|DUNRAE GARDENS SCHOOL EXAMINES WORLD RELIGIONS|
MONTREAL, APRIL 21, 2015 – Over the past four months, students at Dunrae Gardens Elementary School in Town of Mount Royal have taken a leap of faith – into all faiths – courtesy of Spiritual and Community Animator Puynung Choy.
Since January, students had the opportunity to learn about the major world religions, hearing from spiritual leaders representing a variety of belief systems from throughout the world.
The unit wrapped up recently when students from Grades 4 through 6 engaged in a multi-faith assembly with guest speakers: Buddhist Daryl Lynn Ross from True North Insight Centre, Minister David Clinker from the Town of Mount Royal United Church, and Imam Salam Elmenyawi from the Montreal Muslim Council.
The colorful presentations, each unique in style and delivery, allowed the students to see the broad spectrum of what each religion, and religion itself, offers.
“The knowledge we gained about each other has brought us closer to one another,” said Spiritual and Community Animator Puynung Choy. “This knowledge provokes a deeper interest in each other. While we are aware that each religion differs, we came to understand that there are even differences in the same religious community, and that variation is common amongst all religions. Beauty lies in the complexity of humankind.”
Michael J. Cohen