Faith House News! Plus something to brighten your day :)

Okay, so before we get to the news, enjoy the best Bar Mitzvah announcement we have ever seen.  But don’t get lost!  Come back and read on after this moment of awesomeness.

Okay, news!

We are collecting food for the Nishiyuu Walkers, an amazing group of youth from Northern Quebec who are walking to Ottawa for Idle No More.  We are hoping to deliver the food to Kitigan Zibi by this Saturday, so call us quickly or drop by if you have any food do donate.

Hopefully we will see you at one or both of our awesome events coming up this week.  If you would like to be added to our mailing list, just drop us a line.  We send emails roughly once a month to update folks on our activities and some of the other neat things going on in the community.

Malaria Education and Behaviour Change Through Interfaith Mobilization in Sierra Leone
Tuesday, Mar. 19, 6-7:30pm
Current Faith House member Aatif Baskanderi will be presenting on his work as Faith Acts Fellow in Sierra Leone and the role faith communities have in creating sustainable change. His work involved public health education, interfaith mobilization, and behaviour change to improve malaria prevention outcomes.

ONSP Dialogue #3–What role does ritual play in your faith/spirituality?
Thursday, Mar. 21, 7:30-9:30pm

Muslims for Progressive Values (MPV) Ottawa and Faith House have teamed up to co-host the Ottawa Network of Spiritual Progressives, a place where people from all faith/spiritual/philosophical backgrounds can come together in fellowship to learn from each other’s beliefs and traditions.  Check out our blog for summaries of past discussions.

If you have any questions or to RSVP, please email or

We have started our annual hunt for new fall roommates!  See below for more info.  Please pass this on to any young adult you think might be interested. 


Faith House has been around for almost three years in the heart of Sandy Hill. We are fortunate to have a community that extends far beyond the people who live in this house. While we all come from different backgrounds and experiences, we share values of compassion, radical hospitality, strive for social justice, and share in the excitement of learning from and working with each other serving Ottawa’s communities.

We are currently seeking young adults who are interested in interfaith social action and intentional community living to be part of this interfaith house. We believe that establishing a justice-oriented interfaith community will enable us to deepen our understanding of own faiths and other faiths.  Founded on the ideals of anti-oppression, we seek to challenge youth to build their conceptions of the importance of religious difference. We are looking for people who are excited about shaping and growing with the Faith House community.

The House aims to be:

  • composed of 6 community members from backgrounds of diverse faiths / spiritualties / philosophical traditions
  • committed to living together for a year
  • focused on building community through activities such as: faith-sharing nights, communal cooking, social action initiatives, sharing and developing a faith based anti-oppression framework that can be shared with the broader community

Members of this community will:

  • be willing to actively engage with their respective communities and the Faith House community
  • play an active role in shaping what this community is
  • have a passion for working for justice
  • have a familiarity/willingness to work within anti-oppression framework
  • have time to devote to community
  • be excited about living and working in an interfaith environment
  • have a commitment to live in the community for a year.

If you want to move in, want more information, or just want to say hi, please contact us at 613-656-9322 or  Check us out on Facebook and our Blog!


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