An Evolving Story of Secularity in Canada
Hosted by Jared Siebert & Elle Pyke of the New Leaf Network.
Jared Siebert is the founder of the New Leaf Network and currently serves as the National Director for Church Development for the Free Methodist Church in Canada and author of Gutsy: (Mis)Adventures in Canadian Church Planting.
Joel Thiessen is the Professor of Sociology at Ambrose University & Director of Flourishing Congregations Institute.
As a sociologist of religion who specializes in religion in Canada, Joel’s academic interests developed as an undergraduate student at Nazarene University College. He obtained his MA and PhD at the University of Waterloo before heading to Ambrose University. He is an expert in sociology of religion and religion and culture in Canada.
Sarah Wilkins Laflamme is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Waterloo.
Sarah’s work focuses on the Religious ‘Nones’ in Canada, those who would say they have no religious affiliation. She is currently involved in a number of research projects including “The Religious Nones of Canada” and “Religion, Spirituality, Secularity, and Society in the Pacific Northwest”
James Tyler Robertson (Ph.D. McMaster Divinity College) is the Creative Producer of Online Learning & Professor of Christian History at Tyndale Seminary. His areas of research are religion in war and cultural studies as they pertain to faith. He has published numerous articles and book chapters on the role of religion in Canadian culture. In addition to this, his forthcoming book titled A Good Fight: The Religious War of 1812. Dr. Roberston is a frequent speaker at both academic and popular conferences regarding the impact of religion on culture and vice versa.
As leaders in the Canadian church we know the religious landscape in Canada has changed. We feel it when we’re tasked with closing empty churches or when churches wrestle to find meaningful connection points with their neighbourhoods. We even feel it with new and innovative church plants struggling to reach those with no previous church experience. Come listen and learn together as we host a unique conversation introducing Canadian Church Leaders and Planters to the Canadian Missionary crisis of the Nones, those who are unaffiliated with any organized religion.