The Power of Spirit is an ongoing community engagement program spearheaded by the Multifaith Action Society in which various faith communities throughout the B.C. Lower Mainland gather together to explore the ways in which their spiritual beliefs have helped them to overcome adversity and persecution throughout history and into today. The purpose is not to dwell on or “dig up” old wounds or enter into political discussion, but to reflect on and share the spiritual principles that saw them through dark times and explore how these might empower people and communities who find themselves in similar situations today.
The initial Power of Spirit series was based around six monthly discussion forums beginning in January, 2013, each hosted by a different spiritual community and a featuring a revolving “guest” community. In this format, each faith has an opportunity to open their own doors to another, and also to immerse themselves in the history and culture of a faith other than their own. A keynote speaker from both the host and guest faith addressed participants at each event. A video compilation of these keynote speeches has been compiled below.
There are plans to continue the Power of Spirit project into the future with different variations on the central theme.
June 19, 2013: Sri Guru Singh Sabha Gurdwara: Acharya Shrinath Dwivedi (Hinduism)
June 19, 2013: Sri Guru Singh Sabha Gurdwara: Palbinder Shergill (Sikhism)
June 19, 2013: Sri Guru Singh Sabha Gurdwara: Will Sparks and Cari Copeman-Hayes (Christianity)
May 22, 2013: Masjid al-Salaam: Megan Ashbury (Buddhism)
May 22, 2013: Masjid al-Salaam: Muhammad Shuujat Ali (Islam)
April 17, 2013: Aboriginal Mothers' Centre: Shawkat Hasan (Islam)
April 17, 2013: Aboriginal Mothers' Centre: Susan Powell (First Nations)
March 27, 2013 - Church of Scientology: Paul Reynolds (Baha'i Faith)
March 27, 2013 - Church of Scientology: Yvette Shank (Scientology)
February 20, 2013 - Laxmi Narayan Mandir: Shachi Kurl (Hinduism)
February 20, 2013 - Laxmi Narayan Mandir: Phillip Hewitt (Unitarianism)
January 23, 2013 - Vancouver Baha'i Centre: Jack Bastow (Baha'i) and Sukhvinder Vinning (Sikhism)