[ About World Religions Conference: This conference is organized by the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama`at Canada with the cooperation of several cities, academic institution, faith based associations, students clubs and numerous other organizations. The objective of the event is to promote mutual understanding and respect between the followers of various faiths. Scholars of various religions express the beauties of their respective faiths, in a peaceful and friendly atmosphere of love and brotherhood. Faith groups present spiritual poems and songs.] [www.worldreligionsconference.org]
Theme: Pathway to Peace 34th World Religions Conference held September 28, 2014 River Run Centre, Guelph
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.
Speakers: Distinguished scholars representing Aboriginal spirituality, Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Sikhism and Humanism will present their views on the issue. Following is the lineup of scholars from different faiths:
Representing Islam: Muhammad Afzal Mirza – from Toronto - Prolific speaker and a learned scholar of world religions. Regularly hosts a live phone-in radio program explaining contemporary Islamic issues. Former Vice President of the Institute of Islamic Studies in Toronto.
Representing Humanism (Atheists and Agnostics): Karis Burkowski – from Waterloo - Sacred Secular Sanctuary president, and World Pantheist Movement board member, Karis is an atheist, embracing Secular Humanism and Scientific Pantheism (reverence for the Universe and Nature).
Representing Hinduism: Swami Chaitanya Jyoti – from Kitchener - Disciple of H.H. Brahmrishi Shri Vishvatma Bawra Ji Maharaj, Chaitanya Jyoti is the Vice president of International Brahmrishi Mission and head preacher at Brahmarishi Mission of Canada.
Representing Christianity: Rev. John Lawson – from Guelph - John is a minister in the United Church of Canada currently serving in Guelph. John is passionate about the spiritual connection with the environment and is involved in multi-faith dialogue in the Guelph community.
Representing Buddhism: Dr. Christopher Ross – from Waterloo - Psychologist, Dr. Ross provides psychotherapy spiritually-informed bBy world wisdom traditions. An Associate Professor at Wilfrid Laurier with numerous publications on interfaith issues.
Representing Judaism: Rabbi Michael Dolgin – from Toronto - Senior Rabbi of Temple Sinai Congregation of Toronto and Past President of both the Toronto Board of Rabbis and the Reform Rabbis of Greater Toronto. Proud to have served Temple Sinai during the last 22 years.
Representing Aboriginal Spirituality: Rick Rogers – from Toronto - A member of the Aamjiwnaang First Nation, Bear Clan, with tribal affiliations of the Chippewa/ Pottawatomi Nations. For several years in Ontario, Rick has been involved with Aboriginal organizations.
Representing Sikhism: Jagmeet Singh – from Toronto - MPP Singh was re-elected in Bramalea-Gore-Malton during the 2014 provincial election. Mr. Singh was listed as one of Toronto Star’s Top 12 people, named as Ontario’s 75 most powerful people and featured as Toronto’s 50 Most Influential People as one of the 5 youngest rising stars.
31st World Religions Conference, held at the University of Waterloo, October 1, 2011. This conference is organized by the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama`at Canada with the cooperation of several cities, academic institution, faith based associations, students clubs and numerous other organizations. The objective of the event is to promote mutual understanding and respect between the followers of various faiths. Scholars of various religions express the beauties of their respective faiths, in a peaceful and friendly atmosphere of love and brotherhood. Faith groups present spiritual poems and songs. The organizers and partners of this event believe in the value of interfaith interaction, for education of other faiths and enriching the awareness of God. The interfaith concept is a unifying vehicle, which can aid in bringing the reformation of the world nearer to reality. [Organized by the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama`at: Current Partnership list includes - The City of Waterloo, The City of Cambridge, The University of Waterloo and the Federation of Students, Ahmadiyya Muslim Students Association of UW, Brahmarishi Mission of Canada, K-W Council of Churches, Church of Saint Michael, Forest Hill United Church, St. Philip's Lutheran Church, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Waterloo Riverview Dharma Centre, Aboriginal Community of KW, the Society of Ontario Freethinkers, WLU FreeThought Alliance, The Waterloo Record and Guelph Mercury, CTV, Muslim Television Ahmadiyya (MTA), 570 News Talk Radio, Across Boundaries Multifaith Institute (Toronto), Callture and the Cross Cultures magazine. This year's conference is moderated by a famous talk radio host Jeff Allan. Jeff has years of experience on air. Started at Toronto in 1987 and then went on to work on morning radio in Owen Sound, London, Winnipeg, Regina, Ottawa and now in Kitchener. Each day, listeners to 570 News can count on Jeff to bring the news stories everyone is talking about to the table with opinion, passion and the big questions listeners want answered.][Event Chief Planning Officer: Nabeel Rana [www.worldreligionsconference.org]