World Religions Conference

The 29 Annual World Religions Conference (WRC) is an annual multi-faith event which brings together learned scholars from the world’s major religions to speak on a common topic from the point of view of their respective religious traditions. For twenty-nine years, the WRC has served as an invaluable forum for different religious and ethnic communities to gather in the spirit of tolerance, peace, cooperation, and understanding. The WRC serves the noble purpose of educating members of the community regarding interesting and relevant topics by providing a platform where all major religions can pool their collective wisdom and teachings regarding the topic. Continually on the rise in terms of organizational standards, quality of content, and attendance, the WRC has become the largest multi-faith event of its kind in Canada.

With its ever-growing profile in the Waterloo-Kitchener region and Canadian society in general, the WRC has become a central meeting place for religious leaders and their communities. The conference has had the honour of being noted by prominent figures including the Prime Minister of Canada, and the Chief Justice of Canada, in addition to dozens of other local, provincial and national leaders.

The speakers are specially sought out and invited by the organizing committee to ensure that each faith is represented by a knowledgeable scholar of that particular faith, who does justice to the topic and the religion that he or she represents.

The premier organizer and sponsor of the event is Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama`at Canada. Cooperation and partnership includes several cities, academic institutions, faith based associations, student clubs and numerous other organizations.

With free admission and lunch, and a great chance to learn and meet others from a multitude of faith and philosophical communities, it is a small step to make this world a more peaceful world to live.

Theme for 2009
29th World Religions Conference: Is God Relevant in Today’s World?

How World Religions explain the relevance of God in a today’s world of science, society of economic uncertainty and cultural multiplicity. With the advancement of Science and Technology, belief in Faith and God is often considered a conflict with the belief in Science. World Religions will explore if belief in God can coexist with belief in science and belief in knowledge.

Venue for 2009
World Religions Conference is scheduled for Saturday, October 24, 2009 at the Humanities Theatre, J.G. Hagey Hall, University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.

This event is expected to draw several hundred from the region and across Canada. Several local, provincial and national leaders are also expected to attend and deliver greetings to the delegates.

Renowned speakers representing Aboriginal Peoples' Religions, Hinduism, Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Sikh Religion and Humanism (Atheism) will participate at the event. The objective of this year's conference is to bring scholars from different faith groups, religions, and philosophical traditions together to present and discuss the relevance of God in today’s world. The speakers are expected to describe relevant teachings from their Holy Scriptures or traditions as well as to elaborate on the logical underpinnings of these teachings.

Format of Event
Distinguished scholars will be representing various faiths and philosophical traditions at the conference. Faith groups will present special spiritual poems and songs, and set up displays and exhibits.

The conference will run from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm and will consist of three sessions: an opening session to introduce the topic, bring greetings from National, Provincial and local dignitaries and to introduce the faith being represented; the theme session to discuss the theme how God is relevant in Today's World whereby each speaker will be given 15 minutes to deliver his speech, followed by a 5-minute religious or cultural presentation; and a concluding and 45-minute interactive session to allow speakers to respond to questions from the audience. Lunch and refreshments will be provided at the conference venue.

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J.G. Hagey Hall, University of Waterloo
University Avenue West (Humanities Theatre)
Waterloo, ON
43° 27' 23.6844" N, 80° 32' 22.1748" W
This community event is not affiliated with Faith Connections, but we believe it to be of specific interest to young adults aged 18-39 and with a faith-based or social justice theme. However, we can be mistaken — if you're not sure this event will meet your expectations, please check with the event organizers.