Christian-Muslim Dialogue 2019

Heart of Hospitality
Saturday, October 26, 2019
ACCA Centre (3530 91 St.)

Registration: $10/person
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Featuring: Neveen Ayad & Scott Sharman

Speaker Biographies

Neveen Ayad is a Canadian-Egyptian, Muslim speaker who promotes the thriving of persons in their self actualization by focusing on personal and spiritual development.

She is a certified Life and Relationship Coach with Mars Venus Coaching, United States, a public servant in the Government of Alberta, and a volunteer with Catholic Social Services. She has been recognized by the Premier of Alberta and Minister of Indigenous Relations for her contribution and help to Albertans during the wildfires in Fort MacMurray 2016.

Neveen is an advocate for continuous education and the expansion of knowledge. She obtained certificates in diverse fields: Engineering, Education, Project Management and Islamic studies. She is currently taking advanced studies towards certificates in Neuro Linguistic Programming and Cognitive Behaviour Coaching.

Neveen has a great passion for inspiring others and making a difference in their lives. She believes that everyone has his/her own unique treasure inside, which needs to be discovered and nurtured, in order to reach their full potential. She has always been interested in linking the human soul to the word of God, in order to solve some of life mysteries and bring serenity and contentment to those who are struggling through hard times.

Neveen identifies herself as a mother, daughter, wife, friend and colleague who met significant life challenges and was able to learn and grow through them. She understands everyone is dealing with his/her own struggles; so she approaches them with a helping hand and as a sounding board with clear perspectives so that people grow through their difficulties.

Neveen likes to read, write, spend time with her family and dog, and to have long walks in nature to contemplate and reflect on God’s creation and the purpose of life.

The Reverend Canon Doctor Scott Sharman is a theologian and priest in the Anglican expression of the Christian Tradition. He was born and raised in Edmonton, and is happy to continue to make his home there.

Scott completed a Bachelors Degree in Theology in 2002, a Masters in Religion in 2006, and Doctorate in Philosophy in 2014. His graduate and postgraduate studies focused on Christian understandings of the nature and purpose of the Church, especially with respect to its relationships with other spiritual and religious traditions and communities – known in technical terms as ecumenical and interfaith studies. His PhD work at the University of Toronto received the Governor General’s Gold Medal in 2014.

For four years Scott worked as an Interfaith Chaplain at the University of Alberta, seeking to advocate for and actively support students of all backgrounds in pursuing their religious and spiritual formation and practice alongside their studies. This experience was invaluable, and continues to shape his work today.

Scott presently holds the office of Animator for Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations for the Anglican Church of Canada at the national level. What this means is that he is called to build relationships and establish dialogues and partnerships between his own church and other religious traditions and faith communities across Canada, and to inspire and empower other Christian leaders and congregations in other parts of the country to do the same.

Scott also has a ministry locally in the Edmonton area, serving as the Ecumenical Officer and Canon Theologian for the Anglican Diocese of Edmonton. This enables him to continue to engage in both education and activism. He has taught numerous courses in theology and Church history at a variety of colleges and seminaries, and he remains involved in many different interfaith organizations and collaborative initiatives across the Alberta capital region.

When not working Scott enjoys a very full and busy life with his spouse, Alexandra, and their three children, Elliot, Felix, and Graeme. One of their favourite things to do is to host people in