunities for dialogue, friendship and a fierce determination to right the wrongs of the past. In 2006, 130 years after the signing of Treaty 6, Mennonites, Lutherans, and the Young Chippewayan First Nation gathered on the sacred hill of Stoney Knoll / Opwashemoe Chakatinaw located in Laird where, with goodwill and shared goals, they signed a memorandum of understanding. ‘Reserve 107’ captures the spirit of these renewed relationships. 

At the closing ceremony of Vancouver’s DOXA Documentary Film Festival the jury stated “'Reserve 107' spoke exceptionally well to our generation. We have grown up learning about indigenous affairs and the value of righting the foundation of our friendship. Through 32 minutes we are shown two groups of people speaking at solutions and actually acting on them together, capturing the raw passion for structural change in a respectful and educated manner is one of the many reasons as to why this film has earned honourable mention for the Nigel Moore Award."

Explore the meaning, relevance, and power Treaties signed over 100 years ago still have today. Consider more deeply, in a time of ‘truth and reconciliation’, how opportunities for renewed understanding, humility and respect might lead us to new covenants and mutual healing.