Mini Newsletter – Connect Updates, Charleston, Interfaith Orgs and more

Connect Updates

nain-homepage-slider-2015-ConnectOur Regina hosts have been providing weekly updates and much other information on their website here.  We are less than a month away!  Our hosts are planning prairie hospitality and will pick us up from airport or bus station and take us to our accommodations.  Be sure to send details to Mary Jesse if you wish to avail yourself of this hospitality.  If you will have a car, parking information will be available on their website soon.


We are, I am sure, all most distressed at the horrific hate murders in Charleston.  The resilience and efforts to forgive from the congregation members are moving and inspiring.  I hope that Americans can try to learn from this reminder that white supremacy groups still foster violence.  We must never stop working towards peace, harmony, and unity.

Dr. Satpal Singh, Founding Trustee of Sikh Council for Interfaith Relations (SCIR), wrote a reflection for PBS on the tragic Charleston shootings. It was published June 22. Please see this link.  Our thanks to NAIN Board member Tarunjit Singh Butalia for forwarding the link.

This message is intended to be shared with Muslims or those working in interfaith conversations.  Our thanks to Paul McKenna for sharing this text.  Ramadan Mubarak.

Interfaith Toronto and Worldwide

Recently Leslie Mezei, a long-time interfaith activist here in Toronto, Canada, published a two-part document which chronicles Toronto’s interfaith history beginning in 1893 and includes a Directory of over 65 current interfaith groups in the Toronto area.  See the document here.  Lucien Cosjins in Belgium has compiled a useful international list of interfaith organizations. To view, click here

Our thanks to Paul McKenna for providing these contacts.  He also provided some contacts for British Columbia and the US.  I will try to make these available soon.

The Interfaith Observer



(TIO) is an independent internet journal about all things interfaith. Each month it goes to more than 15,000 faith and interfaith leaders, including about 2,300 outside the U.S. More than 300 have contributed articles. Download back issues. TIO is free. Recent articles include …

Celebrating Ramadan – the Kid’s Perspective by Vicki Garlock

Sleeping with the Jaguar by Doris Davis

The Sac

red Power of Indigenous Women Threatened by Ruth Broyde Sharone

”Why Human Trafficking Matters to Me” by Gail Hambleton

“For God’s Sake, What are We Going to Do About That?” by William E. Swing

The Most Difficult “Religious Other” by Paul Chaffee

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