Ecumenical and Interfaith Ministry

Ecumenical and Interfaith Ministry

It has been remarked that Christians living on the Canadian prairies have for long enjoyed a running start on ecumenism as a strategy for sheer survival; ecumenical activity is a deeply intuitive response to the realization that we share, as Chief Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks has memorably said, a “covenant of fate” that predates any “covenant of faith.”

Our diocese partners with the Capital Region Interfaith Housing InitiativeEdmonton and District Council of Churches and/or the Edmonton Interfaith Centre for Education and Action on a number of initiatives throughout the year, such as the Habitat for Humanity Interfaith-Works Project, “No Room in the Inn” fundraising campaign at Christmas, the “Celebrating Our Faiths” information display in Edmonton City Hall, the Edmonton inner-city Good Friday Way of the Cross and the liturgical celebration of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity in January. Another notable annual tradition is the remarkable Ecumenical Mission of Strathcona County, now moving into its second quarter-century. Beyond these more prominent local observances, however, there are countless – or perhaps just “uncounted” – comings-together of people of faith in support of community, or school, or other civic projects; in the various activities of ministerial associations throughout the diocese; in shared celebration and enjoyment of expressions of faith in artistic forms such as pictorial art or literature or music and song.

For more information, contact:

Ecumenical Coordinator The Rev. Dr. Scott Sharman

Associate Ecumenical and Interfaith Officer Dr. Jane Samson

Upcoming Events

7th Annual Interfaith-Habitat Works Project

February 27 - May 31, 2018

Interfaith Work and Pray Gathering

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Mental Health in Congregations

Saturday, April 14, 2018


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On Eagles Wings Holy Week Reflections

On Eagle's Wings invites you to join in prayer and reflection this Holy Week as we journey together from Palm Sunday to our Lord's resurrection. Holy Week Reflections 2018 Read More

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H4H Interfaith Work Project Kick-Off

Gathering to celebrate the 7th Annual Interfaith-Habitat Works project on February 27, representatives of many faith traditions, including: Anglican, Christian Reformed, Jewish, Mennonite, Mormon, Muslim, Roman... Read More

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Ecumenical Meatball Cook-Off

Special events commemorating the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, including conferences, concerts and services, brought Edmonton Anglicans, Lutherans and Roman Catholics together in a renewed spirit of... Read More


Call for Nominations for Companion of the Worship Arts

The Faith, Worship and Ministry Committee of General Synod calls for nominations to the Companion of the Worship Arts 2018. Please see attached Nominations Form. The honour will be conferred at the ELCIC/ACC... Read More

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Friends in Jesus Gather for Ecumenical Celebration

St. Faith Anglican Church in Edmonton hosted an ecumenical church service on the opening weekend of Black History Month festivities in Edmonton. Presider the Rev. Adenike Yesufu, deacon at St. Faith’s, welcomed... Read More


Ecumenical Celebration for Christian Unity

The evening of January 19th saw around 20-25 people bundled up around a bonfire in Mill Creek Ravine. This was no ordinary campfire, though. It was an ecumenical, multi-lingual prayer vigil for Christian unity. The... Read More


Advent Audience Packs Cathedral for Songs and Sonnets

Extraordinary friendship and abundant talent made for an unforgettable Advent performance by English poet-priest Malcolm Guite and Christian singer/songwriter/storyteller Steve Bell before a nearly sold-out crowd at... Read More


Clay Nativity Unveiled at City Hall

The Edmonton Interfaith Centre and the Edmonton & District Council of Churches unveiled a new nativity scene next to the Celebration of Faiths display inside City Hall, on December 1. The art installation was... Read More


Christian-Muslim Dialogue

The 5th annual Christian-Muslim dialogue event: “More Important Now Than Ever,” drew more than 200 members of Edmonton Christian and Muslim faith communities, including many faith leaders, to St. Matthias Anglican... Read More

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Growing Closer in Our Common Mission

St. Thomas Anglican Church in Sherwood Park extended warm hospitality to the Strathcona ecumenical community on October 16, welcoming Anglican, Lutheran, Moravian, United Church members and others for afternoon tea... Read More


Two from Diocese Elected to North American Ecumenists' Board

The North American Academy of Ecumenists, a community of ecumenical scholars and activists from a wide variety of Christian traditions across North America, held its Boston 2017 Conference at the Conners Center,... Read More