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September 18, 2011

by Nathalie Thirlwall

An Ottawa group called Bridging the Rivers of Faith is celebrating the end of a successful year and the beginning of its second year of activities. The group launched in the fall of 2010 under the Canadian Federation of University Women (CFUW) – Ottawa with the intended desire to advance understanding about different religions.
This group’s aim is to learn about some of the world religions and then focus on specific issues from the perspective of the various faiths. Such issues include the freedom to believe, the advancement of women, marriage and family life, human rights and the worship of God. This year’s talks on Hinduism, the Bahá’í Faith, Buddhism, Sikhism, Islam, Christianity and Judaism were received with enthusiasm and respect for the calibre of the presentations, the questions and discussions generated, and the growing friendships developed for the twenty two members. They have come to appreciate the numerous commonalities amongst faiths and the learning process is leading to stereotypes being broken down as perspectives broaden.
The Bahá'í community of Ottawa has been involved in the initiative through the participation of its Interfaith Office member, which works with people and organizations that foster peace, harmony, and understanding and respect for the world’s religions.
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