How We Began
Attacks on local mosques and synagogues have led local Jewish and Muslim leaders to work closely with the city police to promote harmony among cultural and religious groups in Edmonton.
Following attacks on the Beth Shalom and Beth Israel synagogues and the Muslim Community of Edmonton mosque, leaders of the two faiths began seeking ways to work together.
Eventually, they brought in the police department's anti-hate bias crime unit as well as Archbishop Thomas Collins.
The four groups launched the Phoenix Society Sept. 17 before more than 200 people at City Hall.
What We Do
The Phoenix Society has a board of six representatives from each of the Muslim, Christian and Jewish faiths who meet monthly to discuss the needs of the community.
“I think it's a wonderful idea... to help build bridges between people of different religious faiths in our community. The experiences of disharmony in our community have given rise to something very beautiful.”
Archbishop Thomas Collins
Former Archbishop of Edmonton
“The purpose of the Phoenix Society is to maintin a high level of interaction between us so that we build relationships that overcome the kind of negative stereotyping that we're exposed to day in, day out.”
Late Mr. Larry Shaben,
Edmonton Council of Muslim Communities
“The Phoenix Multi-Faith Society is an excellent example of individuals of different faiths and backgrounds coming together to provide a united front against intolerance, hate and discrimination, ultimately making Edmonton a better place to live.”