The Christian Interfaith  Reference Group

The Christian Interfaith Reference Group was formed by the Canadian Council of Churches to help our member churches as they explore new spiritual and theological territory demanded by living in a pluralistic society. Canada now has many expressions of faith.

This raises a question of how to hold to our Christian beliefs and relate to other faith traditions in a way that respects and engages with their traditions and beliefs. How do we find areas that remind us that the basic values of most world religions are the same, even if we give different expressions to how we come to those values?

The programmatic focus of CIRG is information sharing, education, theological reflection, and building relationships. The foundation for our work is the CCC member churches’ interfaith engagement, theological reflection, relationships, and resources.

We invite you to enter into a journey of learning and growing as we seek to be the kind of country that truly celebrates our diversity and the richness that brings.

Visit the CIRG page to learn more about our work, resources, and ways to connect and engage!

If you have questions about our work or resources, or would like to share your interfaith activities or resources, please contact Maria Simakova, CIRG Secretary.

CIRG Terms of Reference

CIRG membership

Canadian Interfaith Conversation

Since 2009, the national leaders of Canada’s faith traditions have been meeting and working together.

Leaders of the Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Baha’i, Sikh, Hindu, Buddhist and First Nations traditions, on behalf of their communities, are speaking out against extreme poverty, climate change, nuclear weapons and the small arms trade. They are speaking, in a respectful, inclusive and collaborative way FOR all people of this country and the world. Faith communities believe, in the Name of the Divine Imperative, that all children, women and men should have the food that they need, housing, education, treatment for health issues, clean water and a future with a sustainable environment.

The Charter Vision sets out their commitment to speaking and working together in relationship, for all people of Canada and for the Mending of the World.

Visit, the Canadian Interfaith Conversation site.

Read the Charter Vision for the Canadian Interfaith ConversationEn Français.

Read the CIC’s statement on the Quebec charter of values, proposed in 2013. En Français.

For more on the statements and work of the Canadian Interfaith Conversation, including the series of Interfaith Leaders Summits to challenge and inspire the G8 and G20 political leaders, go to