Edmonton Interfaith Centre for Education and Action received one of the Robinson Koilpillai Awards for Multiculturalism at the Harmony Brunch on March 25.
March 21st is the IDERD which we observe every year, usually in City Hall. It commemorates a terrible massacre of unarmed protesters in South Africa in 1960. In 1966 the United Nations General Assembly proclaimed this as a day of remembrance. Canada was the first country to support the initiative, making it an annual campaign in 1989.
In fact, the Interfaith Centre grew out of this event which we first marked in the early 1990’s. At that time it was unique, here and elsewhere, to have people from many different faiths making a public statement, from their own tradition, that we all stand together against racism and confirm our common humanity, and the seeds of the Centre were sown. We firmly believe that organizations like ours can take some credit for the wonderful embrace of diversity that characterizes almost all our citizens.
We have a great program planned for Wednesday March 21 at noon in City Hall, with speakers, music and diverse prayers for mutual respect and human rights. We will be delighted if you are able to bring greetings from the city.
Lunch and Learn from February 12 with Religious Studies scholar Salima Versi on “Islam and Mental Health.”
Here are some video highlights from our multifaith concert on February 11.
Please join us at Temple Beth Ora, Edmonton’s Reform Synagogue, 12313 – 105 Avenue, on Friday February 2ndat 5:30 pm for an explanation of Tu Bishevat followed by the Friday night Kabbalat Shabbat service at 6:00.
Did you know that there is not one, but four New Years in the Jewish Calendar and that one of them is reserved for trees? Yes, Tu Bishevat is the Jewish New Year for trees and it falls mid-winter when our trees are dormant.
As part of the Edmonton Interfaith Centre’s Interfaith Explorations series, we have been invited to join Rabbi Gila Caine and Temple Beth Ora for a Kabbalat Shabbat service and a celebration of Tu Bishavat. Everyone is welcome.
Following the service, there will be an Oneg – a social time with light refreshments.
PLEASE RSVP, NOT STRICTLY NECESSARY BUT IT WILL HELP WITH FOOD PLANNING. ENTRANCE IS THROUGH THE PARKING LOT ON THE SOUTH SIDE, LOTS OF FREE PARKING.
Here is a video of the Talmud Torah choir performing Chanukah songs at Celebrating Our Faiths on December 18 at City Hall:
Here is a photo of true Interfaith in action! The Celebrating Our Faith Chanukah display side-by-side with the new Nativity scene in City Hall.