Friday, November 27, 2009

Inside Islam: What a Billion Muslims really Think! - Calgary Premiere

Muslim Council of Calgary (MCC) Proudly Presents
the Calgary premiere of

Inside Islam: What a Billion Muslims really Think!

When: January 3, 2010 @ 7 pm (doors open at 6:30 pm)

Where: Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium (1415 14th Ave NW, Calgary)

Tickets: $15 advanced from Ticketmaster; $20 at the door


John Esposito: Professor of International Affairs and Islamic Studies at Georgetown University. Director of Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal centre for Muslim-Christian understanding.

Hamid Slimi: Chairman of the Canadian Council of Imams, Imam of the Sayeda Khadija Centre, President of Faith of Life Network.

Jon Kay: Comment pages editor of the National Post. he is a columnist for the National Post op-ed page, contributor to Commentary magazine and the New York Post.

Sheema Khan: Past-president of CAIR-CAN, Columnist and Editor for the Toronto Globe and Mail. Author of "Of Hockey and Hijab"

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Upcoming Inter-Faith Network of Calgary meeting at Deer Park United Church

The next meeting of the Inter-Faith Network of Calgary (IFNC) will be hosted by Deer Park United Church (77 Deerpoint Rd S.E.) on Wednesday, December 9th at 7:30 p.m.

Our theme for this year is: 'How is your faith tradition responding to the challenges of life in 21st century Calgary?'

Reverend Tom Melvin will provide some thoughts from the United Church context on sexuality, climate change, and how to reach out in an increasingly secular society.

IFNC is an informal and grassroots group of Calgarians, belonging to several faith traditions, who have come together to promote goodwill and mutual understanding.
We believe that this objective is best achieved by interaction and dialogue among the followers of different faiths. This belief is based on our conviction that while the general tendency is to highlight the differences among different faiths, a deeper study would reveal that we have more in common than is generally believed.

We hope that through these gatherings, we will encourage mutual respect and peace in our community.

We meet once a month to discuss questions related to our personal spirituality and religious practice.

The venues of the gatherings rotate among the places of worship.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Calgary says NO to hate - Thursday, November 26 2009

"Calgary says NO to hate!" rally

When: Thursday, Nov. 26th 2009 at 5:30 pm
Where: Boyce Theatre, 1410 Olympic Way S.E. (Stampede Grounds)

This rally is in response to the recent Antisemitic vandalism and graffitti that was inflicted on the Jewish Community last week.

All our communities are vulnerable to hate mongering and we need to make a strong statement showing ZERO TOLERANCE for hate incitement in Calgary.

The event is co-sponsored by the following organizations:

Government of Alberta,
HR (Alberta Human Rights Commission)
Centre for Faith and the Media
Calgary Centre for Culture, Equity, and Diversity
MCC (Muslim Council of Calgary)
ECCC (Ethno Cultural Council of Calgary)
CCCJ (Canadian Council of Christians and Jews)
AHCC (Alberta Hate Crimes Committee)
CJCC (Calgary Jewish Community Council)
AAME (Alberta Association for Multicultural Education)
Calgary Outlink (Centre for Gender and Cultural Diversity)
Faith and the Common Good
The Calgary Council of Churches
The Muslim-Christian Dialogue Group of Calgary
Unitarian Church of Calgary
The Sheldon Chumir Foundation for Ethics in Leadership

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Anti-Semitic Graffiti in Calgary – My Response


By Almoonir Dewji
Calgary Herald November 18, 2009

Re: "Police treat graffiti as possible hate crime," Nov. 17.

I was horrified to read that a fellow citizen committed such a ghastly act. I was saddened to think of my Jewish friends who woke up that morning to a grotesque message in my city.

Calgary prides itself on being a growing, pluralistic community and normally sets an example for communities elsewhere. We try to build a community which respects the dignity of each person.

Tolerance and respect for all are fundamental values of Canadian society. Lack of such respect is offensive to us all.

I normally stand as a proud Calgarian; however, today I hold my head in shame.

Almoonir Dewji,