People of different faiths, groups and organizations are coming together in Prince George with a common goal. To support freedom of religion and address social justice issues. The Interfaith Council of Prince George held it’s inaugural meeting today.
“Interfaith is a movement of faiths within a community in which they come together, they seek to advocate for common causes,” says Jon Duncan , the Secretary of the Interfaith Council of Prince George.”We know we have poverty issues and health issues, we have education issues. We know we have, unfortunately, discrimination within our community. We are here to remind people that it’s important to build a community of love.”
The Interfaith Council is hoping to grow, with representation from all faiths. Duncan says most Interfaith Councils are made up of 30-50 members. “As we work together as faith groups; Sikhs, Muslims, Christians of different denominations, Bahá’í, Hindu, faiths throughout the world, First Nations faiths as well, we can accomplish a great purpose here.”
The Prince George Salvation Army is part of the Council. Captain Neil Wilkinson says Interfaith aligns with the Salvation Army’s mandate to meet needs in the community. “If the Interfaith Council of Prince George can advise us on how to meet those needs, glad to do that. If there is something the Interfaith Council of Prince George wants to tackle as their matter of social justice, then we would love to partner with their response as well.”
The Council will be holding monthly meetings, starting in September.