Program (41st WRC)

Sunday, November 26, 2023

Lazaridis Auditorium, Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo

THEME: Healing a Polarized World


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

12:40p Opening World Religions Multi Media Presentation

12:45p Welcome by the Presiding Chair
          — Mike Morrice, MP for Kitchener-Centre

12:51p 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 - Grand Phil Harmonic Choir (Kitchener)

12:58p Introductory Remarks
          — Lal Khan Malik, National President, Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama`at Canada

1:01p  Speaker’s Introductory Teaser Remarks

1:02p — Buddhism: Ven Kalubowila Ananda - Cambridge
1:05p — Islam: Imam Aizaz Khan - Vaughan
1:08p — Sikhism: Prof. Komal Kaur - Cambridge
1:11p — Judaism: Dr. Karen Mock - Toronto
1:14p — Christianity: Dr. John Milloy - Conestoga
1:17p — Hinduism: Chander Khanna - Toronto
1:20p — Indigenous: Prof. Malcolm Saulis - Ottawa
1:23p — Humanism: Katherine Dimou - Waterloo

1:26p Messages and Greetings from Guest Dignitaries — Local, Regional, Provincial and National Leaders

— Honourable Bardish Chagger, MP for Waterloo
— Mike Schreiner, MPP for Guelph
— Karen Redman, Chair, Region of Waterloo
— Dr Kristine Lund, Principal-Dean Martin Luther University College

1:40 — Complimentary Refreshments

THEME SESSION - "Healing a Polarized World"

Speakers present his/her view of their respective faith on the theme (10 minutes each). Each presentation will be followed by a presentation of recitation from the Holy Scriptures (3 minutes).

2:05p Introduction to the Theme Session — Moderator

2:07p Buddhist Perspective — Ven Kalubowila Ananda - Cambridge
2:17p Buddhist Holy Scripture Recitation — Buddhist Community

2:20p Islamic Perspective — Imam Aizaz Khan - Vaughan
2:30p Islamic Holy Scripture Recitation — Muslim Community

2:33p Sikh Perspective — Prof. Komal Kaur - Cambridge
2:43p Sikh Holy Scripture Recitation — Sikh Community

2:46p Judaic Perspective — Dr. Karen Mock - Toronto
2:56p Jewish Holy Scripture Recitation — Jewish Community

2:59p Christian Perspective — Dr. John Milloy - Conestoga
3:09p Christian Holy Scripture Recitation — Christian Community

3:12p Hindu Perspective — Chander Khanna - Toronto
3:22p Hindu Holy Scripture Recitation — Hindu Community

3:25p Indigenous Perspective — Prof. Malcolm Saulis - Ottawa
3:35p Indigenous Holy Scripture Recitation — Indigenous Community

3:38p Humanist Perspective — Katherine Dimou - Waterloo
3:48p Secular Presentation — Humanist Community

3:51p Coffee Break — Complimentary Refreshments and Social


4:15p Introduction to the Q/A Session — Moderator

4:18p Open Question & Answer Session — with all speakers of different faiths and philosophies

5:03p Vote of Thanks - Recognition of Speakers and Volunteers — Shahab Khokhar, President WRC Organizing Committee

5:06p Closing Remarks — Moderator & Chair

5:08p Silent Multi-Faith Prayer — All Faiths

5:09p Dinner and Social

(* The order of presentations was determined via random draw at the last World Religions Conference, held Oct 17, 2021)



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