• CAD $40.00 to CAD $250.00

Date & Time Details: Friday, February 14, 7:00 pm - Monday, February 17, 1:30 pm (Februrary long weekend) Supper is available for early arrivals on Friday

Location: Full Main Building, RH's

Address: 1 Bethel Road Paris, Ontario N3L 3E3

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Roots of Change: Interfaith Young Women’s Conference

With Dr. Wendy Fletcher, Zarqa Nawaz, Dr. Amira Ayad and others ...

February 14 - 17, 2020

For young women, ages 18-30.

In the nexus of all our identities, being a person of faith within a post-modern, technological, pluralist society can be a challenge.  We want to use our skills, passion and wisdom – and collaborate with other communities – to create a just society.  Who and what am I called to be?  How can I be an agent of change in the world? Where do my deepest joys meet the world’s deepest hungers? Above all, how does my faith intersect with my life choices and pathways?

Join other young women, from different faiths, who are asking the same kinds of questions that you are.  Guest speakers and mentors for the weekend include a team of leaders from different fields whose work is informed by and rooted in their faith tradition; women such as:

  • A University president who is an artist and an interfaith collaborator,
  • A Muslim stand-up comedian and film producer
  • A Mennonite whose vocation is connected to Indigenous justice and to lgbtq+ rights in sacred spaces
  • A priest who engages theology, science and philosophy in her ministry
  • A Muslim whose work intersects politics and public education
  • …and more

Thanks to a generous grant we are able to offer a sliding scale that ranges from $40 – $250: whatever you can afford, for the whole weekend.  We want to make this program as accessible as possible.

Join us at the beginning of Winter Reading week: Friday, February 14 – Monday, February 17, 2020 at the beautiful Five Oaks Centre near Brantford, Ontario.

Accommodations are in double rooms and meals and conference fees are included in the sliding scale price.

Food requirements such as Halal, Vegan, Vegetarian and most dietary sensitivities/allergies can easily be accommodated by our on-site chef. Please indicate your needs on the on-line registration form.

Payment can be made by credit card in advance, or by cheque/cash upon arrival. There are Directions and Map to Five Oaks on the Five Oaks website. If you want to take public transportation, take VIA Rail or GO transit to Brantford Station. We can provide a local shuttle ($5.00) for the 7 km from the station to Five Oaks. Carpool is available from Kitchener-Waterloo.

The weekend program will include plenary talks, small group reflections, workshops with individual leaders, open space conversations, delicious meals, a beautiful wooded environment on the shore of the Grand River and a lot of opportunity for informal connections with peers, mentors and speakers.


This program is subsidized by the lay Faith Formation Grant of the United Church of Canada and Embracing the Spirit Fund.


Dr. Wendy Fletcher
Dr. Wendy Fletcher is the President and Vice-Chancellor of Renison University College, affiliated with the University of Waterloo, and Professor of Religious Studies and Social Work.  She has also served as the Principal of Vancouver School of Theology, and on the faculty of Huron University College in London, Ontario. Dr. Fletcher’s areas of specialization include the history of race and racism in Canada, the intersection of culture and Christianity in the 20th century – including the story of gender and women’s experience in religious leadership, the history of colonization and its impact on Canadian First Nations, and the decline of…
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Zarqa Nawaz
Zarqa Nawaz created the world’s first sitcom about a Muslim community living in the west. Little Mosque on the Prairie premiered to record ratings on the CBC in 2007. It finished airing it’s 91st episode in 2012 after completing 6 seasons and is now being broadcast to over 60 countries. The show demystified Islam for millions of people around the world by explaining how practicing Muslims live their lives. She has made several short comedy films including Death Threat, Random Check and Fred’s Burqa. In 2005, Zarqa Nawaz made the ground-breaking documentary Me and the Mosque, about Muslim women’s battle with patriarchy in the mosque which ultimately…
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Dr. Amira Ayad
Dr. Amira Ayad is the founder of Women Whispers Academy where women learn to listen to their Body Whispers® before they turn into screams. Dr. Amira holds Masters degree in Pharmaceutics and Ph.D. in Natural Health.  She is currently pursuing her Maters in Pastoral Studies-Muslim Stream at Emmanuel College-University of Toronto. She was a faculty member at the faculty of Pharmacy, Egypt, and at the Institute of Holistic Nutrition in Toronto. She currently works as a Spiritual Care Practitioner at Scarborough Health Network. Dr. Amira’s practice combines the best of both worlds: Science & spirituality. She published six books. Her…
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