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Cnada: Interfaith symposium set for Saturday


“Basically, people from different faiths will have an opportunity to express their views, according to the teachings of their own religions. We are trying to touch on the commonalties of religions — common values that focus on the beauties of each other’s religions.”

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Source/Credit: The Cape Breton Post
By The Cape Breton Post | November 2, 2012

SYDNEY RIVER — Speakers representing different faiths will talk about the existence of God at an interfaith symposium at the United Protestant Church in Sydney River on Saturday.

The symposium is being hosted by the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at of Sydney, which has hosted similar events over the past four years.

Speakers representing Christianity, Sikhism, Islam, the Mi’kmaq tradition and even atheism will all be given time at the podium. Attempts to enlist speakers to represent Buddism, Zoroastrianism and judaism were unsuccessful.

“We had someone speaking on judaism last time,” said symposium organizer Hammad Asim, “but there’s only one rabbi for the area now who comes in from Halifax, and he was unable to attend.”

The event gets underway at 6:30 p.m. with a meet and greet session, followed by introductions, the guest speakers’ presentations, before ending with a question and answer session at 8:30 p.m.

Rev. Dana Feltmate will be speaking on Christianity, Gurdev Jolly will talk about Sikhism, Abdul Anwar will discuss Islam, Lawrence Wells will represent the Mi’kmaq people and Mark Sparrow will speak on atheism.

“Basically, people from different faiths will have an opportunity to express their views, according to the teachings of their own religions,” explained Barkaat Ahmad, another symposium organizer. “We are trying to touch on the commonalties of religions — common values that focus on the beauties of each other’s religions.”

This is the first time the symposium has featured a speaker on atheism, said Ahmad.

“It should be interesting. We were able to find a gentleman who can speak from that point of view.”

As was the case with past symposiums, Ahmad expects a diverse audience on Saturday night.

“We’ve had audiences in the past who consider the discussions from all points of view. We’ve had some really nice symposiums in the past.”

Anyone wishing to attend the interfaith symposium should contact Ahmad at 578-6568, Hammad Asim at 567-3879 or email interfaith.sydney@gmail.com by Friday, Nov. 2.

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