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For Such is the Kingdom: Interreligious Dialogue and Pedagogies of the Soul

Issue: Vol 39 No. 2 (2020)

Journal: Religious Studies and Theology

Subject Areas: Religious Studies Buddhist Studies Islamic Studies Biblical Studies

DOI: 10.1558/rsth.41326


On August 28, 1963, some over 250,000 people of various races, economic backgrounds, and languages, took part in the March on Washington. Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. would deliver his very famous “I Have a Dream” speech. Around the same time, hundreds of miles away across the Mediterranean, the Catholic community gathered for the Second Ecumenical Council of the Vatican. This gathering would produce some of the most significant declarations on ecumenism, unity, cultural diversity, and inclusive education in the history of the Catholic Church. What will be maintained is that the deliberations during Vatican II, and the ensuing declarations related to ecumenism and education, were directly influenced by the Civil Rights Movement in the United States. Synthesis of Mario D’Souza, Paulo Freire, and Jacques Maritain’s philosophy of education, coupled with a close examination of Council declarations Nostra Aetate, Gravissimum Educationis and Dignitatis Humanae, will form a comprehensive treatise on the role of interreligious dialogue in addressing racial and cultural inequity in Canada's education systems.

Author: Marie Green

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