Robert Thayler, a local retired United Church minister with cross-cultural experience working in Botswana, was asked to respond to [Idrissa Pandit]'s presentation. He drew attention to the need for the majority in Canadian culture to give up their power and privilege, to "get up from their table and go to the other's table." Too often, he said, those in the dominant culture feel that they should not "bother" others. But he encouraged those present to get to know their neighbours, invite themselves to their homes, and get over their fear of "the other."Entitling her talk, "Building a multicultural community: A Muslim perspective," Pandit said she prefers the term "pluralistic" to "diversity," believing the former suggests an "active seeking of understanding across lines of difference." This is different than mere tolerance of the other, she said, which can easily turn to feeling threatened when the "others" increase in number or visibility.