2018: Experiencing God in Today's World
38th World Religions Conference
Over 640 flocked to the Canada’s largest multi-faith event
Held Sunday, September 16, 2018
Photographs provided by the courtesy of Assad Saeed, Tanvir Sheikh, Michael Clifton, Marhee Clifton and Daisy Arseneault
Canada's Largest & Longest Running Multi Faith Event
Scholars of nine faiths and philosophical traditions shared their experiences of God and expounded on the subject with the perspective of their respective faiths from their holy scriptures on Sunday, September 16, 2018 at Canada’s largest Multi-faith event, at the prestigious Humanities Theatre of the University of Waterloo. This was the 38th year of the conference, making it the longest running multi-faith event in Canada.
It takes several months in the planning of this conference, coordinating with partner organizations as well as promoting the event. Because of the sensitive nature of different faith groups that participate in the event, the organization of the conference is often faced with severe challenges. The volunteers and organizers work hard to resolve these challenges to make it a peaceful, meaningful and attractive event.
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 38 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 Canada's largest and longest running event of its kind!
The conference has a long tradition for bringing together renowned scholars for a deep and thought-provoking exchange of ideas. 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 the society. The theme selected for this year’s conference was:
Experiencing God in Today's World
It is a question from time immemorial on how can one experience God? In a diverse modern world this question is ever so relevant and takes on new meanings in a technologically advanced planet. Numerous faiths and philosophical traditions presented at this year’s conference with their experiences of God.
Participating Religions and Philosophical Traditions:
Christianity, Islam, Sikhism, Bahai Faith, Buddhism, Hinduism, Indigenous Spirituality, Judaism and Humanism (Atheism and Agnostics)
Refreshments and dinner was served at the conference venue.
View entire conference on WRC youtube channel:
Part 1: Opening Ceremony
Part 2: Theme Session
Part 3: Theme Session and Concluding Session