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Islamic Community of Calgary Planning Interfaith Dialogue

by Mario Toneguzzi


The Islamic Supreme Council of Canada is planning to hold a national interfaith dialogue with Christian and Jewish leaders in Canada.

Calgary Imam Syed Soharwardy said the council wants to hold a series of interfaith dialogues in all major cities, including Montreal, Toronto, Mississauga, Halifax, Calgary, Edmonton, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Surrey and Vancouver.

He said the purpose is to discuss: religious and secular fundamentalism and extremism in Canada; the role of religion in Canadian society; the impact of international events on faith communities and their relationships in Canada; the perceived threat of sharia law; Canadian values versus religious values; Jewish-Christian values versus Islamic values; freedom of speech and the freedom of religion in Canada and around the world; and improvements in interfaith relationships in Canada.

Soharwardy said more topics can be added for the discussion and other religious groups, including atheists and agnostics, can also participate in these dialogues.

“We are in communication with several Christian and Jewish organizations across the country and finalizing the dates of these meetings,” he said.

The Islamic Supreme Council of Canada is seeking assistance from all religious leaders and organizations to help and participate in this national dialogue.

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God In America

God in America

God in America debuts on PBS

Since the days when the Puritan “city on a hill” beckoned on the horizon of the New World, religious faith and belief have forged America’s ideals, molded its identity and shaped its sense of mission at home and abroad.

For the first time on television, PBS’s new documentary series God in America explores the tumultuous 400-year history of the intersection of religion and public life in America, from the first European settlements to the 2008 presidential election. The series details, with astonishing breadth, the role religion played and continues to play in shaping the United States culturally, politically and socially. Gathering together the foremost among historians, religious scholars and leaders, PBS examines how religion shaped the foundational documents and ideals of American government, how it informed passionate debates surrounding slavery and the Civil War, the ways religion was a driving force behind the Civil Rights Movement, the unique atmosphere of modern American religiosity, and everything in between.

As the Council begins its collaboration with Sacred Space International, we celebrate their contributions to this project, in which they provide resources for individuals and groups to engage the wonderfully diverse religious communities in several major U.S. cities through self-guided tours in conjunction with the God in America series.

Six out of Seven Continents

To date, Pre-Parliament events have been scheduled in Australia, North America, South America, Europe, Asia, and Africa, in countries representing over three billion people!  Unfortunately, we cannot report any events right now in Antarctica, so the penguins and seals will have to hear about the 2009 Parliament by word-of-mouth.  In the meantime, take a look at Pre-Parliament Events of the past and future here or learn about organizing an event in your own community by clicking here.