Toronto & Area
BUILDING HOMES, HOPE AND RELATIONSHIPS
Thursday, October 16, 30 women of different faiths, ages, cultures and
backgrounds gathered at the first “Women of Faith Build”, a
collaboration between the Canadian Centre for Diversity and Habitat for
by Judy Csillag, Director of Outreach and Partnerships, the goals of the
“Women of Faith Build” were to bring a diverse group of women
together to share a meaningful intercultural experience and to increase
awareness of the need for affordable housing.
initiative provided an opportunity for women to connect with other women
who may have otherwise not have met. A week prior to the build, they
participated in a community-building workshop facilitated by Carla
Wittes, VP, Programs, and Jenni Stoff, National Programs Manager.
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WORLD RELIGIONS CONFERENCE
Founders of Religion - Model for Humanity
Sunday, October 26, 2008 (10:00 am ~ 6:00 pm)
28 years of interfaith respect, mutual understanding and harmony among
world's faiths, the 28th World Religions Conference was held on Sunday,
October 26, 2008 at the prestigious Humanities Theatre, J.G. Hagey Hall,
University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.
event drew several hundred from the region and across Canada. The World
Religions Conference of Waterloo is now the largest Multi-Faith event of
its kind in Canada.
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INTERFAITH DAY FOR YOUTH
Terry Weller, Interfaith Unity
September 14 was truly an active day of peace at the Multi-faith centre
in the University of
of the Earth, World Spirit Youth Council, Sacred
Fire of the Great Peace and
the Interfaith Department of Scarboro Missions came together to invite
the youth of Toronto to “Become
the Change You Want the World to See!”
NEW OFFICE FOR
Weller, Interfaith Unity Editor
Anglican Church has been putting the finishing touches on its restored
Rectory. Built in 1862 at a cost of $3,000 the rectory spent many of its
years as home to succeeding Anglican rectors and their families.
to a generous donation from a parishioner, the rectory has been
renovated and updated to accommodate various ministry programs.
groups are: the A.B.L.E. Network, the Clothes Closet, Welcoming
Arms, the Interfaith Unity and the Interchurch Health Network.
NEW CATHOLIC-MUSLIM FORUM GETS TO WORK
Talks Begin on Love of God, Love of Neighbor
, NOV. 4, 2008 (Zenit.org).-
The first seminar organized by the newly established Catholic-Muslim Forum
began today on the theme "Love of God, Love of Neighbor."
The group, with 29 representatives per creed, was established by the
Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue and representatives of
the 138 Muslim leaders who sent an open letter to Benedict XVI and other
Christian leaders last October.
According to the
press office, the panel will consider the seminar theme from two main
angles: "theological and spiritual fundamentals" and "the
dignity of the human person and mutual respect."
The Pope will address the participants Thursday. That afternoon during a
public meeting, the forum will present a final joint declaration.
Archbishop Pier Luigi Celata, secretary of the Pontifical Council for
Interreligious Dialogue, told Vatican Radio on Monday that the seminar
seeks "to see which elements we share, because together we can give
a coherent response of love for God, seeking to love each other."...
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RELATIONSHIPS AND HOPE BY BUILDING HOMES
Raheel Raza - Interfaith Unity Columnist
Earlier this year, when Judy Csillag, Director Community Outreach and
Partnerships for The Canadian Centre for Diversity asked me if I would
like to participate in a Women of Faith build for Habitat for Humanity,
I said yes with no idea of what this would entail. Little did I know
that this would turn out to be one of the most meaningful and unusual
experiences of my life.
Since I came to
twenty years ago, there has always been an urge to give back to this
wonderful country that is my adopted land and that has given me and my
family a roof over our heads, jobs, security and most of all freedom. I
realize that many people don't have these luxuries in their native lands
or take them for granted in
. So I volunteer wherever I can but the Habitat experience takes
volunteering to a whole new level. Habitat has a vision for a world
where everyone has a safe and decent place to live. Their mission is to
mobilize volunteers and community partners in building affordable
housing and promoting homeownership as a means to breaking the cycle of
poverty. To uphold the dignity of every human being, Habitat works with
partnerships and a belief of faith in action.
The mission of The Canadian Centre for Diversity is to build bridges
between communities and to build a society that celebrates diversity,
difference, and inclusion so it's no wonder that with Habitat, they came
up with the idea of a Women of Faith build. Co-Chairs of the project
were Rabbi Lori Cohen, Reverend Cathy Gibbs and Tanya Khan. It was a
smooth, well planned and well executed project. Thirty women from six
faith communities were invited to participate and we met at the
for our mandatory training session. But it was not just training....
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NEW LIGHT OF HOPE IS SHINING UPON US ALL.
Dr. Kamran Mofid
- Interfaith Unity Columnist
November 2008) hope triumphed over fear, common good over
individualism, service and sacrifice over selfishness and greed.
Tonight the wall of hatred, hopelessness and despair that
separates us from the common good fell and bridges of love,
compassion, cooperation, justice and peace were built.
morning (5th November), as the sun rises, a new light of hope is
shining upon us all. The era of neo-liberalism, disaster capitalism,
adventurism, uncalled militarism, torture and pseudo-nationalism
is over. It is the dawn of Globalisation for the Common Good. Today
is a watershed in the US and world history.
you President Obama for who you are and what you do. Thank you to the
American people for electing President Obama to lead the way to a
better world. (...)
2008 GOES TO SAN FRANCISCO
Chaffee, Chair 2008 Host Committee; Director Presidio Interfaith Chapel,
glistening San Francisco cast off its summer fog for the first three
days of NAINConnect 2008 – Embracing Our Interfaith Future,
held July 24-28. When the fog returned on Sunday, old friends and new
and a cacophony of happy conversation kept us from noticing.
’s inaugural World AIDS Day community concert
The Rev. John Joseph Mastandrea
, World Aids Concert Committee
December 1, 2008,
and the world will recognize the 20th Anniversary of World AIDS
we enter the third decade of this global initiative to recognize HIV/AIDS
as a critical health issue, Casey
House invites you to join us and keep
the promise by showing
your leadership. In conjunction with Dr. Peter Centre (
) and La Maison du Parc (Montréal) we will unite in one voice in support
of people living with HIV/AIDS, when we host
’s inaugural World AIDS Day community concert, “Voices of Hope”.
SPECIAL DAY OF LOVING-KINDNESS
Rain Sangha’s 1-Day Metta Meditation Event
Lisa Gorecki, Interfaith Unity Correspondent
the front of the room, in a large white alcove, sits a 16-foot-high
Buddha statue. Its eyes are
gently closed, its expression serene.
The vases of colourful flowers that surround it make its cool
shade of ivory even more soothing to the eye.