July 18-21, 2018
University of Toronto/Wycliffe College

ABOUT

We are pleased to announce our second annual Understanding and Answering Summit taking place July 2018. Following on the heels of last year’s summit on Human Rights held in Winnipeg, MB, RZIM Canada is anticipating another thought-provoking summit at the University of Toronto, Wycliffe College. This year, the Summit focus is “Clarity in a Culture of Confusion”, which reflects the topic of RZIM’s Abdu Murray’s upcoming book to be released Spring 2018. {Meals included in cost}

Join RZIM speakers Abdu Murray, Andy Bannister, Logan Gates, and many more as they address issues such as:

Religious Pluralism
Human Dignity

Sex and Gender Identity
Science and Faith
Private Faith and Secular Culture
and much more…

Musical Guests

SPEAKERS

Abdu Murray is North American Director with Ravi Zacharias International Ministries and is the author of two books, including his latest, Grand Central Question: Answering the Critical Concerns of the Major Worldviews. For most of his life, Abdu was a proud Muslim who studied the Qur’an and Islam. After a nine year investigation into the historical, philosophical, and scientific underpinnings of the major world religions and views, Abdu discovered that the historic Christian faith can answer the questions of the mind and the longings of the heart.

Abdu holds a BA in Psychology from the University of Michigan and earned his Juris Doctor from the University of Michigan Law School. Abdu is the Scholar in Residence of Christian Thought and Apologetics at the Josh McDowell Institute of Oklahoma Wesleyan University.

Andy Bannister is an adjunct speaker with RZIM. Prior to working with Solas, Andy was director and lead apologist at the Canada office of Ravi Zacharias International Ministries. Andy holds a PhD in Islamic studies and is an Adjunct Research Fellow at the Centre for the Study of Islam and Other Faiths at Melbourne School of Theology.

Andy is the author of An Oral-Formulaic Study of the Qur’an and his latest book, The Atheist Who Didn’t Exist (or: The Terrible Consequences of Really Bad Arguments),  is a humorous engagement with the New Atheism. When not traveling, speaking, or writing, Andy is a keen hiker, mountain climber, and photographer. He is married to Astrid; they have two children, Caitriona and Christopher.

Logan Gates is an Itinerant Speaker with RZIM Canada. He earned a master’s degree in theology at the University of Oxford alongside two years of study at the Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics. Logan’s passion is to help others encounter God by speaking on the big questions in life.

Questions he frequently tackles include “Why believe anything?”, “Who is God?”, “Jesus (man, myth, or more)?”, “Why trust the Bible?”, and “Christian witness in a post-Christian culture.” Logan also speaks Spanish and French and has spoken at universities and churches across Europe and the Americas. He lives in Toronto and loves to study and surf.

Jill Carattini is Director of Apologetics, Theology, and the Arts with RZIM. She is the managing editor of A Slice of Infinity, a daily creative writing resource considering themes from faith and culture. She holds a degree in religion from Hope College, a Masters of Divinity from Western Theological Seminary, and a Th.M from Duke University and is ordained in the Reformed Church of America. She is the curator of Still Point, a formal gallery and focus in RZIM’s growing emphasis on the arts as a means to engage contemporary culture with the person of Christ. She lived and worked within a Native American community in Oklahoma, and studied in the Middle East, participating in a program aimed at understanding the culture, history, and politics of the Middle Eastern conflict. Jill currently resides with her husband, Tony, and their son in Atlanta, Georgia.

Dr. Anna Robbins is the Director of Doctoral Studies and Academic Dean of Acadia Divinity College. Dr. Robbins also serves as Associate Professor of Theology, Culture and Ethics. She completed her PhD at Aberystwyth, Wales and served on the faculty of the London School of Theology (UK) teaching Theology and Contemporary Culture. She writes and speaks widely on ethics, contemporary culture and apologetics, and has numerous publications. She cares deeply about how people of faith understand and interact with their culture. Anna lives in Wolfville with her husband Peter, and their son, David.

 

Margaret Manning Shull joined the RZIM Speaking and Writing Team in 2007 after having served as a pastor for over seven years. She earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Agnes Scott College and her Master of Divinity degree from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. Her research interests include topics in philosophical theology, world religions, science and faith, human sexuality, and theology in the arts. Margaret’s pastoral ministry grounds her speaking and writing in a relational and practical style. Margaret seeks to address the critical intersections between the Christian faith and lived experience in order to engage Christians and non-Christians in conversations that count. In her free time, Margaret enjoys travel, gardening, hiking, cycling, running, and taking care of her menagerie of pets. She currently lives in Bellingham, WA, with her husband, David.

Nathan Rittenhouse is an Itinerant Speaker with Ravi Zacharias International Ministries. He graduated from Bridgewater College in Virginia with a double major in Physics and Philosophy and Religion, and a minor in Mathematics before attending the Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics. He holds an M.Div. from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. Nathan has interests in topics of science and religion, church history, and systematic theology. His enthusiasm for Christ has intensified with his academic studies. As a student, Nathan refreshed his mind by running track and cross-country and continues to enjoy a variety of outdoor activities with his wife and kids. Nathan spent the last three years traveling and speaking in universities throughout New England, and is currently focusing on the Mid-Atlantic region.

Dr. Marion Taylor is Professor of Old Testament and, Graduate Director at Wycliffe College, University of Toronto. Questions about how to negotiate the worlds of faith and the academic study of the Bible pushed her to pursue an MA in Near Eastern Studies and a Master of Divinity degree. Ultimately her journey took her to Yale University, where her interest in the history of the interpretation of the Bible was solidified and she earned her PhD. She teaches a variety of courses, including Introduction to the Old Testament, Reading Scripture through the Ages and Bad Boys and Bad Girls in the Bible. Most recently she has focused on forgotten women interpreters of the Bible. Marion is also currently completing a commentary on Ruth and Esther, to be published in Zondervan’s Story of God Series. In her spare time, Marion loves to read, write, and walk her dog at the cottage in northern Ontario.

Rick Manafo has been the Program Director for RZIM Canada since 2006. He received an A.R.C.T. from the Royal Conservatory of Music, graduated with a Master of Divinity from Tyndale Seminary, and is an ordained minister within the Presbyterian Church in Canada.  He challenges and encourages the thinking of others and does not shy away from the difficult questions. Rick enjoys creating unique opportunities for people to explore matters of faith. He resides in Woodbridge, ON with his wife and has two adult children. He is the lead pastor at Cornerstone Community Church in Kleinburg.