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December 18 2011

The 2012 World Religion Day 

The 2012 World Religion Day, in its 12th year in Ottawa, will celebrate the theme “Water-Drawing from the Sacred” on Sunday January 15, 2012 starting at 2:00 pm at Jean Piggott Place, Ottawa City Hall, 110 Laurier Avenue West.
World Religion Day is held annually across the globe on the 3rd Sunday of January. The events help foster interfaith understanding and harmony by providing the opportunity to seek a unified approach to the spiritual challenges that confront humanity, and recognizing that the earth is but one country and humankind its citizens.

January 15, 2012 will be proclaimed World Religion Day in Ottawa by Mayor Jim Watson. Over 250 participants from over 12 religious and spiritual traditions come together every year to learn about each other, especially about those beliefs that they have in common.  With an emphasis on common religious origins and teachings, World Religion Day calls attention to the harmony that exists amongst the spiritual principles of the world’s religions, and emphasizes religion as a source of unity.

The event in Ottawa will feature various prayers and artistic elements from the Baha’i Faith, Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism, Sikhism and Native Spiritual Traditions.

This year’s theme “Water-Drawing from the Sacred” recognizes the importance of water and its necessity for life.  Water has a central place in the practices and beliefs of many religions and spiritual traditions. It is the purifying and life giving qualities of water that underlie its place in our cultures and faiths.

What role does religion play today in humanity's care of water? As we face the challenge of sustaining the world's water today and for the future, religions and spiritual beliefs continue to play an increasingly recognized ethical and practical role. Common values from world religions can be a unifying force to foster harmonious bonds between humanity and nature.

The keynote will be presented by Louise Profeit-LeBlanc, a member of the Nacho N'yak Dun First Nation from Mayo, in north eastern Yukon. She is a mother, grandmother and a keeper of stories. She presently lives in Wakefield, Quebec with her husband Bob, and commutes on a daily basis to Ottawa where she works as the Aboriginal Arts Coordinator for the Canada Council for the Arts. Louise embraced the Bahá’í Faith in 1979 but first heard about the Faith when she was 11 years old. She has served as the Chair for the National Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá’ís of Canada and is presently a member of Local Spiritual Assembly for the Bahá’í Community of LaPeche. She comes from a long line of traditional storytellers. Her repertoire consists of stories related to her homeland. Stories of how the land was made, how her people lived and survived for thousands of years. Many of these stories refer to how everything in nature exists in balance but more importantly contain morals and teachings for people to live harmoniously with each other.  One of the teachings is how to care for the land, the water and all living things: “We must respect all that the Creator has provided for us, I am honored to have this opportunity to speak of the spiritual responsibility that we all have in protecting one of these “Sacred” gifts, the gift of water, for without it all living things on earth would perish”

The public is encouraged to attend this entertaining and engaging celebration of the unifying power of the world’s religions.

For Further Information Contact:

Nousha Ram
The Bahá’í Community of Ottawa
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