Program (30th WRC)

Held Saturday, October 16, 2010

Humanities Theatre, J.G. Hagey Hall, Ontario, Canada


Presided and Moderated by

 

Gary Doyle

(Famous Radio Host of the Waterloo Region)

 

Opening Session
10:00a — 12:20p

10:00a
Doors Open (Registration and Social Time)
10:30a
Opening Multi-Media Presentation
10:40a
Welcome by the Presiding Chair
10:45a
Reading from the Holy Scriptures -- Representatives of all Faiths

11:01a

Opening Ceremony - Introduction of Speakers and Dignitaries
-- Introduction of Speakers and Dignitaries
-- Unveiling of the World Religions Conference Plaque
-- Singing of O'Canada - National Anthem of Canada - by Cecile Monique
11:08a

Introducing the Conference

-- Mr. Lal Khan Malik, National President, AMJ Canada
11:14a

"Introduction to World Faiths & Philosophies" -- All speakers *

11:15a ---- Introduction to Hinduism — Chander Khanna, Toronto
11:20a ---- Introduction to Humanism — Stuart Bechman, California, USA
11:25a ---- Introduction to Judaism — Dr. Daniel Moaz, Kitchener
11:30a ---- Introduction to Christianity — Charles Van Alphen, Waterloo
11:35a ---- Introduction to Buddhism — Dr. Christopher Ross, Waterloo
11:40a ---- Introduction to Aboriginal Spirituality — Walter Cooke, Hamilton
11:45a ---- Introduction to Islam — Mubarak A. Nazir, Toronto
11:50a ---- Introduction to Sikhism — Kulvir Singh Gill, Toronto
11:56a
Messages and Greetings from Guest Dignitaries
---- Chair Ken Seiling of the Region of Waterloo
---- Mayor Brenda Halloran, City of Waterloo
---- Chief Matthew Torigian Waterloo regional Police Service
---- Elizabeth Witmer, MPP (Kitchener-Waterloo)
---- Peter Braid, MP (Kitchener-Waterloo)
---- Stephen Woodworth, MP (Kitchener Centre)
---- Harold Albrecht: MP(Kitchener-Conestoga)
---- Robert Oliphant, MP (Don Valley West)
---- Joe Volpe, M.P. (Eglinton-Lawrence)
---- Honourable John McKay P.C., M.P. (Mississauga)
---- [More] TBA - To Be Announced
12:20p
Banquet LUNCH and SOCIAL Break

Theme Session "Keeping Faith Alive in Contemporary Society"*
1:20p — 4:45p

Seven World Faith representatives and a Humanists philosopher (Representing Atheists and Agnostics) will present his/her view of their respective faith on the theme "Keeping Faith Alive in Contemporary Society" (15 minutes each). Each speech will be followed by a spiritual presentation of a poem or song reinforcing the concept presented by the respective faiths religious group (5 minutes).

1:20p

Introduction to Theme Session — Event Moderator -  Gary Doyle (Famous Radio Host)

1:24p
Hindu Perspective — Chander Khanna, Toronto
1:39p
Hindu Spiritual Poem or Song — Brahmarishi Mission & Hindu Club
1:45p

Humanist Perspective — Stuart Bechman, California, USA

2:00p
Secular Poem or Song — Society of Ontario FreeThinkers
2:06p
Jewish Perspective — Dr. Daniel Maoz, Kitchener
2:21p
Judaic Spiritual Poem or Song — Local Jewish Community
2:27p
Christian Perspective — Charles Van Alphen, Waterloo
2:42p
Christian Spiritual Poem or Song — Local Christian Community
2:48p
Buddhist Perspective — Dr. Christopher Ross, Waterloo
3:03p
Buddhist Spiritual Poem or Song — Local Buddhist Community
3:09p
Refreshments & Social Break
3:40p
Announcing Rules of Upcoming Q/A period - Moderator
3:43p
Aboriginal Spiritual Perspective — Walter Cooke, Hamilton
3:58p
Aboriginal Spiritual Poem or Song — Aboriginal Community of KW
4:04p
Islamic Perspective — Mubarak A. Nazir, Toronto
4:19p
Islamic Spiritual Poem or Song — Ahmadiyya Muslim Students
4:25p
Sikh Perspective — Kulvir Singh Gill, Toronto
4:40p
Sikh Spiritual Poem or Song — Sikh Student's Association

Concluding & Interactive Session
4:46p — 5:45p

4:46p

Recognition of Speakers and Volunteers

Vote of Thanks — M. Amir Sheikh

Regional President, Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama`at

4:52p
Open Questions Session with Speakers of the event
5:40p
Closing Remarks — Event Moderator, Denise Baker
5:43p
Silent Prayers — Multi Faith
5:45p
DINNER and SOCIAL


(* The order of speakers presenting various religious perspectives was determined via random draw at the last conference held on October 24, 2009)