Program (34th WRC)

Sunday, September 28, 2014

River Run Centre, Guelph, Ontario, Canada

THEME: Pathway to Peace

Presided and Moderated by Abigail Bimman (CTV).


10:00a Doors Open - Registration & Brunch

10:30a Opening Multi Media Presentation

10:40a Welcome by the Presiding Chair - Abigail Bimman

10:44a Reading from the Holy Scriptures - All Faiths

10:57a Opening Ceremony

- Introduction of Speakers and Dignitaries
- Unveiling of the World Religions Conference Plaque
- National Anthem of Canada - Trevor Dick & Gateway Public School Orchestra

11:05a Introductory Remarks

- Lal Khan Malik, National President Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama`at Canada

11:10a Speaker's Introductory Intriguing Remarks - Representatives of All Faiths **

11:11a - Islam: Muhammad Afzal Mirza - Toronto
11:14a - Humanism: Karis Burkowski - Waterloo
11:17a - Hinduism: Swami Chaitanya Jyoti - Kitchener
11:20a - Christianity: Rev. John Lawson - Guelph
11:23a - Buddhism: Dr. Christopher Ross - Waterloo
11:26a - Judaism: Rabbi Michael Dolgin -Toronto
11:29a - Aboriginals: Rick Rogers - Toronto
11:32a - Sikhism: Jagmeet Singh - Toronto

11:35a Messages and Greetings from Guest Dignitaries

- Local, Regional, Provincial and National Leaders:
- Stephen Woodworth, MP Kitchener Canada
- Frank Valeriote, MP Guelph
- Dr. Kirsty Duncan, MP. Etobicoke North
- Bob Delaney, MPP- Mississauga-Streetsville
- Councillor Karl Wettstein - representing Mayor of Guelph
- Councillor Todd Dennis - representing Mayor of Guelph
- Councillor Berry Vrbanovic, Acting Mayor City of Kitchener
- Councillor Larry Corrigan - representing Mayor of the Township of Scugog

12:00-1:00p LUNCH (Break and Social Interactions - Lunch will be served)

THEME SESSION - "Pathway to Peace"

Seven World Faith representatives and an Atheist philosopher will present his/her view of their respective faith on the theme "Pathway to Peace" (12 minutes each). Each speech will be followed by a spiritual hymn presentation reinforcing the concept presented by the respective faiths religious group (4 minutes).

1:00p Introduction to the Theme Session - Moderator

1:02p Islamic Perspective - Muhammad Afzal Mirza - Toronto
1:14p Islamic Spiritual Poem or Hymn - Ahmadiyya Muslim Children

1:19p Humanist Perspective - Karis Burkowski - Waterloo
1:31p Secular Poem or Song -  Society of Ontario FreeThinkers

1:36p Hindu Perspective - Swami Chaitanya Jyoti - Kitchener
1:48p Hindu Spiritual Poem or Hymn - Local Hindu Community

1:53p Christian Perspective - Rev. John Lawson - Guelph
2:05p Christian Spiritual Poem or Hymn - Local Christian Community

2:10p Buddhist Perspective - Dr. Christopher Ross - Waterloo
2:22p Buddhist Spiritual Poem or Hymn - Local Buddhist Community

2:27p Coffee Break - Complimentary Refreshments and Social

2:45p Jewish Perspective - Rabbi Michael Dolgin - Toronto
2:57p Judaic Spiritual Poem or Hymn - Local Jewish Community

3:02p Aboriginal Perspective - Rick Rogers - Toronto
3:14p Aboriginal Spiritual Poem or Hymn - Aboriginal Community

3:19p Sikh Perspective - Jagmeet Singh - Toronto
3:31p Sikh Spiritual Poem or Hymn - Sikh Student's Association


3:36p Announcing rules of the Q/A Session - Moderator

3:38p Open Question & Answer Session - (45 minutes)

- with all speakers of different faiths and philosophies

4:23p Vote of Thanks - Recognition of Speakers and Volunteers

- Fwad Malik, President WRC Organizing Committee

4:27p Closing Remarks - Moderator & Chair

4:29p Silent Multi-Faith Prayer - All Faiths

4:30p Social Interaction and Adjournment

(**The order of speakers was determined by a random draw during our last World Religions Conference held October 6, 2013 at the River Run Centre, Guelph.



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