Program (35th WRC)

Sunday, Novemeber 1, 2015

River Run Centre, Guelph, Ontario, Canada

THEME: Tackling Radicalization in Faiths

Presided and Moderated by Craig Norris (Radio Host)


10:00a Doors Open

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

10:30a Opening World Religions Multi Media Presentation

10:40a Welcome by the Presiding Chair

— Craig Norris, Radio Host

10:44a Opening Reading from a Holy Scripture

10:47a Opening Ceremony

— Introduction of Speakers and Dignitaries
— Unveiling of the World Religions Conference Plaque
— Singing of O'Canada - National Anthem of Canada - Lead by Marhee Clifton

11:00a Introductory Remarks

— Lal Khan Malik, National President,

Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama`at Canada

11:05a Speaker’s Introductory Remarks *

11:06a — Humanism: Doug Thomas – Elmira
11:09a — Sikhism: Simerneet Singh – Chicago
11:12a — Islam: Imam Farhan Iqbal – Toronto
11:15a — Christianity: Rev. John Buttars – Guelph
11:18a — Aboriginals: Walter Cooke – Hamilton
11:21a — Judaism: Dr. Daniel Maoz – Cambridge
11:24a — Hinduism: Dr. Praveen Saxena – Guelph

11:27a Messages and Greetings from Guest Dignitaries (Local, Regional and National Leaders)

— Lloyd Longfield, MP Elect (Guelph)
— Honarable Dave Levac, MPP (Brant) and Speaker of Ontario Assemply
— Bob Delaney, MPP (Mississauga-Streetsville)
— Gila Martow, MPP (Thornhill)
— Councillor Phil Allt - City of Guelph
— Councillor Jan Liggett - City of Cambridge
— Councillor Zeeshan Hamid - City of Milton

12:00p Break Time and Social Interactions

— Complimentary Lunch Service

THEME SESSION - "Tackling Radicalization in Faiths"

Seven World Faith representatives and an Atheist philosopher will present his/her view of their respective faith on the theme (13 minutes each). Each speech will be followed by a spiritual scripture recitation presentation (4 minutes).

1:00p Introduction to the Theme Session — Moderator

1:02p Tackling Radicalization in Humanists — Doug Thomas
1:15p Presentation of Secular Principles — Society of FreeThinkers

1:19p Tackling Radicalization in Sikhs — Simerneet Singh
1:32p Sikh Holy Scripture Recitation — Local Sikh Community

1:36p Tackling Radicalization in Muslims — Imam Farhan Iqbal
1:49p Islamic Holy Scripture Recitation - Ahmadi Muslims

1:53p Tackling Radicalization in Christians — Rev. John Buttars
2:06p Christian Holy Scripture Recitation — Christian Community

2:10p Tackling Radicalization in Aboriginals — Walter Cooke
2:23p Aboriginal Holy Scripture Recitation — Aboriginal Community

2:27p Coffee Break — Complimentary Refreshments and Social

2:52p Tackling Radicalization in Jewish — Dr. Daniel Maoz
3:05p Jewish Holy Scripture Recitation — Local Jewish Community

3:09p Tackling Radicalization in Hindus — Dr. Praveen Saxena
3:22p Hindu Holy Scripture Recitation — Local Hindu Community


3:26p Announcing rules of the Q/A Session — Moderator

3:28p Open Question & Answer Session

— 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 speeches was determined via random draw at the last World Religions Conference, held Sept 28, 2014)



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