World Religion Day Celebrates 10th Anniversary

Debbie Mosher, Resident Artist WRD 2013

Approximately 185 people gathered at Mount Saint Vincent’s Rosaria Centre on Sunday, January 20th to celebrate World Religion Day. The event was the 10th World Religion Day Celebration organized by the Baha’i Community of HRM and the 3rd such event that was the result of collaboration between the Baha’i’s and the Spiritual Life Office of Mount Saint Vincent University.

Representatives of nine faith communities took part in the program: the Mi’kmaw First Nation Community, the Baha’i Faith, Buddhism, Sikhism, Hinduism, Judaism, the Pagan Presence, Islam, and Christianity. Through music, readings, prayers and addresses, they presented how their Faiths promote inter-faith harmony and compassion. Harp music began and ended the program, which was followed by a reception. During the Celebration, an artist created a painting in honor of World Religion Day.

The warmth and harmony of the Celebration was noteworthy. The Celebration provided an opportunity to appreciate diversity while celebrating all that the Faiths share, including the common goals of harmony, compassion and peace.

Testimonials
Wanda-Dartmouth

"The event was very uplifting. It was great to see everyone come together as ONE and Learn about each other's beliefs."

-Wanda, Dartmouth

Bhajan-Dartmouth

I thihnk its very interesting. I love to know about all the country's culture. Great opportunity to listen and take partin it, where everyone thinks God is One.

Great place to be in.

-Bhajan, Dartmouth

Fran

It was a great event. Keep it Going. Many people talking to one another is Good. The presentations were great.

Blessings

Fran

Lisa, Pagan

What a wonderful experience of openness and unity -- to see so many Faiths come together and share their love and kindness demonstrates to me the type of World we can Create, with small ripples in the pond via events like this.
Blessed Be.

Lisa, Pagan

Lokabrenna, Pagan

Wonderful to see humanity come together in love and understanding.
Lets keep up the good work! The Pagan community was thrilled to be here!

Lokabrenna, Pagan

Wonderful Day, it was very enlightening - Learn a lot about different Faiths.

Gilford, Dartmouth

Great Music and peaceful people.

Catherine, Bedford


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World Religion Day Celebration
January 20th 2013

04 January 2013 by WRD Committee

World Religion Day 2013 Promo

Tenth Annual
World Religion Day Celebration

Sunday, January 20, 2:00 - 4:00 pm Rosaria Student Centre Multi-purpose Room, Mount Saint Vincent University

2013 Poster

The program includes music, dance, prayers and readings. Reception to follow. Co-sponsored by the Baha’i Community of Halifax and Mount Saint Vincent University.
Part of the Mount's Heart and Spirit of Our Communities Series.







World Religion Day began in 1950 in the United States, initiated by the National Spiritual Assembly of the Baha’i’s of the United States, the national Baha’i governing council. The celebration has continued for more than six decades, encouraging interfaith understanding and harmony.

This event is free and all are invited to join in embracing diversity, understanding and community through the World Religion Day celebration at the Mount.

For more information: phillip.joy@msvu.ca.

 

“The fundamental principle of the Baha’i Faith is the principle of the unity of humankind.” says Debbie Nicholson of the Halifax Baha’i community. “World Religion Day was founded and has been continued to promote harmony and unity among religions. The Baha’i writings state that “Religion should be the cause of love and agreement.

Kim MacAulay, Spiritual Life Coordinator at the Mount, says,“It’s important as a multicultural institution that we grow in awareness of the diversity on campus and in the world, and support understanding and respect among different spiritual and religious traditions,”. Kim concludes by saying the celebration, “Being held in our new Peace & Reflection Room, World Religion Day is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate our diversity and commonality as human beings.”





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