Program (31st WRC)

Saturday, October 1, 2011

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

Presided and Moderated by

Jeff Allan
KW's Famous Radio Host

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 - Jeff Allan

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 & Philosphies — All speakers *

11:15a — Judaism: Dr. Allan Gould - Toronto
11:20a — Hinduism: Swami Bhagwan Shanker - Hamilton
11:25a — Sikhism: Hari Nam Singh Khalsa - Toronto
11:30a — Humanism: Doug Thomas - Elmira
11:35a — Islam: Muhammad Afzal Mirza - Mississauga
11:40a — Christianity: Pastor Rick Pryce - Kitchener
11:45a — Aboriginals: Gerard Sagassige - Kitchener
11:50a — Buddhism: Sister Thich Quang - Hamilton

11:56a    Messages and Greetings from Guest Dignitaries

— Representative of the University of Waterloo
— Local and Regional Leaders
— Provincial and National leaders

12:20p    Banquet LUNCH and SOCIAL Break

Theme Session "Who is God" * - 1:20p — 4:45p

Seven World Faith representatives and a Humanists philosopher (Representing Atheists and Agnostics) presented his/her view of their respective faith on the theme "Who is God, Nature and Characteristics" (15 minutes each). Each speech was followed by a spiritual presentation of a poem or hymn reinforcing the concept presented by the respective faiths religious group (5 minutes).

1:20p Introduction to the Theme Session Moderator


1:24p Jewish Perspective — Dr. Allan Gould - Toronto
1:39p Judaic Spiritual Poem or Song — Local Jewish Community


1:45p Hindu Perspective — Swami Bhagwan Shanker - Hamilton
2:00p Hindu Spiritual Poem or Song — Local Hindu Community


2:06p Sikh Perspective — Hari Nam Singh Khalsa - Toronto
2:21p Sikh Spiritual Poem or Song — Sikh Student's Association, UW


2:27p Humanist Perspective — Doug Thomas - Elmira
2:42p Secular Poem or Song — Society of Ontario FreeThinkers


2:48p Islamic Perspective — Muhammad Afzal Mirza - Mississauga
3:03p Islamic Spiritual Poem or Song — Ahmadiyya Muslim Childrens


3:09p Coffee Break — Complimentary Refreshments and Social


3:40p Announcing rules of the Q/A Session — Moderator


3:43p Christian Perspective — Pastor Rick Pryce - Kitchener
3:58p Christian Spiritual Poem or Song — Local Christian Community


4:04p Aboriginal Spiritual Perspective — Gerard Sagassige - Kitchener
4:19p Aboriginal Spiritual Poem or Song — Aboriginal Community of KW


4:25p Buddhist Perspective — Sister Thich nu Tinh Quang - Hamilton
4:40p Buddhist Spiritual Poem or Song — Local Buddhist Community

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, Jeff Allan

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 16, 2010)