Interfaith Prayer Breakfast in recognition of the UN’s World Interfaith Harmony Week

City of Mississauga Mayor Crombie and Over 150 Religious,
Faith and Community Leaders promote values of peace and tolerance

February 3, 2020  Mississauga
The First Interfaith Prayer Breakfast Co-hosted by the Mayor and the Interfaith Council of Peel Marked the annual United Nations observance of World Interfaith Harmony Week.
Over 150 people participated, including faith leaders from Judaism, Christianity, Catholics, Islam, Zoroastrianism, Hinduism, Buddhism, Sikhism, Jainism, Bahai’i, Unitarianism and Native Spirituality, along with Councillor Matt Mahoney and local MPPs Natalia Kusendova, Kaleed Rasheed and Deepak Anand, Peel Police and Mississauga Fire and Emergency, education partners from the Dufferin Peel and Peel Catholic School Boards.
Representing Buddhism, Venerable Chueh Fan, Abbess of Fo Guang Shan Temple of Toronto led a prayer, explained and chanted the “Buddha’s Light Verse” in English.

May kindness, compassion, joy, and equanimity pervade all worlds;

May we cherish and build affinities to benefit all beings;

May Chan, Pure Land, and Precepts inspire equality and patience;

May our humility and gratitude give rise to great vows.

With so much uncertainty happening in the world, Mayor Crombie thanked all the faith leaders for the dedication to building bridges across various faith communities in Mississauga, and even more important is the role that spiritual and religious leaders play in ensuring the City remains a welcoming place for all. She said, “We need faith more now than ever.”

The Mayor also asked faith leaders to mobilize faith communities to help and get one step closer to ending poverty and hunger in the city.