World Religion Day 2017. The World Is Our Neighbourhood


With the theme of ‘The World is our Neighbourhood’, the Volunteer Interfaith Committee of Sault Ste. Marie is getting prepared to celebrate World Religion Day in our part of the world.

In Sault Ste. Marie, citizens have an opportunity to mark World Religion Day, January 15th, 2017, at Beth Jacob Synagogue on Bruce Street. Celebrations begin at 2:00 pm.

world_religion_dayThe Synagogue is on the west side of Bruce St., just north of Albert St.

Parking is available about ½ block away (east) along Albert St., at the Municipal parking lot.

On Monday, January 9th, Interfaith Committee member Chris Faulkner made a presentation to Municipal Council, culminating in an official Proclamation by Mayor Christian Provenzano to designate January 15th, 2017, in the City of Sault Ste. Marie, as World Religion Day.

The Interfaith Committee states, ‘WRD in Sault Ste. Marie will include Prayers, Reflections, Music, Dance, and Culture with Refreshments and Fellowship to follow.’

Media release:


World Religion Day is an interfaith observance initiated in 1950 by the National Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá’is of the United States, celebrated worldwide on the third Sunday in January each year.

Though initiated in the United States, World Religion Day has come to be celebrated internationally.

Its purpose is to promote the idea that the spiritual principles underlying the world’s religions are harmonious, and to suggest that religions can play a role in unifying humanity.


Twenty-six years ago, Roya Mogharrabi and the local Bahái community began organizing World Religion Day Services in Sault Ste. Marie.

Last year they invited people of other faiths and cultures to join them in planning for the services.  The “Volunteer Interfaith Committee of Sault Ste. Marie” was born.

The Committee believes: When representatives of different religions and cultures meet for fellowship and an exchange of ideas, these people grow in respect for each other and are strengthened in their efforts to encourage this respect in the local community and the world at large.

This planning committee includes people representing numerous religions and cultures. We invite others who are interested to join the committee.’

The following individuals are contacts for WRD and members of The Interfaith Committee, Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario.

Chris Faulkner 705-253-1878 email: [email protected]

Cheryl Gougeon 705-942-7933 email: [email protected]

Roya Mogharrabi 705-946-4803 email: [email protected]



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