eNewsletter of Calgary's Generative Journalism News Co-Op | December 11, 2014

Here are some of the stories we've been telling this week:

Sharing food and stories the key to building strong community: pastor John Pentland

Terrific Taco Sunday. Hugs & Quiche. Wife Saver Sunday. Denise Semos has dreamed up some great titles for the weekly community meals she's co-ordinated on behalf of her church, Hillhurst United in Kensington, for the last three years.

The titles are just one small example of the fun, creative touches Denise brings to a task that many would find daunting - making sure about 150 people have a meal prepared with love nearly every Sunday after church.

This could be considered radical hospitality - a weekly effort, made possible by about 15 hours of Denise's volunteer time and the contributions of a rotating crew of about 50 other people. The church also commits to considering and providing for varied dietary needs, such as gluten-free or vegetarian diets.

The weekly meals aren't new - they started out about 20 years ago as potlucks but had to morph as the church grew, requiring more planning and co-ordination. Read more...

Jewish and Muslim communities of Calgary demonstrate desire for mutual understanding, peace through formation of joint council

Disturbed by the aggressive nature of the pro-Israel, pro-Palestinian rallies on Calgary's streets last summer, representatives of the local Muslim and Jewish faiths have created a forum for enabling a peaceful approach to addressing their concerns.

The primary intent of the new Calgary Jewish-Muslim Council is to build mutual understanding of one another's faiths. "We have more in common than differences," leaders of both faith communities highlight.

"I am so happy that what I dreamed is now coming to life," says imam Syed Soharwardy, who first conceived of the council.

"As Muslims, we need to understand Judaism, and Jews need to understand what Islam is all about. Read more...

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