Susanne Tamas, centre, a delegate from the Canadian Baha'i community, participates in the World Religions Summit 2010. To her left is Rabbi Adam Scheier of the Canadian Jewish Congress, and right, Commissioner William W. Francis, Territorial Commander for the Salvation Army for Canada and Bermuda. Photograph by Louis Brunet.
The 2010 World Religions Summit was addressed by Lieutenant General Romeo Dallaire, Canadian senator and former Force Commander of UNAMIR, the United Nations peacekeeping force for Rwanda between 1993 and 1994. Photograph by Louis Brunet.
Delegates to the 2010 World Religions Summit attended from more than 20 countries. Seated left to right are: the Rev. Dr. Karen A. Hamilton, general secretary of the Canadian Council of Churches; H.H. Swami Paramatmananda Saraswati and Swami Avdheshanand Giri, of the Hindu Dharma Acharya Sabha. Photograph by Louis Brunet.
Kenneth E. Bowers, Secretary-General of the National Spiritual Assembly of the Baha’is of the United States, centre, was among the Baha’i delegates to the World Religion Summit, the first G8-related interfaith Summit in which Baha'is have participated. Photograph by Louis Brunet.
Gerald Gall, Professor of Law at the University of Alberta, spoke at a seminar on human rights and religious freedom, held in Winnipeg. The seminar on 21 June was organized by the Canadian Baha’i community as a prelude to the World Religions Summit 2010. Professor Gall told the gathering that religion remains a vital force in defining the landscape of modern society – and a potent force for peace and well-being.
A day-long seminar in Winnipeg, sponsored by the Baha'i community of Canada, featured international experts in human rights from four different faith backgrounds. Pictured, from left to right, Dr. Mishkat al Moumin, Professor Payam Akhavan, Dr. Janet Epp Buckingham, and Professor Gerald Gall.
Former environment minister of Iraq, Mishkat Al Moumin – now director of the Washington-based Women and Environment Organization – addressed a seminar on human rights and religious freedom, sponsored by the Canadian Baha’i community, held in Winnipeg on Monday, 21 June. It is often environmental problems – such as a basic lack of a water or hygiene – that drive people to violence, and not necessarily religious belief, Dr. Al Moumin told the gathering.
Payam Akhavan, Professor of International Law at McGill University in Montreal, spoke to the seminar about the need to build a community of belief that “transcends our apparent differences.” Such a path can be found by upholding genuine religious freedom, which entails a search for the truth and the freedom to explore that truth, said Professor Akhavan.