Ecumenical & Multifaith
5 Ways of Engaging the Heart: Experiences in Inter-Spiritual Practices.
Beginning October 22 and going through to March 21, 2017 EMU in partnership with St. Paul's is hosting a 5 night series of engaging the heart through 5 separate Spiritual practices and disciplines. Please click the link for more details and registration. -
The sessions take place Tuesday evenings 7-9pm
The Ecumenical and Multifaith Unit of the Diocese of New Westminster (E.M.U.) exists to explore paths that may help us achieve peace and understanding in our own religiously diverse communities.
Since its formation in 2006, the Unit has organized a number of events and workshops interfaith themes, has produced a Multifaith Resource manual, has distributed Multifaith Calendars, and has assisted several deaneries in hosting interfaith dialogue sessions with guest speakers from non-Christian faith communities in their localities.
We hope that such initiatives will help build a foundation for long-term communication and mutual understanding that may lead to co-operative action on issues of peace, social justice, ethnic and religious diversity, and environmental stewardship.
Why is interfaith dialogue important?
Dialogue and co-operation between faiths is vital to building a path to peace and justice. Millions have died in clashes between faiths throughout the centuries, and continue to die as victims of religious extremism or sectarian conflict.
It has been said that there will be no peace until there is peace between religions, and there will be no peace between religions without dialogue and co-operation. This is only possible if people of faith take the initiative to approach the other, and with them create a climate of mutual concern and action. The fact is that other faiths do exist and we have two choices – conflict or dialogue.
How can parishes and individual Christians make a difference?
We need to think globally and act locally because, in building inter-religious relationships here, we both model and enact our ministry of reconciliation. We need to do this so that we might live out our incarnational faith, building a community in which all God’s children can live in peace, and work together to create “a future with hope” (Jer 29:11). In doing so, we not only positively affect our own local community, but we share this healthy model of being and doing with surrounding communities, and eventually, the whole world. Realising big dreams starts with small steps.
- Join with one or more parishes and invite leaders from neighboring non-Christian churches to speak about their faith traditions
- Include Prayers for Peace from another faith tradition in your regular services and personal worship (see Multifaith Prayers for Peace).
- Watch for Ecumenical activities in your community to increase your understanding of how others worship God and share with others the joy of our Anglican faith and traditions.
“Peace on Earth, Goodwill towards men.” Let us, as committed Anglicans, help the world today move toward achieving this aspiration which is so fundamental to Christ’s teachings!
The following resources have been prepared for further study and dialogue by the Ecumenical and Multifaith Unit.
For More Information
For more information contact the unit’s Chair, The Reverend Robin Ruder Celiz by email.