Connect 2016 Call for Proposals


The Program Committee invites submissions for the 2016 annual NAIN Connect conference, to be held in Guadalajara, Mexico from Sunday, July 10 to Wednesday, July 13, 2016.

This will be the first time the NAIN Connect has been held in Mexico. We are excited about the potential for building relationship with the interfaith community in Mexico. We look forward to a Conference that will bring together two distinct cultures and languages. We will be functioning in both Spanish and English for the keynote addresses, panels and workshops. We will be supported by highly capable interpreters.

Theme of Conference: Espacio Sagrado or Sacred Space

Sacred Space can mean many things: our inner sacred space, the space we create together in relationship, our worship spaces, holy places, the land, the earth and the universe as sacred. It is our hope to consider in particular, the relationship of indigenous people to the land. We seek as well to hear from all faiths and cultural understandings of sacred space.

Proposal may include spiritual, political, artistic, cultural and social aspects of Sacred Space

Type of proposals being sought:

  1. Individual papers that may be organized into thematic panels. Panelists will be asked to speak on their topic for 10-15 minutes only. To date we have 7 themes already chosen and we are looking for 1-2 people who might contribute to these themes:
    • Our Bodies (exploring issues of embodiment, empowerment/power and control)
    • Our environment as sacred space – a faith perspective
    • Immigration issues (Canada/USA/Mexico) one speaker from each
    • Meditation and our Inner Sacred Space
    • Holy Sites in our faith traditions
    • Interfaith issues in North America
    • Sacred Space, Sacred Time
  2. Proposed panels of no more than three presenters that would incorporate themes other than those listed above but still fit into the overall theme of Sacred Space.
  3. Workshops – It is our hope that workshops will be activity focused and participatory. One hour and 45 minutes has been allotted for each workshop.

This conference reflects an academic and community-engaged approach that welcomes and encourages a variety of approaches to the topic.  The program committee is seeking a variety of contributions that would include:

  • academic approaches to inter-religious dialogue pertaining to the conference theme (the intellect)
  • descriptive presentations or hands-on workshops that illustrate how communities, workplaces, public policy, diversity training, etc. is effectively implemented at the grassroots level (the practical)
  • reflective, spiritual or specific interfaith approaches related to the conference theme (experiential, the heart)

Submission Guidelines:

A 500 word abstract or description of your topic to address as part of a panel or workshop.

Please indicate your audiovisual needs or any other space requirements, particularly if your submission is a workshop that involves “hands on” work.

Please include a brief biography of yourself regarding details that pertain to this conference, e.g., workplace affiliation or religious affiliation (including none), past work on aspects of the theme, etc.

Please include the following information: last name, first name, title of paper/presentation, abstract, mailing address, phone number(s), fax number, e-mail address.

Submissions should be sent to:

Who is NAIN Connect for?

It is for anyone who is interested in learning about the interfaith movement, about social justice issues, community building and multiculturalism.  It is for people who have a personal or professional interest in these areas – faith leaders, community volunteers, people who work in education, government, health care, human resources, the media, and social development, the business community, students and academics among others.  NAIN Connect 2016 is for everyone.

But I’m not part of a religious organization and I don’t consider myself “religious.”  Does that matter?  The simple answer is “no.”  NAIN is not about telling people what to believe.  It is about respecting beliefs and bringing communities together so that we can learn from each other.

Deadline for Proposals:  March 31, 2015

Notification of Accepted Proposals:  No later than April 20, 2015

Conference Dates:  July 10-13 2016

Location of Conference:  Convent of Hermanas Esclavas de Cristo Rey, Guadalajara, Mexico


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