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In what may be a first in Canada, Winnipeg mayor Scott Gillingham has created a Multi Faith and Cultural Liaison Circle to stay abreast of concerns and issues in that city’s faith and cultural communities.

The Circle’s 15 members, who were selected by the mayor, come from the city’s Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Sikh, Ba’hai, Indigenous and other communities. 

They were chosen based on their expertise in faith, culture and the unique needs of their communities, and on their willingness to work collaboratively to identify issues and opportunities. 

So far, the Circle has met twice. They plan to meet with the mayor four times a year.

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John Longhurst is a freelance religion reporter and columnist for the Winnipeg Free Press. He has been involved in journalism and communications for over 40 years, including as president of Canadian Church...