Second Annual Fraser Centre Scarboro Missions Lecture in Interreligious Dialogue/Reception for “Neighbourhood Earth” Art Exhibit


Please note that this event is now full.



About the 2020 Scarboro Missions Lecture – “Faith in the Commons: Becoming Neighbours includes the Personal and the Political”


Thursday, February 13, 2020

Lecture: 7:00 pm

Reception—8:30 pm

Location: Regis College, St Joseph’s Chapel, 100 Wellesley Street, Toronto.


One of the most exciting developments in political theology is the renewed awareness that “the neighbour” creates a new space “in-between” the personal and the political.  Professor Leddy will illustrate and explore how becoming neighbours summons new forms of spirituality and politics and provides common ground for interfaith and cross-cultural relationships.

The 8:30 pm reception following the Lecture will also include the reception for the Art Exhibit, “Neighbourhood Earth,” which is on display all of February 2020, at Regis College at the University of Toronto.


The programming offered by the Msgr. John Mary Fraser Centre of Practical Theology (or the “Scarboro Missions Chair of Inter-religious Dialogue”) was made possible through the Scarboro Missions Legacy. Scarboro Missions is a Society of Apostolic Life of Canadian Catholics, priests and laity, motivated by the Spirit and dedicated to the person, teaching, and mission of Jesus Christ as expressed in his words: “I have come that they may have life and have it to the full.” (John 10:10). Through its Legacy, Scarboro Missions hopes to further its ministry by providing financial assistance to organizations with like-minded objectives.

About the “Neighbourhood Earth” Art Exhibit:


February 2—February 29, 2020

Exhibit Reception: Thursday, February 13, 2020, 8:30pm-10pm.


The art exhibit asks:  What is a neighbour?  Who is my neighbour?  What is a neighbourhood?  What are the borders of our neighbourhoods?  Who defines them?  Who is inside, who is outside?  How do personal or political relations become “neighbourly”?  Who is overseeing our neighbourhood watch?  Who determines the scales of our neighbourhoods—local, regional, national, cultural, religious, spiritual, ecological?  Is not a central tragedy of our times the perception of our differences as disproportionately more important than our similarities?


Participating artists:  Linda Chen, Blake Debassige, Heather Gentleman, Hayyan Helal, David Holt, Tai Kim, Emmaus O’Herlihy O.S.B., Aparna Rangnekar, Michael Stoeber.


Co-curated with Katharine Lochnan, the exhibit is in conjunction with the 2020 Scarboro Missions Lecture in Interreligious Dialogue by Dr. Mary Jo Leddy: “Faith in the Commons: Becoming Neighbours includes the Personal and the Political,” Thursday, February 13, 7:00 pm.  The 8:30 pm reception following the 2020 Lecture will also include the reception for the Fraser Centre Interreligious Visual Art Exhibit.