A Little Faith Goes a Long Way: 5th Anniversary of Celebrating Our Faiths Program
October 05, 2011
A visually stunning multi-faith exhibit in City Hall now marks the five year anniversary of the Celebrating our Faiths program. Developed jointly by the City of Edmonton and the Interfaith Centre, the program promotes a greater awareness and understanding of Edmonton’s diverse faith communities.
“I am proud to be a part of a vibrant community where our many faiths and cultures are celebrated,” said Mayor Stephen Mandel. “A collaborative project between different faith groups is a great way to commemorate five years of the Celebrating our Faiths program, which has served to grow awareness, understanding and respect of the diversity of our community.”
“The members of our centre are drawn from 15 dissimilar faith traditions,” said Rabbi David A. Kunin, president of Interfaith “Together we are united in the celebration of diversity.”
The evening consisted of musical pieces incorporating various cultural instruments, communal blessings and a reading by Poet Laureate, Anna Marie Sewell. Guests were asked to write what they were thankful for on leaf shaped papers and hang their reflections on tree branches.
Displays depicting various faiths are rotated in City Hall on a regular basis. Since 2006 more than 18 different faiths have been featured.
The exhibit will be on display at City Hall from October 5 to 24. All Celebrating our Faiths displays at City Hall are open to viewing on weekdays from 7am to 10pm, Saturdays from 9am to 5pm, and Sundays and holidays from 11am to 5pm.