Upcoming Canadian Interfaith Events & Opportunities
Interfaith & Civic Engagement in Ontario: A Look at Poverty and Other Social Justice Issues
Tuesday, September 17, 1:00 – 3:00 pm, Fo Guang Shan Buddhist Temple of Toronto, 6525 Millcreek Drive, Mississauga
Speaker: Michael Yeshe Skaljin, Manager - Operations & Regions, Ontario Multifaith Council
Lunch: 12:00 – 1:00 pm, by donation, must RSVP here.
Sponsor: Interfaith Council of Peel
All are welcome, whether a faith leader, a member of a faith community, a member of an agency, or someone wanting to learn about different faiths in action and about community agencies.
Living a Spirit-Led Life: How Do We Live Our Spirit/Faith at Work?
Spirituality at Work Conversation Evening
Wed, Sept 18, 7:00 - 9:15 pm. Location: Bloor and Yonge, Toronto / Cost: By donation
How have you applied your faith/spiritual values in your work? How have you listened to spirit, been led or accomplished more than you could have ‘on your own’? What spiritual or extra-ordinary experiences have you had? When have you felt connected to - or disconnected from - your spirit? Come and share what you’ve done, and listen to how others are doing it!
Remembering Rumi II with Coleman Barks
An Evening of Sacred Poetry, Music and Whirling
Saturday, September 21, 2013, 7:30 pm, doors open at 7:00 pm
Isabel Bader Theatre, University of Toronto, 93 Charles St. W.
Rumi’s poetry has spoken the universal language of love, faith, and tolerance for over 800 years; millions turn to his words for inspiration, strength, and peace. From the beginning of time, an inner knowledge and certainty of something beyond the self has been held... and Rumi’s works help us to touch this place.
Please join us for an intimate & Exclusive event, a heart-opening experience of sacred poetry, music and whirling.
Coleman Barks: Rumi poetry
David Darling: Cello
Jerrahi Sufi Choir: Traditional devotional songs
Whirling Dervishes: Sema ceremony
Tickets $40.00 Click here for details.
Multifaith Action Society Annual General Meeting
Monday, September 23, 7:00pm
Oakridge United Church , 305 West 41 Avenue, Vancouver
The Annual General Meeting gives the Society an opportunity to report on its activities over the past year, and for members to ask questions and provide suggestions how the Society should proceed in the year to come.
If you intend to take part in this year’s AGM, or to send a proxy in your stead, please e-mail Marcus. An agenda will be forwarded to all attendees via e-mail in advance of the meeting.
Telling Our Stories, Sharing the Wisdom
Spirit at Work Teleconference
Tuesday, September 24, (8:00 p.m. Eastern / 5:00 Pacific)
Location: Wherever you are Cost: By donation
With special guest Dr. Ginger Charles, Colorado, Police Sergeant (Ret’d), 27 -year police veteran and Founder, Institute for Spirituality & Policing.
What can we learn from each other’s stories & experiences with spirit at work? What consciousness or spiritual experiences have you had that shaped what you do, how you work or what you’ve accomplished? How have you put your insights, wisdom or guidance into action? What have you learned that you’d like to share? And what questions or challenges are you having that you’d like to talk about with others?
Click here to connect to the program.
Religion, Sexual Diversity and South Asian Youth Culture in the Greater Toronto Area
Thursday, September 26, 5:00 – 7:00 pm, Father Madden Hall (at Carr Hall), St Michael’s College, University of Toronto, 100 St Joseph Street, Toronto M5S 1J4
The Religion in the Public Sphere initiative is pleased to announce its latest forum event, Religion, Sexual Diversity and South Asian Youth Culture in the GTA, which considers the role that religion plays in the expression of gender and sexual diversity. How does religion shape sexual and gender identities? How do religious and cultural communities and Canadian values of assimilation and multiculturalism intersect to produce ambiguities, challenges and opportunities? The conversation will look at: identifying as LGBTQ, sexual and gender-based violence, and dating and multiculturalism. Participants will include El-Farouk Khaki (lawyer and human rights activist) and Farrah Khan (social activist and artist).
FREE EVENT – BUT ENTRY IS BY TICKET ONLY. Get your tickets online at www.rpsforum.eventbrite.ca, where you can also find more background information on the topic.
Forum runs 5:00-7:00 p.m. After the forum wraps up, all audience members are welcome to join an informal reception with light refreshments.
Unmask Your Ego: Know the Real You”
Fourth Annual Reflective Conference, Education to Globalize the Human Mind
September 28-29, Lyle S. Hallman Faculty of Social Work, Wilfrid Laurier University
120 Duke Street West, Kitchener, Ontario N2H 3W8
This event is a two day reflective conference of local, national, international and intergenerational scope. It features presenters from Canada, United Sates and elsewhere. The conference is meaningful to everyone interested in promoting local, national and global unity through educational means. You are invited to come and meet the others interested in all-inclusive spiritual education to integrate humanity bridging wide chasms between our hearts and minds. Sponsored by Spiritual Heritage Education Network. Watch this brief video.
Speakers and Topics:
Dr. Atif Khalil Meister Eckhart & the Mystics on Detachment
Che Kothari The Spirit in Hip Hop
Merin Shobhana Xavier North American and South Asian Sufism
Rob Faust Behind the Mask / Beneath the Ego
Online Registration: https://guestlistapp.com/events/166656
General: Can$89.00 Student: Can$49.00
E-mail: SHENMeet2013@spiritualeducation.org Phone : (226) 240-0364
Advocacy: Where Religion and Politics Can Mix
Annual Toronto Area MOSAIC Interfaith Peace Meal
Sunday, October 27 , Jaffari Village, Mullah Asghar Research Centre, 9600 Bathurst Street, Thornhill, L4J 8A7
The afternoon will feature presentations by faith based organizations that not only are working on the front lines providing aid to those in need, but are also lobbying our governments to fix the problems.
Jaffari Village has graciously offered to host and have also offered to supply all of the food. We therefore are asking you to let us know if you are planning to come and how many people are coming with you so that they can prepare adequately. We hope to see you at what promises to be a very stimulating program. Contact Fran Isaacs.
Epiphany Explorations 2014
January 16 to 20, 2014
First Metropolitan United Church, 932 Balmoral Rd., Victoria, BC, V8T 1A8
Four days of learning, laughter and music characterize Epiphany Explorations. Lay and clergy participants in the conference describe it as a highlight of their faith journey each year, offering “awe, inspiration, affirmation of gifts and insights, [and a] progressive understanding of Christianity in the world”. Each year, large numbers of registrants from many different denominations and from other faith traditions enjoy our conference.
Some of our presenters this year are:
Phyllis Tickle, a leading voice in Emergence Christianity, will present three sessions, focusing on understanding this, one of the most formative times in Christian history.
Raheel Raza, Muslim-Canadian journalist, author and interfaith discussion leader, will address the need for the spiritual message of Islam to override the radical message that fuels terrorist activity. Raheel has been a popular speaker at the conference twice before.
Harry Brechner, the Rabbi at Congregation Emanu-El in Victoria will explore what it means to be in relationship with the Divine.
Gary Paterson, Moderator of the United Church of Canada, will challenge the audience to wrestle with new insights and frame a transformed church.
Michael Dowd, an evolutionary theologian, author and evangelist for Big History, will explore how evidence-based faith can provide a realistically hopeful and inspiring vision of the future.
Bob MacDonald, host of CBC’s popular Quirks and Quarks show, has been in the news as a result of his interviews with Chris Hadfield, the Canadian astronaut who recently commanded the Space Station. Bob will talk about recent epiphanies in the scientific world.
Our conference is followed by a post-conference workshop with Mike Piazza, Executive Co-Director of the Center for Progressive Renewal. He is an adjunct professor teaching church planning and renewal at the Pacific School of Religion and Chicago Theological Seminary. He co-authored the book Liberating Hope with Cameron Trimble in 2011. Mike was the senior pastor at the Cathedral of Hope in Dallas, Texas at a seminal time in its history when AIDS was devastating the LGBT community.
Registration open now: http://epiphany.firstmetvictoria.com
Cost: $265, early-bird registration for full conference (before Nov. 30), $305 full conference registration, $30 per individual session, $125 registration for livestreaming registration and $45 Fulltime student/low income rate
Toronto Spiritual Dialogue Circle
First Monday of Every Month (September 2013-June 2014) 7:00 - 8:30 pm
Don Heights Unitarian Congregation, 18 Wynford Drive, Suite 102, Toronto
The Spiritual Dialogue Circle enters its fourth year of deepening community while fostering genuine curiosity about another’s beliefs. Our multifaith Circle so far includes members of the Baha’i, Catholic, Humanist, Muslim, Sikh and Unitarian communities.
Every month we explore a different theme in our Circle. Everyone is encouraged to share how they connect their personal inner wisdom with their religious and spiritual practices in everyday life. Ultimately, our goal is to foster peace within ourselves and our world. Please join us for an enriching and enlivening conversation.
September 2: Economic Equality
October 7: Oneness
November 4: Peace & War
December 2: Spirituality
E-mail Rev. Michelle Singh, Interfaith Minister, or phone 416-895-3932
Fall Festival of Gratitude
Monday, September 23, 7:00 pm
Metropolitan United Church, 56 Queen St. East, Toronto
Keynote Speaker: Mary Jo Leddy, author of Radical Gratitude and founder of Romero House refugee shelter.
Featuring: Whirling Dervishes , and “Noah’s Pudding” offered by Intercultural Dialogue Institute (IDI).Cost: Pay what you can, suggested donation $20.
Order Tickets here, or call 416-363-0331 ext. 24. Proceeds to support the Toronto Area Interfaith Council.
Presented by the Toronto Area Interfaith Council.
International Dawn of Interspirituality Conference
Sunday, September 29 – Friday, October 4
Cascadian Center in Mt Vernon, WA, between Seattle, WA and Vancouver BC
Many of the major leaders in the rapidly emerging field of “interspirituality” in the United States are attending this conference, plus a number of scholars and interspiritual leaders from other countries, including Canada, South Africa, India, Denmark, and the UK. Also presenting will be several prominent young adult religious/spiritual leaders who are committed to the “new monasticism” and “multiple religious belonging,” and other emerging themes in interspirituality generally, along with silent contemplative practice in particular.
An exciting highlight of the public conference will be considerable “open space” time for participants and presenters to connect around self-generated themes of shared interest, plus several periods daily of contemplative silence and other forms of spiritual practice. This structure enables the conference to be more than just a series of presentations, and allows more time for interaction, community-building, and shared contemplative practice than might be usual for a conference of this size and scope.
A unique feature of this conference is that we are collaborating closely with Fr. Thomas Keating and his remarkable network of religious leaders across the faith traditions. As you may know, Fr. Keating is widely known as the founder of Centering Prayer which implements silent meditation practice and prayer in a Christian context. Less well known is that he is also a leading pioneer in bridging the religious traditions. For the past 30 years Fr. Keating has convened gatherings of religious and spiritual leaders from ten major world religions at his Snowmass Monastery in Colorado, for deep dialogue and spiritual fellowship. Together they discovered striking points of profound agreement across their diverse religious traditions. Over 100 people have attended over the past three decades, and this will be the first time they are all invited to a plenary conference. A pre-conference gathering, September 27-29, will be held for the alumni. Over half of them have already registered to attend.
Religions and Social Innovation: An International Conference
October 27-29, University of St. Michael’s College, Toronto
An undeniable aspect of human nature is our desire for change. In this conference we intend to highlight the various ways that religious traditions and religiously inspired movements have served and continue to serve as forces for social innovation. A common received narrative, particularly in the West, is that religions typically represent forces for conservatism in politics and civic society. Yet, in an increasingly globalized world, religious persons and movements have responded in creative ways to the challenges of various pluralist and secularist social orders. They have also inspired new political, economic, and social initiatives from within their own religious frameworks. This conference will explore some of these initiatives and a range of distinctively religious expressions of innovation.
Contact: E-mail – Monica Phonsavatdy Phone – 416-926-7256
This event is co-sponsored by the University of St. Michael’s College, the Intercultural Dialogue Institute, the Focolare Movement, the University of Toronto Multi-Faith Centre, and University of Toronto Centre for Community Partnerships.
A Call for Involvement
Building Interfaith Relationships Among Youth in the Greater Toronto Area
Young people are the future of interfaith! With this in mind, the Scarboro Missions Interfaith Department has launched an initiative to build relationships among youth of various religions in the GTA. Recently Scarboro Missions hired Hector Acero, a graduate student at the University of Toronto, to spearhead this vital interfaith youth effort. Over the next number of months, Hector will be consulting youth and youth leaders of all faiths in the GTA to advance the cause of interfaith networking and information-sharing among youth. We want to see how social media and the Internet can be used to enhance these relationships among youth.
In February, Hector will organize a symposium that will bring together youth and youth leaders to further advance this project of interfaith relationship-building.
You and your faith group can cooperate with this project in a variety of ways. If you would like to get involved or learn more about this initiative, please contact, by e-mail, Hector, or phone 416-838-9315.
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