♦ 33rd World Religions Conference (WRC): 10:00 am Sun Oct 06, 2013
Theme: Religious Freedom as Practised by Founders
Call For Speakers - Submit nominations by May 15, 2013
New Location for WRC-2013: River Run Centre, Guelph, Ontario, Canada
Largest Multi Faith Event in Canada
The 33rd World Religions Conference is scheduled for Sunday, October 06, 2013 at the River Run Centre, Guelph, Ontario, Canada. Scholars from various religions and philosophical traditions are 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)
Theme for 2013 conference
The conference will explore how founders of different religions taught and practised religious freedom. The speakers are expected to describe relevant teachings from their Holy Scriptures or traditions. The theme was inspired by the launch of the new office of religious freedom in Canada.
The objective of the conference is to bring scholars from different faith groups, religions, and philosophical traditions together in a spirit of peace and mutual understanding and respect.
Revised Format of Event
The timing structure for this year's conference has been somewhat changed from previous years and details agenda will be posted soon. In a nutshell, this year’s conference will run 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 13 minutes followed by a 4-minute religious or cultural singing presentation by a members of the faith group.
(c) Concluding Session: A 25-minute interactive session to allow speakers to respond to questions from the audience.
Brunch, a hot lunch and refreshments served at the conference venue.
Call for Speakers
All WRC partner organizations are invited to submit nominations for potential speakers for the conference.
The objective of the conference is to bring scholars from different faith groups, religions, and philosophical traditions together in a spirit of peace and mutual understanding and respect. The World Religions Conference is the largest Multi-faith event of its type in Canada and is known for bringing together renowned scholars for a deep and thought-provoking exchange of ideas. To meet the expectations of the conference, our aim is to get presenters that are best suited to the spirit of the conference. The proposed speakers should be knowledgeable in their religious or philosophical point of view and how it applies to this year’s topic. They should also be well known in their respective communities or the community at large.
More about the event will be posted soon.
For more info call: 519-623-2786 / 519-722-0841 / 1-877-INFO-WRC
Registration for the event will open soon.