34th World Religions Conference - Held Sunday, September 28, 2014
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Location: River Run Centre, Guelph, Ontario, Canada
Largest Multi Faith Event in Canada
The 34th World Religions Conference was held on Sunday, September 28, 2014 at the River Run Centre, Guelph, Ontario, Canada. Scholars from various religions and philosophical traditions were invited to participate.
The World Religions Conference (WRC) is a multi-faith event which brings together well-known scholars from the world’s major religions to speak on a common topic from the point of view of their respective religious traditions. For thirty years, the WRC has served as an invaluable forum for different religious and ethnic communities to gather in the spirit of tolerance, peace, cooperation, and understanding. The WRC serves the noble purpose of educating members of the community regarding interesting and relevant topics by providing a platform where all major religions can pool their collective wisdom and teachings regarding the topic. Continually on the rise in terms of organizational standards, quality of content, and attendance, the WRC has become the largest multi-faith event of its kind in Canada.
With its ever-growing profile in the Waterloo/Wellington Region and Canadian society in general, the WRC has become a central meeting place for religious leaders and their communities. The conference has had the honour of being recognized by prominent figures including the Prime Minister of Canada, and the Chief Justice of Canada, in addition to dozens of other local, provincial and national leaders.
The speakers are specially sought out and invited by the organizing committee to ensure that each faith is represented by a knowledgeable scholar of that particular faith, who does justice to the topic and the religion that he or she represents.
The premier organizer and sponsor of the event is Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama`at Canada. Cooperation and partnership includes several cities, academic institutions, faith based associations, student clubs and numerous other organizations.
With free admission and lunch, and a great chance to learn and meet others from a multitude of faith and philosophical communities, it is a small and simple step by which to make this world a more peaceful and tolerant place
Participating Religions and Philosophical Traditions
Aboriginal Spirituality, Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Sikhism, and Humanism (Atheism and Agnostics)
The theme chosen for 2014 conference was:
Pathway To Peace
The world is passing through turbulent times. Crises throughout the globe continue to manifest newer and graver dangers almost daily. The current situation of the world, with its increasing uncertainty and instability, seems to be moving us towards some sort of global conflict, which could come in the shape of an unprecedented world war. There is an overwhelming sense that things are quickly getting out of control and that people are looking for someone to step forward on the global stage to offer concrete guidance to lead humanity on a path back to security and stability; a path that speaks to their hearts and minds alike and gives them hope and confidence that there is a path that can lead to practical and sustainable peace, at every level of human existence, individual, societal and international.
The objective of the conference is to bring scholars and leaders from different faith groups, religions, and philosophical traditions together in a spirit of peace, mutual understanding and respect exploring the Pathway To Peace.
As always, we confirmed scholars from various religions and philosophical traditions to speak at the event.
Speakers of the 34th World Religions Conference
Goals and Objectives
The event aims to explore the teachings and practices of different religious and philosophical traditions, with the hope that such mutual exploration will encourage better understanding and promote harmonious co-existence among the members of Canada's cultural mosaic.
The Conference continues to strive to shorten the gap between diverse communities, and to demonstrate that we can live together in the spirit of acceptance, harmony and compassion.
The entire process of the organization of this event includes inter-faith interaction and therefore promotes interfaith respect, harmony and inclusiveness. It inculcates mutual understanding, respect and cohesion among all people of different faith traditions and philosophies of the world.
Format of Event
The timing structure for this year's conference was been somewhat tweaked from previous years. This year’s conference ran from 10:00 am to 4:30 pm and consist of three sessions:
(a) Opening Session: Opening Ceremony, Introduction to this year's theme, Introduction by the speakers of their respective faiths (3-minutes each) followed by greetings from dignitaries
(b) Theme Session: To discuss the topic wherein each speaker will be given 12 minutes followed by a 4-minute religious or cultural singing presentation by a members of the faith group.
(c) Concluding Session: A 35-minute interactive session to allow speakers to respond to questions from the audience.
Brunch, a hot lunch and refreshments were served at the conference venue.
Live Web Streaming
The whole event was streamed live on the web.
For more info call: 1-877-INFO-WRC (877-463-6972)