The Prayer Breakfast is an annual engagement, where our present and future leaders come together in the spirit of strengthening self and with the purpose of building and sustaining a healthy community that values respect and openness for all. The Prayer Breakfast Committee and the Office of the Mayor encourage people of all faiths and creeds to attend this Hamilton tradition of the community coming together to share a meal and be inspired by the life experiences, passions and talents of our local speakers.
Madeleine Levy, Chair of the Hamilton Community Prayer Breakfast Committee believes, “This annual Breakfast celebrates faith, student voice from our area school boards, local musical artists and sharing of ideas and perspectives. For over 40 years, it has been a true catalyst to encourage participation in dialogue, foster mutual understanding and awareness about community and global issues, and develop relationships.”
The theme of the 2016 Hamilton Community Prayer Breakfast is Words and Action ~ CommUNITY, fostering caring, peaceful and inclusive societies.
The keynote speaker for this exciting program is Lishai Peel, an award winning poet, creative consultant and community animator. Deeply committed to using spoken word as a tool for social change and community capacity building, Lishai facilitates spoken word/poetry writing and performance workshops with youth in schools all across Canada. Lishai utilizes culturally-sensitive, alternative education, arts based practices in her workshops, with a focus on confidence building and excavation of personal stories.
A truly inspirational morning showcasing creative artistry from our local schools and community with a powerful message of unity and building bridges of understanding and respect through dance, poetry, music and prayer.
We are pleased to invite the Media to join us for this moving and inspirational gathering and support Hamilton’s Vision, "To be the best place in Canada to raise a child, promote innovation, engage citizens, and provide diverse economic opportunities."