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Jain Temple in Ranakpur, India. Photo credit: Wikimedia

Jain Temple in Ranakpur, India. Photo credit: Wikimedia

J.W. Windland

JW Windland (1949 – 2014) made a major contribution to world religions education in North America. A comparative mythologist, JW founded the Encounter World Religions Centre in Guelph, Ontario, Canada. The Encounter Centre is an internationally recognized educational organization designated as a “Gift Of Service To The World” by the Parliament of World Religions.

JW had more than 40 years of experience in the study, teaching and first-hand experience of world religions. In addition to his academic background in religious studies, he regularly attended mosques, synagogues, gurdwaras, churches and temples as a testimony to his appreciation of world religions. This background gave him a perspective that was unique and tangible. He had genuine friendships with the practitioners of these traditions, joined in their rituals and introduced thousands of people to the winnowed wisdom of diverse communities. JW was a specialist in interreligious dialogue and created comfort across religious and cultural borders. He also lectured internationally to universities, churches, community groups and professional organizations. JW brought a familiarity and a deep knowledge of the many religious traditions that make up the North American mosaic.

If you would like to learn more about the Encounter Center, here is the contact information:

Encounter World Religions Centre
People Places Practices Philosophies

390 Speedvale Ave. E.,
Guelph, ON N1E 1N5 Canada

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