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World Interfaith Harmony Week Celebration
February 7, 2015 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
The Surrey Interfaith Council is hosting an “Interfaith Celebration!” to mark United Nations World Interfaith Harmony Week (WIHW) in Surrey. The celebration takes place Saturday, February 7, 1:00-4:00pm at the Surrey City Centre Library.
The program will begin with music, meditations, prayers, blessings, songs and chants from diverse faith traditions in Surrey. Dr. Scott Dunbar from the Canadian Interfaith Research Centre will offer a keynote address. The gathering will finish with a chance for participants to connect with one another in facilitated, small group discussions on the topic of acceptance and respect.
Refreshments will be served. Registration is not required.
In the weeks preceding this event, religious communities around Surrey will also be hosting events to celebrate WIHW. At the time of this release, six local interfaith events are schedule to take place during and leading up to WIHW.
Surrey is a leader in regional and national interfaith activity and is a model for communities that wish to build deeper trust and understanding that discourages religiously motivated violence.
This month began with frightening examples of violent religiously motivated extremism around the world: Right-wing Swedish extremists set three mosques aflame; Boko Haram burned homes and murdered more people in northern Nigeria; and masked gunmen stormed the Paris office of Charlie Hebdo, a French satirical magazine.
Dr. Scott Dunbar is an Associate to the UNESCO Chair in Interreligious and Intercultural Relations at Monash University, Australia, as well as a faculty member in Monash’s Centre of Religious Studies. He has published research on the topic of interfaith cooperation, and is currently writing a university textbook on religious conflict. He is the academic co-editor of the Journal of Religion and Popular Culture and the founder and director of the Canadian Interfaith Research Centre
Dr. Dunbar’s keynote address will bring a national perspective to the important work that is happening in Surrey and inspire the small group discussions to generate Surrey-based solutions.