Intercultural Dialogue Institute cordially invites you to participate in a unique experience at your “neighbour’s home”. Don’t miss this opportunity!
The Meet Your Neighbour Project is designed to give participants the opportunity to share or experience the special observances of other cultures and faiths. These dinners take place in an intimate family setting with a home cooked meal which provides the best setting for learning about other faiths and cultures firsthand.
Any date between October 1 & 4
Canadians are generous and welcoming people! Our Pre-Thanksgiving Dinners are an opportunity for Canadians of different backgrounds to meet new people, share their traditions, and learn about different cultures, families, and experiences. Some might have travelled to other countries and experienced the hospitality of those diverse cultures while some might have heard from friends who enjoyed their hosting experience. Others understand how it might feel to be in a new place and want you to know you are welcome. Therefore, we invite Canadians to host newcomers for a Thanksgiving experience! While many countries around the world have harvest festivals, North Americans have really created a great holiday around Thanksgiving, and we’d love for hosts to share their traditions with newcomers.
Are you interested in sharing a Thanksgiving dinner with guests who want to learn about Thanksgiving tradition and Canadian culture? If so, let us know how many people you can host and what demographic is best appropriate for your family.
You may have heard of Thanksgiving, you may even know the specific connotation behind it, but have you ever experienced a meal with a family who has been celebrating it every year? Please visit meetyourneighbour.ca to get more information and to register as a host or guest.
*If you would like to learn more or have questions, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 647 502 6565.
Why Meet Your Neighbour?
Food brings people together and with this simple idea in mind, the Intercultural Dialogue Institute is proud to introduce to you the Meet Your Neighbours Project. This initiative aims to provide space for people of differing religious and cultural traditions to get-to-know one another in the cozy intimacy of each others’ homes. Meet Your Neighbour dinners seek to build community through sharing between members of the various faith and cultural traditions throughout Canada.
Abraham, “Friend of Allah” (c.f. Q4:125) and beloved patriarch for Christians, Muslims and Jews alike, is seen as a leading model of moral and ethical conduct. The biblical tradition illustrates the value of “hospitality” in the story of Abraham at Mamre (Gen. 18:1-33) where Abraham selflessly provides food, shelter and comfort to three unknown travellers in his and his wife Sara’s humble tent. Over the centuries, each of the three traditions has developed a unique cultural and theological expression of this value. Now our kitchens and living rooms provide the same space for hosting temporary gatherings of inter-religious and intercultural encounter.
Meet Your Neighbour programs are get-togethers filled with both gifts of hospitality and conversation with the goal of relationship building between various ethnic and religious communities in Canada Through these dialogues, communities can be built and engaged in order to develop relationships based on mutual respect and trust. After all, the sharing of a meal is a sacred space where ripples of change can occur and Meet Your Neighbour aims to spearhead the grassroots effort to rid our communities of intolerance and fear and to foster understanding and respect.