Ven. Yin Kit to Participate in Interreligious Conference (Nov. 4, 2015)

On Wednesday, Nov. 4, the Catholic Archdiocese of Vancouver will host a conference on interreligious dialogue. With this conference, the Catholic Church marks the 50th anniversary of the document Nostra Aetate.

Nostra Aetate is the Declaration on the Relations of the Church to Non-Christian Religions proclaimed by His Holiness Pope Paul VI on Oct. 28, 1965, deeply shaping the involvement of the Catholic Church in interreligious dialogue.

At the Nov. 4 Conference, Fr. Darren Dias, OP will discuss the document and the background that led the Catholic Church to accept it at Vatican II.

In addition, Rabbi Philip Bregman, Executive Director of Hillel BC and co-founder of the Rabbinical Association of Vancouver; Imam Mohammad Shujaath Ali Nadwi, member of the Muslim, Christian and Jewish Triologue; and Dr. Shawn Flynn, Assistant Professor of Religion and Theology at Saint Mark’s College will respond, focussing on the fruits, hopes and aspirations of interreligious dialogue at the present time.

Presentations will also include principle tenets of Judaism, Islam, Hinduism and Buddhism presented by Rabbi Laura Duhan Kaplan, Director of Inter-religious Studies and Professor of Jewish Studies at VST; Imam Mohammad Shujaath Ali Nadwi, Imam at Masjidul Hagg in Vancouver; Dr. Suresh Kurl, writer and columnist, community builder and cross-cultural ambassador; and Venerable Yin Kit (Sister Jessie), head nun and Teacher of the Po Lam Buddhist Association.

The goal is to engage members of Vancouver religious communities in conversation about how religions can foster peace and collaboration and promote justice and reconciliation.
Join us at this momentous event, which takes place at the John Paul II Pastoral Centre, near 33rd Avenue and Willow Street. The event fee is $20 with 200 seats available.

Date: Wednesday, November 4, 2015
Time: 10 am – 3:30 pm (Registration begins 9am)
Location: John Paul II Pastoral Centre, 4885 Saint John Paul II Way, Vancouver (on 33rd between Heather and Willow)

Cost: $20 (Registration is required)

Seating: No reserved seating. Arrive early to secure seats.

Parking: Free parking on the street.
Food: Lunch and Light refreshments
Keynote Speaker: Fr. Darren Dias, OP



Rev. Darren Dias, OPunnamed-1 

Father Dias is an Assistant Professor in Systematic Theology at the University of St. Michael’s College in Toronto, a member of the national Hindu – Roman Catholic Dialogue, a member of the International Inter-Religious Dialogue Group, a member of the Canadian province of Dominican Friars and Director of the Dominican Institute of Toronto.

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