The Edmonton Interfaith Centre hosted a panel on Love, Justice and Family Violence on November 25, 2020. Misinterpretation of religious texts and messages can be used to justify and excuse family violence, and faith leaders must address these issues as they help their communities understand and avoid gender-based violence.
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.
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.
You can now view the Building Bridges documentary online! Visit out Building Bridges page for more.
Here are some video highlights from our Building Bridges Among Faith Traditions multifaith concert on Feb. 9.
You may have noticed we now have a Photo Gallery in the menu at the top of our website. You can select a gallery for a specific event from the drop-down menu. Our latest gallery is from our Multifaith Concert on February 9. Click here for a look.
Visit our Facebook site to view some beautiful photos by Louise Perkins, a participant on the August 3 River Valley Walk led by Lewis Cardinal. The walk explores Indigenous history in the area.
An article in the Lethbridge Herald by Tymmarah Sheculski, a Diversity and Inclusion Consultant living in Lethbridge, who is a former EICEA board member. Please note that we still have the Multifaith Calendars available that she discusses in the article:
“If you want to learn more about celebrations of other faith communities, I recommend purchasing a Multifaith Calendar from the Edmonton Interfaith Centre for Education and Action. See http://www.edminterfaithcentre.ca/resources/2019-multifaith-calendar-coming-together-exploring-new-directions/. In workplaces, managers and supervisors can refer to it to be prepared for staff who may be requesting time off for their holy days – which, in some cases, is a strict requirement of their faith practice. If we don’t attempt to give time off for a holy day when it’s requested, an employer may be committing a human rights offence, but that’s not a great reason to make the accommodation.”
EICEA Coordinator Netta Phillet, along with board member Audrey Brooks and lifetime member Jitendra Shah, were part of a group honoured at a luncheon and introduced in the Legislature on December 4 for Human Rights Day.