VMS is planning a special event to celebrate World Interfaith Harmony Week, declared by the United Nations in 2010, and held the first week of February each year. We’ll also continue our Lunch & Learn series at Christ Church Cathedral in the new year. Stay tuned!
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.
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.
• The essence of my faith
• A VERY BRIEF history
• Core beliefs / key concepts
• Principal practices / customs
• Holy books / texts
• Recommended reading
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!
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.
The board of the Victoria Multifaith Society has welcomed several new members in 2016! John Steele, who occupied the Christian seat on the board, stepped down due to a heavy work schedule, and the board was joined by Malcolm Read of Christ Church Cathedral. Janine Theobald joined us as the Buddhist board member when Thomas Hunsberger was also forced by a busy life to step down. Jewish member Neal Wasser has been travelling outside the country for much of the year; Shoshana Litman of Congregation Emanu-El has therefore graciously accepted to serve in that capacity.
We’re very happy to welcome these wonderful new members who bring fresh ideas and enthusiasm to the Board, and warmly thank outgoing members for their services!
Current board members are listed on the contact page of this website.
What happens when Jewish, Muslim and Christian kids attend a summer camp in London, Ontario? Find out as Ahlulbayt TV brings you first-hand experiences of the young campers attending the London Interfaith Peace Camp. Interfaith work doesn’t stop there. London’s Mayor and two City Councillors also attended the camp as an interfaith team of Chistianity, Judaism and Islam emphasizing the importance of embracing Canada’s growing diversity. In a world often filled with challenges and uncertainty, “Peace, Salam, Shalom” will certainly inspire viewers to plant the seeds of friendship and understanding from a very young age. Kindly send your feedback to email@example.com. Enjoy the documentary: Peace, Salam, Shalom at https://youtu.be/MpYJq69Lif8
Congratulations to the organizers of the World Partnership Walk, 2016! The weather was great, the crowd joyful, and all ages had fun contributing to this worthy cause. We’re very happy to announce that a total of $1160. was raised on the VMS Team Page.
World Partnership Walk
SUNDAY 29 MAY, 2016, 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Location: University of Victoria – Petch Fountain Square by Library, Ring Rd, , Victoria, BC V8W 3H5 Canada
Join our Victoria Multi-faith Society team for the World Partnership Walk campaign and help us end global poverty.
The World Partnership Walk is Canada’s largest annual event dedicated to raising funds and increasing awareness to fight global poverty. It’s a fantastic opportunity to engage our communities and networks in an important cause. The money we raise together will support Aga Khan Foundation Canada’s international development projects in Asia and Africa to enable families and communities to lift themselves out of poverty through access to quality education, life-saving health services, food security and improved livelihoods.
We are looking to grow our team and boost the positive impact we can make in our global community. Together, we have a valuable opportunity to be a force of change. Join us and let’s make a difference!
Chair, Victoria Multi-faith Society
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Congregation Emanu-El Synagogue tours
Synagogue tours will be taking place every Thursday afternoon beginning June 2 to August 25 starting at 1:00 pm at Congregation Emanu-El Synagogue, 1461 Blanshard Street, Victoria. Cost: $10 per adult (cash only); free for children under 12. All the information is athttp://www.congregationemanuel.ca/tours.html
Private tours of 20 or more people can be booked for another day/time. Groups of 20 or more can also enjoy a delicious Jewish style lunch before touring the synagogue (with advance notice), prepared with finesse by Marc Fagen of Veggie Fast Foods.
Community, Arts and Spiritual Values: Saturday, May 28th
Please join us for an inspiring presentation lined up for May 28th as part of the Cook St. “Building the Future” free series of public talks sponsored by the Bahá’í Community of Victoria.
Community, arts and spiritual values: Challenging patterns of addiction, by Edward Epp, was developed across disciplines, drawing on professional and life experience as well as the influence of Bahá’í teachings.
Edward has been a practicing artist for more than forty years, and has taught art in post-secondary institutions in Liberia, Botswana, Alberta, Saskatchewan and British Columbia. He is also a professional Counsellor. He has worked with youth in art-centered healing projects in Massett, Kitkatla, Malahat, Halalt and Pennelkut.
The talk will take place in the auditorium (please use the parking lot entrance), Cook St. Activity Centre, 380 Cook St., followed by Q&A, and refreshments. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.; the talk will begin at 7 p.m. All are welcome; there is no charge.
The Family Faith Fair held in honour of the United Nations World Interfaith Harmony Week was a great success, with over 150 attending. Eight world faiths were represented at the colourful fair exhibits at Cadboro Bay United Church. The event raised awareness of the beauty and vitality of these faith communities and raised over $900 for the CBUC’s Syrian refugee sponsorship program.
The Fair also featured a World Café, First Nations dancer Amanda Edward, a report by Dr Sabine Lehr on the refugee sponsorship effort in Victoria, keynote speaker Dan Vaillancourt on “The Soul of Education”, multicultural dances from India and the Philippines, storytelling and a closing dance circle.
Prizes were given to children for participation in a Scavenger Hunt at the Fair Table exhibits, and to adults who participated in the fundraiser.
There was a great spirit of unity, apparent in the joy and laughter of participants of all ages, and dedicated help of the many volunteers who made the event happen!
Photos and comments have been posted on the Facebook Event page.