World Interfaith Harmony Week – Sunday February 3, 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm – Impressions of the 2018 Parliament of the World’s Religions.

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Date(s) - 02/03/2019
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Knox-St. Paul's United Church


Cornwall and area attendees to share impressions of the 2018 Parliament of the World’ Religions in Toronto

In honour of this year’s Interfaith Harmony Week during the first week of February, members of the Cornwall Interfaith Partnership who travelled for the Parliament of the World’s Religions in Toronto last November will be showing a short film on the event and sharing their impressions at Knox – St. Paul’s United Church on Sunday, February 3 from 2 – 4 pm.

At the Parliament, CIP members facilitated a workshop on Building Community through Interfaith Partnership: Why Cornwall, Canada, is Considered a Model Grassroots Movement.

A total of 10 members from Bahá’í, Catholic, Hindu, Indigenous spirituality, Jewish, Muslim, Protestant and “Spiritual but not Religious – SBNR” backgrounds participated from Cornwall.

For the past eight years, the group has been organizing interfaith activities in Cornwall that have addressed common issues like  poverty, human rights, social justice and the environment in “safe space” settings. Most of its activities have taken place at Knox – St. Paul’s United Church, which is one of the group’s local partners.

The first Parliament of the World’s Religions was held in conjunction with the Chicago World Fair in 1893 and was revived in its centenary year in 1993. Since then, it has been held in six other cities around the world: Cape Town, Barcelona, Melbourne, Salt Lake City and Toronto.

The Toronto Parliament attracted over 8,000 attendees from around the world and put Cornwall on the global interfaith stage.

Another “participant” from the Cornwall area was the Quilt of Belonging from South Glengarry, which was selected as a special exhibit.

The quilt contains 263 blocks of textile art representing “the rich cultural legacies of all the First Peoples in Canada and every nation of the world at the dawn of the new Millennium.”

Contacts: John Towndrow (613-930-5438) or Neil Macmillan (613-938-3875)