About the Project
This project is about exploring Ontario’s diversity of worldviews. Its a provincial adventure, based upon my desire to penetrate communities and places of worship I live near, don’t belong to, but want to understand better. To do that, I try to connect with members over food to learn their perspective on what they believe. Afterwards I will write about what I took away from my experience. It seems to me that the best way to understand a person is to participate in their lives and have them define themselves in their own terms. I think that most people want to be better understood.
I am open to going to churches, mosques, gurdwaras, temples or anywhere where a particular viewpoint or culture unites a people into meeting up.
My purpose is to get to know people who are different from myself on their turf. I will do my best to paint people non-judgementally in my tiny glimpse of their lives. I hope to build cultural bridges – not t0 put up more walls.
I would like to give a huge thank you to those who are gracious enough to let me in on their lives and their wisdom for a few hours.
About the Author
Gloria Proctor-Bennett has her Bachelor of Arts in Honours Religious Studies from the University of Waterloo. While she is now openly Agnostic, her own religious background includes being a children’s pastor at a United Church and a Pentecostal Church, studying at Columbia Bible College, marrying a proud member of the Brethren in Christ Church, studying at L’Abri Fellowship in Switzerland and Massachusetts and growing up in Baptist, Evangelical Missionary and Lutheran circles.
Her passions include writing, social justice, good conversations and making and eating food.