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Mid-February Surrey Neighbouring Faiths Program Newsletter

Mid-February Surrey Neighbouring Faiths Program Newsletter

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Published by David Dalley
The community newsletter of the Surrey Neighbouring Faiths Program
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Surrey Neighbouring Faiths ProgramMid-February 2013 Newsletter
Greetings, The Lower Mainland has been bustling with interfaith activities this month. The “Seeds of Harmony” event in Richmond launched “World Interfaith HarmonyWeek” in the Lower Mainland. This was followed the next evening with an interfaithdialogue in Abbotsford and then by our very successful “Interfaith Peacemakers”event here in Surrey! The Surrey “Interfaith Peacemakers” event opened with the Archbishop CarneySecondary School Chamber Choir. The performance was followed by a dialoguesession on the topic of peace with leaders from six different faith traditions. Theevening closed with a satsang and meditation lead by the Art of Living community.We received an abundance of positive feedback. The only complaint was that therewas not enough time for conversation afterwards. Sounds like we need to do itagain! There are two very important interfaith events coming up in the next few weekshere in Surrey. On
February 20
the second session of the Multifaith ActionSociety’s popular “Power of Spirit” program takes place in Surrey. This is a greatopportunity to learn about Hinduism and Unitarianism and to connect and buildrelationships with people of all faiths that will be in attendance. A word of warning:they almost ran out of chairs at the last event, so get there early!On
February 27
, the Multifaith Centre at Kwantlen Polytechnic University is havingan open house at the Surrey Campus. This is an important time for members fromall faith communities to come out, learn about this cutting-edge program, find waysto support it and be supported!Details and posters for both of these events can be found below. The good news is that interfaith activity is experiencing a massive growth inpopularity and accessibility here in Surrey. The bad news is that it is outpacingsome of the communication infrastructure we have in place. That includes thisnewsletter. Over the coming weeks I will be migrating this mailing list over toanother email distribution system that will allow for more flexibility and growth.Please read below for more details and let me know if you would like to be part of this process.A warm welcome to anyone receiving this newsletter for the first time.
Upcoming Events
TODAY! February 16 - “Founders and Faith Traditions” course starts inSurrey
See below for details
February 20 - Second Session of “The Power of Spirit”
 The second session of “The Power of Spirit: A Multifaith Exploration of  Triumph over Adversity” takes place Wednesday, February 20, 6:30pm at theLaxmi Narayan Mandir, 8321-140
th
Street, Surrey. It will feature speakersfrom the Hindu and Unitarian traditions. ThisMultifaith Action Societyprojectis a community engagement project that brings diverse spiritual and culturalcommunities together on an ongoing basis in order to:
 
1.Explore the various ways that their spiritual beliefs have helped themto overcome adversity and persecution throughout history and into themodern era, providing groups facing similar situations today with thetools and lessons needed to address intercultural conflict.2.Inform and educate one another about faith and culture throughconstructive dialogue and meaningful group interactions.3.Establish and develop intercultural relationships with the intention of forming collaborative partnerships addressing racism and hatred in ourneighbourhoods and communities.See attached poster for details or contactMarcusat 604-321-1302.
February 22, 7:00 – 8:30pm – Surrey Interfaith Contemplative Group(Continuing every Friday!)
 The Surrey Interfaith Contemplative Group is a gathering of individuals fromdifferent religious, spiritual and philosophical backgrounds that meet everyFriday evening to meditate, build community and deepen relationships. Formore information join theFacebookgroup or contactDavid Dalleyto be added to the mailing list. All are welcome!
February 28 – Kwantlen Multifaith Centre Open House
 The Kwantlen Multifaith Centre will be hosting an open house on Thursday,February 28, 6-8pm, at the Surrey Campus Conference Centre. Learn moreabout the University’s growing Multifaith Centre and how to get involved. Formore information of to RSVP, please contactmultifaith@kwantlen.ca. Seeinvitation below.
March 1, 7:00 – 8:30pm – Surrey Interfaith Contemplative Group(Continuing every Friday!)
 The Surrey Interfaith Contemplative Group is a gathering of individuals fromdifferent religious, spiritual and philosophical backgrounds that meet everyFriday evening to meditate, build community and deepen relationships. Formore information join theFacebookgroup or contactDavid Dalleyto be added to the mailing list. All are welcome!
March 8, 7:00 – 8:30pm – Surrey Interfaith Contemplative Group(Continuing every Friday!)
 The Surrey Interfaith Contemplative Group is a gathering of individuals fromdifferent religious, spiritual and philosophical backgrounds that meet everyFriday evening to meditate, build community and deepen relationships. Formore information join theFacebookgroup or contactDavid Dalleyto be added to the mailing list. All are welcome!
March 15, 7:00 – 8:30pm – Surrey Interfaith Contemplative Group(Continuing every Friday!)
 The Surrey Interfaith Contemplative Group is a gathering of individuals fromdifferent religious, spiritual and philosophical backgrounds that meet everyFriday evening to meditate, build community and deepen relationships. Formore information join theFacebookgroup or contactDavid Dalleyto be added to the mailing list. All are welcome!
March 27: Third Session of “The Power of Spirit”
 The third session of “The Power of Spirit: A Multifaith Exploration of Triumphover Adversity” takes place Wednesday, March 27, 6:30pm at the Church of Scientology of Vancouver, 401 West Hastings Street, Vancouver. Details tofollow.
 
Share Your Voice
Interfaith Documentary Play
Do you have a story to tell? Someone wants tohear it!If you would be willing to share stories about your experiences with interfaithencounters, playwright Amanda Aikman would love to talk to you. Amanda isdoing research for a stage play that will be based entirely on the experiencesof local folks from all religions.If you have a story to tell, no matter how simple, of times that you have metwith acceptance or rejection, understanding or prejudice – or of how you orothers have changed your opinions as a result of meeting people fromdifferent faiths – or things you wish others knew about your faith -- pleasecontact Amanda to set up a time to chat. Or if you know someone who has agood story, please ask them to be in touch with Amanda.Everyone who shares stories will be absolutely anonymous. If she uses yourstory, Amanda will change your name.Amanda is a Unitarian minister and an experienced playwright whospecialises in creating plays in community for those whose voices are“unheard.” Please contact her at:revaikman@gmail.comby February 15. Thank you!
First Ever City of Surrey “Community Summit”
In April 2013, The City of Surrey will host its first everCommunity Summit. The event will include the Mayor, Councillors and the senior managementteam representing all departments at City Hall. The event will provide anopportunity for the City to engage, consult, and share information aboutimportant initiatives. Residents will be able to give feedback and learn howthey can participate in civic processes. Wouldn’t this be a great opportunityto raise the profile of interfaith activity in Surrey?
“Building Interfaith Bridges” in Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows
 TheFamily Education and Support Centrein Maple Ridge is embarking on aninterfaith project called “Building Interfaith Bridges.” The project involves aseries of interfaith dialogues and tours to various house of worship in thecommunity. If you know of anyone in the Maple Ridge, Pitt Meadows or KatzieFirst Nations communities that might be interested in supporting this project,please have them contactDavid Dalley.
“Founders and Faith Traditions” with Harold Rosen
 This course offers a brief but useful and stimulating survey of four history-changing missions, and the faith traditions they generated. We introduce thefield of comparative religions, providing an overview of Moses, the Torah andthe Jewish saga across the ages. In parallel fashion, we address Zoroaster,the Gathas and Persian civilization; Jesus, the Gospel and Christiancivilization; as well as Muhammad, the Qur’an and Islamic civilization. Wewill find many patterns linking these traditions, as well as enrichingcomplementarities – all expanding our worldviews and our appreciation of humanity’s journey across the ages. The instructor, Harold Rosen, hasMaster’s Degrees in Religion, Philosophy & Education. The course runs1:30pm to 3:20pm, 6 Saturdays – Feb16, 23, Mar 2, 9, 16, 23 at the SurreyCity Centre Library, 10350 University Drive. Register atcsreg@sfu.caor(778)782-8000.

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