180 Attend Event 5 Feb.

The VMS board sends heartfelt thanks to all who contributed to this wonderful event, in honour of UN World Interfaith Harmony Week! Healing the World: Appreciating Diversity, Creating Community was a huge success, with 180 attending (in the rain, on Superbowl Sunday…) The panel and presenters were inspired, insightful and articulate, and the response of the audience was lively and enthusiastic.

Kudos to our MC, coordinators, to Gettin’ Higher Choir, all who manned the colourful and well stocked displays and refreshment tables, and to those who acted as ushers and security.

The spirit of the event was amazing! From the message from the Muslim community presented by Ali Hemani, to the beautiful story by Shoshana Litman, wisdom of the panelists, the poignant questions of the audience, the songs of oneness and unity by Siobhan Robinsong and the choir and the closing song of Shana Lynngood, the event had an enchantment all its own.

Special thanks to MC Elaine McCreary and also to Jim Flood for the video below and Linda Coyne for the photos.

VMS Board at WIHW 5 Feb

 

Video link, Healing the World, WIHW, 5 Feb. 2017 View all or any segment individually.

Link to photos, Healing the World, 5 Feb. 2017 Panelists, displays, etc.

 

Panelists, Sun. 5 Feb. 2017

We have a wonderfully diverse group of intelligent and articulate panelists for this Sunday’s event. Each will speak for a few minutes and all will be present for the Q&A at the end of the program (see schedule below).

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Healing the World, 5 Feb. 2017

PROGRAMME, in honour of UN World Interfaith Harmony Week

David Lam auditorium, Maclaurin Building, UVic (Free parking Lot E) Healing the World 2017 flyer (1)

(See below for details)

1:00 p.m.         Displays; refreshments

1:30 p.m.         Welcome by MC, Dr. Elaine McCreary, MFS

Storyteller Shoshana Litman, VMS

“What tools & teachings in your tradition are needed for humanity to heal & flourish?”

1:45 p.m.        Panel #1:

  • Aboriginal Spirituality  Alex Nelson
  • Buddhism                   Soshin McMurchy
  • Bahá’í                         Gita Badiyan
  • Unitarian                    Shana Lynngood

2:30 p.m.         Getting’ Higher Choir

2:40 p.m.         Panel #2:

  • Islam                        Dr Farouk Mitha
  • Judaism                   Sharon Kobrinsky
  • Christianity               Michelle Slater
  • Hinduism                  Sridevi Ganti

3:30 p.m.         Questions & Answers with all Panelists

3:50 p.m.         Closing, Shana Lynngood

Facebook Event page with poster

Lunch & Learn Part II

Every Thursday between 19 Jan – 16 Feb, presenters will give an overview of their faiths and answer questions, in the Chapter Room of Christ Church Cathedral (rear of ground floor). Bring a bagged lunch; coffee and tea provided. The Chapter Room is easily accessed from the car park on Burdett Ave., between Quadra and Vancouver streets.

Overview elements:
• The essence of my faith
• A VERY BRIEF history
• Core beliefs / key concepts
• Principal practices / customs
• Holy books / texts
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Healing the World event, 5 Feb. 2017

In honour of the United Nations’ World Interfaith Harmony Week, the event “Healing the World: Appreciating Diversity, Creating Community” will be held

1:00 PM – 5:00 PM, Sunday, 5 February, 2017                 vms_logo-2016-logo-only

David Lam Auditorium, MacLaurin Building A144, UVic

Recognizing the many enormous challenges that the world currently faces, our greatest need may be for wisdom, sanity and social discourse. A panel of local leaders from 8 world faiths will discuss the tools & spiritual teachings that are most needed for humanity to heal and flourish.

The program will run from 1:30 – 4:00 p.m. including short artistic performances, and will open with displays and refreshments at 1:00 p.m.

Sponsored by the Victoria Multifaith Society and UVic’s Multi-faith Services

 

 

 

Annual General Meeting

Our AGM was held 2 – 4 p.m., Sunday, November 6, 2016, in a relaxed and joyful atmosphere, at the beautiful Ismaili Jamatkhana situated at 1250 Esquimalt Rd.

Fifteen people attended, including 12 VMS members and 3 from the general public. Board chair Ali Hemani officiated. Board members for the upcoming year are: Ali Hemani (Muslim); Sheila Flood (Bahá’í); Christine Johnson (Unitarian); Sridevi Ganti (Hindu); Janine Theobald (Buddhist); Malcolm Read (Christian); Shoshana Litman (Jewish). The VMS board is currently seeking to fill the seats for the Sikh religion and First Nations Spirituality.

The annual report was given in the form of a colourful Powerpoint Presentation facilitated by Ali Hemani. Another highlight of the meeting was a stakeholder engagement exercise facilitated by Janine Theobald, including ice-breaker, introductions, discussion on what the term “multifaith” means to us, and what we’d like to see happening in the coming year.

The afternoon ended with time to socialize, with refreshments generously provided by the Ismaili Muslim community.

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Lunch & Learn, Noon – 1 p.m.

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On successive Thursdays at Noon in the Chapter Room of Christ Church Cathedral (rear of ground floor), presenters will give an overview of their faiths and answer questions. Bring a bagged lunch; coffee and tea provided. The Chapter Room is easily accessed from the car park on Burdett Ave., between Quadra and Vancouver streets. The series will be continued with other faiths in the new year.

Sept. 29    Intro to World Religions: Dr Michael Hadley

Oct. 6        Islam: Imam Ismail Mohamed Nur

Oct. 13      Christianity: Rev. Ansley Tucker

Oct. 20      Unitarian: Rev. Shana Lynngood

Oct. 27      Bahá’í Faith: Garry Antinuk

• Participant arrival at Noon
• Introduction of the speaker at 12:10
• Speaker from 12:15 – 12:40
• Questions / comments 12:40 – 12:50
• Session closed at 1:00 pm.

Overview elements:

• The essence of my faith
• A VERY BRIEF history
• Core beliefs / key concepts
• Principal practices / customs
• Holy books / texts
• Recommended reading

One Spirit – VMS Hosts Multifaith Event at the Hindu Temple

The One Spirit event at the Hindu temple, held 24 Sept. 2016, was teamwork & collaboration at its best. Six of the great faiths of the world were celebrated through the arts, all in celebration of the One Spirit that unites us all!

A delicious meal was served following the one hour program, compliments of VMS and catered by the Hindu Temple.

Thanks to all who were involved, in the planning, hosting and wonderful presentations that were sung, chanted and played. Around 100 people were present, a great turnout for this very special gathering that brought together so many beautiful cultural styles and ways of worshiping!

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International Day of Peace 2016

Thanks to all who attended the day-long celebration of the UN International Day of Peace on Wednesday, 21 September with music, food, educational displays and activities for all the family!

Special thanks to the organizers and to the volunteers at the VMS table.

Unity Church spearheaded this endeavor, which was proudly sponsored by the Victoria Multifaith Society and several other local organizations.

More news on the Facebook Peace Day event page.

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