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AVI Conference (Asha Vahishta Conference

  • 09 Jun 2018
  • 10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
  • Greenbriar Rec Centre, 1100 Central Park Drive, Brampton

AVI Conference (Asha Vahishta Conference)


Please note that ONLY THIS DAY (JUNE 9) is OFF-SITE (not at OZCF).  The location details are:

Greenbriar Rec. Centre (Community Room:  Enter building and take stairs or elevator to basement).

 Address is 1100 Central Park Drive, Brampton. 

Telephone number is  905-791-2240.


The program for the day is listed below, running from 10am-8pm

Audience members may stay for the entire day, or particular sessions, however, please do RSVP this information to

Xerxes Madan at Xerxes_madan@hotmail.com


For further information regarding the AVI (seminar synopses, Full Conference Brochure, Conference Panelist Biographies, the AVI Vision Document “The 101 Inspirations”) – please visit the OZCF website at:  https://ozcf.wildapricot.org/  


Programme (June 9): OFF-SITE  

{Greenbriar Rec. Centre. 1100 Central Park Drive, Brampton. 905-791-2240}

Re-Discovery Through Re-Orientation

Main Theme:  Self-perception of our relationship to Creation, determines social conduct and toleration for injustice.  Re-discovering the stewardship of Earth/Creation requires a mental/spiritual re-orientation.


Session 1 (10:00am-11:00am): Chair

The 101 Inspirations:Axioms, Epistemology, Cosmovision, Covenant.

(Eliminating the contest of ‘authorities’…text, tradition, scholars, priests).


Session 2 (11:30am-12:30pm): Bagli/Panthakis/Austin/Dastur

From Mobed to Mage: Re-conceptualizing Clergy as Pastors of Faith and Fellowship

(Vibrant/dynamic faith requires communicators of inspiration, not detached managers of status-quo religion to their congregations).


Session 3 (1:00pm-2:00pm): Clough

A Unified Theology of Ecology, Environment, and All Creatures:  Solving Human Made Problems Requires Spiritual Reaffirmation.

(Environmental Degradation, Economic Abuse, Animal Cruelty, are all problems created from human entitlement and spiritual separateness).


Session 4 (2:30pm-3:30pm): Raffaelli

Interdependence and Reciprocity: Zoroastrian Cosmology in Solidarity with Global Indigenous Ways of Knowing/Being.

(Western (Abrahamic religions) notions of theology, differ from Daena Mazdayasni (Earth/Creation centred). Faith deciphers divinity/purpose)


Session 5 (4:00pm-5:00pm): Rambachan

A Hindu Theology of Liberation: Inspired Diasporic Re-imagining/ Re-claiming.

(A case study of how a South Asian tradition is successfully re-oriented and re-vitalized towards social justice initiatives.  And why this is vital).


Session 6 (5:30pm-6:30pm): Austin, Homavazir, Doctor

Finding Mashyane in Diasporic Faith and Fellowship: Women in Daena Mazdayasni.

(Making women prominent in faith/fellowship.  Citing historic episodes and enlightened text is insufficient.  From subjects to participatory agents).


Session 7 (7:00pm-8:00pm): Gazdar/Panthakis/Homavazir/Doctor

From Out-sourced Zoroastrianism to Dynamic Daena Mazdayasni: Youth Engagement as Diasporic Re-discovery.

(Home-grown youth expression of lived faith and fellowship, not out-sourced Zoroastrianism.  Legitimate expressions of self/location/concerns).


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