City of Edmonton promotes interfaith harmony – 5th Anniversary Celebration

On October 5, 2011, the City of Edmonton held a colorful ceremony to celebrate the five year anniversary of the Celebrating our Faiths program. Celebrating our Faiths, a joint program between the Edmonton Interfaith Centre for Education and Action and the City of Edmonton, began in 2006 to celebrate the incredible diversity of faith traditions within Edmonton. Each month a different faith launches an educational event to showcase their faith tradition. The Celebrating Our Faiths display is located on the main floor of City Hall.

City Hall was the site of the special thanksgiving event Oct. 5. The evening consisted of musical pieces incorporating various cultural instruments, communal blessings and a thanksgiving tree. The more than 100 guests, of many spiritual traditions, were asked to write what they are thankful for on leaf-shaped papers and hang their reflections on tree branches.

Dowds began the evening’s program by expressing gratitude to the ancestors of the Cree and Blackfoot nations on whose territory Edmonton was built.

Mayor Stephen Mandel said Edmonton is a remarkable place with caring people who genuinely understand each other. Edmontonians recognize the right of citizens to worship the way they want to, and know that even though differences exist, they hold much in common.

Representatives from 12 different faiths each did a thanksgiving prayer. One by one, Sikhs, Hindus, Buddhists and others went to the front podium and prayed in their own distinct way.

The following links provide more information about the event.  City of Edmonton promotes interfaith harmonyA Little Faith Goes a Long Way: 5th Anniversary of Celebrating Our Faiths Program

A collection of photos may be found here.

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