One of the invitations common to world religions is to welcome the stranger and love our neighbour. This year the Calgary Interfaith Council is exploring this theme from the richness of our diverse faith traditions and with the shared reality of living in particular neighbourhoods in Calgary. We invite you to be part of this exciting work through the Get Neighbouring Workshop, the Calgary Interfaith Breakfast and Neighbour Day 2023.
Get Neighbouring Workshop
Animating the Calgary Interfaith Council 2023 theme: From Strangers to Neighbours
Time: Saturday, March 4, 1- 8:30 p.m.
Location: 134 Scarboro United Church SW
What would it look like to support connections in our neighbourhoods in a non-threatening, welcoming way — no strings attached, just invitation? Learn about how ordinary regular folk have created mini communities right outside their doors! Let’s do it…how do we make this happen?
This is for:
- Everyone who has neighbours. You might be a social worker, minister, veterinarian, stay-at-home mom, McDonalds worker, student; everyone is and has neighbours.
- Those who are nudged by their personal values or inspired by their religious traditions to explore being a neighbour
- Those who want to enjoy a lively, connected neighbourhood
Workshop Facilitators: Special guest Howard Lawrence, coordinator Abundant Community Edmonton, Neighbourhood Services, City of Edmonton. With the Calgary Interfaith Council Team.
Abundant Community Edmonton is a grassroots initiative fostering neighbour-to-neighbour relationships. The goal? To cultivate a culture of care and connection, increase the sense of belonging and inclusion, and ultimately create a more healthy and livable city — one block at a time.
Calgary Interfaith Breakfast
Time: May 4, 2023, 8-10:15 a.m.
The Calgary Interfaith Council and Mayor Gondek welcome you to celebrate the diversity and contributions of Calgary’s faith communities at the Calgary Interfaith Breakfast.
More information to come!
100 Block Parties
Neighbour Day, June 17, 2023!
In the year following the the June 2013 flood, founding members of the Calgary Interfaith council suggested to Mayor Naheed Nenshi that the city should create a special day to remember and celebrate the support that neighbours gave each other during the flood, and to encourage us all to continue to act with that spirit of neighbourliness.
On the 10th anniversary of the the flood, the Calgary Interfaith Council is hoping to inspire 100 Neighbour Day block parties. Collaborating in this endeavour are: all the members of the Calgary Interfaith Council, Ward 11 Coun. Evan Spencer, Community Development Learning Initiative and the Federation of Calgary Communities.