Spiritual Solitudes: Liberal Religion in a Secular Quebec


Birks Building Birks Reading Room, 3520 rue University, Montreal, QC, H3A 2A7, CA

The Friends of the McGill Library present the annual Hugh MacLennan Memorial Lecture

Spiritual Solitudes: Liberal Religion in a Secular Quebec

with Rabbi Lisa Grushcow

This talk explores the history and future of religion in Quebec, from the vantage point of a liberal religious leader. The primary image of religion in Quebec is of Catholicism, rejected in favour of secularism in the Quiet Revolution. But what place might there be for a different kind of religion in present-day Quebec? What is the landscape, in particular, of liberal Judaism – a minority within a minority – and what insights can this experience offer?

Rabbi Lisa Grushcow was ordained in 2003 by Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. As a student, Rabbi Grushcow was a Wexner Graduate Fellow, and received numerous awards in homiletics, Rabbinics, liturgy, philosophy, and other areas. She studied in Oxford for three years as a Rhodes Scholar, completing a Master’s degree in Judaism and Christianity in the Greco-Roman World, and a Doctorate in Rabbinics. While in Europe, she was active in Jewish-Christian-Muslim interfaith dialogue and European liberal Judaism. Her undergraduate degree is from McGill University.

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