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Interfaith Event Builds Foundations for Peace
Surrey, BC -- A "Building Peace in Our Time" community event took place on Sunday, April 3 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Holland Park. The purpose of the event was to bring together generations of people from different faiths to create a dialogue to promote peace and understanding in a world faced with extremism and violence. Participants included: The Honorable Peter Fassbender (BC Liberal Minister of Community, Sports and Cultural Development), United Church of Langley, Surrey Interfaith Council, Vice-Consulate General of Pakistan, Pakistani Canadian Cultural Association, Maulana Naumani (a prominent Muslim scholar), Mawaddah, Friends of Allah Mosque, White Rock Muslim Association, and the Baha'i Community.
David Dalley, who helped organize the event, reflected on why he chose to lend a hand: "The purpose of the event was to communicate a universal goal that our local communities are united in promoting interfaith dialogue and co-operation to end politically and religiously motivated violence, and to create cultures of peace, respect, understanding, and healing for all living beings on earth."
Our sincere hope is to protect and help our communities cope and build resilience in a rapidly changing world characterized with high levels of extremism. We feel that no one has the right to take away a person's spiritual free will and self-determination, nor their underlying strength, and we are doing everything within our power to fight for peace and condemn these horrific attacks. We need to be engaged in a process of healing that is collaborative, enhancing, inclusive, practical, pro-active and responsible. The children and youth worked diligently to help protect, organize, and participate in a giving and caring interfaith, community event.
Both Honorable Minister Peter Fassbender and Sikandar Hayat (President, BC Liberals Surrey-Newton Riding Association), condemned terrorism, and assured the BC government's support of such causes. They made it clear that, "Any savage attacks on innocent civilians, whether they occur in Syrian, Paris, Beirut, Brussels, Pakistan, or in any other city or country, are heinous and without justification. We stand in solidarity and condemn these demonic, horrific acts in the strongest terms possible. Today, our thoughts are with the loved ones of those killed and injured."
"People of faith across the globe must realign themselves by bringing religion back to its purpose, namely; to inculcate noble character and live an ethical life of service and devotion. In doing so, extremism and tribalism would find no validation among spiritual wayfarers of every religion," said Jamil Popatia, a faith-based family relations mediator and counsellor.
"In the midst of a world impacted by violence, those who want to create a society of love and justice must stand together. These violent attacks are meant to divide us, but with love and justice as our common foundation, our differences can be recognized as gifts rather than threats, and those different from us as friends rather than enemies," says Scott Reynolds, an event organizer and Minister of Youth and Young adults from the United Church of Langley, Canada.
"The event was organized through the Amazing Tutors' Children's Foundation. We are grateful for everyone's support and encouragement in helping us build peace together. We seek to build communities by supporting youth and children through educational and volunteer opportunities in Surrey, BC. We involve our students and tutors in various programs, such as the leadership youth development program. We need more people to join us. For more information about this event, and others, through Amazing Tutors' Children's Foundation, see our website.
- Curtis Humes and Joseph Krush, Amazing Tutors Children's Foundation
A Prayer from our Amazing Tutors Children's Foundation
We pray to God, the fountainhead of compassion, grace and mercy to help us communicate a universal message that we are all united in promoting interfaith dialogue and co-operation, to end politically and religiously motivated violence, and to create cultures of peace, respect, understanding and healing for all living beings on earth. We believe that no one has the right to take away another person's spiritual free will and self-determination, nor their alexandrite of underlying spiritual strength. We pray for the pristine unity of mankind as the oneness of God is the oneness of man. And as our brothers, sisters and their children take their journey to return to compassion, grace, fortitude and mercy --we never forget to be the best human being that we can. We are reminded to hold on to our blue sapphire of patience, which allows us to cope with worldly difficulties. We are blessed to own our green emerald of compassion, which directs us to be sensibly close and kind to others. We express our gratitude for having our amethyst of kindness which lifts our doling hand to be the first to give and help those in need. We thank God for giving us a sparkling diamond of vision, which guides us to make sense and order out of this world of toil. With these thoughts, we pray to God to protect our communities and lead the way and provide further guidance.
- Amazing Tutors Children's Foundation
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