Lunch & Learn – New Series

Lunch & Learn: 5 weekly sessions

Multifaith Perspectives on Modern Issues

Noon – 1 p.m., Thursdays, 18 Jan – 15 Feb. 2018, Doors open 11:40 a.m.

Chapter Room, Christ Church Cathedral, Burdett entrance

The new series titled, “Lunch & Learn:  Multifaith Perspectives on Modern Issues” is scheduled to be offered over lunch times on the five Thursdays between 18 January and 15 February, inclusive.  This is a follow-up to a successful series held in the Fall and Winter of 2016 / 2017 (An Introduction to Religions of the World).  Participants are invited to bring lunch if they wish. Tea, coffee and juice will be provided, thanks to the generous support of Christ Church Cathedral. Last year several attended as part of their workday lunch time.

Each week a panel of three or four leaders of diverse world faiths will respond to a predetermined, current topic or theme that has contemporary relevance.

The intent of this series is to move beyond introductions to religions and look at how faith communities hold beliefs informed by the scriptural authority of their faith.  This process maybe described as “Scriptural Reasoning” or “Scriptural Reflection” – reflecting together on sacred texts.


  • January 18 Reconciliation / Forgiveness
  • January 25 Environmental Stewardship
  • February 01 Caring for the Vulnerable
  • February 08 The Education of Children
  • February 15 The Afterlife

PROJECT COORDINATOR: Malcolm Read Ph.D., Member of Warden Team, Christ Church Cathedral

This series is a collaborative effort of Christ Church Cathedral and the Victoria Multifaith Society.


Online memberships and donations

VMS now has the ability to accept membership fees and donations online, by clicking on the “Donate” button. Contributors can pay either through PayPal or credit card. Please complete the “Donate” form for both memberships and donations. When complete, you’ll be redirected back to this website.

The Victoria Multifaith Society is a registered charity, run completely on a volunteer basis. Our main sources of funds are membership fees and donations. Membership fees are $10 per year for individuals and $50 per year for organizations and congregations.  

We are also appreciative of all donations, which allow us to continue to provide our many events and programs. Receipts are available for donations of $20 or over, memberships excluded.

Thank you for your support!

Board Re-election

The VMS board was re-elected at the recent 26 November AGM, with 2 new members. Parminderjeet Virk rejoined the board in the Sikh seat after an absence taken to pursue her studies, and Henri Lock of the United Church replaced Malcolm Read, who stepped down as the Christian board member. The board is very grateful to Malcolm for his exemplary service over the past year, as he launched and hosted the very successful Multifaith Lunch & Learn series at Christ Church Cathedral. We’re very happy to report that Malcolm will again host the noontime series at Christ Church Cathedral, in a slightly different format, from Jan. 18 – Feb. 15, 2018.

Henri Lock, a chaplain for over 20 years with the University of Victoria’s Multifaith Services, is warmly welcomed as our new Christian board member. Henri’s experience is especially appreciated, with VMS seeking to involve and serve greater numbers of youth.

The AGM also served as the project launch of our upcoming monthly Living Well Dying Well program, (Jan – May 2018). Many thanks to expert facilitator Kim Holl, of the Centre for Earth & Spirit!

L-R Sridevi Ganti, Janine Theobald, Christine Johnston,Shoshana Litman, Ali Hemani, Sheila Flood. Parminderjeet Virk. Missing is the new VMS Christian board member Henri Lock of the United Church.


VMS Membership Renewal

VMS membership can be renewed at any time, at $10 per year for an individual member, or $50 per year for an organization or faith group. VMS is a completely volunteer group with charitable status; membership provides the majority of its funds. Tax receipts are available.

Our Annual General Meeting on Sunday, 26 November, will provide an opportunity to renew or begin membership. AGM details are below.

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AGM 26 November 2017

“Living Well Dying Well”

The world’s faith traditions offer a veritable mountain of wisdom on this theme, their teachings enshrining eternal truths and reinforcing each other’s strengths and unique insights into the spiritual nature of living well and dying with dignity. VMS has chosen this as the theme for its 2017 Annual General Meeting in order to launch a program based on this theme early in the new year.

The AGM will be held from 2:00 to 4:30 p.m., Sunday, 26 November, at the Ismaili Jamatkhana, 1250 Esquimalt Rd., Victoria.

The theme came out of a greatly appreciated project of the same name by the Centre for Earth and Spirit: “In many communities and families, aging, death and dying are often topics we avoid.  In the absence of these meaningful conversations, there is a good chance that we will face end of life issues in crisis, with fear, anxiety and isolation.  What if we could talk openly about aging, death and dying as part of living vibrantly?”

Project leader Kim Holl, co-chair of the Centre for Earth & Spirit, will give the keynote address at 3 p.m. following the administrative portion of the AGM and a refreshment break. Small facilitated table discussions will explore the topic. The project will continue with monthly “community conversations” on various aspects of this theme, between January and May.


As a storyteller, social entrepreneur and compassionate communicator, Kim spent a decade and a half in the USA working with a diverse group of non-profits leading social change initiatives. She has worked with urban, rural, inner-city and First Nations communities, facilitating innovative, arts- and adventure-based programs that focus on bullying prevention and anti-violence, restorative practices, community engagement, and using philanthropy to inspire social change.

Destination: Bahá’í Faith

VMS Travel the World’s Religions Series:

Bahá’í Community invites all to attend “The Gathering”

Experience the Bahá’í Faith through a musical drama called The Gathering, commissioned by the Bahá’í Community of Victoria to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the birth of Bahá’u’lláh, the prophet-founder of the Bahá’í Faith.

This is a rare opportunity, since Bahá’í communities the world over will be celebrating this event on the weekend of October 21 – 22, 2017, and our Travel the World’s Religions series happens to coincide with this celebration.

When: Choice of Friday, Oct. 20th or Saturday, Oct. 21st The performance starts at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

Where: Glenlyon Norfolk School Theatre, 801 Bank St.

What: Travel the World’s Religions: BAHÁ’Í FAITH – “The Gathering”, a contemporary blend of story, music and dance, inspired by Bahá’í teachings

​Free tickets are general admission and can be obtained by contacting Please mention VMS when registering.

Deloria Bighorn performs in the upcoming premiere of The Gathering



Capacity Crowd at Hindu Temple

The “One Spirit” devotional and supper held at the Hindu temple on 16 Sept. 2017 was a truly joyful event! The hall was filled to capacity with a community of communities of all ages, faiths, and cultural backgrounds. Devotions were offered from many beautiful traditions, in song, chant, poetry and prayer, with drums and guitars, with the audience often singing along or clapping with the music. The wonderful Indian meal offered by the Hindu community afterwards was delicious and plentiful. VMS gratefully thanks all the multi-faith presenters and the many volunteers (cooks, sponsors and dish washers) at the Hindu Parishad & Cultural Centre – as well as the wonderful multi-faith audience who demonstrated such unity of spirit and diversity of praise!

Destination: Hindu Temple

You’re invited to join us on Saturday, 16 September 2017, at 6:30 p.m. All welcome! The VMS Travel the World’s Religions series will feature the One Spirit Hindu Devotional Evening, at the Victoria Hindu Parishad And Cultural Center, 1934 Cultra Avenue. The devotional nature and inclusiveness of One Spirit has made it one of the most inspiring and uplifting events of the year. As with last year’s program, various faiths will participate in offering devotions from their own traditions.

Poster TWR-3 Hindu visit


Destination: Buddhism

The 2nd in our Travel the World’s Religion Series will be a visit to a Buddhist Centre here in Victoria: Poster TWR-2

“Meditation with a Whiff of Zen”
2033 Belmont St., Victoria
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Wayne Codling, a former Zen monastic and a lineage holder in the Soto Zen tradition, will provide a short talk and opportunity for Discussion and Q&A. There will be short seated and walking meditation followed by tea, light refreshments and socializing/sharing time.

Travel the World’s Religions

Following the successful weekly Lunch & Learn series — thanks to a great collaboration with Christ Church Cathedral — a session was held for input on people’s interests – “Where should we go from here?” A lot of creative ideas and thoughts were expressed, many coalescing along certain lines, which was a great help in planning the year. As a result we’re launching a few new programs, one of which is “Travel the World’s Religions”.

Travel the World’s Religions

All welcome!

This new educational series visits the world’s great religions in all their diversity and their unity, right here in Victoria!  The goal: to create opportunities for people to familiarize themselves with each faith, mingle with people of other religions and feel comfortable and welcome within each space. VMS plans to create passports that can be stamped at each visit.

First stop:

Chabad Centre for Jewish Life and Learning

2955 Glasgow St., Victoria

Thursday, June 8th

4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Visit the Chabad Centre for Jewish Life and Learning for an inside view of the beautiful new synagogue, the first to be built in Victoria in 153 years. Learn the basics about Judaism from Rabbi Meir Kaplan, followed by light refreshments.

Parking is available at the synagogue or at Topaz Park across the street. Or walk from the #6 bus which runs every 10 minutes on nearby Quadra Street. Men can wear the head covering (kippah) provided or their own hat in the synagogue’s sanctuary. Chabad looks forward to welcoming VMS and members of the public who would like to attend.

Poster TWR