GTA Organizations Committed to Interfaith Youth Work

 

Brampton Multicultural Youth Council

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Aditi Shah – President
bmycweb@gmail.com
www.bmyc.ca
(647) 455-0887
@BMYC4diversity
“The Brampton Multicultural Youth Council is a youth-led initiative for youth. Our mission is to connect youth to a world of different cultures. We do this by hosting a variety of interactive events and workshops throughout the year, as well as on social media. We strive to unite the community in order to celebrate our diversity, and in the process, help make a difference. In our events, we expose youth to “hidden cultures” around the world and we explore ideas such as cultural identity, cultural gaps, stereotypes and perception. We hope that understanding the diversity that exists around us will be a step in the direction of making stronger societies to which everyone can belong.”

 

Children’s Charter for Compassion:

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Erin Henry
info@childrenscharterforcompassion.com
(647) 242-1327
www.childrenscharterforcompassion.com
@childscharter
The Children’s Charter for Compassion is a Toronto-based organization founded by Erin Henry. Its primary goal is to provide a means for children and those around them to understand how to treat each other with compassion in a language that is simple and easy to understand. Following these guidelines, this project focuses on schools, activity books for children, and video and media resources. By implementing The Golden Rule, do unto others as you will have done to yourself, “world peace can be achieved. It begins with our children.”

 

Encounter World Religions Centre

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Brian Carwana – Director
encounter@worldreligions.ca or brian@worldreligions.ca
http://www.worldreligions.ca
390 Speedvale Ave E., Guelph, Ontario, Canada N1E 1N5
519.822.0099
519.822.1236
@encounterworld
https://www.facebook.com/encounterworld
The Encounter World Religions Centre creates opportunities for academic and experiential encounters with world religions. Each year, thousands of students in the GTA participate in these programs. Popular with Secondary Schools, “Sacred Symbols” is an interactive presentation introducing the sights and sounds of the world’s religions through authentic ritual objects, musical instruments and dress. Another favorite with students and teachers, the “Houses of Worship Tour”, provides guided tours of synagogues, temples, churches, mosques, gurdwaras and meditation centres. Students have an opportunity to speak with practitioners and religious leaders, ask questions, and observe rituals. Encounter also offers professional development opportunities for teachers and adult educators.

 

Faith House Toronto

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Sarah Mkhaiel
faithhousetoronto@scmcanada.org
383 Clinton Street, Toronto (ON)
(416) 463-7622
Faith House Toronto brings together young adults from various spiritual, religious, secular, and otherwise philosophical backgrounds to live together in a house. Each fall, this community welcomes new housemates to work on social justice initiatives from an interfaith perspective. This multi-faith residential space is supported by the Inspirit Foundation and the University of Toronto’s Multi-Faith Centre and Ecumenical Chaplaincy.

 

Greening Sacred Spaces

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Christina Read
www.greeningsacredspaces.net
(follow link for Halton – Peel Chapter)
cread@greeningsacredspaces.net
905-466-3939
905-815-6185 ext. 2
Greening Sacred Spaces (GSS) is a practical interfaith program developed to assist and inspire diverse faith communities to take collective action in creating environmentally sustainable communities. The Halton-Peel Chapter offers interfaith eco-spiritual workshops and activities to motivate youth groups, schools, and young adults to improve their understanding of the connection between faith, community, and the environment.Through their multiple activities, GSS gathers, encourages, and mobilizes youth from diverse backgrounds to protect and care for the environment.
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Heart to Heart

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Dalia Krusner – Executive Director
heart2heart@campshomria.ca
www.heart-to-heart.ca
4700 Bathurst St. Suite 2, Toronto, Ontario, Canada M2R 1W8
416.736.1339
Heart to Heart brings a group of twenty Israeli teenagers to Canada every summer. Half of these participants identify as Palestinian Israeli and half as Jewish Israeli. Upon arriving in Canada, the group spends two and a half weeks living together at Camp Shomria, an overnight summer camp near Ottawa. Daily activities include team-building workshops, camping trips, and facilitated dialogue about the narratives, politics, and power dynamics that participants face in their daily lives at home in Israel. The group also visits Parliament Hill in Ottawa, and spends four days living with Canadian host families while touring Toronto. Heart to Heart is intent on building a generation of leaders who will recognize the importance of creating a truly just and shared society and possess the skills they need to make it a reality. The Heart to Heart team also works throughout the year with youth and adult audiences in the GTA to facilitate dialogue sessions and interactive workshops based on the methods used with its youth participants.

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Intercultural Dialogue Institute GTA

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M.Fatih Yegul
gta@idialogue.ca
416-260-5885
481 University Ave., Suite 711, Toronto, ON M5G 2E9
http://gta.idialogue.ca
@IDIGTA
https://www.facebook.com/IDIToronto
Intercultural Dialogue Institute (IDI) is a non-profit organization whose purpose is to advance social cohesion through personal interaction by promoting respect and mutual understanding among people of all cultures and faiths through dialogue and partnership. IDI aims to promote enduring interfaith and intercultural cooperation, tolerance and dialogue by sharing our differences and similarities in an effort to enhance civil society, to promote the development of human values, and to advance diversity and multiculturalism in the society. The GTA chapter of IDI (IDI GTA) carries out its youth activities through its youth platform. One program features art & essay contests for high school students www.artessay.ca To learn about programs offered by IDI’s university chapters at York and U of T, consult this information:IDI York University: https://yorku.collegiatelink.net/organization/IDIYork
Contact Person: Ali Koca (president), yorku@idialogue.ca
IDI University of Toronto: https://www.facebook.com/IDI.uoft/info
Contact Person: Isa Topbas (president), uoft@idialogue.ca

 

Kids4Peace (Canada)

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http://kids4peace.ca
Rev. Joseph Horrigan S.J.
jphjph@web.ca
(416) 806-6965, (416) 929-0763
Kids4Peace (International) is an interfaith peace education organization dedicated to encouraging children of different cultures and faith traditions to explore their differences and similarities, and to learn understanding, tolerance and respect, while fostering sustainable friendships across the lines of conflict. On a number of occasions in recent years, Kids4Peace (Canada) has brought four Jewish, four Muslim, and four Christian eleven year-old children from the Galilee region of Israel to a two-week summer camp experience in Ontario to create new friendships and to help build the human foundations for peace in their troubled region. In the camp, they are joined by a corresponding number of Canadian children from the three faiths. All participants – staff, families and children – share a commitment to peace. They also share a belief that an educational experience of respect and understanding for cultural and religious diversity should begin with the very young. For the daily schedule of a 10-day camp held in Ontario in 2012, click here: http://www.scarboromissions.ca/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/kids4peace.pdf

 

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Multi-Faith Centre for Spirituality and Practice (@ the University of Toronto)

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http://www.multifaith.utoronto.ca/index.htm
Richard Chambers, Director
richard.chambers@utoronto.ca
(416) 946-3119
Zita Prashad
space.multifaith@utoronto.ca
(416) 946-3120
Room 313, 569 Spadina Ave., Toronto, Ontario, M5S 2J7
The Multi-Faith Centre at the University of Toronto accommodates a variety of spiritual and faith-based practices and encourages interfaith dialogue, spiritual development and community-building for all students. With a state-of-the-art facility and ongoing interfaith and diversity programming, the Multi-Faith Centre has become a safe space in which youth of diverse religious and secular backgrounds can ask questions, reflect on, and learn about the issues related to the search for meaning in the multicultural environment of Canada. The Centre also offers annual internships to university students.

 

Muslim–Catholic Student Dialogue

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https://www.facebook.com/groups/muslim.catholic.sd
Vivian Kwok
vkwok@archtoronto.org
(416) 934-3400 ext. 527
(416) 934-3444
Catholic Pastoral Centre, 1155 Yonge Street, Suite 100, Toronto, Ontario, M4T 1W2
The Muslim-Catholic Youth Dialogue promotes friendship and cooperation between Catholic and Muslim students, through shared community service activities and thought-provoking dialogues on topics relevant to both faiths. Past themes have included suffering, violence and marriage. These dialogue meetings, among university-age students and young adults of both faiths, is supported by the Office of Ecumenical and Interfaith Affairs of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Toronto and the Canadian Council of Imams.
Participants in a Muslim-Catholic Student Dialogue meeting. Photo credit: Vivian Kwok.

Participants in a Muslim-Catholic Student Dialogue meeting. Photo credit: Vivian Kwok.

 

North American Muslim Foundation Speech Competition

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Shazia Khan, Program Coordinator
shaziakhan@namf.ca
416-299-1969 Ext. 26
4140 Finch Ave. E., Scarborough, ON
The North American Muslim Foundation (NAMF) is a Canadian charitable organization serving national and international communities irrespective of religion, nationality, or race. The NAMF Speech Competition aims to develop future leaders by providing youth with opportunities to enhance their public speaking and interpersonal skills. Over 100 schools in Ontario have been invited to participate in this competition, where issues relevant to Canadian society are discussed.

 

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Open Dialogue (@ University of Toronto Scarborough Campus)

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Esther Broomfield
ebroomfield@utsc.utoronto.ca
(416) 208 – 2705
Lall Lomeharshan
lomeharshan.lall@mail.utoronto.ca
(647) 780 – 8211
https://www.facebook.com/groups/opendialogatutsc (Open Dialogue Space)
Open Dialogue is a student initiative at the University of Toronto (Scarborough Campus) that ensures that the lines of communication between religious, non-religious, and other interest groups on campus remain open and productive. Here students with different worldviews pursue a common interest in wisdom, peace, and unity while respecting the knowledge that each person possesses in the collective search for truth and understanding. Open Dialogue groups meet regularly and over Facebook. Past discussion themes have included the relationship between science and religion, the relationship between genders and how this is affected by one’s faith or worldview, how one’s faith or worldview affects one’s relationships and how to deal with mental health stigmas.

 

The Religious Diversity Youth Leadership Project

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http://rps.utoronto.ca/index.php/rdyl/
Richard Chambers
richard.chambers@utoronto.ca
(416) 946-3119
This project provides opportunities for young adults across the GTA to cultivate civic responsibility, community engagement and leadership as they dialogue about religious diversity and work against the forces of exclusion and marginalization in the multicultural Canadian context. Programs include seminars, community research workshops, youth leadership training in religious diversity and the placement of youth in community organizations.

 

Scarboro Missions Youth Interfaith Project

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Hector Acero Ferrer, Interfaith Intern
hectoracero@gmail.com
(416) 838 – 9315
https://www.facebook.com/scarborointerfaith
Sponsored by the Interfaith Department of Scarboro Missions, this project promotes information-sharing and networking among youth and young adults who are engaged in interfaith work in the GTA. Current programs include this directory, a Facebook page and efforts to bring young people of various faiths together for dialogue and community service. The project also works to promote collaboration among organizations committed to youth interfaith dialogue.

 

Scouts Canada – Greater Toronto Council

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scouts logoGrace Lee
grace.lee@scouts.ca
1 (888) 855 – 3336
greatertoronto.scouts.ca
@torontoscouts
https://www.facebook.com/TorontoScouts/
Scouts Canada engages youth, involving them throughout their formative years in a non-formal educational process. Scouts have a lot of fun discovering new things and experiences they wouldn’t have elsewhere. Along the way they develop into capable, confident and well-rounded individuals, better prepared for success in the world. Scouting offers a world where you can discover the best in yourself and the best in others. In Toronto, there are many different Scouting groups whose memberships are broken down by location, religion, or other cultural affiliation. Most groups are co-ed and are accepting new members. Scouts has a long tradition of welcoming members of all religions, cultures and ethnicities.

 

Spirit Singers

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Richard Chambers
multi.faith@utoronto.ca
(416) 946-3119
richard.chambers@utoronto.ca
https://www.facebook.com/events/218591695256380
Spirit Singers is a non-auditioned choral ensemble of university students who celebrate diversity and foster intercultural and interfaith understanding. The Spirit Singers affirms our common humanity in the quest for peace and justice. The repertoire of the Spirit Singers reflects a wide variety of worldviews. In addition to musical performances, this exciting inter-disciplinary artistic musical performance programme also includes opportunities for spoken word, dance and multi-media expressions. The ensemble is open to university students only.

 

Student Christian Movement of Canada

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Sarah Mkhaiel
scmcanada.org
info@scmcanada.org
200-310 Dupont Street, Toronto (ON)
(416) 463-7622
The Student Christian Movement (SCM) of Canada is a grassroots network led by youth and students who are passionate about social justice and community action. This ecumenical movement emphasizes diversity and welcomes everyone, regardless of belief, sexual orientation, faith tradition, and age. SCM has initiated Faith House Toronto, a multi-faith residential community whose members work on social justice projects from an interfaith perspective.
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Ummah United

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Sidra Anjum, President
647-527-7442
sidra.786@hotmail.com
Ummah United is a group of university students in Toronto that brings together youth in an active learning experience about religion, philosophy, and spirituality. The group organizes workshops and does research in efforts to build a bridge of understanding and co-operation between various communities, while providing an educational platform for people to share and discuss faith-related topics. In 2014, Ummah United organized an inter-faith conference that examined the beliefs and practices common to Judaism, Christianity and Islam.

 

University of Toronto Campus Chaplains Association

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Multifaith Centre Website
http://www.multifaith.utoronto.ca/Campus-Chaplains-Association.htm#A
“We are a multi-faith organization reflecting the multi-ethnic/multi-faith complexion of the University of Toronto. We help make the connections between an intellectual understanding of spirituality and living the reality of faith. We are there at critical moments to facilitate rites of passage – weddings, funerals, memorial services. We offer spiritual support from a holistic perspective. We are not bound by being part of the academic reporting system of the university. We are committed to helping people (students, staff and faculty) grow to wholeness through a search for meaning in life, an exploration of spiritualities and an examination of moral and ethical issues.” On the UofT Campus Chaplains Association website (see above), there is a listing of the chaplain representatives of numerous faith traditions, including their email addresses and phone numbers.

 

World Religions Workshops for High School Students @ Scarboro Missions

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www.scarboromissions.ca
Kathy Murtha
kathymurtha83@gmail.com
416-261-7135 ext 215
Scarboro Missions, 2685 Kingston Road, Scarborough, ON M1M 1M4
Using play, creativity, the arts, music, media, movement and meditation, these workshops expose high school students to the wisdom, culture and symbols of the world’s religions. Each year, 5,000 students from the GTA participate in this day-long program. One of the many goals of these workshops is to engender character education, exposing students to the transformational wisdom of the various religions and to the Golden Rule. This educational model has been adapted for use with various youth and intergenerational audiences in the larger community. Members of the public are welcome to observe. To view a video of the workshop, click here: http://www.scarboromissions.ca/golden-rule/golden-rule-videos#movie_featuring_youth

 

Toronto Area Interfaith Council (TAIC)

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info@torontointerfaithcouncil.ca
416-464-4691
1155 Yonge Street, Suite 304, Toronto, Ontario M4T 1W2
TAIC is an organization of representatives of numerous faith communities and groups in the Toronto area. TAIC is dedicated to affirming the importance of ethics, spirituality and faith in daily life and to the promotion of understanding, harmony, respect and acceptance among the faith communities of the Toronto area. TAIC functions in association with individuals and organizations devoted to Multifaith activities.

An Interfaith History of the Greater Toronto Area

Description:This two-part document, created by interfaith activist Leslie Mezei, chronicles Toronto’s interfaith history from 1893 to the present. This historical record allows the reader to not only trace the steps of the interfaith movement in the GTA but to identify the organizations, groups, governments and initiatives that have contributed to the development of Toronto’s rich interfaith scene.http://www.scarboromissions.ca/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/Toronto-Interfaith-History-and-Directory.pdf

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