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Responding to Religiously Motivated Hate Crimes

Responding to Religiously Motivated Hate Crimes

by Bud Heckman

It has long been said by clever rabbis of lore that our “words make worlds.” That simple idea can be taken many ways and be to our detriment and to our benefit.

The Next Step ... We Must Pray Together

The Next Step ... We Must Pray Together

by Marcus Braybrooke

Recently a Muslim was invited to give an Oxford University sermon. The invitation attracted a number of protests. “He does not believe in the divinity of Jesus Christ!” some declared.

On the Future of Religion

On the Future of Religion

by Ben Bowler

One of the biggest problems with discussing religion is the definition of the term. Few words have such breadth and depth of meaning and even fewer words can spark such passionate debate.

Seeking Reconciliation after “Cultural Genocide”

Seeking Reconciliation after “Cultural Genocide”

by William Rees

Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (2015) recently defined reconciliation as “establishing and maintaining a mutually respectful relationship between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal peoples.”

Sharing Joy and Pain in Toronto

Sharing Joy and Pain in Toronto

by Tarunjit Singh Butalia

As someone who has been involved for about two years with the planning of the Toronto Parliament of the World’s Religions, while driving to Toronto I felt like a student the night before final exam week.

Engendering Interfaith in Edmonton, Canada

Engendering Interfaith in Edmonton, Canada

by Netta Phillet

The Edmonton Interfaith Centre for Education and Action (EICEA) was officially incorporated in 1996, but its roots go back to at least 1992.

Operation Ezra - Turning the Tide on Yazidi Genocide

Operation Ezra - Turning the Tide on Yazidi Genocide

by Operation Ezra Team

Fifty-five Yazidi men, women, and children are learning English, going to school, working, playing, feeling safe and secure, and freely celebrating their faith and culture in their new home of Winnipeg.

Encountering the World's Religious Traditions

Encountering the World's Religious Traditions

by Brian Carwana

“Look at all the white people!” As my 45 attendees piled into this tiny Rasta shop in Toronto, this was how we were greeted by the proprietor’s friend, a visitor from Jamaica, who stared at us with a mile-wide grin and eyes large as saucers.

When Muslims Intermarry

When Muslims Intermarry

by Helene Ijaz

I was recently approached by a Muslim chaplain looking for resources for Muslim parents, parents trying to find positive ways for their families to move forward when their adult children choose life partners outside of their faith community.

Religious Bullying: Perspectives from Canada

Religious Bullying: Perspectives from Canada

by W. Y. Alice Chan

In early 2011, two startling events happened in my life. Personally, my father unexpectedly passed away at the age of 59. Professionally as a middle school teacher, I encountered religious bullying for the first time.

A Muslim, a Jew, and a Christian Walk into a Concert Hall…

A Muslim, a Jew, and a Christian Walk into a Concert Hall…

by Vicki Garlock

It all started in 2010 when Ontario, Canada based Dawud Wharnsby was contacted by David LaMotte, who was working on peace and justice issues with the North Carolina Council of Churches.

The Knock on the Manse Door

The Knock on the Manse Door

by Rob Hankinson

I arrived at my first United Church of Canada pastoral charge (Lac La Biche, Alberta) as a freshly minted (ordained and settled) minister on August 1, 1973.

Toronto, Interfaith, and the State of the World

Toronto, Interfaith, and the State of the World

by Paul Chaffee, Editor

Nineteen years ago … but I remember it vividly. Stepping onto a crowded hotel elevator, I encountered interfaith luminary Huston Smith and a group of American Indian leaders in their full tribal vestments

An Interfaith Crucible of Art & Architecture

An Interfaith Crucible of Art & Architecture

by Ruth Broyde Sharone

The stunning museum, designed by Japanese architect Fumihiko Maki, is a landmark structure, revealing in exquisite detail the rich artistic culture of Islam and the diversity of Islamic civilization.

Taking Advantage of the Digital World

Taking Advantage of the Digital World

by Paul Chaffee, Editor

The digital world has become so enmeshed into our daily lives that it’s difficult to isolate and define it, much less critique it.

Interfaith Resistance

Interfaith Resistance

by Eboo Patel

No doubt American presidents play a significant role in articulating the character of the nation by offering new definitions of its key symbols.

The Lotus & the Rose by Reverend Matthew Fox and Lama Tsomo

The Lotus & the Rose by Reverend Matthew Fox and Lama Tsomo

by Paul Chaffee

The Lotus and the Rose (2018) is probably different from any faith, interfaith, or interspiritual book you’ve encountered.

A World of Digital Possibilities

A World of Digital Possibilities

by Elizabeth Dabney Hochman

The next generation is growing up online. We have seen countless studies about the amount of time kids spend engaging with digital media and the effects it has their development.

The Birth of an Ingenious Tool

The Birth of an Ingenious Tool

by Leslie Gabriel Mezei

On the morning of September 11, 2001, I was driving north from Toronto to Tottenham, Ontario to interview Paul McKenna about the colorful Golden Rule Poster he created, that included sacred writings from 13 faith traditions…

The Power of a Poster in a Digital World

The Power of a Poster in a Digital World

by Paul McKenna

Scarboro Missions in Toronto, Canada first published the Golden Rule poster in 2000, and by the time we had an official ‘launch,’ there was already considerable excitement.