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  Durham Region Celebrates World Religion Day

Jan 19, 2015 10:02 ET

DRPS members joined the community for the 2015 World Religion Day Celebration at Regional Headquarters. The annual event is celebrated worldwide and is hosted by the Durham Multi Faith World Religion Day Committee and Durham Regional Council.

This year the gathering was centred on the theme of The Evolution of Faith, Diversity and Culture in Durham Region, and featured 10 different faith groups. Inspectors George Dmytruk and Bruce Townley were in attendance along with Sgt. Keith Richards and Cst. Pam Devine.

The goal of the event centres on developing interfaith understanding and harmony. Individuals from many faiths were represented at the event with exhibits and demonstrations of music, spirituality, cultural foods and arts shared in a respectful manner.

"With rising tensions and demonstrations of intolerance seen across the world, I applaud the organizers of World Religion Day for bringing people together in the spirit of tolerance and Harmony," said DRP Chief of Police Paul Martin.

Our region is home to many people from a diverse range of cultures and ethnicities, who express their faith as members of varied religious groups. World Religion Day aims to build dynamic relationships between all religions across the Region.

The Multi Faith World Religion Day Committee of Durham Region has hosted this event for over eight years with the goal of bringing all faiths together to raise awareness about the worlds religions, to increase cross-cultural understanding, to strengthen mutual respect for each other and to contribute towards maintaining harmony and order in Durham.

Below are attached files.
World Religion Day (JPG file, 3,009.4K bytes)
Insp. Dymtruk speaks with religious leaders (JPG file, 2,458.8K bytes)
World Religion Day Group Shot (JPG file, 3,051.9K bytes)