ONSP Discussion Series


Faith House Ottawa and Universalist Muslims have teamed up to co-host the Ottawa Network of Spiritual Progressives (ONSP), a place where people from all faith/spiritual/philosophical backgrounds can come together in fellowship to learn from each other’s beliefs and traditions. For more on the discussions, when they are happening, or to RSVP, email us or check out our Facebook page.

When: Every 3rd Thursday of the month except for December, July, and August
Start Time: 7:00


October 20, 2016 – Interfaith and Intrafaith Harmony

November 17, 2016 – Environmental Stewardship

December 15, 2016 – Faith and Social Activism

February 16, 2017 – Indigenous Justice (note date change!)

April 20, 2017 – Trans Rights (note date change!)

June 15, 2017 – Mental Health (End of the Year Party!) (note date change!)

Religious Similarities (cancelled)

Financial Inequality (cancelled)

Animal Rights (cancelled)

Read and comment on our previous ONSP discussion blog posts!

Accessibility note: Faith House is accessible by a slightly steeper than normal ramp at the back entrance, which is off of Chapel St., 3rd parking lot on the left from Laurier. There is an accessible washroom on the first floor as well.

ONSP – https://www.facebook.com/OttawaNetworkofSpiritualProgressives
Universalist Muslims Canada: http://www.universalistmuslims.org/

Ottawa Network for Spiritual Progressives Discussion Guidelines

These guidelines were created to convey our intent for these monthly interfaith discussions, and the space we hope to create.  For more on the discussions, when they are happening, or to RSVP, email us or check out our Facebook Events.


  • to promote understanding and acceptance
  • to learn and inspire
  • to search and express the commonalities of our respective faiths
  • to discover the beauty in our differences
  • to remember our common humanity

Equality and Respect shall be afforded to:

  • all faiths,
  • all genders,
  • all sexual orientations,
  • all lifestyles,
  • all economic classes,
  • all ethnicities,
  • all abilities,
  • all ages,
  • all first languages,
  • all levels of education, qualifications and life experience,
  • all citizenships.

No one shall be deemed superior or inferior by virtue of any of these. All shall be included and have an opportunity to engage.

Focus of Discussions (on every topic):

  • positive results/attributes from faith
  • personal introspection eg. if the topic is empathy – how does your faith inspire you to connect empathetically with others inside and outside your faith community?
  • community service eg. what are you and/or your community doing at this time that you think shows positive action on this topic?


  • meetings once a month, except December, July and August;
  • moderator appointed for each meeting
  • take turns talking in a circle
  • start with each member introducing themselves briefly
  • what are your thoughts on the topic from your faith perspective?
  • go around the circle until we run out of time
  • keep an email list for notice of meetings
  • try and schedule next meeting at last meeting

 Encompassing Guideline:

Each of us comes to this place with our own wisdoms, our own experiences, and our own expressions of our faiths to share and to learn from others.

In order to ensure that this is an open and welcoming place of dialogue and understanding, we ask that participants keep in mind that we are not here to debate the merits of any particular system of beliefs, but rather we are here to search for commonalities and celebrate the differences each of us brings to these discussions. Thank you for being part of this.

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