Interfaith Liaisons Network (ILN)

ILN has a new lunch hour meeting time – 11:30 a.m. on the 2nd Tuesday of each month!

Are you an active member of your faith community who’s interested in interfaith matters? Would you like to share news and get to know people from other spiritual communities?

“Interfaith Liaisons” from many different spiritual communities or faith groups meet at monthly liaison meetings, at different locations.  Membership is open to all spiritual communities and congregations in the Victoria area.

Members gather to share, support and learn from one another. Time is allocated for:

  • announcements
  • sharing on a spiritual teaching or practice
  • discussion
  • informal socializing

Member communities rotate hosting, facilitating and providing refreshments. Meetings are normally held on the 2nd Tuesday of the month, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., with certain exceptions. Email VMS at victoriamultifaith@gmail.com or go to the Victoria Multifaith Society Facebook page for meeting details.

The Interfaith Liaison Network (ILN – history below) decided in 2017 to ally itself with the Victoria Multifaith Society, to benefit both organizations. ILN is able to act in an advisory capacity to VMS and also as a conduit for communications both to and from the many faith communities it represents. The Victoria Multifaith Society Board is very grateful for this support.

The Interfaith Liaison Network provides an invaluable resource to VMS since its liaisons come from an unlimited number of local faith communities, whereas the VMS board is restricted to one seat per major faith group as outlined in its by-laws. ILN provides outreach to, and input from, many spiritual communities and congregations.

If this sounds like something you’d like to be part of, or you know someone who would, we would love to hear from you.

HISTORY

ILN developed out of a series of conversations in 2015 and early 2016 between Beth Gibson, co-chair of the Downtown Churches Association, and Rabbi Harry Brechner of Congregation Emmanu-El. These conversations revealed the desire for diverse spiritual communities to share, consult, develop authentic relationships and serve together.

The original group was given the provisory name of Interfaith Leaders Group. The first meeting was held at the Congregation Emmanu-El synagogue on 24 Feb. 2016 with 15 representatives of 12 different faith groups. It was agreed that there was a need for collegial support and informal networking, to learn about events, reduce isolation, emphasize commonalities, become known within the community and reduce misconceptions regarding our respective faiths.

At its September 2017 meeting, it was decided that the group would come under the umbrella of the Victoria Multifaith Society, to give greater focus and fit within an existing structure whose vision and mandate were compatible. At the November 2017 meeting, a Memorandum of Understanding was considered. At this time, the name was also changed to the Interfaith Liaison Network, to reflect the fact that members could be either clergy or lay people who are active in their own spiritual communities and interested in interfaith matters.