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UW to host World Religions Conference this month

The event will take place at the Humanities Theatre on Sunday, September 16
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Scholars of 9 faiths and philosophies and nearly 700 delegates including officialdoms from academia, local, provincial and national governments as well as associates of various faith organizations are expected to flock to the Humanities Theatre for Canada’s Largest & Longest running Multi-Faith event - the 38th World Religions Conference (WRC), taking place on Sunday, September 16, 2018 from 12:30 pm to 6:00 pm.

The conference has been organized in Canada since 1981. It has a long tradition for bringing together renowned scholars for a deep and thought-provoking exchange of ideas. The event aims to explore the teachings and practices of different religious and philosophical traditions, with the hope that such mutual exploration will encourage better understanding and promote harmonious co-existence among the members of the society. The theme selected for this year’s conference is, "Experiencing God in Today’s World".

Faith groups and religious organizations have responded with great interest in this year’s theme of the conference. We hope to get numerous views and personal experiences of God from scholars of different faiths. The event is organized by the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama`at, and supported by contributions from the many faith communities that thrive in our country. WRC has enriched our society by promoting peace, understanding, and tolerance in Canada for 38 years and has become an enduring tradition in the region.

The event will be moderated by Phil Allt, a famous city councilor from Guelph, whereas eminent scholars representing Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, Sikhism, Bahai Faith, Indigenous spirituality, Judaism, Hinduism and Humanism (Atheists and Agnostics) will share their experiences of God and participate in a Q/A session from the audience. Faith groups will present recitations from their Holy Scriptures and set up displays.

Local, provincial and national leaders are expected to bring greetings of Canada’s virtues of multi-culturalism, tolerance, acceptance of diverse faiths and humanity being above all at the opening ceremony of the conference.

Admission for the general public to the event is free, which includes parking, refreshments and dinner, however seating is limited. The entire conference will also be streamed live at the conference website. Please visit to register for the event and to find more information.


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