Pursue Peace on Earth
By Kevin Hnatiw
Calgary, AB, Canada
After having attended the March 4-5 World Religions weekend I came away from the two days with a profoundly new perspective and understanding of four of the world’s major religions.
Growing up Christian, I had preconceived notions as to what other non-Christian faiths’ beliefs, practices were, or more importantly, were not. After taking in two days of religious exploration, topped off with a visit to each religion’s house of worship, I came away with a new, enlightened understanding of each religion, the fundamental principles/philosophies each hold at the center of their beliefs.
Additionally, I was surprised at learning some rather revolutionary beliefs the various religions hold. For example:
The result of having taken in the two days has been rewarding and enriching, which I much enjoyed.
Prior to the weekend, I had always wondered what a Sikh man in a turban believed in... now I know.
Prior to the weekend, I had never set foot inside a Mosque, much less heard Islam’s message as gentle and compassionate towards all people, including non-Muslims and women... now I know.
Prior to the weekend, I had always wondered why the Hindu faith used such colours and gave offerings... now I know.
Finally, prior to the weekend, I had always heard of the Buddhist faith, but never knew where the religion started or that there are 10 Buddhas, not just the one as I had always thought... now I know.
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