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Announces New Publisher



Golden Rule Ambassador Pleased

With U.N. Remark In General Assembly



World AIDS Day Community Concert


December 1, 7:00 p.m.


Noor Islamic Cultural Centre

Light Upon Light:

The World Of The Unseen

Friday December 5, 7:30 p.m.


Youth Travel To Six Nations

Mohawk Museum In Brantford

Sunday December 7


Scarboro Missions Advent 2008

Christian Meditation Series

Wednesdays 7:30 p.m.—9:00 p.m.


Universal Worship Service

Festival Of Lights
Sunday, December 14, at 1:30 pm sharp


1-Day Buddhist Meditation Retreat On

The Heart-Opening Practice Of Metta


Saturday, December 13


Sufi Order International

New Year's Eve Celebration

— Eat, Dance And Pray Together
Wednesday, December 31, at 7:00 pm


World Healing Event

Monday, Dec. 31 6:30 a.m. - 8:00 a.m.




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A note to our readers and contributor



Fire Department Religion

By Carl G. Carlozzi, DMin


Soul Searching:

The Journey Of Thomas Merton



Humanity Healing

We Are And We Embrace People From

Different Backgrounds And All Walks Of Life


A New Video For Golden Rule Supports

HIV Ministry Report

From Religion & Ethics Weekly


A charter "created by

the world for the world"

Karen Armstrong’s Tedprize

To Pursue A

“Charter For Compassion”

Seeks Contributors




Youth Around The World

See Spirituality

As Important And Want To

Talk About It


Catholics And Muslims

Pledge To Improve Link


By RACHEL DONADIO – New York Times


Christians And Muslims Want Public Voice

Panel Rejects States Pitted Against Religion in Europe




To love is to expand oneself


In the end, then, what is called for is nothing more…







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“It is with great pride and pleasure that I announce that Rev. Terry Weller has been appointed Publisher of Interfaith Unity publications. He has done a tremendous job of building up our offerings over the last three years.

His latest exciting direction is to make Interfaith Unity into a community communication vehicle. Each of you can help by commenting on items in the newsletter, raising issues, and sharing whatever comes from your heart, in Letters to the Editor, at, which role Terry continues to fill admirably.

Another way we can foster more mutual communication among us is to bring aboard an increasing number of Correspondents of the various interfaith, faith, and spiritual groups. Please let us know if you would like to serve the cause of Unity by acting as a Correspondent, occasionally reporting on your group’s activities and news.

It has been a great privilege for me to serve the communication needs of the interfaith and interspiritual community with 6 ½ years of uninterrupted publication of Interfaith Unity. While Terry, who has a great deal of professional publishing experience, in addition to being an Interfaith Minister, will take up the reigns, I pledge to continue to remain actively involved with all planning and publication activities.”

Rev. Leslie Gabriel Mezei, 

Founding Publisher                                                                                


Pictured above:  Rev. Leslie Gabriel Mezei, Right;   Rev. Terry Weller , Left  


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Dear Friends,

Greetings of peace and blessings from Ethiopia. I am so happy to inform you that H.E. Father Miguel d`Escoto Brockmann, President of the 63rd General Assembly of the UN made a very moving remark and mentioned the Golden Rule on the occasion of the opening of the General Assembly of the United Nations. In his remarks he said: "We must move beyond lamentations, speech-making and statements of good intentions and take concrete action based on a firm resolve to replace the individualism and selfishness of the dominant culture with human solidarity as the golden rule that guides our behaviour."   

As a matter of fact I wrote him a thank you letter and also kindly asked him for the UN to endorse the Golden Rule Proclamation which I am working on to get many countries to endorse. I also sent a letter to the Secretary General of the UN and all member States of the UN, along with the poster of the Golden Rule. Currently I am working hard to get the United Nations to proclaim a Golden Rule Day.

May Peace Prevail on earth

Mussie Hailu

Coordinator of the Golden Rule Goodwill Ambassador Programme



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World AIDS Day Community Concert – “Voices of Hope”

Stop AIDS: Keep the Promise – Leadership 2008

Recognizing World AIDS Day with Casey House, Dr. Peter Center and Maison du Parc

Date: Monday, December 1, 2008, Time: 7:00 p.m.

Location: Metropolitan United Church, 56 Queen Street East, Toronto

“On December 1, 2008, Canada and the world will recognize the 20th Anniversary of World AIDS Day.

As we enter the third decade of this global initiative to recognize HIV/AIDS as a critical health issue, Casey House invites you to join us and keep the promise by showing Canada your leadership. In conjunction with Dr. Peter Centre (Vancouver) and La Maison du Parc (Montréal) we will unite in one voice in support of people living with HIV/AIDS, when we host Toronto’s inaugural World AIDS Day community concert, “Voices of Hope”.

“Voices of Hope” began in Montreal in 1993 as a creative response to participating in the international effort to support World AIDS Day and as a way to raise awareness and funds for people living with HIV/AIDS.  “Voices of Hope” has become a local tradition and an important fundraiser to support the healthcare programs and supportive services provided by Maison du Parc for people living with HIV/AIDS in Montreal.

In a true demonstration of leadership, three HIV/AIDS healthcare organizations will unite in producing Voices of Hope” concerts in their respective cities on December 1, 2008. The concerts will raise awareness throughout Canada and the world about the issues surrounding HIV/AIDS, including the need for support and understanding of people living with HIV/AIDS, and the need for ongoing healthcare, education, and prevention initiatives.

The Casey House “Voices of Hope” concert will feature a variety of stellar musical talent from the Toronto area, respectfully paying tribute to the people we lost during the last 12 months within Casey House’s Residential and Community Programs as well as recognizing and honouring the men and women who live with HIV/AIDS in Canada.”


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Friday December 5, 7:30 pm

Noor Islamic Cultural Centre, lower level, 123 Wynford Drive, North York

Light refreshments will be served. Admittance is $5.
Contact:  416-444-7148

“Light Upon Light Spirituality Discussion Series features a variety of spiritually nourishing subjects. This is an inclusive space where participants of all faiths actively contribute in a manner that is respectful to all.
This series is led by Dr. Timothy Gianotti
2008-2009 Noor Fellow in Islamic Studies, York University
2007-2008 Noor Chair of Islamic Studies, York University
Previous Topics:

Spiritual Knowledge / Love / Tests & Trials / Loving Universally while Living within Particularity (featuring the writings of Rabbi Abraham Isaac Kook) / On the Importance of Being a Stranger in the World / Dreams, Death and the Journeys of the Spirit / On the Art of Being Grateful / The Importance of Solitude / Core Paradoxes: freedom in servitude, wealth in poverty, life in death, gaining by spending, spiritual advancement through sin”

Next scheduled date:
Friday January 9 at 7:30 pm
Light Upon Light, Topic: Being a Perpetual Beginner


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Sunday December 7

For information or directions for the Museum can be given for drivers of vehicles by calling 519-759-2650.  Bus transport is available.

“Join the members of the World Spirit Youth Council on their trip to Six Nations Mohawk Museum at the Woodlands Cultural Centre at 184 Mohawk street in Brantford. Bus leaving at 10 AM from Warden and St. Clair south east corner, on the dot so be there a little early. The bus will also stop off at the U of T MultiFaith centre at 10:45AM at 569 Spadina Avenue north of College at the top of the circle. Members of the interfaith community are invited to join the group.

The tour is organized by Lauren Williams, the Executive Director of Woodlands Cultural centre and is from Noon to 3:30-4PM”


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Scarboro Missions Advent 2008


Wednesdays 7:30 p.m.—9:00 p.m. Everybody welcome.

Scarboro Missions, 2685 Kingston Road, (corner Brimley/Kingston)

inquiries: Tel: 416-261-7135 ext 266 Fax: 416-261-0820 or

November 26th: John Main Christian Meditation

by Scarboro Missions Meditation Community of 25 years.

December 3rd: Praying with St. Augustine

by Fr. Larry Clark, member Augustinian Order and Pastor of St. Brigid parish Toronto.

December 10th: Praying with Julian of Norwich

by Nada Conic– lecturer University of Toronto and spiritual counsellor at Manresa.

December 17th: Prayer of the Heart

by Peter McKenna, S.C.J. & Kathy Murtha, Director, Scarboro Missions, Mission Centre.


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Universal Worship Service


Universal Worship Service With Three Flute Soloists
Sunday, December 14, at 1:30 pm sharp

At the Institute of Traditional Medicine 533 Queen Street West, 2nd floor, between Bathurst & Spadina

For further information contact: Rev. Leslie Gabriel Mezei, 416-226-2869, or go to the website at:  Institute of Traditional Medicine,

“In this season many faith groups use light in their celebrations. In this interfaith service we will light a candle for each tradition, read from their sacred texts and chant their music. There will be a special dance with a crown of burning candles, we will together light a candle dedicated to the well-being of all, and will listen to the music of Aboriginal North American, Japanese and Turkish flutes. You are invited to join us for tea and sweets and conversation after.”


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Saturday, December 13

Sponsored by Spring Rain Sangha

Location:  The Toronto Mahavihara Temple at 4698 Kingston Rd. , Scarborough , ON

Time:  9:00 am - 5:00 pm (please arrive before 9:00 am to sign in)

Cost:  By Donation

Contact:  416-792-5229 or

Registration/Application Form:

"This one day of guided meditation introduces practices that help us become more loving individuals.  By gently re-orienting the heart and mind to focus on the positive energies of loving-kindness and well-being, the practice of metta helps to gradually open our hearts to unconditional love for all beings, including ourselves.  A sustained practice in metta meditation also helps to dissolve the idea of a separate self that keeps us feeling alienated from one another.  Metta helps us cultivate equanimity in the face of life's inevitable difficulties.  People of all faiths are welcome to attend this unique event." 

The meditation will be led by Philip Starkman and Jim Bedard.


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Sufi Order International

Wednesday, December 31, at 7:00 pm
Held at neighbourhood Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 79 Hiawatha Road, Toronto

(between Gerrard St E and Dundas St E, west of Coxwell Ave)

We suggest a donation of $20 for the evening.

For additional information please see the poster at our website at or call Fred at  416-627-9666  or e-mail Victor at

“Please join us for our annual New Year's Eve Celebration.  We will ring in the New Year with a Universal Worship, Dances of Universal Peace, Chanting, Dinner and Dessert.  The event starts at 7:00 p.m. with a pot luck dinner.”


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Monday, Dec. 31 6:30 a.m. - 8:00 a.m.

St. Lawrence Hall 157 King Street East (Southwest corner of King and Jarvis Streets)

Join millions worldwide in the 22nd Annual World Peace

“Prayer / Meditation starting at 7:00 a.m. Toronto time (Noon G.M.T.)

This event is sponsored by individuals, community and corporate efforts.

For information on how you can participate, with us, or in your own place.

call (416) 760-7685  (888) 859-5579

e-mail a moment in time can change your life.

IMAGINE...what moments in time have changed your life. this moment in time can change all our lives.”


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By Carl G. Carlozzi, DMin

“There are spiritual lessons to be learned in the most unlikely of places…

 What if world religions treated you and each other with the same kindness, respect and equality that you receive when you dial 911? What does fire department customer service have to offer the world’s religions about treating all people with dignity and respect?

 If the word “religion” literally means “to bring together”, then why do world religions inadvertently foster divisive exclusivity? Fire Department Religion by Carl G. Carlozzi, DMin, demonstrates that if the world’s religions adopted fire service customer service principles, religion would finally bring people together, promote universal human rights, create opportunities for world peace, and ultimately lead to a validation of the One God whose voice we all hear in equally beautiful ways.” …”


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Companion Book To PBS Documentary Video Celebrates Legacy Of Thomas Merton Forty Years After His Death

“The book is available as a hardcover with a DVD of the film, or in paperback.

Clips from the film can be viewed at

“Thomas Merton, the Trappist monk and one of the most important spiritual voices of the twentieth century, is celebrated in a new PBS documentary by filmmaker Morgan Atkinson. Soul Searching: The Journey of Thomas Merton will air on December 14, 2008, a few days after the fortieth anniversary of Merton's death on December 10. A companion book also entitled Soul Searching (Liturgical Press) adds to the portrait of Merton with additional rich material.

The film and book contemplate the life and work of the "believing beatnik" who influenced generations of seekers through his writing, particularly his memoir The Seven Storey Mountain, in print for sixty years.

Atkinson interviewed thirty Merton friends and scholars and distilled more than sixty hours into a one hour film, leaving a trove of material that's included in the book. Interviewees assess Merton's legacy as a contemplative culture critic, "a Thoreau for the twentieth century"; a literary critic and poet; an activist and peacemaker; a spiritual theologian; and a contemporary father of the church.

"Merton connects with a remarkably wide array of readers," says Atkinson. "He thought outside of conventional 'spiritual boxes”....”


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We recognize the necessity of maintaining the integrity and dignity of Human Life in every stage of its existence: from the beginning until the end.

Humanity Healing was started to combine Healing with Spiritual growth to offer a more complete healing to those in need. We believe that true Lightworking consists of service to others. We believe that we are all connected and that by helping another, we help ourselves. This is especially true in the areas of Healing and Spiritual growth.

Globally, there are many people and regions in crisis. The principles of Altruism and the Brotherhood of Man have declined in importance as individuals, nations and religions focus on the differences between each other instead of the similarities within our shared Humanity.

We believe that with Compassion, Education and Volunteerism through Spiritual Activism, this can be changed. Each individual can make a Commitment to reach out. Each individual can make a Commitment to work towards the Common Good.”

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“Interfaith Unity’s Founding Publisher says: “This is the best resource on the Golden Rule in the world religions since the Golden Rule poster!”

READERS NOTE:  that by clicking on the rectangle icon at the bottom right corner, a full screen version will appear.

It was created by the Humanity Healing Network, see listing above.”


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From Religion & Ethics Weekly

“Bishop T.D. Jakes and other black church leaders announced a new initiative to promote HIV/AIDS testing and awareness in their congregations. Almost half of all new HIV diagnoses are among blacks. Evangelical churches, both black and white, have long been accused of not doing enough on the issue. But Kathi Winter (pictured) is one evangelical trying to change that. It’s a very personal crusade for her, as Kim Lawton reports.”

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A charter "created by the world for the world"


An open letter from (Technology, Entertainment, Design)

“We urge you to take a moment to watch a short video that went live on the web this month. Beautifully filmed and edited by TEDster Jesse Dylan and his team at Form TV, it might just be the most inspiring thing you see this week.

That video, and this website mark the launch of an inspiring global endeavor to celebrate compassion and to promote a new collaboration between the world's religions. What we're doing, starting today, is to begin writing the Charter for Compassion that Karen Armstrong called for earlier this year when she made her TED Prize wish. And the exhilarating twist here is that the writing won't be done behind closed doors. It will be done by you... and perhaps millions of others around the world. Because we're using special collaborative web tools created by the geniuses at Kluster to enable this be truly a charter "created by the world for the world".

Later this week millions of Muslims, Christians, and Jews will be sent an email inviting them to come to the site and offer their choice of words, in their own language, to help create a charter capable of inspiring the world to focus on what the great religions share, as opposed to what divides them. Already people are responding to this amazing idea with passion and excitement. The goal is to obtain all input from global participants within the next four weeks, select the best contributions with the help of a council of religious "sages", and conduct a major launch of the finished document in 2009.

We'd love you, the TED community, who saw the birth of this idea in March, to be among the first to contribute.

The two things you can do to help now:

1. Help us write the Charter! The first writing phase begins now with the Preamble, a concise explanation of why the Charter is necessary and urgent.

2. Send out the ask to everyone in your network. We want this to be a truly global and diverse document that represents all of our voices.

A very exciting day for the TED Prize. We are honored to have you on this journey with us.

Thank you to all of you who have helped get us this far! And a special thank you to Kluster who have put so much into building this site.”

Very best wishes,

Chris Anderson TED Curator

Amy Novogratz TED Prize Director”


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Results of Search Institute study show 90 percent of youth believe life has a spiritual dimension

“MINNEAPOLIS - November 13, 2008 - A two-year global research project reveals that today's youth view spirituality as an important part of their lives, though most rarely talk to others about it. Respondents to the far-reaching study, led by Search Institute's Center for Spiritual Development, included young people from a wide range of cultural and religious backgrounds, spanning 17 countries and six continents. The study was sponsored by the John Templeton Foundation.

"We have spent two years listening to youth ages 12 to 25 from many countries and traditions talk about spiritual development and its role in their lives," said Eugene C. Roehlkepartain, co-director of the Center for Spiritual Development. "Many young people are keenly interested in these issues, but relatively few have opportunities to talk with others about the things that really matter to them." The young people surveyed are most likely to say they are both spiritual and religious (34%), with 23% indicating that they are spiritual, but not religious. They are also most likely to see both religion and spirituality positively.

When asked what it primarily means to them to be spiritual, youth in the United States said it means believing there is a purpose to life (41%) and believing in God (33%). In comparison, youth surveyed in India indicated that being spiritual means being true to one's inner self (38%) and believing in God (33%).

Researchers in the multi-method study listened to more than 7,000 young people during a series of focus groups, interviews and surveys. Because of its scope and diversity, this study offers one of the first snapshots of spiritual development across multiple countries and traditions.

Search Institute's Center for Spiritual Development in Childhood and Adolescence (CSD) is a global initiative committed to the advancing scientific study of spiritual development in young people and the development of tools and resources that allow parents and youth leaders help young people develop spiritually. For more information, visit

About Search Institute: Search Institute is an independent, nonprofit, nonsectarian organization whose mission is to provide leadership, knowledge, and resources to promote healthy children, youth, and communities. To accomplish this mission, the institute conducts research, communicates new knowledge, and brings together community, state, and national leaders.”

For more information, visit


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By RACHEL DONADIO – New York Times

Published: November 6, 2008

VATICAN CITY — Catholic and Muslim leaders worked on Thursday to deflate suspicion between their two faiths, pledging at a high-level seminar here to work together to condemn terrorism, protect religious freedom and fight poverty.

The meeting came a year after 138 Muslim leaders wrote a letter to Pope Benedict XVI after he offended many Muslims by quoting a Byzantine emperor who called some teachings of the Prophet Muhammad “evil and inhuman.” In turn, top Vatican officials have worried about freedom of worship in majority-Muslim countries, as well as immigration that is turning Europe, which they define as a Christian continent, increasingly Muslim.

But on Thursday both sides said they hoped that the seminar would open a new and much-improved chapter in Catholic-Muslim relations, as the two groups said they might establish a committee that could ease tensions in any future crisis between the two religions.

“Let us resolve to overcome past prejudices and to correct the often distorted images of the other, which even today can create difficulties in our relations,” Benedict told the Muslim delegation. He called the gathering “a clear sign of our mutual esteem and our desire to listen respectfully to one another.”

Addressing the pope on behalf of the Muslim delegation, Seyyed Hossein Nasr of Iran, a professor of Islamic studies at George Washington University in Washington, said that throughout history, “various political forces” of both Christians and Muslims had carried out violence.

“Certainly we cannot claim that violence is the monopoly of only one religion,” he said.  …”

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Christians and Muslims Want Public Voice

Panel Rejects States Pitted Against Religion in Europe

“MECHELEN, Belgium, OCT. 23, 2008 ( A panel of Christians and Muslims is affirming that people can be citizens and believers, and that being a person of faith and a good citizen are not mutually exclusive identities.

This is one point from a final statement released today from a Muslim-Christian conference on "Being a Citizen of Europe and a Person of Faith: Christians and Muslims as Active Partners in European Societies."

The conference began Monday and ended today. It was sponsored by the Council of European Bishops' Conferences and the Conference of European Churches.
The Christian-Muslim group noted that some European nations have state churches, while others do not. "All, however, ideally have taken a decidedly neutral stance as regards religion. […] There are, however, cases where one detects a process that is leading towards a progressive relegation of religion to the private sphere."

The final statement urges states to "guard against confronting its citizens with the choice between loyalty towards it and fidelity towards their religious convictions."

"As Christians and Muslims we affirm that we are citizens and believers, not citizens or believers," the group emphasized. "We are therefore called to work hand in hand in appropriate ways with the state to which we belong without becoming subservient to governments. […] As Muslims and Christians we believe in the principle of integration. This does not and must never carry with it the demand to forsake our religious identities…”


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“To love is to expand oneself, to open oneself to the infinity of being which is in us and around us. And this infinity of being in love is what we mean by God.”          

Fr. Bede Griffiths - Pioneer of Interspirituality


"In the end, then, what is called for is nothing more, and nothing less, than what all the world's great religions demand - that we do unto others as we would have them do unto us. Let us be our brother's keeper, Scripture tells us. Let us be our sister's keeper. Let us find that common stake we all have in one another, and let our politics reflect that spirit as well."

Barack Obama


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