January 17, 2016 marks World Religion Day. It was established in 1950 by the Baha’is of the United States to call attention to the essential oneness of the world’s religions and is now observed around the globe by many faith traditions with conferences, interfaith activities and prayer services. .As the Baha’i writings state, “the gift of God to this enlightened age is the knowledge of the oneness of mankind and of the fundamental oneness of religion.”
On World Religion Day we affirm the divine origin of the world’s religions and, while acknowledging their differences, we affirm their their essential unity. A major goal of World Religion Day is to facilitate dialogue and understanding, and the message of World Religion Day is that unity is the foundation of our faith in the future of mankind. Without unity, world peace and prosperity are unattainable, but they are inevitable if we focus on our commonalities and work together.
The event in Milton runs from 3pm-6pm on Sunday January 17 at the Milton Sports Centre. It includes people speaking on behalf of the Baha’is, Islam, Christianity, and Zoroastrianism. Topics to be discussed include: Faith in Society, and Interfaith activities in Canada.