Three faiths in conversation
Dufferin area residents are getting an opportunity to participate in a one-day workshop entitled "Faiths in Conversation - Three Progressive Voices in Today's World."
The workshop, to be held Saturday, April 28, at St. John's Anglican Church on Highway 9Highway 9, is sponsored by the Joint Outreach Committee of St. John's and St. Mark's Anglican churches.
The speakers will be Raheel Raza, representing the Muslim viewpoint, Ted Schmidt representing the Christian viewpoint and Rabbi Jordon D. Cohen presenting the Jewish viewpoint. All three speakers are well known and have provided this type of workshop before.
Ms. Raza is an awardwinning journalist, public speaker, poet, author, playwright and interfaith advocate. She is a campaigner for gender equality, an activist for human rights and a leader among women. Raheel actively promotes interfaith relations in print, radio and television to reveal and debate Muslim issues.
Mr. Schmidt was an award-winning writer for the Catholic New Times newspaper where he wrote a regular column for 20 years and edited the paper from 2001 to 2006. He has spent a lifetime in teaching and has appeared on many shows as well as being a regular commentator on Vision Television.
Rabbi Cohen is the Director of The Orchard, an innovative Multifaith Spirituality Centre located in Peterborough. He has worked and studied in Canada, Israel and the United States and served for five years as Rabbi of North Shore Temple Emmanuel in Sydney, Australia.
Rev. Penny Lewis, Honourary Assistant at St. John's, explained that the committee feels that there is a great need in this day and age for us all to understand each other's beliefs.
"We are now living in such a diverse community, there is a need for us to understand each other and learn not to fear each other. The goal of the Outreach Committee for this event is to hear about and discuss interfaith issues in an open forum" She explained that the three speakers have conducted a similar workshop in Peterborough with great success.
The workshop will begin at 9 a.m. and continue until 4 p.m. with lunch provided. The cost will be $10, ($5 for students) with space for only 150 participants.
The morning will have all three speakers presenting their viewpoints and then following lunch there will be a panel discussion and questions from the floor and then time for expectations, comments and closure.
Registration, by April 20, should be mailed with cheque or money order to St. John's Anglican Church, 3907 Highway 9, Caledon, Ontario, L7K 0G7.
For more information please call 519-941-1950.