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World Religions Conference in Guelph

Last Updated Nov 1, 2015 at 7:34 am EDT


Scholars of 7 faiths and philosophies, and nearly 800 delegates are heading to Guelph today for the 35th World Religions Conference.

Officials from local, provincial, and national governments, along with representatives from a number of faith organizations are expected to visit the River Run Centre today.

The conference is recognized as its Canada’s largest multi-faith event.

Each year the conference hopes mutual exploration will encourage a better understanding Canada’s diversity.

Nabeel Rana, coordinating officer for the event says the representatives for each religious group will address the same issue, to find ways they can work together.

“The objective is to promote inter-faith harmony, inter-faith respect. So many different cultures and so many different faiths reside in Canada we have to learn each others beliefs and each others philosophies.”

Rana says this years theme is tackling radicalization in faiths.

“We as organizers believe that it is the responsibility of faith leaders and faith organizations to address this growing concern.”

The event takes place from 10 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.

570 News spoke to some of the speakers at this years conference:

AUDIO: Rev. John Buttars (Guelph) – Christianity

AUDIO: Doug Thomas (Elmira) – Humanism

AUDIO: Imam Farhan Iqbal (Toronto) – Islam