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JAN 2020
  
Mayor John Tory once again proclaims
   February 1 - 7 2020 as World Interfaith
   Harmony Week in the City of Toronto,
   marking the seventh seventh time WIHW
   is officially recognized by the City of
   Toronto. Thank you Mr Mayor
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  JAN 2019
  
Mayor John Tory once again proclaims
   February 1 - 7 2019 as World Interfaith
   Harmony Week in the City of Toronto,
   marking the seventh seventh time WIHW
   is officially recognized by the City of
   Toronto. Thank you Mr Mayor

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   JAN 2018
  
Mayor John Tory once again proclaims
   February 1 - 7 2018 as World Interfaith
   Harmony Week in the City of Toronto,
   marking this the sixth time WIHW is
   officially recognized. Thank You Toronto.
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   April 27 2017
 
Interfaith Toronto congratulates Interfaith
  Harmony Calgary for the international
  recognition of their 2017 program
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    FEB 1 2017
   We join all Canadians and others around
   the world in offering our condolences to
   the families and friends of those slain in
   their mosque in Quebec and to the entire
   Canadian Muslim Community.

   This tragedy underscores the need for us
   to reach out and learn about each other
   so that we do not let our differences
   divide us.
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   JAN 2017
   Mayor John Tory once again proclaims
   February 1 - 7 2017 as World Interfaith
   Harmony Week in the City of Toronto,
   marking this as the 5th year the City has
   officially recognized it

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   DEC 2016
   Interfaith Toronto welcomes the decision
   by the Parliament of World Religions
   naming Toronto as the the host city for
   the 2018 parliament. We are grateful to
   Mr Chander Khanna for his work in
   making this happen, and are honoured
   to have played a supporting role in his
   efforts.

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   OCT 2016
   Interfaith Toronto is pleased to announce
   that Rev Michelle Singh has been
   appointed to represent Interfaith Toronto
   on the Toronto Area Interfaith Council
  
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  MAR 2016
  Interfaith Toronto congratulates Interfaith
  Harmony Halifax for the international
  recognition of their 2016 program and
  begins dialogue on working together for
  broader recognition of World Interfaith
  Harmony Week in Canada

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February 1 to 7 2020 Events
Diversity in Harmony

 
Saturday February 1 2020
City Of Toronto Proclamation
We are pleased to announce that once again the City of Toronto has issued a proclamation declaring February 1 2020 to February 7 2020 World Interfaith Harmony Week in Toronto. We are grateful to Mayor John Tory for his continued support.

What is special about this year's Proclamation is that the Parliament of World Religions has officially asked Toronto to be a founding partner in an initiative to spread the practice of annual proclamation to cities worldwide. As our steering committee have asked for and received annual proclamations of recognition since 2013,  we are thrilled to have been instrumental in spawning this worldwide grassroots adoption of World Interfaith Harmony Week and look forward to our partnership with the Parliament to spread this practice around the world.


Interfaith Harmony Gathering
Sayyidah Zainab Muslim Community Centre
40 Station St, Ajax Ontario L1S 1R9

12:00pm -2:00pm
Admission is free
The Islamic Supreme Council of Canada is hosting a gathering featuring Prof Imam Syed Badiuddin Soharwardy of ISCC and Pastor Bryan Zegers of The Word of Life Ministry at their mosque in Ajax

For more information, call 647-404-3050

Sunday February 2 2020


Interfaith Service: Meditation and Contemplation In Eastern and Western Traditions
St. Philip's Lutheran Church
61 West Deane Park Drive, Etobicoke, ON  M9B 2S1
10:00am 
 Noon
Admission is free

There will be music and readings and interactive exercices on the theme of meditation and contemplation.
Mr Chander Khanna will also be recognized for his long time influential involvement as a get it done member of the GTA interfaith community. Afterwards attendees are invited to gather in our fellowship hall.

Our special guests include Rev. Zenji Nio Acharya, widely recognized as a major Buddhist figure and the "only contemporary expert from the lineage of the Buddha, and Rev Ayeda Husain, a Sufi teacher and Shaykha in the Inayati Order. Music by the St Philips Choir and house band, No Fixed Address

Monday February 3 2020


Prayer Breakfast Hosted By Mississauga Mayor Bonnie Crosbie & Interfaith Council of Peel
C Banquets, 12th Floor,
300 City Centre Drive, Mississauga


8:30am to 10:00 am 
Sign Up Via Their Website & Eventbrite Link By January 28 2020   RSVP to the event is required.

Join Mayor Bonnie Crombie for the Interfaith Prayer Breakfast on Monday, February 3rd, 2020. Co-hosted by the Mayor and the Interfaith Council of Peel, it will mark the annual United Nations observance of World Interfaith Harmony Week. The breakfast is open to all leaders of Mississauga’s faith community. Join us in celebrating the principles of tolerance, peace and respect with the Mississauga interfaith community.


Spiritual Dialogue Circle

Don Heights Unitarian Congregation 
18 Wynford Drive, Suite 103, Toronto, ON  M3C 3S2 
7:00pm  9:00pm 
You are invited to join us to celebrate the 10th anniversary by sharing your story of Diversity in Harmony. Refreshments will be provided by the Interfaith Toronto Steering Committee and, as always, space will be generously provided by Don Heights.  Everyone is welcome.   Contact Reverend Michelle Singh if you have any questions.

Wednesday February 5 2020


Me, the "Other", a documentary film about diversity

Register Via Eventbrite

Queen Elizabeth Park Community and Cultural Centre
2302 Bridge Road Oakville, ON
7:00pm 
 9:00pm 
The award-winning documentary film Me, The “Other” is creating conversations about otherness and oneness in schools, workplaces and communities around North America and beyond. The movie will be followed by a small group discussion, facilitated by the Interfaith Council of Halton. Light refreshments and popcorn will be available. Donations are graciously accepted and will support the Interfaith Council's ongoing work in the community.

Friday February 7 2020


Come Find The Quiet Centre: Walk The Labyrinth

Manor Road United Church 
240 Manor Rd East Toronto

7:00pm 
 8:00pm 
Join Dr John Joseph Mastandrea in this unique experience designed to enrich your interfaith experience. Features the sacred poetry and music of Debbie Danbrook. Admission is free.
 
Post Week Related Events
Wednesday February 12 2020
Healing from Within: Spirituality and Mental Health
Multi-Faith Centre, University of Toronto  (569 Spadina Ave. - north of College and Spadina Ave)  
Sponsored by the National Muslim Christian Liaison Committee and the U of T Multi-Faith Centre 

6:10 pm – 8:00 pm (5:45 pm registration)
Participate in an engaging programme over light supper exploring the links between spirituality and mental health with Jack Kugelmass, Director of Social Work at Toronto General Hospital, Dr Mary Marrocco of the Canadian Council of Churches, and Danial Akif, Vice-President Internal - Muslim Student Association. Moderation is by  Amy Panton, PhD candidate - Emmanuel College

Cost: $10 Students: Free
Everyone is asked to register at:
 
https://spiritualityandmentalhealth_nmclc.eventbrite.ca


Sunday February 16 2020

Interfaith Festival of Creation
Mary Ward Centre (Loretto College)
70 Mary Street Toronto

All people of all ages are welcome to this Family Day Weekend event designed to highlight our way forward  to a more ecologically sustainable future. This event includes displays, music, poetry, film, food,  prayer and reflection and children's activities as well as a keynote presentation by Simone Appolloni, co author of "For Earth's Sake:Towards a More Compassionate Ecology.

This will be followed by ritual, music, poetry, and a presentation from Roop Sidhu (the President of Eco Sikh Canada). Also featured during the afternoon's activities, will be Imam Vinay Khetia with a brief presentation on Islam and Creation. Throughout the program we hope to have young people offer creative presentations on the United Nations' Earth Charter.

Saturday February 29 2020

I8th Annual One Love Gala
Ticket Purchases Via Eventbrite
Elite Banquet Hall
1850 Albion Road, Toronto
6:00pm - to Midnight

Join interfaith champion Habeeb Alli and several speakers and presenters, including keynote Dr Hamid Slimi for this annual fundraiser for Interfaith Prison Chaplaincy. This year's theme is "Unbroken"


For more information, visit the One Love Gala Web Site or call Habeeb Alli at 416-823-1738


 
 
 

2019


"Inclusion In Action"
Friday February 1 2019

City Of Toronto Proclamation
We are pleased to announce that once again the City of Toronto has issued a proclamation declaring February 1 2019 to February 7 2019 World Interfairth Harmony Week in Toronto. We are grateful to Mayor John Tory for his continued support.


Labyrinth Walk
Trinity Square Labyrinth
24 Trinity Square, Toronto, ON  M5G 1B1
6:00pm - 7:00pm

Email Catherine Starr for more information.

 
Saturday February 2 2019

Water is the First Medicine
Sisters of St. Joseph of Toronto
2 O’Connor Drive, Toronto, ON  M4K 2K1
1:30pm 
 3:30pm
No RSVP. All are welcome.
Celebrate the gift of water with Indigenous women water carriers and the Sisters of St. Joseph of Toronto’s “Blue Community” project for global water preservation.
Snacks and coffee provided.



Interfaith Solidarity: Bearing Witness to the Persecution of the Rohingya & the Uyghurs
Noor Cultural Centre, Lower Social Room
123 Wynford Drive, Toronto, ON  M3C 1K1
7:00pm 
 9:00pm
Admission is free.
The program will comprise multimedia presentations about the histories and current situations, followed by a Q&A in which representatives of the respective advocacy organisations will be available to answer questions.



One Love Gala
Elite Banquet Halls and Convention Center
1850 Albion Road, Toronto, ON M9W 5S8
6:00 PM – 12:00 AM EST
Tickets $75 via Eventbrite
The One Love Gala is a fundraiser for Interfaith Prision Chaplaincy. The gala was born in a moment of inspiration seven years ago when Chaplaincy was under serious threat in Canada and has since become an annual event under the leadership of Imam Habeeb Ali. It will be an evening of speeches from chaplains and ex-inmates, award presentations, testimonies from Interfaith Chaplains and political leaders, an exquisite dinner, live entertainment, and a silent auction. The Keynote address is an award winning Chaplain from USA, Tahera Ahmed.


 
Sunday February 3 2019

Interfaith Service and Performing Arts
St. Philip's Lutheran Church
61 West Deane Park Drive, Etobicoke, ON  M9B 2S1
10:00am 
 11:15am  Service
11:15am 
 Noon  Coffee & Cake 
Noon 
 1:30 pm  Performing Arts 
Admission is free

The Interfaith Service will feature Elder Whabagoon and Indigenous Spirituality, elements of a Christian service, and a reading from the Holy Quran.

The performing arts segment will feature renowned poet Wali Shah, music by The Two Vivians, Japanese drummers, St. Philip's own band No Fixed Address, and the promise of a special guest.


 
Monday February 4 2019

Spiritual Dialogue Circle
Don Heights Unitarian Congregation 
18 Wynford Drive, Suite 103, Toronto, ON  M3C 3S2 
7:00pm  9:00pm 
Refreshments provided. Admission is free.
Since 2014, this multifaith Spiritual Dialogue Circle has been hosting discussions to celebrate WIHW. This year, we will continue to build on the success of the Parliament of the World's Religions by inviting PWR volunteers and stakeholders to share what "Inclusion In Action" looks like after the Parliament. Contact Reverend Michelle Singh if you have any questions.

 
Tuesday February 5 2019

An invitation to leaders of all faiths to:
Break The Silence
National Council of Jewish Women of Canada, Toronto
4700 Bathurst Street, Toronto, ON  M2R 1W8
7:00pm 
 9:00pm
Light refreshments provided. Free event.
RSVP required. Email Eva Karpati or call 416-633-5100.
This event is to discuss the common experiences across faith communities around violence against women and to improve our collective response to this devastating issue. Featured speakers include Rabbi Sean Gorman; Nazila Isgandarova, academic expert and "Susan", a survivor.

 
Wednesday February 6 2019

Alone Together: Reflection and Meditation in Religious Practices
Interfaith Friends Group
Masjid Toronto (Multi Purpose Room, 2nd Floor)
168 Dundas Street West, Toronto, ON  M5G 1C9
6:30pm 
 9:00pm
Admission is free.
Experience and dialogue about the different ways to reflect and meditate in the Jewish, Catholic and Islamic faith traditions.
For more information, please email Vivian Kwok.


 
Thursday February 7 2019

Finding Light In Times of Darkness: Christian, Muslim and Jewish Communities in Harmony
Congregation Darchei Noam
864 Sheppard Avenue West, Toronto, ON  M3H 2T5
6:30pm  Refreshments
7:00pm - 9:00pm  Program
Admission $10, Children, Students & As Needed Free  Register Here
In the darkness of turbulent times, on a cold winter evening, we’ll set the hall ablaze with uplifting singing, music, dancing and stories.

Co-presented by the Intercultural Dialogue InstituteRevivtaltime Tabernacle Worldwide Ministries, and Congregation Darchei Noam. Sponsored by the Canadian Race Relations Foundation.


Models of Hospitality in Religious and Cultural Traditions
Catholic Pastoral Center, Ecumenical and Interfaith Affairs Office
1155 Yonge Street, Toronto, ON M4T 1W2
 6:00pm 
 
7:30pm
Light refreshments will be served.

RSVP Fr Anthony Prakash Lohale
You are cordially invited to participate in this very special discussion on hospitality in your Faith and Cultural Traditions. 
 

2018

"The Promise of Inclusion"

Thursday February 1 2018
Receipt and Posting of Toronto's Official Proclamation Designating February 1 2018 to February 7 2018
as World Interfaith Harmony Week In Toronto


Saturday February 3 2018

The Heart That Makes Us Human:
Arts and Thoughts and Ideas That Unite Us


Join us for an afternoon of performing arts, and a special presentation on Indigenous spirituality and their relationship with their land and environment

Sathya Sai Baba Center of Toronto-York
40 Voyager Ct Etobicoke
3:00 pm to 5:30 pm
Free Admission and Plenty of Free Parking

Please register Here So We Can Plan Better



Sunday February 4

      

One Year After the Quebec Mosque Shooting: Remembrance & Reflection

 

This special program is dedicated to remembering the victims, and understanding the broader context of Islamaphopiain which this act of violence ocurred. The program comprises a presentation and panel discussion.
More Info Here

Donations welcomed to support Aymen Derbali, left paralyzed by the shooting and in need of funds to afford a safe and accessible home

Noor Cultural Centre
123 Wynford Drive, Toronto
2:00pm to 4:00 pm
Free admission and plenty of free parking

Monday February 5 2018
Interfaith Harmony Breakfast

Interfaith Council of Peel invites you to their annual annual Interfaith Harmony Breakfast

Jame Masjid Mississauga
5761 Coopers Ave
Mississauga, Ontario

Please email to RSVP


Monday February 5 2018

Spiritual Dialogue Circle

Everyone is invited to participate in a discussion around this year's theme, "The Promise of Inclusion"

Don Heights Unitarian Congregation
8 Wynford Drive Suite 102 Toronto, Ontario

7pm to 9pm,




Wednesday February 7 2018
      

Wednesday February 7 2018

Our Home, Our Stories: Indigenous, Muslim and Jewish Communities In Dialogue

Home has many meanings: where we live, where we come from, where we hope to be. It is our land, our origin and possibly our destination. By sharing what it means to each of us, we allow for conversation and understaning to blossom

Registration and More Information Here

Congregation Darchei Noam
80 Sheppard Avenue West
6:30 to 9.00 pm

Adults $10- Free for children, students & as needed


2017
"Reach Out"


Wednesday February 1 2017

Reach Out Youtube Video Release
St Philips Lutheran Church house band No Fixed Address collaborated with other musicians to create a music video reflecting the 2017 theme for Toronto's World Interfaith Harmony Week.
HOST No Fixed Address, St Philips Lutheran Church

       Our Reach Out Music Video

Multi Faith Fire Ceremony
6:00pm to 9:00pm, University of Toronto Multi Faith Centre, 569 Spadina Ave, Toronto
Three faiths, the Hindu, Zoroastrian and Indigenous Peoples, will share their fire ceremonies
HOST Pandit Suraj Persad, Dr Jehan Bagli, Elder Cat Criger

 
Thursday February 2 2017  

Mysticism Then and Now-Judaism, Hinduism and Islam In Word and Song

6:45pm to 9:00pm, Darchei Noam Synagogue, 864 Sheppard Avenue West, Toronto
An exploration of mysticism via word, song and music
HOST Darchei Noam, Intercultural Dialogue Institute, Vishnu Mandir
REGISTER HERE

Saturday February 4 2017  

Faithful Living; Celebrating Commonality In Our Diversity
10:30am to 2:pm, Regent Park Community Food Centre, 40 Oak St., Toronto
A gathering of Toronto's youth communities will gather and produce a video in which they tell us how they look at interfaith and commonality in Canadian society.
HOST Metropolitan United Church, Intercultural Dialogue Institute

REGISTER HERE

An Evening of Interfaith Performing Arts
6:30pm to to 9:30pm, Noor Cultural Centre, 123 Wynford Drive, North York, Ontario
A unique  concert featuring music, poetry, dance and more performed by individuals and groups of diverse faith backgrounds.
HOST Noor Cultural Centre, Toronto Steering Committee
 


 
Sunday February 5 2017  

Film Screening: Words With God
1:00pm to 4:30pm, Innis Town Hall, 2 Sussex Ave, Toronto
A film screening and panel discussion
HOST World Association for Christian Communication, Diaspora Film Festival

Invocation of Peace
1:30pm to 3:00pm, Annapurna, 1085 Bathurst St Toronto
A program of prayers, chants, singing and other traditional faith based presentations
HOST Sri Chinmoy Meditation Centre
RSVP HERE


A Gathering In Solidarity With The Muslim Community
4:00pm to 5:00pm, St Luke's Roman Catholic Parish, 39 Green Lane, Thornhill
An opportunity to unite and show support for the Islamic Cultural Centre in Quebec City and all our Muslim neighbours
HOST Mosaic Interfaith
All Are Welcome

UN Interfaith Harmony Week Sunday Service
10:00am to 11:00am Church of Scientology of Toronto
All are invited to join in very special Sunday Service in celebration of the UN World Interfaith Harmony Week that will include special guest speaker Imam Habeeb Alli and a tribute to the victims and families of St. Foy,Quebec.
HOST Church of Scientology of Toronto


 
Monday February 6 2017  

Spiritual Dialogue Circle
7pm to 9pm, Don Heights Unitarian Congregation, 18 Wynford Drive Suite 102 Toronto, Ontario
This evening will be devoted to a discussion around this year's theme, Reach Out
HOST Spiritual Dialogue Circle
RSVP HERE

Multi Faith Vigil For Healing and Peace
7:00 pm -8:00 pm
Metropolitan United Church 58 Queen Street East, Toronto
Please join people of all faith traditions in praying for the victims and families of the Centre Culturel Islamique de Quebec.
HOST Metropolitan United Church and Toronto Area Interfaith Council
RSVP to: Rev. Dr. John Joseph Mastandrea johnjosephm@metunited.org


 
Tuesday February 7 2017  

Culture & Religion Intertwined: How Do We Stay True To Ourselves?
6:00pm to 9:00pm, Croft Chapter House, University College, 15 King's College Circle, Toronto
HOST Ryerson Christian Muslim Students Association
REGISTER HERE


 



   
2016
"Open Hearts, Open Minds"
   

Canadian Association of Jews and Muslims and Intercultural Dialogue Institute
The Role of Faith Groups in Welcoming and Integration of Syrian Refugees

Toronto Steering Committee and Halifax Celebrations
Halifax Declaration

The Sayeda Khadija Centre and St Philips's Lutheran Church
The Power of Interfaith Work

Fo Guang Shan Temple of Toronto and Interfaith Council of Peel
Interfaith Harmony Prayers and Breakfast

World Interfaith Harmony Week Toronto Steering Committee
Presentation Of Petition To Canadian Parliament

Spiritual Dialogue Circle
Open Hearts, Open Minds

Muslim-Catholic Student Dialogue Group
Catholics and Muslims Together in Prayer for Peace

Patanjali Yog Peeth (Canada)
Yoga- Postures, Pranayamas and Puja

University of Toronto Multi Faith Centre and Hart House
Religion, Comedy and Free Speech 

York University Student Associations
NOT IN GOD'S NAME: Religions AGAINST Religious Violence

Noor Cultural Centre and Toronto Steering Committee
An Evening of Interfaith Performing Arts
Includes World Premiere of Original Song "After All" by No Fixed Address


Islamic Supreme Council of Canada and the Japanese Cultural Centre
Interfaith Eid Milad Un Nabi Conference

Intercultural Dialogue Institute and Darchei Noam
The Canadian Interfaith Response To The Refugee Crisis 



 




2015
"Expressing Our Common Humanity"
   

The Sayeda Khadija Centre and the Islamic Supreme Council of Canada 
World Interfaith Harmony Week Launch

Spiritual Dialogue Circle

Harmony In Action

Intercultural Dialogue Institute
How We Talk To God 

University of Toronto Multi Faith Centre
Race and Religion Lunch

University of Toronto Hindu Campus Ministry
Unique Ways to Worship God 

Scarboro Missions
Modern Milestones In Recent Catholic-Jewish Relations

Toronto Steering Committee
An Evening of Interfaith Performing Arts

Rev Michelle Singh
An Afternoon Hike Through Rouge National Urban Park







Toronto was internationally
recognized for its
2015 program

2014
"Stories That Move Us"
   

Islamic Supreme Council of Canada

Celebrating Interfaith Culture

Toronto Steering Committee
An Evening Of Music And Stories

Spiritual Dialogue Circle
Listening And Learning

Scarboro Missions
Milestones In Recent Catholic-Jewish Relations

Noor Cultural Centre
Storytelling by GTA Interfaith Groups  

 
2013
"Looking For Ways To Work Together"
   

Islamic Supreme Council of Canada
An Evening of Interfaith Hospitality, Music, Poetry, Story and Chant

Toronto Steering Committee, Toronto Area Interfaith Council
Looking For Ways To Work Together


 
     

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