39th World Religions Conference Sunday, Sept. 22, 2019 (12:30 pm ~ 5:45 pm)
Humanities Theatre, Hagey Hall, University of Waterloo
Theme: How to Establish a Just Society Canada's Largest Multi Faith Event
The 39th World Religions Conference is scheduled for Sunday, September 22, 2019 at the Humanities Theatre, University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. Scholars from various religions and philosophical traditions are invited to participate.
The World Religions Conference (WRC) is a multi-faith event which brings together well-known scholars from the world’s major religions to speak on a common topic from the point of view of their respective religious traditions. For 39 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 Canada's largest and longest running event of its kind!
The conference 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.
Participating Religions and Philosophical Traditions:
Christianity, Islam, Sikhism, Hinduism, Indigenous Spirituality, Judaism and Humanism (Atheism and Agnostics)
Speakers and Partner Organizations:
The 39th World Religions Conference will be held this fall on September 22, 2019 at the University of Waterloo. 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.
Theme: How To Establish A Just Society
The theme selected for this year's conference is "How to Establish a Just Society". In the current age, there is a sharpened awareness of the so many injustices happening around us. Scholars from various faiths and philosophies take on this daunting task to present the unique perspectives offered by their respective traditions in establishing a just society.
Format of Event
Conference schedule will run from 12:30pm to 5:45pm and will consist of the following agenda:
• Welcome and Introduction to this year's theme
• Greetings from dignitaries.
• Presentations by speakers and recitations from Holy Scriptures.
• An interactive session to allow the audience to engage the speakers.
Dinner, refreshments and breaks for social will be provided.
Participation from Partner Organizations:
Each faith representative will have the opportunity to recite from his/her respective Holy Scripture (and also read the translation, if original not in English). Typically a group of members from the organization participate in this segment.
WRC Partner organizations will set up displays at WRC Bazaar space. This may include display and promotion of items like books, literature, artifacts, etc or the promotion of your organization.
Refreshments and dinner will be served at the conference venue.
Guests and delegates wishing to attend the event, should also register as space is limited. There is not cost to attend the event.