Upcoming Canadian Interfaith Events & Opportunities
Registration now open
NAIN Connect 2013, August 11-14, Multifaith Centre, University of Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Registration is now open for the 25th Anniversary Connect 2013 “In Diversity is Our Strength” in Toronto. The link here takes you to the University of Toronto site to register. This promises to be a milestone event in a very diverse city that plays a major role in the interfaith movement.
Early Bird Before June 15
After June 15
Young Adult Early Bird 18-35 Before June 15
Young Adult 18-35 After June 15
After entering your contact information in the Registration Form, you will need to confirm your registration with a separate Payment Link to pay by Credit Card. It is obviously desirable to register early to use the early bird price advantage.
After registering you will be sent housing options, including on-campus rooms for $38 per person, per night.
Preparing for the 2013 Weekend of Twinnig of Mosques and Synagogues
Canadian Association of Jews and Muslims
Tuesday, May 21, 7:30 pm, Holy Blossom Temple, 1950 Bathurst Street, Toronto
We are pleased to announce that the 2013 Weekend of Twinning of Mosques and Synagogues will take place from Nov 15 to 17 and the theme will be Standing Up for the Other. The Canadian Association of Jews and Muslims can help match partners if any mosques or synagogues who would like to “Twin” with their counterparts. We could come out to speak with them to help prepare for this very worthwhile experience. Details will follow. Please check our Facebook Page for more information.
Shahid Akhtar and Barbara Landau, Co-Chairs, Canadian Association of Jews and Muslims
Centre for Spirituality at Work
Spirit at Work Teleconferences, 8:00 – 9:15 pm Open to All at Any Location
Tuesday, May 21. Topic: New Ways of Creating Change – and a New Vision for the Centre
An interview/conversation with Eric Hellman, Director, Centre for Spirituality at Work
Wednesday, June 19. Topic and speaker to be announced.
Breakfast with Like Minds. Downtown Toronto, 7:45 – 9:00 am, approx.
Interested in talking with others about spirituality & work? Join us for our monthly breakfast.
Wednesday, May 29, Marche Restaurant, Brasserie Room, 42 Yonge Street, Toronto
Wednesday, June 26
Wednesday, June 5 , 7:00 – 9:15 pm, Downtown Toronto
Topic: Nourishing the Human Spirit and Listening to the Divine: Why bother with “spirituality at WORK”?
For more information on all events, email us here or call 416-233-8665
Interfaith Provincial Poverty Strategy Session
June 13, 2013, 9:30 am to 4:00 pm, St. Michael’s College, Father Madden Hall, Toronto, Ontario Free Admission
This free day-long event will support the building the capacity of Ontario’s faith sector to research, educate and advocate for poverty eradication across the province. ISARC is hosting its inaugural annual event to bring together representatives of interfaith networks and people with lived experiences of poverty to discuss a provincial strategy for poverty eradication.
The event will focus on the following objectives:
build the capacity of local interfaith networks
discuss best practices, successes and challenges
ideas for education and training
strategies and tactics for advocacy
Please contact ISARC by email at firstname.lastname@example.org to register yourself and/or other representatives of your local interfaith network. ISARC has also made it a priority to include representatives from northern Ontario. Event participants will reflect the religio-cultural diversity of Ontario’s communities.
Bridging the Secular Divide: Religion and Canadian Public Discourse, Montreal
Monday, May 27 9:00 am to Tuesday, May 28, 6:00 pm
McGill University, Montreal, Quebec
How should religion enter secular discourse in media, civil society and government? How can we foster a spirit of civility in an increasingly diverse society? How can religious voices make positive contributions to the pursuit of the common good?
Confirmed speakers include the Hon. Bill Blaikie, Director, Knowles-Woodworth Centre for Theology and Public Policy, Rev. Dr. James Christie, Director, The Ridd Institute for Religion and Public Policy, and Rabbi Lisa Gruschcow, Senior Rabbi, Temple Emanu-El-Beth Sholom.
Sponsored by The Canadian Interfaith Conversation and McGill University.
For a detailed program with a list of speakers and steering committee, and for registration, click here.
Spiritual Dialogue Circle
First Monday of every month 7:00pm - 8:30pm From January 7, 2013
Don Heights Unitarian Congregation, 18 Wynford Drive, Suite 102, Toronto
Each month, the Spiritual Dialogue Circle brings diverse people together to explore a theme informed by their own traditions and practices. Participants are encouraged to share their personal inner wisdom connecting spiritual practice with everyday life. Ultimately, our goal is to foster peace within ourselves and our world. Please join us for an enriching and enlivening conversation.
Themes: January 7th – Faith, February 4th – Church, March 4th – Prayer, April 1st – The Environment, May 6th – Donation/Tithing, June 3rd – Family Life
Contact: Reverend Michelle Singh, Interfaith Minister, or phone 416-895-3932.
Interfaith Day of Prayers for Unity, Harmony & Preservation of our Globe
Sunday May 26th, 2013, 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Fo Guang Shan Buddhist Temple of Toronto, 6525 Millcreek Drive, Mississauga, ON
Sponsored by the Interfaith Council of Peel and Fo Guang Shan Buddhist Temple of Toronto
Contact: Donna McBride 905-791-7800 ext. 3558
A Gathering linking the Wisdom of the First Nation Elders with the Energy of the Youth
Rite of Passage to Leadership Gathering: The Way of the Ogijida July 17 to 20, 2013, Sagkeeng Recreational Complex, Turtle Lodge, Sagkeeng First Nation, Manitoba, Canada
The Turtle Lodge is initiating a Call from the Center of the continent to a special Gathering to initiate the Youth of all Cultures into Leadership.
The Gathering is to support Youth as they accept their role as Leaders of today who lead us into a New World.
We will hear the Voice of the Youth.
Discussion will take place on the Environment & how we have contaminated the Food Chain.
The Elders will take their rightful place of influence offering their Wisdom of Leadership.
Songs & Ceremonies appropriate to initiating Youth to Leadership will be shared. Elders will ceremonially pass the Flame of Leadership. The Sacred Fires will be lit for the 4-day gathering. Two Feasts will honour the Spirit & connect the Youth to the Ancestors. The Elders are saying the New Life has arrived.
Elders will mentor Youth & share the way to Leadership: The Sacred Laws that ground you into strong leadership. Our responsibility to the Earth. Building a world of peace. Connecting to the Spirit through the land & ceremony. Rebuilding our world by returning to the beginning & fulfilling our original instructions given to us by the Creator.
LOCATION: In Sagkeeng First Nation, Manitoba, Canada – 100 km north of Winnipeg. At the Sagkeeng Recreational Complex & The Turtle Lodge: a place built from a vision, with volunteer assistance & completely independent from outside organizations, associations & funding. Visitors are welcome to camp on site.
All are responsible for their own travel & accommodation – see http://www.theturtlelodge.org/visit.html
COST : Participants are each asked to make a Contribution to support the event. Communities & organizations are invited to sponsor their Youth or Elders’ expenses. Bring food, chairs & tobacco.
CONTACT: More Information here or contact The Turtle Lodge at turtlelodge@mts.
Editorial Volunteers Needed for The Interfaith Observer in Canada
This publication is staffed by volunteers. There is an opportunity for reporting on events and news, to assist with putting together each issue, as well as developing an Interfaith Directory. This gives you contact with seasoned interfaith communicators, and gets you in touch with the active interfaith communities and organizations of your area. Those interested anywhere in Canada are welcome to get involved.
How to Form Action Circles
“Be the Change” Workshops
The Multifaith Action Society is pleased to offer a community-learning program called “Be The Change,” provided in collaboration with the Be The Change Earth Alliance and with the support of Eco-Action Canada and the Vancouver Foundation.
The Be The Change program informs and inspires people to take action and build a better world. In the face of climate change, ecological chaos and economic crisis, it is easy for people to feel overwhelmed and to wonder how one individual can possibly make a difference. Be The Change affirms that we can.
This program is grounded in the formation of Action Circles and using valuable tools and processes to make sustainable lifestyle choices. The basics of the program include the following:
We deliver a one-hour dynamic, interactive presentation to your congregation that sets the context for this work, explains the process, and introduces you to the materials.
Participants sign up for an 8-session module and form an Action Circle (or Action Circles, depending on the number of participants). The Circle meets regularly to dialogue and individuals can choose personal actions to complete and report on to the group. The program has been designed to energize community engagement within congregations while fostering connection and effective support.
Individuals meeting in Circles each use their own personal Action Guide, which contains simple, important, achievable actions that have an immediate impact on Climate Change.
To learn more about how you can be a part of this project, please click here.
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