What are your plans for Valentines Day? IDI uOttawa invites you to an event that helps us all think about what LOVE truly means to us. No matter where we come from or what we believe in, LOVE connects us all. Come out to our event to reflect on the importance and power of LOVE. On February 12th we will be screening the documentary "Love is a Verb". This documentary examines a social movement of Sufi inspired Sunni Muslims that began in Turkey in the 1960s and now reaches across the globe. The group is called Hizmet, the Turkish word for 'service', or The Gulen Movement after its inspiration, leader and beloved teacher Fethullah Gulen, a man that Time Magazine named as one of the most influential leaders in the world in 2013. There will be an exclusive panel discussion on love (speakers yet to be announced). This event is free of charge, snacks will be available of course. We ask all attendees to please RSVP. Feel free to share this event with friends and family who might be interested. Place: Alumni Auditorium (University Center of University of Ottawa) Time: February, 12th, Friday at 18:00 Previous screening of Love is a Verb at Carleton University. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- By: Erica Howes, Journalism Student, Carleton University The need for interfaith dialogue is important now more than ever, according to panelists at a discussion following the Love is a Verb documentary screening last week hosted by Intercultural Dialogue Institute-Ottawa and Intercultural Dialogue Institute-Carleton U. The documentary told the story of Fethullah Gulen, a Turkish Muslim who started the transnational Hizmet movement in the 1960s that promotes interfaith education. Since then, the Gulen movement has built schools, hospitals and launched media agencies in over 100 countries. The Carleton classroom was packed with about seventy attendees of all ages and faiths February 5, 2015 to see the Love is a Verb screening about the Gulen movement and hear a panel featuring David Selzer, executive Archdeacon of the Diocese of Ottawa and Catherine Clifford, theology professor at Saint Paul University. Following the movie, Selzer and Clifford launched into discussion about the importance of interfaith dialogue and what this means for various faith communities. “It’s troubling that many think it’s more intelligent to be an atheist than a person of faith,” said Clifford, adding how she has seen new atheism promoted as propaganda in a secular society. Although she said it’s “easy to say religion can cause violence,” she emphasized the importance of interfaith peace, an aspect that she said needs to be discussed more. Selzer agreed it’s “important to be open-minded, regardless of beliefs.” When asked by a young attendee how to make a difference in the world, Selzer said the answer is evident from the Gulen movement and the essence of the film. “Don’t do it by yourself. The gift of relationship in a community is powerful,” he said, and judging from the turnout to the event, he said he must not be the only one who thinks this way. Vusal Babashov, President of Intercultural Dialogue Institute-Ottawa, said the Gulen movement has “inspired millions across the globe,” and said he hopes it continues with attendees leaving the event feeling motivated to initiative interfaith dialogue. “We had an engaging and dynamic discussion,” Babashov said. “The audience was interested and raised a lot of questions.” Looking over the seventy attendees and waving to many he knew, he smiled and added, “tonight was a great success.” Scribble Live-blog: http://carleton.scribblelive.com/Event/Love_is_a_Verb
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The final fast-breaking dinner was held at the Ottawa City Hall. Attendees from all walks of life enjoyed the gatherings. Leaders of cultural and religious communities, ambassadors, Members of Parliament, and other members attended. Mr. Royal Galipeau, Member of Parliament, House of Commons, H.E. Dr. Tuncay Babali, Turkish Ambassador, The Venerable David Selzer, Executive Archdeacon, Diocese of Ottawa, Anglican Church of Canada, as well as Dr. John Dorner,Liaison,Environmental Stewardship,Office of Social Justice, Archdiocese of Ottawa and Faith and Common Good gave remarks.The Whirling Dervishes performance also took place during the program.
Abrahamic Hospitality and friendship was revived at Queen’s University Intercultural Dialogue Institute- Ottawa, Queen’s Drama Department, the School of Religion, and the Greek Orthodox Church of Kingston all organized an event called “Abraham’s Children ” at Queen’s University at Convocation Hall, in the Theological Hall building on April 2nd, 2013. The event burst with rhythms, dancing, colourful costumes, vigour and beautiful expressions of love. Dances were created both in sorrow and in joy, in suffering and in pleasure. “Whatever you wish for yourself wish for the others: This is the meaning of the Holy Books if there is any meaning at all.” Yunus Emre (1240 – 1321)
Fast Breaking Dinner at Knox United with Temple of Israel Intercultural Dialogue Institute – Ottawa brought together members of the three Abrahamic faiths, including Temple Israel, Knox United Church, and the Ottawa Turkish Community. The leaders of the three faiths expressed their wonderful thoughts and wished for more cooperation together in coming days. Please see the photos of Rabbi Steve Garten of Temple Israel, Reverend Andrew Jensen of Knox United Church, and Dr. Edip Yavuz Zeybek of Intercultural Dialogue Institute – Ottawa. Fast Breaking Dinner at Parish of March The friendship between the Parish of March, St. John Anglican Church, and Intercultural Dialogue Institute – Ottawa was renewed during the fast-breaking dinner at the church. A large number of members from both sides attended. The kitchen at the Parish of March was used and the meal was exceptional. All the attendees enjoyed the dinner and wished for more to come in the future. Please see the following pictures of Rev. Karen Coxon, The Venerable David Selzer, and Dr. Edip Yavuz Zeybek. Fast Breaking Dinner at St. Joseph Catholic Church St. Joseph Catholic Church opened its doors to Intercultural Dialogue Institute – Ottawa for the first time for a fast-breaking dinner in downtown Ottawa. Father André Boyer made a wonderful speech in which he expressed his desire for future cooperation.
The program for Abrahamic Hospitality was held at Trinity United Church on Sunday, April 15, 2012. The gathering involved a meal in the spirit of Prophet Abraham, forefather of the three great faiths of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Rev. Ellie Barrington welcomed everyone. Ms. Arlene Smith, Ms. Jennifer Grant, Mr. Scott Auchlinleck, Ms. Sarah Daigen, Ms. Suzanne Poirier, Ms. Amélie Parenteau-Comfort, and the rest of the people were so welcoming to their guests. As lunch was served, the tables were full of very lively discussions regarding faith as participants tried to find answers to their intriguing questions. It was noticed how important remembering Prophet Abraham’s guidance for all of us today is. At the end, Rev. Ellie Barrington thanked everyone for coming to the event and emphasized that dialogue among us should continue. The event ended with a group photo of all participants taken by IDI-Ottawa’s volunteers.
This time, the Hospitality of Prophet Abraham was held at Knox United Church on Sunday, April 01, 2012. The gathering shared a meal in the spirit of Prophet Abraham, forefather of the three great faiths of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Rev. Andrew Jensen welcomed everyone. As lunch was served the tables were home to very lively discussions regarding faith as participants tried to find answers to their intriguing questions. Prophet Abraham would not have a meal without guests. It was noticed that how important to remember Prophet Abraham’s guidance for all of us today. At the end, Rev. Jensen thanked everyone for coming to the event and emphasized that dialogue among us should continue. The event ended with a group photo of all participants taken by IDI-Ottawa’s volunteers.