Submitted by Sabine Lehr, Private Sponsorship of Refugees Manager
How can the sacred wisdom of the diverse peoples of the world assist us in building a sane, peaceful, compassionate world civilization? On February 4, in honour of UN World Interfaith Harmony Week and the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, a diverse panel drawn from the world’s great spiritual traditions will discuss the tools and spiritual teachings needed to build that compassionate world.
Seventy years ago, the UN General Assembly, echoing the strongest values of our spiritual traditions, proclaimed the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. This groundbreaking document speaks of “the inherent dignity and of the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family as the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world.”
For all our amazing material progress, since the time of the Declaration in 1948, we’ve slid towards insularity, polarizing ideologies, and ecological crisis. Our increasing interconnectedness has forced the issue of ethics. As noted in the most recent series of CBC Massey Lectures, “Our survival depends on acceptance of a transcendent ethos of human dignity for all.”
The foundations for a just, equitable, and secure world exist in plain sight. What’s needed is a vision that will allow us to go beyond the ancient prejudices of our past and the current distractions of a consumer society to the sacred wisdom that we share in common.
In honour of UN Interfaith Harmony Week and the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, UVic Multifaith Services and the Victoria Multifaith Society are offering the following free event, including a diverse panel, storytelling, song, displays, and refreshments.
Mayor Lisa Helps will open the program. MC for the afternoon is Dr. Paul Bramadat of the Centre for Studies in Religion and Society, UVic.
Creating our Future: Visioning a Sustainable, Compassionate World
Sunday, 4 February, 1 pm
David Lam Auditorium, MacLaurin Building
University of Victoria
For more information, go to www.victoriamultifaith.com