Did you know that The United Church of Canada has been working for well over a decade on improving relationships between itself and Muslim communities in this country and around the world? We have. In fact, The United Church of Canada has invested countless hours in prayer, research, dialogue, listening, overseas visits and yes, money developing resources that can benefit all of our communities—after all, we share the same planet and we should learn about our neighbours. Here are a few things you might not know our denomination has said about our Muslim friends: 1.) The United Church of Canada Affirms Mutual Respect with Muslims http://www.united-church.ca/communications/news/general/100910 This document, released on the 10th anniversary 9/11 does exactly what it says: our church respects Muslim people—and we see it as a two way street. While it was written before the Syrian refugee crisis, the statement still holds true. If you don’t have time to read the whole document, this statement summarizes it quite nicely: “As we remember the tragedy of September 11, 2001, we [The United Church of Canada] are concerned about the characterization of Muslims as “enemies” in the so-called “War on Terror.” We [The United Church of Canada] are profoundly disturbed by recent statements of hostility toward Islam and we strongly condemn threats and actions that incite religious and racial hatred.” Read more (click >> below)
On November 10th. from 7:30p.m. – 9:00p.m., the Midland Cultural Centre is hosting Imam Dr. Abdul Hai Patel on their conversation program, A Day in the Life. Imam Dr. Abdul Hai Patel is a distinguished Islamic religious and community leader. It would be significant for our Christian community to attend and learn more about Islam and the interfaith efforts of people like Dr. Patel. If you would like to order tickets, please click here. Here is some additional information about Dr. Patel’s contributions to Canada: Imam Abdul Hai Patel is immediate past Coordinator of Canadian Council of Imams, representing the Islamic religious leadership. Currently, he is Director of Inter Faith relations. He has been serving as Imam and Community Leader for 46 years in Canada.
- He served as a Commissioner of Ontario Human Rights Commission from 1999-2005.
- He serves on the Council of College of Nurses in Ontario. He is immediate past member of National Board of Governors of Scouts Canada (Read More)