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Youth from Faith communities create “Native Plant” Gardens

Faith & the Common Good (FCG), a national, interfaith network, provided the opportunity for youth of different religious and cultural backgrounds to create 8 native plant gardens in 3 cities this past spring – Ottawa, Halton/Oakville and Toronto. Toronto FCG chapter chose 3 faith sites – Shaarei Shomayim Congregation, Manor Road United Church, and the International Muslim’s Organization of Toronto (IMO). On Friday, November 17, Donna Lang, Toronto Animator for Faith & the Common Good and Harold Smith, attended Friday prayers at IMO. After the service, Donna presented a garden plaque to Omar Farouk, Executive Director of the International...

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Toronto Mosque and Church collaborate to serve free lunch

A mosque and a church in downtown Toronto have formed a partnership to serve a free hot lunch to the city’s needy. One Saturday every month, volunteers from Masjid Toronto come together at the Church of St. Stephen-in-the-Fields in the Kensington-Chinatown neighborhood and prepare meals in the church’s kitchen that are served to anyone who drops by. “There are so many things which Christians and Muslims share, but a belief in the importance of service to the poor and vulnerable is one of the most central,” said Reverend Maggie Helwig, Rector of the Church of St. Stephen-in-the-Fields. “Coming together...

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Centering Black Narratives in Islam with Dawud Walid

Dawud Walid is, he is a co-author of a recently published book entitled “Centering Black Narratives in Islam: Black Nobles among the Early Pious Muslims”. He is also the Executive Director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR)- Michigan, which is a national Muslim advocacy organization in the United States. Imam Dawud Walid has lectured at over 70 institutions worldwide including at Harvard, United States Congress and University of Bamako, Mali. Joining Dawud Walid for this event will be Imam Yasin Dwyer (Muslim Chaplain at Ryerson), Nadiya Ali (PhD Candidate at York with research interest in Black and Muslim...

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‘Warning to Humanity’ from 15,000 scientists

Twenty-five years ago, the Union of Concerned Scientists and more than 1700 independent scientists, including the majority of living Nobel laureates in the sciences, penned the 1992 “World Scientists’ Warning to Humanity”. These concerned professionals called on humankind to curtail environmental destruction and cautioned that “a great change in our stewardship of the Earth and the life on it is required, if vast human misery is to be avoided.” In their manifesto, they showed that humans were on a collision course with the natural world. They expressed concern about current, impending, or potential damage on planet Earth involving ozone...

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Spiritual Leaders Deliver Interfaith Climate Declaration at COP23

Scores of religious leaders and people of diverse faiths and spiritualities on bicycles, some wearing traditional religious clothing, delivered a multi-faith statement to the UN Conference on Climate Change (COP23), pledging to adopt sustainable behaviors themselves and calling on their followers and world leaders to do the same. The delivery also marked the launch of a new international, multi-faith sustainable lifestyles initiative. Bishop Marc Andrus of the Episcopal Diocese of California was among faith leaders carrying the message to the UN meeting on bikes, symbolizing a commitment to sustainable transport. “By changing our own lifestyles, the lifestyles of our...

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