Program (33rd WRC)

Sunday, October 6, 2013

River Run Centre, Guelph, Ontario, Canada

Presided and Moderated by

Matthew Kang
Famous Radio Host
(CBC Radio Kitchener-Waterloo)

Opening Session : 10:00a — 12:00p

10:00a Doors Open

— Welcome and Registration
— Complimentary Brunch and Social
— Visit to the World Religions Displays

10:50a    Opening WRC Multi-Media Presentation

10:55a    Welcome by the Presiding Chair - Matthew Kang of CBC

10:49a    Reading from the Holy Scriptures — Representatives of all Faiths

11:13a    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

11:20a    Introducing the Conference

— Mr. Lal Khan Malik, National President, AMJ Canada

11:24a    Introduction to theme — All speakers *

11:25a — Sikhism: Balpreet Kaur – Ohio, USA
11:28a — Humanism:  Doug Thomas – Elmira
11:31a — Aboriginals: Rev. Gorman-Lovelady – Tiny, ON
11:34a — Judaism: Rabbi Dow Marmur – Toronto
11:37a — Islam: Mubarak A. Nazir - Toronto
11:40a — Hinduism: Swami H. Parivrajika - Kitchener
11:43a — Buddhism: Venerable Jue Qian – Mississauga
11:46a — Christianity: Dr. Don Posterski – Toronto

11:49a    Messages and Greetings from Guest Dignitaries

— Local, Regional, Provincial and National Leaders (tentative):
- Honourable Tim Uppal, MP, Minister of State (Multiculturalism)
- Honourable John McKay, MP for Scarborough-Guildwood
- Susan Truppe, MP London North Centre
- Frank Valeriote, MP for Guelph
- Stephen Woodworth, MP for Kitchener Centre
- Lois Brown, MP for Newmarket-Aurora (on behalf of Hon. Christian Paradis, Minister of Int'l Dev.)
- Liz Sandals, MPP Guelph

....[More later - as confirmations are received]....

12:00p    Banquet LUNCH and SOCIAL Break


Theme Session "Religious Freedom as Practised by Founders" * - 1:00p — 3:36p

Seven World Faith representatives and a Humanists philosopher (Representing Atheists and Agnostics) will present his/her view of their respective faith on the theme "Religious Freedom as practised by Founders" (13 minutes each). Each speech will be followed by a spiritual presentation of a poem or hymn reinforcing the concept presented by the respective faiths religious group (5 minutes).

1:00p    Introduction to Theme Session — Event Moderator - Matthew Kang


1:02p    Sikh Perspective — Balpreet Kaur – Ohio, USA
1:15p    Sikh Spiritual Poem or Hymn — Sikh Student's Association, UW

1:20p    Humanist Perspective — Doug Thomas - Elmira
1:33p    Secular Poem or Song — Society of Ontario FreeThinkers

1:38p    Aboriginal Perspective — Rev. Kathryn Gorman-Lovelady – Tiny
1:51p    Aboriginal Spiritual Poem or Hymn — Aboriginal Community

1:56p    Jewish Perspective — Rabbi Dow Marmur – Toronto
2:09p    Judaic Spiritual Poem or Hymn — Local Jewish Community

2:14p    Islamic Perspective — Mubarak A. Nazir - Toronto
2:27p    Islamic Spiritual Poem or Hymn — Ahmadiyya Muslim Children

2:32p    Refreshments & Social Break

2:52p    Announcing Rules of Upcoming Q/A period - Moderator

2:53p    Hindu Perspective — Swami Haripriya Parivrajika – Kitchener
3:06p    Hindu Spiritual Poem or Hymn — Local Hindu Community

3:11p    Buddhist Perspective — Venerable Jue Qian – Mississauga
3:24p    Buddhist Spiritual Poem or Hymn — Local Buddhist Community

3:29p    Christian Perspective — Dr. Don Posterski – Toronto
3:42p    Christian Spiritual Poem or Hymn — Local Christian Community


Concluding & Interactive Session : 3:37p — 4:24p

3:37p    Recognition of Speakers and Volunteers

— Vote of Thanks — Azhar Kamal Mian
Regional President, Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama`at Western Ontario, Canada

3:51p    Open Questions Session with Speakers of the event


4:21p    Closing Remarks — Event Moderator, Matthew Kang


4:23p    Silent Prayers — Multi Faith


4:24p    SOCIAL & Adjournment


(* The order of speakers presenting various religious perspectives was determined via random draw at the last conference held on October 13, 2012)