Thursday, December 10, 2009

Calgary Inter-Faith Food Bank’s Children’s Milk Program

Once again my firm, Callow & Associates, is sponsoring (7th year) and participating in the annual “Amble with Angus” on Friday, December 18th 2009 @ 7:30am. The event occurs live “on air” during the peak air time of the CBC Radio One (99.1 FM) morning show, the Calgary Eye Opener.

This year, this 5K fun run is in support of the Calgary Inter-Faith Food Bank’s Children’s Milk Program. Last year the Children's Milk Program provided 57,342 litres of milk and 2,346 containers of infant formula to Calgary children in need. The goal is to raise $15,000.

Join our staff and clients. It's a lot of a fun in support of a great cause.

Friday, December 4, 2009

Calgary's Jewish, Christian and Muslim Communities Commemorate Eid-ul-Adha

On Thursday, December 3, 2009, Calgary's Jewish, Christian and Muslim communities came together at City Hall to commemorate Eid-ul-Adha with Mayor Dave Bronconnier and other municipal leaders. The event was hosted by the Shia Ismaili Muslim Community of Calgary.

One of the major Muslim festivals, Eid-ul-Adha (Festival of Sacrifice) commemorates the willingness of Abraham, the Father of the three monotheistic faiths, to sacrifice his son upon God’s command. The story of Abraham is about entrusting oneself in loving obedience to God. It reminds us of the principles that Abraham represented: truth, morality and respect for all God’s creation.

The divine spark that bestows individuality also binds individuals to a common humanity. Humankind, says the Qur’an, has been created from a single soul, as male and female, communities and nations, so that people may know one another (49:13). It invites people of all faiths to a common platform, to vie for goodness.

This year’s event celebrated the shared values of compassion and care. We all came together and celebrated our common Abrahamic, monotheistic tradition and ethical principles founded on shared human values.

This year the speakers were individuals involved in interfaith activities in Calgary. It was my honour to speak on behalf of the Muslim Communities of Calgary.

In my message, I shared that the Quran reminds us that piety lies ‘not in turning your face east or west in prayer…. But in distributing your wealth out of love for God to your needy kin; to the orphans; it lies in observing your devotion and in giving alms to the poor.’ (2:177).

Rabbi Howard Voss-Altman and Anna Tremblay represented the Jewish and Christian communites.