On Monday June 10 at noon, our speakers will be Rev. Dr. Bruce Miller and John Wright, recently returned from the Jesus Seminar. The Seminar is a gathering of theological scholars who share their perceptions of religion apart from any particular denomination, but do not interpret their findings for any one. Their title is, “From Jesus to Constantine,” or perhaps “Christianity: from Jewish Groups to Roman Religion”. Their focus will be on the period when Christianity emerged as a separate religion from Judaism. Scholars seem to be pushing the date of the separation later and later, and John, the author of the Book ofRevelation, writing near the end of the first century does not see himself as a Christian, but a zealous Jew convinced that Jesus is the anointed one.
Entrance is through the back door in the lane across from Tim Horton’s, bring your lunch if you like, drinks provided, $2.00 donation gratefully accepted.
On Sunday February 10 we held our third annual multifaith concert featuring music, dance and chants from different traditions around the world. Our 2013 volunteer awards, nicknamed IFFY’s by Mayor Mandel, were given to Sofia Yaqub and Rabbi David Kunin. Popular young singer/songwriter Sean Sonego was the Master of Ceremonies, other entertainment was provided by the Balada Romanian Dance Ensemble, the Prince Charles Guitar & Fiddle Group, Nepalese Folk Dancers and the Willan Chorale. The stirring sound of the conch shell being blown opened the proceedings, Buddhist Compassion Chants raised us to an awakened consciousness,and prayers from the Eckankar and Baha’i traditions were included. Prizes were given to three young winners in our art contest.
The silent auction was also very lively, and we thank everyone whose attendance, advertisements, donations of items and sponsorships in honour of our award recipients, all added up to make this our most successful fund raiser yet.
The Centre helped organize A Celebration of Abrahamic Faiths along with the Phoenix Multi-Faith Society on December 16, 2012 at City Hall. The event featured speakers and music from the Jewish, Muslim, and Christian communities. Here is a look at some of the celebrations. To view the complete set of photos click here, and for videos click here.