The Elements Experiment held its inaugural conference on October 25, 2014, at the University of Toronto’s Multi-Faith centre. Seventy young adults from across the country came together to discuss the issues of religion, the secular, belonging, and public spaces in Canada.
Presentations ranged from discussing issues of intra-communal resiliency building and youth empowerment and engagement, to issues of spirituality, environmentalism, music, and everyday enchantment. The afternoon portion of the conference saw attendees participate in World Café conversations on ethnicity, the arts, mental health, community service, politics, education, and ‘Canadianness’. Individuals shared personal and political experiences in a way that was both nuanced and candid, ultimately leading to the fostering of a very particular type of space that day: one where each individual’s multiple religious, political, and personal selves were welcome around the table and in the conversation.
Check out the slideshow on the right for photographs taken on the day. (All photographs taken by Sean Robertson.)
The Elements Experiment is supported by the Inspirit Foundation and the Religion in the Public Sphere initiative, and more information can be found at: www.elements.utoronto.ca.