Hope in the Era of COVID – The Interfaith Community Breakfast

The Interfaith Community Breakfast was held in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada on May 19 through Zoom, YouTube, and Facebook. For the first time, it was held virtually due to the pandemic. The Abbess of Fo Guang Shan Temple of Toronto, Venerable Chueh Fan, attended the event. She discussed Buddhist principles and shared insights on this year's topic "Hope in the Era of COVID".


The Interfaith Community Breakfast is an annual event organized by Interfaith Grand River, and co-organized by the three municipal governments of Cambridge, Kitchener, and Waterloo. This event is marking its 46th year. Karen Redman, the chairperson of the Waterloo region, attended the event and encouraged everyone to get vaccinated to ensure the health and safety of the community.


Eleven representatives from Catholic and Protestant denominations, Islam, Buddhism, as well as aboriginal and environmental organizations, shared their views, opinions, and insights, along with pearls of wisdom on this year’s topic "Hope in the Era of COVID" with a collective vision on creating a promising future together. More than 400 people participated online.


Venerable Chueh Fan gave a speech stating that when we are satisfied with happiness in life, happiness itself will follow along. If we choose to move on without looking back, happiness will reside in the future we believe in. Be strong and have faith, we don’t need to chase happiness, happiness will follow along wherever we go.


For the sake of helping those in need during this COVID-19 pandemic, this year, the organizer especially invites participants to donate the amount that they can afford for "purchase breakfast" to the Food Bank in Waterloo and the Cambridge Self-Service Food Bank.