SIKH TEMPLE HOSTS INTER FAITH OPEN HOUSE THIS
SUNDAY MARCH 20th TO PROMOTE RELIGIOUS TOLERANCE
VICTORIA, CANADA, (March 17, 2011)—The Inter-Cultural Association of Greater Victoria (ICA), the Victoria Multifaith Society (VMS) and the South Island Dispute Resolution Centre (SIDRC) invite Victorians to attend a series of Interfaith Open Houses organized by the Baha’i, Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Jewish, Muslim, Sikh and Unitarian faith groups. The Interfaith Open Houses are part of the second phase of the Interfaith Dialogue Project and are designed to increase religious tolerance and understanding, as well as encourage cooperation among the Capital Regional District’s diverse faith groups.
The fourth Interfaith Open House will be hosted by the Sikh Temple membership this Sunday March 20th from 11:30am-2pm. The event will include a presentation on the history and principles of the Sikh faith, a tour of the Temple and will be followed by food and a reception. The Sikh Temple is located at 1210 Topaz Avenue. This is a free, family-friendly event and open to all faith groups and members of the public.
The Inter Faith Open Houses part of the Interfaith Dialogue Project that concluded in January 2011. Members from the Baha’i, Sikh, Muslim and Unitarian faiths participated in three dialogue session where participants shared elements of their faith, identified misperceptions, and explored how to increase understanding and religious tolerance in our community. During the final session, participants created an action plan outlining a number of joint activities that they will undertake over the next year.
Steven Lorenzo Baileys, the project coordinator, noted that, “the Interfaith Dialogue project is bringing together Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists and Unitarians to meet and learn more about one another. These are religious groups we do not often see together in the same room.” He continues, “As the participants spent time sharing, discovering, asking questions and listening, they not surprisingly discovered many areas they have in common, including wanting to create safe and inclusive communities for their families, and ensuring religious tolerance for all faith groups in Victoria.”
The Interfaith Open House and Dialogue Project is funded by the Government of Canada and the province of British Columbia and organized by the Inter-Cultural Association of Greater Victoria, the Victoria Multifaith Society and the South Island Dispute Resolution Centre. The Open Houses were preceded by a series of three interfaith dialogue sessions attended by members of the Sikh, Hindu, Unitarian and Buddhist faiths.
This project builds upon a similar initiative developed last year in which members of the Jewish, Muslim, Baha’i and Christian faith groups participated in dialogue sessions. The participating faith groups engaged in discussions about their respective faiths and explored questions about their relationships in an effort to foster greater understanding and cooperation.
Media are welcomed to attend the Open Houses (see attached poster for dates, times and locations)
Steven Lorenzo Baileys
ICA Multicultural Program Coordinator
250 388-4728 ext.116