Programs & Events

The Multifaith Action Society offers a wide variety of programs and events to encourage interreligious cooperation and understanding within the community. We also publicize events from external sources that we feel are  in alignment with our organizational mandate.

Be sure to check back regularly or sign up to our newsletter to keep abreast of the latest events. You are also welcome to spend some time reading about events and programs that we have facilitated in the past.

 

If you are planning an interfaith event and would like to have it listed here, please contact us at admin@multifaithaction.org

Interfaith Harmony Week Events

World Interfaith Harmony Week is designated by the United Nations as a time when diverse religious, spiritual and secular groups around the world come together to promote and affirm peace and harmony in their communities. Surrey is a leading example of interfaith cooperation in British Columbia and members of the Surrey Interfaith Council are hosting a number of events during the week.

 

“The Surrey Interfaith Council builds bridges of cooperation between people from different religious, spiritual and secular backgrounds. We work together, walk together, meditate together and break bread together, and in doing so we create more peace and justice in our community,” says Jonquil Hallgate, a member of the Council.

 

“I believe our local communities are united in promoting interfaith cooperation and dialogue to end religiously motivated violence, to bridge cultural and religious differences, and to cultivate cultures of peace, understanding and healing for all living beings on earth,” Says Suzanne Hayat, also a member of the Surrey Interfaith Council.

 

The event organizers come from a range of backgrounds and worldviews including Atheism, Bahá’í, Buddhism, Christianity Hinduism, Islam and Sikhism.

Interfaith Dinners

 

Throughout the week, a series of interfaith dinner gatherings takes place in which hosts are matched with guests from different faith traditions. People from diverse religious, spiritual and secular backgrounds are invited to volunteer to be a host or guest by contacting organizer Scott Reynolds at scottrobertreynolds@gmail.com.

 

 

For more information on UN World Interfaith Harmony Week, please visit: www.worldinterfaithharmonyweek.com. For more information on the Surrey Interfaith Council or any of the above events events, please visit www.surreyinterfatih.ca or contact David Dalley at info@surreyinterfaith.ca or (778) 988-3549.

 

Tuesday, February 2: Zoroastrian Faith Centre Tour

 

Please join us to learn more abut the Zoroastrian Faith: 6:45 - 8:15pm (light refreshments will be provided) at the Zoroastrian Society of British Columbia, 

6900 Halifax Street.

 

This tour is the ninth in a series of faith events organized by the Burnaby Inter-Faith Network, designed to build knowledge and understanding about Burnaby's richly diverse faith communities.For more information, visit the Burnaby Interfaith blog! This event is being hosted as part of local celebrations of the United Nations 'World Interfaith Harmony Week', which takes place annually during the first week of February. 

 

Everyone is welcome at this no cost event! Please share with your family, friends, co-workers and neighbours. Help us make Burnaby an event more welcoming and inclusive community.

  

 

Pre-registration is required. Please email burnabyinterfaith@gmail.com or call 604-294-7421.

 

February 2 – “Pathways to Peace” Interfaith Conference in Abbotsford

 

Connie will be participating in the “Pathways to Peace” Interfaith Conference in Abbotsford and sharing a blessing on behalf of the Surrey Interfaith Council. See here for event details.

 

February 4 – Sacred Space Bus Tour in Vancouver

 

 

This day long event, is part of the United Nations World Interfaith Harmony Week, February 1-7 and is sponsored in part by the Anglican Diocese, the Vancouver InterSpiritual Centre and United Religions Initiative (UHSE Vancouver). The tour will visit the sites of Guru Nanak Niwas Sikh Gurdwara, the Masjid al-Salaam (lunch included), the Beth Israel Synagogue, and the Holy Trinity Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral (with a Perogie dinner to follow). Cost is $50 per person, with lunch and perogie dinner included and takes place. Thursday, February 4th from 9:30am-5:30pm. To register please call 604.682.3848 ext 30 or email Donna Wong Juliani at dwj@thecathedral.ca.

Friday, February 5: Surrey Interfaith Contemplative Gathering

 

 

The Surrey Interfaith Contemplative group hosts an interfaith meditation gathering on February 5, 7:15-8:30pm. The group is made up of people from different religious, spiritual and secular backgrounds that meet regularly for contemplative practice and community building. For more information, contact Connie Waterman at connie.waterman@gmail.com.

 

Saturday, February 6: Interfaith Panel Discussion

 

 

An Interfaith Panel Discussion takes place on Saturday, February 6, 1:00-4:00pm at Northwood United Church (8855 - 156 Street). The panel consists of representatives from a range of faith communities who will speak on the theme of “Negotiating Peace Through Faith.” The event is free and refreshments are provided. This event is hosted by the Global Clergy Association of Canada. For more information please contact Dr. Jagessar Das at dasj.kabir@gmail.com.

 

Saturday, February 6: Interfaith Food Ministry

 

 

The Interfaith Food Ministry team will be serving a meal in the parking lot of Victory Family Church at 10664 - 135A Street, Surrey, across the from the Front Room Homeless Shelter on February 6 at 10:45am. This event is part of an ongoing community-led “Interfaith Bi-Weekly Food Ministry” that has been serving food and providing clothing every second Saturday for the past four years to people who are homeless in the Whalley neighbourhood. The nutritious meals are home cooked by members of the group. For more information please contact Arun Chatterjee at arunavc@hotmail.com.

 

Sunday, February 7: Surrey Interfaith Pilgrimage

 

The Surrey Interfaith Pilgrimage takes place on Sunday, February 7. The 16.3km route starts at the Thien Ton Buddhist Temple (17192 – 96 Avenue) at 9:30am. Lunch is provided at the Laxmi Narayana Hindu Mandir (8321 - 140 Street) between 12:30-1:30pm. The Pilgrimage concludes with dinner provided by Guru Nanak Sikh Gurdwara (7050 - 120 Street). Rest, water and washroom stops are available along the route at Northwood United Church, Canadian Singh Sabha Gurdwara and Surrey Jamea Muslim Masjid. There is no fee to participate. For complete and up-to-date information please visit the Surrey Interfaith website or contact Connie Waterman at connie.waterman@gmail.com.