World Religions Day Conference set for Dawson Creek

The World Religions Conference (WRC) is an 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.

The second annual World Religions Conference goes at KPAC Saturday, September 15 starting at 1pm.

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Dawson Creek event coordinator Basheer Islam says 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 in Canada.

“As a part of our outreach, we will have a platform and dialogue in communities to help foster conversations, learning, and dialogues,” he says.

Religious leaders have talked about the WRC for decades around the globe, and have talked about interfaith study for years.  

“Our innermost prayer should be that a Hindu should be a better Hindu, a Muslim a better Muslim, a Christian a better Christian. I broaden my Hinduism by loving other religions than my own…. All religions are true, said Hindu leader Mahatma Gandhi.

Hadhrat Ahmad, Promised Messiah (as) (Muslim Messiah) said this is the most attractive and peace-giving principle. 

“It provides the basis for reconciliation among nations and promotes better moral conduct. It teaches us to believe in the truth of all the prophets, wherever they might have appeared.”

“The problem to be faced is: how to combine loyalty to one’s own tradition with reverence for different traditions,” says Jewish leader Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel.

Pope Francis says conversation is about the right attitude.

“Dialogue is born from an attitude of respect for the other person, from a conviction that the other person has something good to say. It assumes that there is room in the heart for the person’s point of view, opinion, and proposal.”

The conferences have 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. 

The Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama`at (est. 1889) is the largest organized Muslim Community in the world that believes in the awaited Messiah; Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad, who founded the Community. He presented the vision of the World Religions Conference over 100 years ago as a means to promote peace in the world.

“Our conversation this year will focus on the fundamentals of lasting Peace on Saturday Sept. 15 at KPAC from 1 to 2:30pm,” says Islam.

The conference are part of our outreach we have a created this platform for dialogue – and each year communities throughout help foster conversation and commonalities.”

Presenters speak of common goals and then audience participation with questions – organizers hope Christian, Muslim, and First Nations points of view will be represented.

We have been holding these events for 100 years, for more than 40 in Canada they are going well. This is a time to come together for a meaningful talk,” says Islam.

The second annual World Religions Conference goes at KPAC Saturday, September 15 starting at 1pm.

For more information, see www.worldreligionsconference.org

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