A Pre-Parliament of the World's Religions Conversation
Sunday, September 12, 3pm to 5pm
Held virtually via Zoom
This is a time of reckoning. How will we respond? Living in a world that has been chastened by the exposure of our vulnerability, we can come together with open hearts and, with hope and compassion, build a better world through compassionate action.
A collective of British Columbian interfaith organizations have joined together to host a space for a conversation on the topics that will be discussed at this year's Parliament of World Religions (held virtually from October 16 - 18). We recognize the importance of providing spaces for meaningful and challenging conversation that we hope will bear the fruit of change in the world.
We will approach each topic that we are exploring with the following in mind: Close your eyes and imagine a world healed from the present day “viruses” of racism, sexism, hate and bigotry, dishonesty, self-interest, and close-mindedness. What is different from right now? What steps were taken to get there? What is needed to take these steps?" How do we build a better world through compassionate action?
We warmly invite you to participate in this important collaborative conversation, taking place virtually on Sunday, September 12 between 3:00 and 5:00 p.m.
Zoom Connection Information
Please consider joining us at 2:30 pm for the preceding meet and greet (we encourage you to join by 2:45pm regardless, so there is an opportunity to smooth out any technical issues.
You will need the following information to join:
Meeting link: https://uri-org.zoom.us/j/88152872724
Meeting ID: 881 5287 2724
Find your local call-in number: https://uri-org.zoom.us/u/kOGh4MQK8
Draft Program Agenda
- Meet and Greet (begins at 2:30pm)
- First Nations blessing with Mary Point and opening words with Tahil Sharma, United Religions Initiative, and Acharya Dwivedi, Multifaith Action Society
- Guest speakers (see below) and participant-lead breakout group discussions
- Plenary session: sharing our insights
- Closing blessing
- Open social time (5 to 5:30pm)
Introducing our Guest Speakers, MCs and Prayer Leaders!
After ordination, Rabbi Stein and his wife Tamar moved to Kansas City, where he was Assistant Rabbi at Congregation Beth Shalom. They then went to Melbourne, Australia, where for five years, he was Rabbi of the only Masorti (Conservative) synagogue in the Melbourne area, and one of two in Australia. Rabbi Stein and Tamar, along with two cute boys, Eli and Gabriel, both born in Australia, returned to North America in Summer, 2016, when he happily joined the staff of Beth Israel. He has long had passions for theatre, photography,and technology, especially Mac computers.
He is the 2017 Killam Prize winner in Social Sciences and the 2019 Molson Prize Winner from the Canada Council for the Arts, the 2020 Governor General’s Innovation Award, and the 2021 Canadian Bar Association President’s Award winner. He was appointed as an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2020. John is a member of the Chippewa of the Nawash First Nation in Ontario, Canada.
Halchigul Pattar is a Uyghur Canadian and presently lives in Greater Vancouver. She was born in the city of Turpan, East Turkistan. She studied law at Xinjiang University in the city of Urumqi and Japanese at the Preparatory School for Chinese Students to Japan in Changchun, Jilin Province, China. She also studied at the University of Shizuoka Graduate School in the International Relations Program and at the University of Osaka University in the Global Human Studies Doctoral Program. When she came to Canada in 2013, she studied English at Hansa Language Centre in Toronto, Ontario, and then at Keyano College in Fort McMurray, Alberta. Presently she is studying to be a Legal Administrative Assistant at the CDI College in Surrey, British Columbia and is writing a Japanese book based on her daily notes which she hopes to publish this Fall or winter.
Mary Point is an accomplished Indigenous professional that has received many awards for her work as a business woman and as a compassionate member of the community. She is a member of the Musqueam First Nation. She is currently the manager of Indigenous Relations at YVR and a passionate driver in building a new path forward. In 2017, YVR and the Musqueam people signed The Musqueam Indian Band - YVR Airport Sustainability & Friendship Agreement - a 30-year agreement, the first it's kind. The agreement includes a number of benefits including scholarships, new jobs, revenue sharing, identification and protection of archeological resources and support for ongoing operations and long-term development at YVR. In the years since the Agreement was signed, Mary has worked with nearly every YVR department to build strong, respectful relationships and establish foundations that pave the way for growth. Not only has Mary helped more than 90 Musqueam find meaningful work throughout YVR, she has developed infrastructure that ensures Indigenous representation and understanding is present throughout the business.
Presented in partnership by:
Multifaith Action Society
- Global Clergy Association
- Surrey Interfaith Council
- Living Interfaith Sanctuary
- Squamish Multifaith Association
- Abbotsford Interfaith Movement
- Planetary Resilience
- Northwood United Church
- United Religions Initiative
- Multi-faith Summit Council