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

Week of Prayer Ecumenical Service

Sunday, January 21, 2018



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


Muslim/Christian Interfaith Journey Continues at Christ Church

An interfaith journey continued on Thursday, August 10 at Christ Church, as ladies and children led by Mrs. Samina Mian, Ahmadiyya Muslim Women’s Association Edmonton West Chapter President, attended the 11:00 am... Read More