ORIGINS Interfaith Youth

Dear Friends,

We are excited to extend an invitation to United Church youth to the 2nd of four activities that we are involved with this year. “Origins” involves high school kids in the Montreal area from First Nations, Muslim, Jewish and the United Church communities to get together to share culture, food, music and build new relationships. Each gathering will have up to 15 kids from each community.

A total of four gatherings will be held over this year, one hosted in each of the 4 communities. The first was held this summer at Kahnawake (Mohawk Territory) with youth from the Á:se Tahonatehiaróntie youth group. Meetings will take place at the Association Musulmane du Canada in St-Laurent, at Dorshei Emet and a Montreal United Church (location TBC).

The goal is to build long lasting relationships between our youth, break down barriers, create lasting friendships and have fun! Following the initial 4 hosted gatherings, the group will look at what social justice issue they will engage in as a collective.

There is room for 15 youth from United Church communities and there is no charge for this activity.

The kids will engage in ice-breakers, games and sharing of cultures.


Date: Sunday, October 22, 2017

Time: 2:00pm -5:00pm

Location: Association Musulmane du Canada (12265 Boulevard Marcel-Laurin, H4K 1N5 in Ville

St. Laurent / Cartierville)

Ages: Grade 7-11

What to bring: An item that when you touch, smell, taste, look or hear it, reminds you of your cultural story.


RSVP by October 15, 2017 to or 514-501-5525 . Spaces are limited


In peace,


Lisa Byer-de Wever - Living into Right Relations - Quebec Presbytery

Rev. Paula Kline - Montreal City Mission

Anwar Alhjooj - Montreal City Mission


This project is supported by the Living into Right Relations Committee of Quebec Presbytery (United Church of Canada) and the Kelley Trust Fund



Lisa Byer-de Wever

Cell:   (514) 501-5525

“If you have come to help me, please go home. But if you have come because your liberation is somehow bound with mine, then we may work together.” 

-Aboriginal activists group, Queensland, 1970s