About Religion in the Public Sphere

The mandate of the Religion in the Public Sphere initiative is to examine how religion manifests in public spaces, institutions, and interactions, and consider the challenges and possibilities of religious diversity in Toronto and around the globe.

Located in the Department for the Study of Religion at the University of Toronto, we actively cultivate interdisciplinary conversations about religion, politics, and the secular, and provide opportunities for greater intellectual exchange and informed critical debate among University of Toronto faculty and students researching the role of religion in public life. Using selected themes to frame our programs, our public events and partnerships help us convey and discuss this research with audiences both inside and outside the University.

Together with the University of Toronto Multi-Faith Centre and the Centre for Community Partnerships, in 2012 the RPS won a 3-year, $500,000 grant from Citizenship and Immigration Canada to undertake the Religious Diversity Youth Leadership Project. The Project provides opportunities for young adults across the GTA to cultivate civic responsibility and leadership as they work against exclusion and marginalization arising from issues related to religious diversity.

Our activities include

  • Public forums, with distinguished panelists discussing the current theme
  • Community workshops, also based on the current theme, that bring together scholars and practitioners
  • Research Fellows
  • RPS Service-Learning Course for upper-year undergraduates: community service plus theory and critical thought



RPS people

Project Coordinator: Siri Hansen

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