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There are many upcoming events of interest - check out the November issue of MMC Connects.


November 1, 2018

 MISSION     The Manitoba Multifaith Council exists to promote multifaith dialogue and understanding, while collaborating to serve the community as a whole
VISION     People of diverse faiths working together to build a just and caring society
now available!

Featuring 26 pieces of original art from visual artists across North America and Internationally, the 2019 Multifaith Calendar marks the 33rd year of publication and features the theme of "Coming Together: Exploring New Directions."  
Published annually by the Multifaith Action Society of British Columbia, and available for purchase through MANITOBA MULTIFAITH COUNCILthe Multifaith Calendar is a unique educational resource that facilitates understanding of religious observances, occasions and festivals important to a wide spectrum of cultural and faith communities.
Rather than separate and divide even further, now is the time to take down walls, and come together in new ways. The 2019 edition of the Multifaith Calendar asks what connects us? Is it economies, politics, a sense of place, a unique culture? What brings people together in dialogue, action and creativity? How do we build new bridges across old divides?
The 2019 MFC looks for new paradigms on how to actively engage with each other that holds the promise of inclusion and not exclusion and strives to demonstrate visually and with content that there is less that separates us than brings us together.
Our 2019 Multifaith Calendar is dedicated to exploring this theme. Enjoy!

Major milestone:  Ecumenical group marks a century of working for women's rights
Brenda Suderman
from the WINNIPEG FREE PRESS - October 27, 2018
As part of her regular prayers for peace and justice, Winnipegger Diane Dwarka also sets aside a nickel to donate for social justice work. Every Thursday, she dons black clothing as part of a worldwide campaign to end gender-based violence.
Dwarka's prayers, donations and the weekly black outfits all stem from her involvement with the Women's Inter-Church Council of Canada, Canada's oldest ecumenical organization, which celebrates its 100th anniversary this year.
"Our vision is to restore hope to women who have been touched by injustice," says the 81-year-old Dwarka, who recently became president of the council's national board.
The Winnipeg chapter of the council is hosting a brunch at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 3, to celebrate a century of women from 10 Christian denominations coming together to pray, work for justice and stand in solidarity with others.
The council was one of the founders of the World Day of Prayer, where women around the world hold special prayer services on the first Friday in March. About 1,200 services were held in Canada last year, including 20 services in Winnipeg.
The Toronto-based organization also supports the Fellowship of the Least Coin, a movement where women set aside the smallest coin in their currency every time they pray for peace and justice, and endorses Thursdays in Black, a worldwide campaign to end rape and violence.
"We empower people from all denominations to stand together for prayer and action," says executive director Catherine MacKeil, the featured speaker at the Winnipeg event.
Money raised at World Day of Prayer services and from the Fellowship of the Least Coin fund small grants to Canadian organizations working to end gender-based violence or working for social justice, MacKeil says.
"We're looking for applications where (the money) can get into the hands of people and can make an impact," she says, pointing out grants totalling $500,000 in 2017 touched the lives of more than 10,000 people in Canada and internationally.
The organization also makes an impact by acknowledging that small actions can create a significant effect, says Patricia Baker, organizer of the Winnipeg event, which features steel band music, the Joie de Vivre choir and a short drama.
"Everyone can take a piece of this, everyone can make a difference," says Baker, a minister at Warren and Meadow Lea United Churches, northwest of Winnipeg.
"Every prayer counts, every coin counts."
Diane Dwarka (left), president of the Women's Inter-Church Council of Canada, and Dr. June James, president of the Winnipeg chapter, are seen in the sancutary of United Church of Meadowood.
MMC is excited to announce our feature keynote speaker for our next 
Kevin Chief
Vice President, Business Council of Manitoba
February 20, 2019
7:30 am
Kevin brings an expertise of community development and leadership training through his dedication to education, culture, training, and recreation. Over the years, he has held positions with the River East Transcona School Division, Winnipeg Aboriginal Sport Achievement Centre, and University of Winnipeg. Chief was instrumental in creating the partnership between the Winnipeg Aboriginal Sport Achievement Centre and The Manitoba Moose Yearling Foundation to implement a hockey initiative for students who may not have received the opportunity otherwise.

Before becoming vice-president at the Business Council of Manitoba, Kevin spent six years as a member of the Legislative Assembly in Manitoba, representing Point Douglas. He was appointed Minister of Children and Youth Opportunities in 2012, Minister responsible for the City of Winnipeg in 2013, and Minister of Jobs and the Economy in 2014. He announced his resignation as a member of the legislative assembly at the end of 2016. While serving as a minister, Kevin was a member of Treasury Board and chaired the Healthy Child Committee of Cabinet.

Chief received a B.A. from the University of Winnipeg with a major in Justice and Law Enforcement and a minor in Physical Activity and Sport Study. Kevin is also a sought after speaker for his views on the importance of education and leadership development within Winnipeg and Manitoba. For his efforts, Chief was awarded the Future Leaders of Manitoba Award for Community Service reflecting his vision and commitment to influence positive change in the community.