Source: The Gazette
On September 12, 2006 The Gazette reported, "About 40 people took a symbolic walk for peace last night from Montreal's city hall to the Palais des congres, where they were greeted by keynote speakers at the opening event of a conference on religion. Muslim activist Shirin Ebadi, a Nobel Peace Prize winner, and theologian Karen Armstrong spoke at last night's plenary session of the conference, [entitled, 'World's Religions After Sept. 11'.] Both joined the hundreds of people milling about in the main hall who reflected the diversity of religions in attendance - Buddhist monks, Sikhs and Hindus, Muslims, Jews and Christians. They were later joined on the podium by Rev. Didiji, spiritual leader to the devotees of Swadhyaya, a movement based primarily on the western coast of India, and Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, humanitarian and scholar, who heads the 25-million member Art of Living Foundation. Ebadi and Shankar delivered similar messages to the audience: It's time for those who speak in the name of religious tolerance to be heard... The goal of the theological scholars at this conference is to figure out how to live in harmony and to bring this concept to the world, Shankar said."