ISLAM UNRAVELLEDS Interfaith PARTNERS
5 years of relationships, friendships, and allyship across British Columbia.
Participants gained a better understanding of, and appreciation for, one another. This unique program worked with seniors, youth groups, and regular congregation members from Mosques, Churches, and Synagogues.
The Multifaith Canadian Initiative
Co-founder of the Canadian Multifaith Initiative (MCI) which supports human rights as a faith-based coalition of communities across BC on issues we collectively need to see addressed.
Multifaith Podcasts and Events.
Our recent podcasts and events have reached over 55,000 people and brought awareness to faith communities of the stories, voices, and backgrounds of one another. We hosted major events commemorating the Jan 29 Day of Remembrance and Action on Islamophobia.
Partners in BC
We are partnered with all major and most independent Muslim organizations across the province, providing multilayered services. Our faith-based partners also have province wide reach and impact.
We strive to foster equitable opportunities for all religious and racial minorities in B.C. by unravelling racist narratives and strengthening resilience among communities and organizations.
Our 5A Strategy for systemic improvement:
1. Awareness — through education and engagement, with government, law enforcement, the public, faith communities through podcasts, events, and interfaith exchanges (visits, presentations, meals, Q&A) at one another’s places of worship to facilitate understanding.
2. Allyship — working with representatives from all racial and religious communities against systemic racism, discrimination, and exclusion.
3. Access — centralize and share resources for minority and/or disenfranchised communities to equitably participate in society.
4. Agency — Education and engagement programs to provide skills and training for students, women, seniors, refugees, new Canadians, and other groups to learn anti-racism skills, what to do when faced with bullying or discrimination, and how to stand up as an ally for each other. We work with our partners to provide mental health, nutrition, job, and social support.
5. Advisory — Working together with as well as advising municipal, provincial, First Nations, and federal governments to address community concerns and issues.
- BC Muslim Association (with 17 mosques across BC)
Az-Zahra Islamic Centre (the largest Shia Muslim organization in BC)
- St. Andrew’s Wesley United Church
Islam Unravelled is also one of the co-founding organizations for the Canadian Multifaith Initiative for Uyghur Rights.
This multifaith group of men and women from the Jewish, Christian and Muslim faiths seek to raise community awareness, promote change and to protect Diaspora Uyghur Muslims who are subjected to harassment and intimidation here in Canada.
- Alan Morinis, Congregation Schara Tzedeck, Vancouver, BC
- Norman Franks, Congregation Beth Israel, Vancouver, BC
- Rabbi Adam Stein, Congregation Beth Israel, Vancouver, BC
- Menachem Freedman, Congregation Schara Tzedeck, Vancouver, BC
- Rosalind Kellett, Christ Church Cathedral, Vancouver, BC
- Rabbi Philip Gibbs, Congregation Har-El, Vancouver, BC
- Rabbi Susie Tendler, Beth Tikvah Congregation & Centre, Richmond, BC
- Marilyn Berger, Beth Tikvah Congregation & Centre, Richmond, BC
- Haroon Khan, Al Jamia Masjid, Vancouver, BC
- Kabir Qurban, Uyghur Muslim community, Vancouver, BC
- Rabbi Carey Brown, Temple Sholom, Vancouver, BC
- Gay Richardson, St. John the Evangelist Anglican Church, Ottawa, ON
- Turnisa Matsedik-Qira, Uyghur Muslim community, Vancouver, BC
- Yusuf Siraj, Al Jamia Masjid, Vancouver, BC
- Rabbi Dan Moscovitz, Temple Sholom, Vancouver, BC
- Rev Dan Chambers, St. Andrews Wesley United Church, Vancouver, BC
- The Rev. Samaya Oakley, South Fraser Unitarian Congregation
- Pastor Craig O’Brien, Origin Church, Vancouver, BC
- Jack Tippett, St. John’s Anglican Church, Vancouver, BC
- Irena Tippett, St. John’s Anglican Church, Vancouver, BC
- Rabbi Anthony Knopf, Congregation Beth Ora, Saint-Laurent, Quebec
- Rabbi Lisa Grushcow, Temple Emanu-El-Beth Shalom, Montreal, Quebec
- Rabbi Schachar Orenstein, Director Aleph Canada, Montreal, Quebec
- Moshe Denburg, Congregation Beth Israel, Vancouver, BC
- Maurice Moses, Congregation Beth Israel, Vancouver, BC
- Judy Shane, Or Shalom Congregation, Vancouver, BC
- Lyle Pullan, Congregation Beth Israel, Vancouver, BC
- Art Toft, Schara Tzedeck Congregation, Vancouver, BC
- Len Cohen, Congregation Beth Israel, Vancouver, BC
- Anney Soronow, Beth Tikvah Congregation & Centre, Richmond, BC
- Paul McKeague, Temple Israel, Ottawa, ON
- Mahmood Jaffer, Az-Zahraa Islamic Centre, Richmond, BC
- Shanawaz Khan, NWMIS Marpole Musalla, Vancouver, BC
- Abdul Qadir, Fleetwood Islamic Centre, Surrey, BC
- Shahib Ali, Abu Bakr Islamic Centre, Surrey, BC
- Jack Wilson, Carleton Memorial United Church, Ottawa, ON
- Glenda Mindlin, Congregation Beth Israel, Vancouver, BC
- Mehmet Tohti, Toronto Uyghur Mosque, Toronto, ON
- Sarah Teich, Beth Tzedec, Toronto, ON
- Martha Hall, Glebe St. James United Church, Ottawa, ON
- David Kilgour, Westminster Presbyterian Church, Ottawa, ON
- Ralph & Gillian Levy, Congregation Emanu-El, Victoria, BC
- Phil Kretzmar, Kehillat Beth Israel, Ottawa, ON
- Norman Epstein, The Song Shul, Toronto, ON
- Rabbi Hannah Dresner, Or Shalom Congregation, Vancouver, BC
- Ali Iqbal, Hamilton Downtown Mosque, Hamilton, ON
- Irene Turpie, Church of Scotland, Dundas, ON
- Raziya Mahmut, Uyghur community, Toronto, ON
- Hassan Ubul, Toronto Uyghur Mosque, Toronto, ON
- Graeme Barber, McPhail Baptist Church, Ottawa, ON
- Ruth McKeague, Chapel Ridge Free Methodist Church, Stittsville, ON
- Rabbi Andrew Rosenblatt, Schara Tzedeck Congregation, Vancouver, BC
- Fran Klodawsky, Temple Israel, Ottawa, ON
Noted synagogues, churches and mosques are for the purpose of association, not their endorsement.