Members of DRPS were on hand as the community celebrated the 10th Annual World Religion Day Sunday in Oshawa.
The annual event is celebrated worldwide and is hosted by the Durham Multi Faith World Religion Day Committee and Durham Regional Council. This year it took place at the Northview Community Centre.
The 10th Anniversary was centered on the theme of "Faith, Understanding and Embracing Diversity" and featured several different faith groups. Chief Paul Martin joined Cst. Keith Richards, religious leaders and community groups, as they celebrated the diversity of our region.
The goal of the annual event is to develop understanding and harmony among faith groups in Durham Region. Individuals from many faiths were represented and took part in music demonstration, prayer, dance, cultural foods and arts; all shared in a respectful manner.
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.
The Multi Faith World Religion Day Committee of Durham Region has hosted this event for 10 years with the goal of bringing all faiths together to raise awareness about the world's religions, to increase cross-cultural understanding and strengthen mutual respect for each other.
It was noted throughout the day that diversity is the one thing we all have in common and should be embraced and celebrated.
World Religion Day (JPG file, 118.0K bytes)
Chief Martin and Cst. Richards with community and religious leaders (JPG file, 238.4K bytes)