The mission of the IPFC is to foster compassionate inclusive relationships with self and others of diverse religions, faiths and secular beliefs through awareness, respect and appreciation.
The hub of our educational experiences is the Peace Room. It's purpose is to offer an environment that helps us cultivate peace, harmony and compassion in our lives, relationships, community and world.
By day, the room is primarily kept in quiet to facilitate a turning inward for prayer, reading, reflection, meditation and rest for people of all faiths and beliefs, whether spiritual or secular. During the evening and weekend, it is used for related classes, meetings or events.
The inaugural event in the Peace Room was the World Religion Day celebration in 2011. This event planted the seed for the interfaith growth which has blossomed into an international award winning campus-community collaboration, namely Interfaith Harmony Halifax and its UN World Interfaith Harmony Week program.
The Peace Room is also the ground in which the community non-profit group, Waves of Compassion Association, had it's roots. Since 2011, it has provided a space for this group to meet, plan, celebrate, and grow into a charitable organization with a newly developed Board of strong and committed community leaders.
We are also happy to share this space with the Nepalese community who moved to Halifax as refugees. A group of young adults use it on Saturday for sharing poetry, music, and arts, etc., Elders use it on Sunday for worship. Here's a bit of their story (embed pdf).