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  Durham's Diversity Tour Fosters Understanding

Sep 16, 2013 08:43 ET

Frontline DRPS police officers and civilian staff joined employees from the Region of Durham on a memorable day learning more about the rich diversity of our growing community.

The annual Diversity in Our Community Event is designed to foster a broader understanding of different faiths, lifestyles and cultures. It allows Region employees to educate themselves about the rich diversity that’s flourishing in all parts of Durham Region.

Held September 12, the morning consisted of a tour at the Abilities Centre in Whitby and panel discussions with representatives from various local communities, including senior citizens, youth, the mental health community, PFLAG Canada and First Nations.

After that, a tour of some important community sites began with a visit to Devi Mandir on Brock Road in Pickering. Also scheduled on the tour today are stops at the Islamic Centre in Oshawa, a tour of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Clarington and a tour of the Chabad Jewish Centre in Whitby.

Despite the differences, several common themes emerge every year for those who participate. Many of the world’s largest faiths have similar belief systems: they believe in a higher power that created the universe; that there is a form of an afterlife, when our time on earth is over; they believe in the value of prayer; in fasting at certain times of the year; and in helping your neighbor through local charitable pursuits.

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