The Religion in the Public Sphere Initiative is hosting a workshop on September 28 at the Department for the Study of Religion that provides an opportunity for scholars, policy-makers, and practitioners to examine the legacies and contemporary significance of religion for the ways healthcare is both imagined and practised today. With a special focus on the pressures and possibilities that religious diversity effects on healthcare in urban centres, the workshop will consider whether religion, and most specifically Christianity, retains any influence within Canadian healthcare, and whether increasing religious diversity has affected the commitment to, and delivery of, such care.

Workshop topics: Simple Living and Simple Dying: The Home and the Hospice as Places of Religious “Accommodation”Recognizing Diversity in HospitalsZen and the Art of Family Medicine.

Attendance is free. However, places are limited and registration is required – email


WHAT:    Care of Souls and the Soul of Care: Religious Diversity and Publicly-Funded Healthcare Workshop


  • Paul Bramadat (Professor and Director of Centre for Studies in Religion and Society, University of Victoria)
  • Arlene Macdonald (Professor, Institute for the Medical Humanities, University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston)
  • Cheryl Levitt (Professor, Dept of Family Medicine, McMaster University)

WHERE:       Department for the Study of Religion

WHEN:          9:00 am – 5:00 pm, Friday, September 28

For more information, contact:

Siri Hansen, Project Coordinator • rps@utoronto.ca