Narrative Divine and Human: from our stories of violence to God’s story of love

Thursday, September 27, 7:30 pm
at the Church of St AUgustine of Canterbury,
Bayview at Broadway (north of Eglinton)

We live by our stories that form us just as we narrate them.  We attempt to make sense of the world, as the world takes its shape through our actions.  The essential dynamism of this relationship is mimesis, a process of imitation, that creates stories just as it inculturates us.  Through the work of Paul Ricoeur, we will reflect on this process of narrative construction as personally formative, while through the insights of René Girard, we will ponder how the “sin” of our humanity is that our narratives are inherently violent, reflecting and prompting the evil in our hearts and actions.  Lastly, we will shift our attention to hope: to the divine narrative as told through the mouth of the Beloved Disciple and the Johannine community.  God’s story for us remains ever new, and the completion of our deepest desire.  It is our constant challenge for repentance, healing, transformation and fullness of life.

Nadia Delicata is a doctoral candidate in theology at Regis College, University of Toronto.  Her interest is the journey of becoming a Christian in our contemporary world: a spiritual and moral formation that responds to the shifting realities of globalization and new electric technologies.  Originally from Malta, Nadia and her husband moved to Toronto in 2001.

The Centre for Dialogue on Religion and Violence brings together people of different faith traditions who are concerned about our reliance on violence to foster a culture of reconciliation.

This community event is not affiliated with Faith Connections, but we believe it to be of specific interest to young adults aged 18-39 and with a faith-based or social justice theme. However, we can be mistaken — if you're not sure this event will meet your expectations, please check with the event organizers.