What are your plans for Valentines Day? IDI uOttawa invites you to an event that helps us all think about what LOVE truly means to us. No matter where we come from or what we believe in, LOVE connects us all. Come out to our event to reflect on the importance and power of LOVE.
On February 12th we will be screening the documentary “Love is a Verb”. This documentary examines a social movement of Sufi inspired Sunni Muslims that began in Turkey in the 1960s and now reaches across the globe. The group is called Hizmet, the Turkish word for ‘service’, or The Gulen Movement after its inspiration, leader and beloved teacher Fethullah Gulen, a man that Time Magazine named as one of the most influential leaders in the world in 2013.
There will be an exclusive panel discussion on love (speakers yet to be announced). This event is free of charge, snacks will be available of course.
We ask all attendees to please RSVP. Feel free to share this event with friends and family who might be interested.
Place: Alumni Auditorium (University Center of University of Ottawa)
Time: February, 12th, Friday at 18:00
Previous screening of Love is a Verb at Carleton University.
By: Erica Howes, Journalism Student, Carleton University
The need for interfaith dialogue is important now more than ever, according to panelists at a discussion following the Love is a Verb documentary screening last week hosted by Intercultural Dialogue Institute-Ottawa and Intercultural Dialogue Institute-Carleton U.
The documentary told the story of Fethullah Gulen, a Turkish Muslim who started the transnational Hizmet movement in the 1960s that promotes interfaith education. Since then, the Gulen movement has built schools, hospitals and launched media agencies in over 100 countries.
The Carleton classroom was packed with about seventy attendees of all ages and faiths February 5, 2015 to see the Love is a Verb screening about the Gulen movement and hear a panel featuring David Selzer, executive Archdeacon of the Diocese of Ottawa and Catherine Clifford, theology professor at Saint Paul University.
Following the movie, Selzer and Clifford launched into discussion about the importance of interfaith dialogue and what this means for various faith communities.
“It’s troubling that many think it’s more intelligent to be an atheist than a person of faith,” said Clifford, adding how she has seen new atheism promoted as propaganda in a secular society.
Although she said it’s “easy to say religion can cause violence,” she emphasized the importance of interfaith peace, an aspect that she said needs to be discussed more.
Selzer agreed it’s “important to be open-minded, regardless of beliefs.” When asked by a young attendee how to make a difference in the world, Selzer said the answer is evident from the Gulen movement and the essence of the film.
“Don’t do it by yourself. The gift of relationship in a community is powerful,” he said, and judging from the turnout to the event, he said he must not be the only one who thinks this way.
Vusal Babashov, President of Intercultural Dialogue Institute-Ottawa, said the Gulen movement has “inspired millions across the globe,” and said he hopes it continues with attendees leaving the event feeling motivated to initiative interfaith dialogue.
“We had an engaging and dynamic discussion,” Babashov said. “The audience was interested and raised a lot of questions.”
Looking over the seventy attendees and waving to many he knew, he smiled and added, “tonight was a great success.”
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