Most people remember where they were and what they were doing when they first heard the news of the aerial assault on the Twin Towers in New York on September 11, 2001.
The ground may not have shifted under our feet at the moment but the very concept of religion underwent a paradigm shift for many of us. Instead of standing for virtue and piety, and peace and harmony, the word religion was launched on a semantic trajectory which would make it a byword for evil, aggression and terror.
But is there not more to religion than this? We invite you to explore the more positive possibilities of the religious dimension of life by attending the second Global Congress on World's Religions after September 11, which will meet in Montreal on September 7, 2011. Its aim is to bring together the various religions of the world in an ecumenical spirit to address the many issues facing the world today, in the hope that this will help all of us become better human beings.
Birks Professor of Comparative Religion
Faculty of Religious Studies