Interfaith Harmony Week Celebrates 2nd Year
On 23rd September 2010 H.M. King Abdullah II of Jordan proposed holding an annual World Interfaith Harmony Week at the UN General Assembly. The week was unanimously adopted by the UN and henceforth, the first week of February serves as a week championing global interfaith harmony.
To honour this week, we are joining with individuals and organisations that are showing the world the power of interfaith work as an effective force for breaking down stereotypes and resolving conflict.
We are showcasing personal stories of interfaith encounter – of people from diverse faiths living and working together, and learning from one another. These stories of "My Friend of a Different Faith" can come from anyone, anywhere in the world. We already have stories from Canada, India, and Pakistan. We want to show real-life snapshots of what religion, faith and belief systems really look like - behind the headlines. If you have a story to share visit “My Friend of a Different Faith” to get started.
Young people and teachers in our Face to Faith schools programme are also sharing their stories of “My Friend of a Different Faith”. They are discussing key faith and spiritual topics on the secure online website such as “How can faith be a force for good in the modern world?” “Why is interfaith dialogue important?” and “What gives your life meaning and purpose?” To learn more about our Face to Faith programme, register your interest or explore the Face to Faith web pages.
Many people are inspired by Interfaith Harmony Week. At the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, they will have special panels, lectures, and dialogue workshops. At Queen's Hall, Parliament House, Melbourne, Australia, one hundred religious, spiritual and community leaders will take part in a morning reception. And, in the United States, the US Chapter of the International Association for Religious Freedom will be holding a three day conference.
The Tony Blair Faith Foundation is participating in the UN’s Interfaith Harmony Breakfast initiative. Like other organisations around the world this week, our organisation will take time out to share quality time together and reflect on the importance of this week over breakfast.
To learn more about events near you visit the World Interfaith Harmony website.
Photo: 2011 Interfaith Harmony Breakfast of Nashville TN USA.