The Edmonton area has recently witnessed a growing number of acts of intimidation and hate towards people who are black. These have often been motivated by both racism and religious bigotry together. Sadly, we know such racism exists even within faith communities themselves.
As two larger faith traditions, both Muslims and Christians have spiritual wisdom and resources within our communities that ought to compel us to speak up and act against this disturbing trend. Our faith spaces, in particular, should be safe spaces for all people – those of African descent, and every other racialized community. Yet we must admit the truth that sometimes they are not.
The first week of February marks the beginning of both Black History Month and World Interfaith Harmony Week. This is an ideal time to come together in interfaith and anti-racist solidarity. Hosted by The Green Room and The Anglican Diocese of Edmonton, join us online on Feb. 5 (10:00am-12:00pm) as local Muslim and Christian leaders and anti-racism activists address “Faith Spaces, Safe Spaces: Interfaith Reflections on Anti-Black Racism”.
Register here for this free online event: faith-spaces-safe-spaces.eventbrite.ca