Program (38th WRC)

Sunday, September 16, 2018

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

THEME: Experiencing God in Today's World

OPENING SESSION

12:30p Doors Open
          — Welcome and Registration
          — Visit to World Religions Displays

12:50p Opening World Religions Multi Media Presentation

1:00p Welcome by the Presiding Chair
          — Phil Allt, Councillor City of Guelph

1:02p Opening Reading from a Holy Scripture

1:05p Opening Ceremony
          — Introduction of Speakers and Dignitaries
          — Unveiling of the World Religions Conference Plaque
          — Singing of O'Canada - National Anthem of Canada

1:16p Introductory Remarks
          — Lal Khan Malik, National President,
              Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama`at Canada

1:19p Speaker’s Introductory Teaser Remarks
          1:20p — Christianity: Michael Clifton – Waterloo
          1:22p — Islam: Imam Afzal Mirza – Toronto
          1:24p — Buddhism: Bhante Sasanasarana – Toronto
          1:26p — Sikhism: Jasmine Kaur – Toronto
          1:28p — Baha’i Faith: Jaellayna Palmer – Waterloo
          1:30p — Indigenous Religions: Brenda Jacobs – Hamilton
          1:32p — Judaism: Dr. Daniel Maoz – Cambridge
          1:34p — Hinduism: Swami Parivrajika – Kitchener
          1:36p — Humanism: Sassan Sanei – Kitchener

1:38p Messages and Greetings from Guest Dignitaries
          — Local and Regional Leaders
          — Provincial and National leaders

1:55p Break Time and Social Interactions
— Complimentary Refreshments

THEME SESSION - "Experiencing God in Today's World"

Speakers present his/her view of their respective faith on the theme (13 minutes each). Each presentation will be followed by a presentation of recitation from the Holy Scriptures (3 minutes).

2:20p Introduction to the Theme Session — Moderator

2:23p Experiencing God as a Christian — Michael Clifton
2:36p Christian Holy Scripture Recitation — Christian Community

2:39p Experiencing God as a Muslim — Imam Muhammad Afzal Mirza
2:52p Islamic Holy Scripture Recitation — Ahmadi Muslims

2:55p Experiencing God as a Buddhist — Bhante Sasanasarana
3:08p Buddhist Holy Scripture Recitation — Buddhist Community

3:11p Experiencing God as a Sikh — Jasmine Kaur
3:24p Sikh Holy Scripture Recitation — Sikh Community

3:27p Experiencing God as a Baha’i — Jaellayna Palmer
3:40p Baha’i Faith Holy Scripture Recitation — Baha’i Community

3:43p Experiencing God as an Indigenous — Brenda Jacobs
3:56p Indigenous Holy Scripture Recitation — Indigenous Community

3:59p Coffee Break — Complimentary Refreshments and Social

4:24p Experiencing God as a Jew — Dr. Daniel Maoz
4:37p Jewish Holy Scripture Recitation — Jewish Community

4:40p Experiencing God as a Hindu — Swami Haripriya Parivrajika
4:53p Hindu Holy Scripture Recitation — Hindu Community

4:56p Experiencing the Absence of God as a Humanist — Sassan Sanei
5:09p Presentation of Secular Principles — Society of FreeThinkers

 

INTERACTIVE & CONCLUDING SESSION

5:12p Announcing rules of the Q/A Session — Moderator

5:14p Open Question & Answer Session
          — with all speakers of different faiths and philosophies

5:55p Vote of Thanks - Recognition of Speakers and Volunteers
          — Nomaan Mubashir, President WRC Organizing Committee

5:57p Closing Remarks — Moderator & Chair

5:59p Silent Multi-Faith Prayer — All Faiths

6:00p Dinner and Social

(* The order of presentations was determined via random draw at the last World Religions Conference, held November 4, 2017)