Surrey Spiritual Summit hopes to raise awareness, deepen relationships and build trust between communities

Surrey Spiritual Summit

The “Surrey Spiritual Summit” will take place on Saturday, March 1st, 9:00am – 4:00pm, at the Camp Alexandra Retreat and Conference Centre, 2916 McBride Avenue, Crescent Beach, Surrey.

This day-long dialogue event will engage community members in a series of participatory workshops and dialogue activities to raise awareness, deepen relationships and build trust between members of diverse religious, spiritual and philosophical communities. The workshops will explore a range of topics through the lens of religious and spiritual diversity. This event is open to people from all religious, spiritual and philosophical traditions, including those who identify as atheist, agnostic, Humanist, secular or non-observant.

The Keynote Address will be given by Mo Dhaliwal, the Chair of the Provincial Multicultural Advisory Committee. Mr. Dhaliwal will explore our society’s present discomfort with plurality and difference and how creating a “culture of curiousity” may be one way to respond to this discomfort.

A workshop on “Caring for All Creation” will frame our environmental crisis as a profoundly spiritual problem and pose options for creating the peaceful and sustainable vision for which so many have lived and died.

A “Youth Workshop” will empower youth aged 12-17 from religious and non-religious backgrounds to find common ground through shared values. Participants in this workshop will come away more grounded in their own worldview and better able to connect and collaborate with people from other religious, spiritual or philosophical backgrounds.

An “Interfaith Music” workshop with will explore the power of music to transcend language and offer rich experiences for people from different faith and cultural backgrounds to share in sacred experience.

The “Creative Spiritual Path” workshop will explore art as a means to discover purpose and inspiration through creativity.

The “Exploring Values in Community” will explore how the values at the heart of all of the world’s religious and spiritual traditions shape who we are individually and collectively.

The “Raising Sacred Children” workshop will focus on children’s own ideas about the sacred, both within and beyond established traditions. Early childhood educators will receive professional development credits for participating in this workshop.

The “Meditation and Contemplative Practice” workshop will introduce participants to the commonalities and uniqueness of the various forms of quiet reflection as it is found in different traditions.

The “Using Technology to Share our Spiritual Stories” workshop will be a practical hands-on introduction to using low-cost, readily available technology to share your values, practices and hopes with others.

The “Face to Faith” workshop is designed for educators, and will introduce the global “Face to Faith” program and curriculum and outline practical steps for implementing it in Surrey.

The “LGBTQ and Homophobia” workshop will explore the human phenomenon of bisexual, transgendered and same sex issues from different faith perspective in a safe and non-judgmental environment.

Registration is required and space is limited. The event is free and lunch will be provided. Register online at or contact David Dalley at or (778) 988-3549.

Progressive Intercultural Community Services (PICS) Society is the lead agency, with funding from EmbraceBC’s Interfaith Bridging grant. The community partners for this event are Alexandra Neighbourhood House, the Global Clergy Association of Canada and the Surrey Interfaith Council.

For more information, please contact:

David Dalley, Project Coordinator

Eva Touzard, Project Coordinator 604.596.7722

About PICS Society

Progressive Intercultural Community Services (PICS) Society is a registered non-profit society, United Way Agency, and PCTIA registered organization. We actively promote harmony and intercultural understanding to build a more inclusive and respectful society by providing programs and services that directly assists youth, seniors, and new immigrants in the community.

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