World Interfaith Harmony 2019

The Interfaith Chapel at University of Victoria hosted a full house (and then some!) on 6 February, 2019, for our “Let’s Talk Through Diversity” event, honouring World Interfaith Harmony Week. The program was much different from those of previous years, with many diverse and participatory activities, all set in the smaller and more intimate venue of the UVic Interfaith Chapel.

Discussion groups, “Let’s Talk Through Diversity”, UVic Interfaith Chapel

The versatility of the setting was used to encourage meaningful dialogue between participants through activities such as small discussion groups, a sit-down meal, the ice-breaker Diversity Bingo game, and henna hand-painting.

Students played a key part in the event, both in the planning and in the student panel and facilitation of discussion groups, as well as the hands-on work of set up, serving the meal, and a hundred other tasks that were swiftly and competently executed.

Steve Baileys of ICA is thanked for the many beautiful photos of the event

And Jim Flood for the video of the keynote speech by Dr. John Borrows.

Thanks also to our co-collaborators in this event: University of Victoria’s Multifaith Services, its Department of Equity and Human Rights, and the Community Partnership Network of the Inter-Cultural Association of Greater Victoria, who all contributed funds and human resources.