Whether you are religious yourself, are searching for a religious belief, or are simply curious about other religions, then I highly recommend you attend this event. World Religion Day, which takes place on January 20th, is a way for people from different religious backgrounds to come together, learn from one another, and to solidify the common ground between them.
I myself, for those of you who may be curious – or perhaps you are not, in which case you can just skip right by this – I am a member of the Baha’i Faith. Confused? I don’t blame you. Very few people I speak to have actually even heard of this religion. Compared to other religions, the Baha’i faith has not been around for very long. It originated from Iran, in the 1800’s, and is based upon the teachings of two prophets, the Báb and Bahá’u’lláh. It possesses a very rich history which could not possibly fit within the confines of this blog and still do it justice, but the main idea behind the faith is that all religions originate from one place, and are based upon the same fundamental principles of truth, honesty, justice, love, and most importantly, unity.
This is just one of many religions. I do not share my own faith with you as a means to try and convert you. My intention is simply to inform, and to share a new perspective. This is exactly what World Religion Day is about. It does not try to convert or force anyone to adopt something they do not necessarily agree with. It is a means to understand and hopefully mend the tear that has formed between people of various religions. The world is filled with so much strife and conflict, and religious and ideological differences tend to be at the heart of it. You could look at this day as a means to find a common ground between all religions, something that everyone can agree on even if the teachings may differ on the surface.
If you happen to be in the Ottawa area on January 20th, come out to the Ottawa City Hall (Jean Pigott Place) from 2pm to 4pm . The main focus of this event will be on the “role of faith in enriching our communities through service“. As I said before, you can be of any religious background, or simply possess a religious curiosity. All are welcome. The more people understand something, the less they fear it, and removing that fear is what helps bridge that social gap and bring people closer together.
Tomorrow, I will give you an overview of the things I have seen, heard and learned from NASH 75, including pictures of some of the amazing things that I hope remain in my memory for many years to come. Until then, happy reading!