United Church hosts series examining major world religions

A Summerland church will host a series of speakers from different faiths in the Okanagan Valley.

A Summerland church will host a series of speakers from different faiths in the Okanagan Valley.

The series, Building Peace Through Understanding, is offered through Summerland United Church.

“The goal is to learn about some of the religions other than Christianity who are making their home in the valley,” said Armand Houle, minister of Summerland United Church.

“We live in Canada where we find many different religions living side by side, yet they can remain a complete mystery to us. “We also realize that just as in Christianity, there is variety and difference within faith traditions,” said David Sparks, a member of the planning committee.

Speakers from the Penticton Sikh Temple, the Hindu Cultural Centre in Summerland, the Islamic Centre in Kelowna and the Okanagan Jewish Community Association in Kelowna will speak.

“Our hope is that by learning more about our neighbours, we will build a more peaceful and respectful community,” said Peggy Barnett, a member of the planning committee.

The presentations will be held at the church on four consecutive Monday evenings, beginning Oct. 26 at 7 p.m. with a presentation on Islam.

The next presentations, in order, will be on Hinduism, Sikhism and Judaism.

Each presentation will last 30 to 45 minutes, followed by a 15-minute question period.