2018: Experiencing God

38th World Religions Conference

Held Sunday, September 16, 2018 (12:30 pm  ~ 6:00 pm)                 

Humanities Theatre, Hagey Hall, University of Waterloo                   

Theme: Experiencing God in Today's World


Photographs provided by the courtesy of Michael Clifton, Marhee Clifton and Daisy Arseneault

Canada's Largest & Longest Running Multi Faith Event

The 38th World Religions Conference was held Sunday, September 16, 2018 at the Humanities Theatre, University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.  Scholars from various religions and philosophical traditions participated.

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 will speak 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