NAINConnect 2013, Toronto: Diversity is our Strength
by Judy Lee Trautman
From the Conference Planning Team: We see diversity very broadly to include religious, racial and cultural diversity, as well as diversity in our physical and mental abilities and in our gender self-understanding. In choosing workshops and plenary speakers, we looked for best practices in all these areas, so that our faith based practices are as fully inclusive as possible. We can more fully realize social and spiritual equity within and among all our faiths.
Proposed Plenary Presentations
Sr. Sue Mosteller will speak on L’Arche a multinational group of homes housing to serve the needs of the developing handicapped who live and learn with non-handicapped adults in a group setting. Jean Vanier, founder of L’Arche, will address us by video. A dance group from the organization will perform.
“The response to injustice is to share. The response to despair is a limitless trust and hope. The response to prejudice and hatred is forgiveness. To work for community is to work for humanity.”—Jean Vanier from “Community and Growth”
Young Adult Plenary
Shahid Akhtar, one of the founders of the Canadian Association of Jews and Muslims, will address the theme, “In Diversity is Our Strength.” He will speak about how the Interfaith Community can harness and promote diversity and what role it can play in advancing Jewish-Muslim bilateral and Interfaith harmony, with all the challenges and achievements this presents.
A Native Canadian Panel will talk about the meaning of diversity to native peoples given their history with Europeans since their arrival here.