40th World Religions Conference
Sunday, Oct. 17, 2021 (1:00 pm ~ 5:00 pm tentative)
In-Person in a Theatre Setting and Virtual Live Stream
Venue TBA subject to permissions regarding Covid guidelines
Theme: Combating Racism
Canada's Largest Multi Faith Event
The 40th World Religions Conference is scheduled for Sunday, October 17, 2021 to be held in the Waterloo region in a theatre setting. The event will also be virtually live streamed and details will be posted on this website. The venue will be announced soon and is subject to approval regarding provincial Covid guidelines.
The theme selected for this year's conference is "Combating Racism". Observing the growing incidents of racial discrimination, bigotry, injustices and prejudices of different forms in our society, the World Religions Conference will aim to address the root causes of racism and suggest ways to make our society to respect all and combat racism.
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 40 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.
Typical Participating Religions and Philosophical Traditions:
Christianity, Islam, Sikhism, Buddhism, Hinduism, Indigenous Spirituality, Judaism and Humanism (Atheism and Agnostics)
Speakers and Partner Organizations:
The 40th World Religions Conference is scheduled for October 17, 2020. The conference has been organized in Canada since 1981. It 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.
All WRC Partner organizations, any faith or philosophical groups are invited to submit their nominations for a suitable speaker from their respective faith or philosophical traditions. The speakers should be knowledgeable in their religious or philosophical perspective on this year’s theme and renowned in their respective organizations and the community at large.
Speaker Nomination Deadline: Friday, September 3, 2021
Each proposal should contain details on the proposed speaker including a brief biography, affiliation, and current involvement in the community and a recent high resolution digital photograph.
Format of upcoming event:
The tentative conference schedule will run from 1:00pm to 5:00pm and will consist of the following agenda:
- Welcome and Introduction to this year's theme.
- All faith speakers introductory remarks and greetings from any dignitaries.
- Theme presentations by speakers and recitations from their Holy Scriptures. Typically, eight groups are represented.
- An interactive QA session to allow the audience to engage with the speakers.
Planning for the upcoming Conference on October 17, 2021 subject to ongoing uncertain situation of Covid. Currently plans are on way to hold the event both in-person and virtually.
If held in-person, dinner and refreshments will be provided. The time, venue and a detailed program will be announced soon.
For more info call: 1-877-INFO-WRC