Community invited to TRU to explore questions of faith

On Wednesday, Feb. 6, anyone is welcome to attend Spiritual Stability in Uncertain Times, a panel dialogue and question-and-answer session around multi-faith perspectives to mark World Interfaith Harmony Week

Thompson Rivers University students use the school’s Multi-Faith Chaplaincy to talk about their higher purpose, to seek a deeper connection with their spirituality — or anything in between.

The chaplaincy is opening its doors to the entire Kamloops community.

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On Wednesday, Feb. 6, anyone is welcome to attend Spiritual Stability in Uncertain Times, a panel dialogue and question-and-answer session around multi-faith perspectives to mark World Interfaith Harmony Week.

The event will take place from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in room 190 of the Brown Family House of Learning. Attendance is free and registration can be done online at tru.ca/chaplaincy.

The first-of-its-kind event provides a chance to grow spiritual understanding. After a series of brief introductions that will shed light on the Multi-Faith Chaplaincy, each panelist will have an opportunity to share their faith’s views. From there, the floor will be opened for a question-and-answer period.

The panel will be moderated by David Lidster. An eclectic group of faith representatives will make up the panel:

• Imam Abdurrahmann Murad, Kamloops Islamic Association;
• Charles Hayes, Mindfulness;
• Dr. Allyson Davey, Judaism;
• Rev. Kristin Autio, United Church;
• Dr. David Fields, Summit Baptist Church.

"This event is an opportunity to hear dialogue from a wide variety of spiritual approaches to today's life in uncertain times,” said Pat Davies of the Centre for Spiritual Living and the Multi-faith Chaplaincy. “Our individual faith is a cornerstone for coping with stress whether it be school, family, work or world conditions.”

World Interfaith Harmony Week, which runs from Feb. 1 to 7, is “as a way to promote harmony between all people regardless of their faith,” according to the United Nations, which founded the observational week.

The Multi-faith Chaplaincy is overseen by the university’s faculty of student development and gives religious and spiritual care to the TRU community’s students, faculty and staff. It provides an operating model of interfaith respect and co-operation. The chaplaincy acts as a religious and spiritual resource, encouraging thoughtful reflection and dialogue.

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