Program (37th WRC)

Saturday November 4, 2017

J. G. Hagey Hall (Humanities Theatre), University of Waterloo

THEME: My Faith and Canadian Values

OPENING SESSION

10:30 AM : Doors Open

— Welcome and Registration

— Visit to World Religions Displays

11:00 AM : Welcome by the Moderator - Councillor Melissa Durrell

11:02 AM : Opening Reading from a Holy Scripture

11:04 AM : Opening Ceremony

— Unveiling of the World Religions Conference Plaque

— National Anthem of Canada - Grand Philharmonic Children’s Choir

— Introduction of Speakers and Dignitaries

11:12 AM : Introductory Remarks

— National President, Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama`at Canada

11:15 AM : Messages and Greetings from Guest Dignitaries

THEME SESSION - "Faith and Canadian Values"

Speakers present his/her view of their respective faith on the theme (15 minutes each). Each presentation will be preceded by a scripture recitation (2 minutes).

11:35 AM : Introduction to the Theme Session — Moderator - Councillor Melissa Durrell

11:37 AM : Indigenous Spirituality Presentation

11:39 AM : Indigenous Traditions and Canadian Values – Amy Smoke

11:39 AM : Indigenous Spirituality and Canadian Values – Amy Smoke

11:54 AM : Presentation of Secular Principles

11:56 AM : Humanism and Canadian Values – Doug Thomas

12:11 PM : Christian Holy Scripture Recitation

12:13 PM : Christianity and Canadian Values – Reverend Andrew J. Asbil

12:28 PM : Lunch and Social

 1:20 PM : Sikh Holy Scripture Recitation

 1:22 PM : Sikh Faith and Canadian Values – Dr. Jaspreet Kaur Bal

 1:37 PM : Jewish Holy Scripture Recitation

 1:39 PM : Judaism and Canadian Values – Dr. Daniel Maoz

 1:54 PM : Hindu Holy Scripture Recitation

 1:56 PM : Hinduism and Canadian Values – Swami Chidghan-anand Parivrajak

 2:11 PM : Islamic Holy Scripture Recitation

 2:13 PM : Islam and Canadian Values – Imam Imtiaz Ahmed

 2:28 PM : Coffee Break and Social

 

INTERACTIVE & CONCLUDING SESSION

 2:50 PM :  Introduction to the Questions & Answers Session - Moderator - Councillor Melissa Durrell

 2:52 PM : Question and Answer Session (conducted by the Moderator)

(Panel with all speakers of different faiths and philosophies represented)

 3:32 PM : Vote of Thanks ­ Recognition of Speakers and Volunteers 

 3:35 PM : Closing Remarks — Moderator & Chair

 3:37 PM : Silent Multi­Faith Prayer — All Faiths

 3:40 PM : Adjournment and Social

(* The order of presentations was determined via random draw at the last World Religions Conference, held November 20, 2016)