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Celebrate World Interfaith Harmony Week
World Interfaith Harmony Week was first proposed at the UN General Assembly on September 23, 2010 and unanimously adopted by the UN with the announcement that the first week of February will be observed as World Interfaith Harmony Week.
According to the UN, the voluntary week will provide a platform for religious institutions all over the world to speak out in their communities for peace among religions.
Since 2011, the Global Clergy Association of Canada has celebrated World Interfaith Harmony Week in Surrey with the support of other religious institutions. This year GCA, in collaboration with the Vedic Hindu Cultural Society and the Multifaith Action Society, is organizing a celebration of World Interfaith Harmony Week for the following:
Date: February 3, 2015
Time: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Location: Laxmi Narayan Mandir (8321-140 Street, Surrey)
Program details: Prayers and talks from religious representatives, including - Bahai, Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Jainism, Judaism, Sikhism, Unitarianism and Zoroastrianism (Zarathushti); musical selections; and a panel discussion. ALL ARE WELCOME. Dinner will be served to all guests.
For further information, please call to Satish Kumar, President of VHCS (tel: 604-596-4777) or Dr. J. Das (tel: 604-599-6876) or Acharya Dwivedi, Coordinator (tel: 604-507-3099).
Throughout the fall of 2014, the Multifaith Action Society is offering free 'Connection Through Spirit' workshops to youth throughout the Metro Vancouver area.
For more information about the Connection Through Spirit project or to book a workshop, please visit our new website located at: www.connectionthroughspirit.ca
2016 MFC: Artists Call for Submissions
Each year the Multifaith Action Society invites visual artists to submit works of art for publication in our upcoming Multifaith Calendar.
For the 2016 edition, we're asking artists: what are you grateful for in your lives? ...allowing expression for what you feel passionately about and what you honour in your lives. We believe this theme is open to a wide variety of interpretations - and that very fact - leaves open the possibility for a rich array of artistic submissions.
The theme for the 2016 edition is: Gratitude
Deadline for submissions: 25 January 2015
View and download the 2016 MFC Call for Submissions Flyer.
More detailed 2016 MFC theme and submission info here.
Multifaith Response to the Recent Ottawa Shootings
The Multifaith Action Society of BC unequivocally condemns the recent violent acts in Ottawa, and calls upon Canadians to embody their national principles of intercultural tolerance and to respect our fellow Muslim Canadians in this time of turmoil. There is so much value within the ethical principles of our different faith traditions. The abhorrent actions of Michael Zehaf-Bibeau are in no way representative of the Islamic religion, and we stand in solidarity with our many Muslim friends and colleagues during this most difficult time.
The Multifaith Action Society’s purpose is to promote interfaith and multifaith dialogue and understanding. We also provide information and resources on world religions, encourage all people of faith to collaborate on vital community programs – particularly those which provide support and advocacy for marginalized citizens or groups or foster the wellbeing of the community as a whole – and cooperate with other agencies and organizations to promote initiatives for our common well being.
By engaging in dialogue with others, particularly in the context of providing service to others and contributing to the common good, we get to know people of other faiths as individuals and we get to know about their faith traditions. By experiencing human connection and by seeing that others of different faiths care about the same things and have the same concerns our fears can be overcome.
We are all in this together – we all want to be safe, to
be respected, to be free, to have opportunities for ourselves and our loved ones and we want to live peacefully in community with others.
Let us recognize the killing of Cpl. Nathan Cirillo for what it is – a senseless, brutal crime reflecting a complete disregard for human life, the law and Islamic teachings and values. Most importantly, in the wake of this tragic event, we must not allow ourselves to be terrorized or to in turn intimidate others so they do not feel safe, respected and free. May our vision and judgment be unclouded by fear and misrepresentation. We have very little to gain and so very much to lose.
The Multifaith Action Society is a registered non-profit society and charity based in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Our primary aims are:
To promote interfaith and multifaith dialogue and understanding.
To provide information and resources on world religions to the community.
To encourage all people of faith to collaborate on vital community programs, particularly those which provide support and
advocacy for marginalized citizens or groups or foster the well-being of the community as a whole.
- To cooperate with other agencies and organizations to promote initiatives which contribute to the common good.
We invite you to learn more about us and our programs and events by clicking on the links in the navigation bar to the