Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Canada: Justice and Forgiveness the center of world religions conference in Cochrane


The speakers invited to Wednesday's conference will represent the Baha'I, Christian, Jewish and Muslim faiths and how religious texts play into different forms of justice, whether it be eye-for-an-eye or focused on forgiveness and healing.

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By David Feil | May 22, 2017

The Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama'at is holding their ninth world religions conference on Wednesday May 24 at the Cochrane Ranchehouse at 7 p.m., an annual event aimed at reducing misconceptions and tackling world problems. This year, the conference will draw on the expertise of four different religious scholars to try and understand the role justice and forgiveness play in global conflicts.

"We talk about peace but we can't have peace without justice," said Malik Agyemang, one of the volunteers behind the upcoming conference, who feels to often people make rash decisions over informed ones when it comes to international crises.

"The situation in the world, there's conflict everywhere. We talk about peace but you can't have peace without justice," said Agyemang, pointing to conflict areas like Syria and North Korea where many people feel military powers should just bomb them and be done. But to achieve real peace there needs to be an understanding of the situation and attempts made to provide an outcome where justice is served with minimal killing.

"It's OK to punish to restore justice but there are situations where forgiveness is best," said Agyemang. "We want to explain the root causes of conflict and have the speakers talk about justice."

The speakers invited to Wednesday's conference will represent the Baha'I, Christian, Jewish and Muslim faiths and how religious texts play into different forms of justice, whether it be eye-for-an-eye or focused on forgiveness and healing.

In diving into the discussion on justice, the speakers will touch on our reluctance to enter different conflicts, what alternatives to violence are offered by different religions, what leads religion to becoming a source of strife and how do internal and global politics contribute to growing conflicts and what they could be doing to provide real justice to those mired in conflict.

Ultimately, Agyemang hopes the conference will help people to look beyond immediate forms of justice and consider the more comprehensive forms of justice that look to resolve conflicts permanently through true justice that is less about reacting and more about providing solutions that do not create losers that will carry the seeds of future conflict.


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