The Golden Thread Uniting World Religions

The workshop consists of 40 minutes of PowerPoint & 45 minutes of group discussion. It intends to help teachers to explore with their students the similarities of major world religions and identify their common golden thread. The aim is to reduce the perceived differences that may cause discrimination and division among adherents. The workshop will encourage religious amity and understanding. Participants will gain knowledge and insights of:

  • The primary common teachings of major world religions and their ethics
  • The impact of faith on society’s worldview; arts, culture, and lifestyle
  • Insight into the unifying power of religion to bring people together and their potential to work together for the betterment of the world
  • The topic is relevant to BC Secondary schools’ Social Studies Curriculum, World Religions
  • Handouts and material for the small group discussion will be provided

Target Audience


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11:45 AM - 1:15 PM

This session is full.


  • Private
    Parvaneh Farhangpour

    Parvaneh Farhangpour Nikkhesal holds a Ph.D. in Curriculum Development from the University of Pretoria, South Africa. She lectured at a teacher-training college for 21 years and at the University of Venda for 7 years. She has published several papers in international academic journals and has co-authored eight high school textbooks. She also created a life skills program, the Youth Enrichment Program which was widely used in South Africa and neighbouring countries for over a decade. After her return to Canada in 2018, she joined the Surrey Schools District and retired in 2020. She has conducted numerous training workshops on a variety of educational and social topics, including the last STA Convention. She has recently published poetry in a couple of art magazines and has won prizes.