Seeking Jubilee – Interfaith Table exploring a 0% mortage program

“The word “jubilee”—literally, “ram’s horn” in Hebrew—is defined in Leviticus 25:9 as the sabbatical year after seven cycles of seven years (49 years). The fiftieth year was to be a time of celebration and rejoicing for the Israelites. The ram’s horn was blown on the tenth day of the seventh month to start the fiftiethContinue reading “Seeking Jubilee – Interfaith Table exploring a 0% mortage program”

Understanding and Responding to Nimbyism (Not in My Back Yard)

As cities all over North America work to provide low-income households a safe and affordable home, they face numerous persistent barriers.  These include the high cost of land, the search for funding for development, policy and zoning, and a very human challenge: Nimbyism in the local community. Here’s a story to illustrate the challenge ofContinue reading “Understanding and Responding to Nimbyism (Not in My Back Yard)”

CRIHI Asks – Get involved!

Hello everyone.  CRIHI has some pretty interesting and exciting work underway, and we have several opportunities to get involved.   Take a look! We need new members to serve on our steering committee.  (Time requirement:  One meeting every other month; typically a daytime slot which works best for faith leaders and partners.) Oversees the larger directionContinue reading “CRIHI Asks – Get involved!”

Interfaith Habitat Works – Wrap-up Party!

Habitat for Humanity Edmonton and the Capital Region Interfaith Housing Initiative are celebrating the success of the 8th Annual Interfaith Works Project with a Wrap Up Ceremony that will include speakers and lunch! It’s been an eventful three months with hundreds of volunteers from many different faith communities working together in a common cause: buildingContinue reading “Interfaith Habitat Works – Wrap-up Party!”

Faith Leaders Work Day with Habitat for Humanity! – May 1, 2019

Calling all Rabbis, Imams, Pastors, Priests, and Gurus!  CRIHI invites you to take up hammers and paint brushes for our first ever… Faith Leaders Work Day! Wednesday, May 1, 2019; From 8:30 am – 4:00 pm at Carter Place With the help of thousands of volunteers from every skill level and background, Habitat for Humanity Edmonton hasContinue reading “Faith Leaders Work Day with Habitat for Humanity! – May 1, 2019”

Working in my Community, Part Two

So you’re interested in working in your community…  As you begin, consider the following insights from those involved in community development work. Before you dig into this session, please ensure you have read part one in this series: Working In My Community; Part One Part Two Focus: Let’s find our way forward carefully, and make sure weContinue reading “Working in my Community, Part Two”

Interfaith Habitat Works 2019!

From March 5 – June 5, CRIHI and her partners at Habitat for Humanity invite you to come join us as people of many faiths put boots on the ground together building homes for people.  There is still time and opportunity to get involved, so come join us! Ways you can get involved: Volunteer on aContinue reading “Interfaith Habitat Works 2019!”

Three Hebrew Words

Shalom Shalom is a rich word in the Hebrew scriptures. encompassing “universal flourishing, wholeness and delight,” according to Christian Theologian, Cornelius Plantinga Jr.   Shalom is often thought of as the desire of God for all his creation; characterizing both Eden in Genesis, and in the new creation in Revelation. Chata Contrasted with shalom, is the HebrewContinue reading “Three Hebrew Words”

Working In My Community; Part One

So you’re interested in working in your community…    As you begin, consider the following insights from those involved in community development work. Look before you leap!  What do you see? “Imagine that my neighbours only saw me by the the empty half of my glass.  He’s the old guy with heart problems…   How wouldContinue reading “Working In My Community; Part One”

Housing Highlights from 2018!

It is time to count our blessings!  We have seen some encouraging movements this past year.  Let’s take note together and give thanks! From the community update shared by Homeward Trust on National Housing Day, November 28, 2018 at the Royal Alberta Museum. As the above summary report suggests: One of the most pressing frontline needsContinue reading “Housing Highlights from 2018!”