Calls for Prayers

The letter of support sent by ICP to the Mayor’s Office May 2020 over the Council’s decision to allow the broadcast of calls to prayers during Ramadan.

Dear Mayor Bonnie Crombie,

The Interfaith Council of Peel supports the City of Mississauga’s resolution to approve the broadcast of calls for prayers to all faiths in the city. In this pandemic time, so much has been taken from us, and especially from communities of faith who yearn to gather not only for worship and celebration, but also to do good work in our neighbourhoods and our city, and to support one another in both good and challenging times.  Rather than thinking of this simple action as divisive, or favouring one group over another, may it be a reminder that members of our community are deeply missing each other, that our lives personally and collectively have changed.  May this call be a reminder to take just a few moments to think of those who cannot gather: celebrating families and grieving families, friends and social groups, even sports teams – and faith communities; to be thankful for healthcare workers, police, fire and EMT’s, and people on the front lines, for workers who are performing essential roles to keep us safe and to keep our communities going; to pray for courage for our leaders who are making hard decisions; to pray for people who face hate and discrimination brought on by fear and anger.  Each faith has ways that outwardly inspire and encourage their congregations and we are in support of the City and Mayor’s efforts especially in this very challenging time to enable faith communities and faith leaders to reach out and support our diverse community and bring us together in a spirit of hope and comfort. 

The Interfaith Council of Peel

Chair: Rabbi Audrey Pollack, Solel Congregation of Mississauga

Co-Chair:Urz Heer, Canadian Sufi Centre

Rowshan Shams, The Bahai Community of Mississauga

Wilson Yau, Fo Guang Shan Buddhist Temple

Rev. Joanne Hedge, Applewood United Church

Pastor Richard Edwards, Mt.Zion House of Praise

Varsha Naik, Hindu Faith Community
Arliene Botnick, Solel Congregation of Mississauga

Rabia Khedr, Muslim Council of Peel

Amtul Ahmad, Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat

Seema Khan, ISNA Canada

Harmanpreet Singh, Sikh Faith Community

Fred Mirza, Zoroastrian Society of Ontario

Rev. Fiona Heath, Unitarian Congregation in Mississauga

Andrea Rowe – Greening Sacred Spaces Peel-Halton

Ashley Bigda, Community Relations PDSB

Michelle McLeish, Region of Peel Human Services & Community Relations

Helping the Vulnerable

ICP member ISNA is providing relief kits and services to help the vulnerable during COVID-19.   We are helping those who are unable to leave home for whatever reason – simply register them online and our team will contact tem and deliver the essential supplies to their doorstep.  In addition to food boxes we can provide hygiene kits, prescription & medication runs and other small services.

ISNA is working in collaboration with ten other organizations and can deliver services across many cities including Mississauga, Oakville, Brampton, Milton, Burlington, Etobicoke and Toronto.

Interfaith Harmony Week in Peel

The ICP Steering Committee thanks all those who came out in Mississauga and Brampton to celebrate the United Nations 2020 Interfaith Harmony Week.

At Mississauga City Hall with Mayor Crombie
At Brampton City Hall with Mayor Brown
ICP Steering Committee members with Mayor Crombie

Interfaith Prayer Breakfast

Join Mayor Bonnie Crombie for the Interfaith Prayer Breakfast on Monday, February 3rd, 2020. Co-hosted by the Mayor and the Interfaith Council of Peel, it will mark the annual United Nations observance of World Interfaith Harmony Week.

The breakfast is open to all leaders of Mississauga’s faith community. Join us in celebrating the principles of tolerance, peace and respect with the Mississauga interfaith community.

RSVP to the event is required.

To join the event, you must RSVP at the link below by Tuesday, January 28th, 2020. Details of the event are as follows:

Date: Monday, February 3rd, 2020

Time: 8:30am-10:00am

Location: C Banquets, 300 City Centre Drive, 12th Floor

RSVP here: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/interfaith-prayer-breakfast-tickets-89269767277

If you have any questions, please contact City of Mississauga staff Natasha Mistry by email: Natasha.mistry@mississauga.ca or by phone: 905-896-5065.

Annual Meeting in November

Thursday November 21st 1:00pm – 3:00pm

Join the ICP at our annual meeting with special guest speaker Richard Landau.

Fo Guang Shan Temple of Toronto 6525 Millcreek Drive, Mississauga

RSVP by November 19th to interfaithcouncilpeel@gmail.com

Summer Picnic

Come out on Sunday, June 23rd, 2019 3 p.m. – 5 p.m.

at Solel Congregation of Mississauga.

All are welcome to the Interfaith Council of Peel’s annual summer picnic. We will have food and entertainment to enjoy as we mingle and learn more about the many faiths in Mississauga.

Refreshments will be provided. The event is free of charge and will take place rain or shine.

Join the ICP to connect with diverse faith communities in Peel Region for a day of fun and fellowship. All are welcome!

Please RSVP by June 20, 2019 here: https://icpsummerpicnic.eventbrite.ca.

In Solidarity

The Interfaith Council of Peel expresses our deepest condolences to the Christian community in Sri Lanka and worldwide, following the horrific attacks on Easter Sunday. On a day of rejoicing for the Christian community, a day that heralds the promise of peace and redemption, innocent lives were cut off by cruelty and hate. 

We extend sympathy to the mourners and pray for the healing of the survivors and all who were injured in the attacks at Anthony’s, St. Sebastian’s and Zion churches, the Shangri-La, Kingsbury, and Cinnamon Grand hotels, and in the streets.

Sunday’s atrocity follows upon the mass murder of Jews at prayer in Pittsburgh in October and the massacre of Muslims at prayer in Christchurch, New Zealand last month. Each of these attacks are horrifying in their own right. The terrorism perpetrated against those innocent lives, as they gathered in prayer, is a threat to free religious observance worldwide. As people of faith, we stand together against violence targeting religious groups and violence perpetrated in the name of religion. 

We stand with our Sri Lankan and Christian friends and neighbours at this painful time.