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Faiths uniting for peace

As unrest spreads from country to country, a pair of local groups are doing what they can to break stereotypes and foster understanding among different faiths.

The Sacred Spaces Tour, put on by Vernon Interfaith Bridging, is inviting people to get together for a better understanding of the different faiths in Vernon.

The tour will include a visit to the Vernon Mosque and Islamic Centre, a First Nations ceremony at Polson Park and presentations on the Baha’i and Buddhist Faiths at the People Place.

“This is an opportunity for members of the public to learn about other faiths and cultures and experience something unique in their own community. You do not have to belong to any particular faith group to attend. We welcome everyone,” said Richard Birnie, a member of Vernon Interfaith Bridging.

Those interested in attending the Sacred Spaces Tour should meet at the Vernon Mosque, 3414 17th Ave., just before 9 a.m. Saturday March 11.

Then on April 1, Muhammad William Saleh from the Vernon Muslim Association, is inviting people to a comprehensive analysis and question and answer session about Islam.

“Given the recent events unfolding in North America, we decided to hold this event to dispel any misconceptions about Islam or prejudices,” said Saleh. “We are holding this event to eliminate the chances of anything like (the Quebec shootings) from happening here, through education. This event is aimed towards people who might hold questions in their heart, but have never had a forum to have those questions answered.”

The meeting will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Eagles Hall.



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