Ripples of Kindness: An Interfaith Community Meal

Canada is viewed internationally by many as a beacon of tolerance and multiculturalism, and its system of healthcare is envied worldwide. Nearly half of the population of Toronto are immigrants or foreign-born, and the city itself is widely known for its ethnically diverse neighborhoods. It is into such an environment that “Ripples of Kindness: An Interfaith Community Meal” was born. Unfortunately, as is the case … Continue reading Ripples of Kindness: An Interfaith Community Meal

Thomas Merton & Contemplation

The stuff of contemplation by Joan Chittister Thomas Merton, Trappist, died December 10, 1968 Thomas Merton entered the Abbey of Gethsemane in Bardstown, Kentucky, at the age of twenty-six, on December 10, 1941, a convert of three years, a pacifist, and a very experienced young man.  Merton was a man with a monastic soul who brought new levels of meaning to the oldest elements of monastic life. … Continue reading Thomas Merton & Contemplation

N.T. Wright: “Racism, Christians & Leadership”

The following content is made available by ELO Network . The live Q&A session with NT Wright took place on Wednesday, June 24th, 2020.  “…Systemic racism, recently highlighted in police brutality in the case of George Floyd in Minnesota, has ignited massive protests in the US, Canada and around the world. Citizens are angered by chronic issues, anchored in racial divides, which are not resolved—and … Continue reading N.T. Wright: “Racism, Christians & Leadership”

Lessons Learned and Best Practices from 40 Years of Interfaith Experience in Greater Toronto

Forty Years of Interfaith Experience in theGreater Toronto Area* Helene Ijaz This essay provides an overview of the past forty years of the interfaith movement in Greater Toronto. Four areas of interfaith activities are addressed: building trust through interfaith relationships, learning about other faith traditions, collaborating on social- justice projects, and sharing in the wisdom traditions of other faiths. Toronto’s interfaith movement became a unifying … Continue reading Lessons Learned and Best Practices from 40 Years of Interfaith Experience in Greater Toronto

The “Throw Away” Culture and Dictatorship of Relativism

By: Vincent Pham “Human beings are themselves considered consumer goods to be used and then discarded. We have created a “throw away” culture which is now spreading. It is no longer simply about exploitation and oppression, but something new. Exclusion ultimately has to do with what it means to be a part of the society in which we live; those excluded are no longer society’s … Continue reading The “Throw Away” Culture and Dictatorship of Relativism

COVID-19 has taught me to see my neighbourhood with new eyes & ears 30 August, 2020

COVID-19 has taught me to see my neighbourhood with new eyes, and to listen to its message with new ears. And therefore, I invite you to come with me on one of my walks. People, whom I have never met before, are suddenly greeting me, they smile or wave at me. And then we respectfully step back, or one of us crosses the street to … Continue reading COVID-19 has taught me to see my neighbourhood with new eyes & ears 30 August, 2020