Our members are drawn from many faith communities and traditions, as well as people who have no formal religious affiliation. Members agree with and commit to the objectives of the Edmonton Interfaith Centre.
Over the years we have developed and sponsored many diverse programs as we work to create a more harmonious and respectful community. We lead an annual multi-faith prayer service to commemorate the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.
We provide education programs for younger and older members of the community. Through these we hope to enlighten our community about the many religions found in Greater Edmonton, and to help them to appreciate this rich diversity.
Our bi-monthly meetings are held at houses of worship throughout the community. During these meetings speakers challenge us with insights about differing faiths, and we also tour and learn about diverse houses of worship.
Individual Membership Objectives:
- To educate members of the Edmonton Interfaith Centre for Education & Action (EICEA) and other interested persons in the Edmonton area about religious faiths through programs including lectures, prayer services, discussions, presentations, audio visuals, interfaith dialogues and celebrations of the religious festivals of member faith groups.
- To lead interfaith worship services at events conducted by the EICEA, member faith groups, institutions or organizations in greater Edmonton.
- To educate EICEA members and the community about racial and faith discrimination, locally and on a global basis, and to provide education and an example of a non-discriminatory lifestyle.
- To cooperate with community institutions such as hospitals, prisons, places of worship, schools, museums, social agencies, and the police in teaching respect for the various religions of the world, and encouraging the participation of people of all religions in events which show respect for all faiths.
- To be an active participant in the North American Interfaith Network and other such local, regional, national or international interfaith and community organizations as may, from time to time, be appropriate to the mission of the Centre.
(Clerical Humour) God’s will !!
I went to an Inter-Religion Integration Seminar.
The bishop came, laid his hands on my hand and said, “By the will of Jesus Christ, you will walk today!” I smiled and told him I was not paralysed.
The rabbi came, laid his hands on my hand and said, “By the will of God Almighty, you will walk today! I was less amused when I told him there was nothing wrong with me.
The mullah came, took my hands and said, “Insha Allah, you will walk today!” I snapped at him, “There’s nothing wrong with me”
The Buddhist monk came, held my hands and said, “By the will of The Great Buddha, you will walk today!” I rudely told him there was nothing wrong with me.
The Jain monk came held my hands and said, “By the will of Lord Mahavir you will walk today”
Finally, the Hindu brahmin came, held my hands and said, “By the will of God you will walk today.”
I sniggered at him and looked the other way. After the seminar, I stepped outside and found my car had been stolen. I believe in all religions now, equally