The lunch was sponsored by Faith and Common Good and was held at Temple B'Nai Tikvah.
The objective of the meeting was to learn about and to celebrate all the wonderful interfaith work that is taking place in Calgary, and to collaborate with one another on various initiatives, which will enable us to build a healthy community in Calgary.
The 30 participants represented the following organizations:
- Calgary Bahá'í Community
- The Canadian Council of Christians and Jews (CCCJ)
- Canadian Women for Women in Afghanistan
- Citizens Advocating Using Sustainable Energy (CAUSE)
- Deer Park United Church
- Faith and Common Good
- F.O.C.U.S. on Seniors
- InterFaith Network of Calgary
- KAIROS Canadian Ecumenical Justice Initiatives
- Muslim-Christian Dialogue Group of Calgary
- The Pembina Institute
- Project Ploughshares
- Religious Society of Friends (Quakers)
- Scarboro United Church
- Temple B'Nai Tikvah
- Ten Thousand Villages
- Unitarian Church of Calgary
- The United Church of Canada - The Calgary Presbytery
- Woodcliff United Church
The meeting ended with the following lovely prayer on Mankind led by Glen Little from the Calgary Bahá'í Community:
O Thou kind Lord! Thou hast created all humanity from the same stock. Thou hast decreed that all shall belong to the same household. In Thy Holy Presence they are all Thy servants, and all mankind are sheltered beneath Thy Tabernacle; all have gathered together at Thy Table of Bounty; all are illumined through the light of Thy Providence.
O God! Thou art kind to all, Thou hast provided for all, dost shelter all, conferrest life upon all. Thou hast endowed each and all with talents and faculties, and all are submerged in the Ocean of Thy Mercy.
O Thou kind Lord! Unite all. Let the religions agree and make the nations one, so that they may see each other as one family and the whole earth as one home. May they all live together in perfect harmony.
O God! Raise aloft the banner of the oneness of mankind.
O God! Establish the Most Great Peace.
Cement Thou, O God, the hearts together.
O Thou kind Father, God! Gladden our hearts through the fragrance of Thy love. Brighten our eyes through the Light of Thy Guidance. Delight our ears with the melody of Thy Word, and shelter us all in the Stronghold of Thy Providence.
Thou art the Mighty and Powerful, Thou art the Forgiving and Thou art the One Who overlooketh the shortcomings of all mankind.
Some pictures from the event:
Reverend Clinton Mooney from St Matthew's United Church addressing the group