Interfaith Centre board president Shiraz Kanji spoke on “A Common Thread among the Three Monotheistic Religions: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam” at the Lunch and Learn of the Edmonton Interfaith Centre for Education and Action on April 3, 2017.
Lunch & Learn will be a week early on Monday April 3rd here at noon, due to Passover and Easter. Our board president Shiraz Kanji will address “A Common Thread among the Three Monotheistic Religions: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam”. Entrance in the back lane across from Tim Horton’s, bring your lunch if you like, hot and cold drinks provided, $2 donation gratefully accepted.
The parking situation has changed, please plan to park elsewhere, the lot across 84 Avenue (south of us) is the cheapest.
Interfaith Explorations will be on Thursday April 6th at 7:30 at the Edmonton Christian Community (Chinese) Church, 8810 – 65 Avenue. We will learn about the experience and history of this church and Chinese Christians in Canada. Refreshments will be served.
Celebrating Our Faiths – on Tuesday April 11th the Sikh community will be launching a new display at noon in city hall for Vaisakhi, one of the most important dates in the Sikh calendar. It is the their New Year festival and also commemorates 1699, the year Sikhism was born as a collective faith. Vaisakhi is a long established harvest festival in the Punjab and was celebrated long before it gained an added dimension for Sikhs. In 1699 the tenth guru, Guru Gobind Singh, chose Vaisakhi as the occasion to transform the Sikhs into a family of soldier saints, known as the Khalsa Panth. Guru Gobind Singh founded the Khalsa in front of thousands at Anandpur Sahib.”
All welcome, refreshments will be served.
March 21st is the United Nations International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (IDERD), which we observe every year, usually in City Hall. As I’m sure you know, the IDERD is a commemoration of 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, in Edmonton 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 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 Tuesday March 21 at noon in City Hall, with speakers, music and diverse prayers for mutual respect and human rights, and refreshments.
Our March 6 Lunch and Learn featured board member Paula Kirman screening her new film McCauley: A Caring Community – Conversations on Social Housing. A lively discussion about poverty and homelessness in Edmonton, and solutions, followed. Here is the film to see for yourself.