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Maamawi: The Heart and Soul of Reconciliation

Monday, November 13, 6:00 PM

Claudette Commanda Dinner Lecture poster

Cathedral Arts is proud to present a dinner lecture with Professor Claudette Commanda, who will speak about Maamawi: The Heart and Soul of Reconciliation. Professor Commanda is the Algonquin Anishinabe elder in residence at the University of Ottawa Law School and Executive Director of the First Nations Confederacy of Cultural Education Centres.

There will be a traditional Algonquin buffet by Wawatay Catering.

Where: The Great Hall, Christ Church Cathedral Ottawa, 414 Sparks Street.

When: Monday, November 13, at 6:00 PM

Tickets: $60 (includes dinner and lecture). ONLINE TICKET PURCHASES ARE CLOSED. No tickets are available at the door.

Bring your PayPal receipt with you to the dinner to pick up your tickets.

Christian Witness in the Middle East

Wednesday, October 18, 6:00 PM


Cathedral Arts welcomed The Most Reverend Suheil Dawani, Archbishop of Jerusalem and Primate for the Province of Jerusalem and the Middle East, who shared his insights on Christian Witness in the Middle East with an attentive audience. In addition, his wife, Shafeeqa, spoke with passion about her work to engage and empower women throughout their diverse and challenging diocese. Following their remarks, Bishop John Chapman announced that he had appointed Bishop Dawani as Canon of St. James of Jerusalem. It was a joyous occasion that demonstrated the friendship and partnership between the dioceses of Ottawa and Jerusalem.

Dean Shane Parker, Bishop John Chapman, Archbishop Suheil Dawani, Shafeeqa Dawani, and Catherine Chapman. (photo by Art Babych)


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Cathedral Arts celebrates and promotes the visual and performing arts in the unique setting of Ottawa’s historic Christ Church Cathedral.

The celebration of the arts within the precincts of the Cathedral is by no means new or novel. Throughout mediaeval Europe, the crowning glory of any great city was its cathedral. These beautiful edifices were more than places of worship. They were the very heart of the communities’ culture and society – offering settings where artists and musicians presented their masterworks, and where dramatists and performers of the day taught and entertained with their mystery and morality plays. It is this respected tradition that inspired Cathedral Arts to embark upon its program of celebrating the arts at Christ Church Cathedral.

By offering concerts, dramatic productions, educational dinner lectures, and exhibits, Christ Church Cathedral is known as a welcoming place where members of the entire community, irrespective of background or ethnicity, can come to be inspired spiritually, culturally and educationally.

Cathedral Arts is managed by a small volunteer committee. Financial support comes wholly from the proceeds of events, from Cathedral Arts Patrons, from supporters, and advertising. All profits are reinvested in Cathedral Arts and occasionally shared with local charities through specific collaborative arrangements. Read more…

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