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We are going ahead with our annual celebration of UN International Day of Peace on Monday, Sept. 21 at noon on the grounds of Government House (the old Provincial Museum, 12845 – 102 Avenue). The city has a lot of restrictions on outdoor events, more than are needed for a simple gathering like ours. Please join us, meet our new board president Guy Blood, our MC Rev. Audrey Brooks will share words of wisdom, the Raging Grannies will encourage us to action and the grounds are beautiful, especially the Korean Pavilion which could shelter us if needed, but the forecast is for a lovely day. Two years ago we stood in heavy snow with Mayor Iveson worrying about the PA shorting out, this will be much more pleasant. We hope to see you at our first COVID live event and with winter coming who knows when the next one might be? Remember the buildings will be closed, NO facilities available. There will be 2021 Multifaith Calendars for sale, $16 each, payable with a cheque to Edmonton Interfaith Centre and I’ll have some toonies to make change. Can’t wait to see you, shalom Netta

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We are pleased to announce that we are donating $5000 each to the Edmonton Food Bank and to Women In Need (WIN) House. This is from our casino account, the proceeds came from the citizens of Edmonton and we are honoured to be able to give back in these difficult times. As well, the Edmonton Community Foundation is helping out local charities as well. We have two funds with them, so are part of this wonderful initiative too.

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Please find attached the statement, “Hope, Gratitude and Solidarity: A Message to Canadians from Religious Leaders in Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic,” which was signed by over 80 religious leaders, including many Participants in and friends of the Canadian Interfaith Conversation.

You will also find attached a media release that summarizes the document and links to the document posted on the CIC website.

The main statement can also be viewed on the Conversation website in English and in French.

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A multifaith and multicultural concert with music and poetry from across the globe.

Featuring U of A Prof. of Ethnomusicology Michael Frishkopf and members of the Middle Eastern & North African Music Ensemble.

Sunday, February 9, 2020 at 2 p.m. Unitarian Church of Edmonton 10804 – 119 Street

Silent Auction & Refreshments

Entrance fee: $10, children free

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We were honoured last week when City Council was shown the trailer for our new video “Building Bridges”, about interfaith activities in Edmonton. We were hosted before the meeting, please see the photo. From the left: Mayor Don Iveson, Shiraz Kanji, Len Gierach, Farah Jamil (board members), Netta Phillet (office coordinator), Eric Spoeth (producer) and City Chaplain Rev. John Dowds. We were especially proud to share the honours with Anthony Johnson and James Makokis, the first two-spirited and first Indigenous winners of Amazing Race Canada, who were there with three generations of their families! There are two upcoming opportunities to see the video, first on December 9 in City Hall at noon. Then on Friday Dec. 13 at noon in City Hall there will be a launch of the Eckankar display in the Celebrating Our Faiths program, followed by a viewing. More details to follow.

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On Monday, November 18 here at noon, Loraine Johnson, Death Doula, Green Burial advocate and Palliative Massage Therapist, will be our speaker. Green Burials have been in the news lately, Edmonton Journal and CBC radio – come and learn more.

Our entrance is in the back lane across from Tim Horton’s, bring your lunch if you like, hot and cold drinks provided, $2 donation gratefully accepted. There is limited parking behind our building, the lot across 84 Avenue (south of us) is the cheapest.

Edmonton Interfaith Centre for Education & Action
#113, 11148 – 84 Avenue
780 – 413 – 6159