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Rev. John Pentland, lead minister at Kensington’s Hillhurst United Church, is chair of this 12 months’s interfaith steering committee for Concord Week. He sees a terrific alternative within the modifications caused because of the present pandemic.
“We’re doing the week on-line, which isn’t a nasty factor in my thoughts. Throughout this pandemic, the way in which of connecting with individuals on-line has been nice for the spiritual communities as a result of our attain is wider and additional and bigger,” mentioned Pentland.
“The best way the week is ready up, with a wide range of audio system, we will likely be on-line for all of it. The theme of Concord Week is taking a look at what now we have in frequent throughout the spiritual communities in addition to what are our variations.”
“We’re not all imagined to be the identical. We are literally distinct, however we have to honour the distinctiveness of every of the completely different traditions,” he added.
Pentland believes the power to participate in any or all the workshops and debates will permit Calgarians to be concerned with out the necessity of touring to and from occasions. Moreover, the problem everybody has confronted due to COVID 19 within the final 12 months has already cast a bond of shared expertise.
“It is going to be straightforward to click on a button and never must drive half an hour to get there and half an hour dwelling, so we count on the numbers will likely be greater than regular. Plus, the attention is a lot deeper now. We live in tentative occasions and it requires now we have a deeper understanding of one another and our variations,” he mentioned.