Interfaith groups celebrate United Nations World Interfaith Harmony Week

 

Cooperation Circles across Canada, the United States – and the world – celebrated World Interfaith Harmony Week from February 1 – 7. This week is designated by the United Nations to promote harmony among people of different faiths. 

Below is a list of events organized by URI members in Canada and the US, listed alphabetically by state/province. You can read about events worldwide on URI’s global blog. To have your event added to this list, fill out this form.  You can also check out our Program Bank of event ideas. 

Virtual

  • The Charter for Compassion observed World Interfaith Harmony Week by presenting five unique “webinar radio” programs at 10 a.m. Pacific Time, 1 p.m. Eastern Time. They will be moderated by Reed Price, Charter coordinator, and former newsroom supervisor for AP and MSNBC. 

California

  • The Tri-City Interfaith Council co-sponsored a meetup where participants can all talk about and share our faith traditions in the spirit of openness. Guests were welcome to bring bread and a topping from their culture to share.
  • A member of the URI Global Staff Deepening the Journey Cooperation Circle joined seven women to launch a monthly interfaith conversation group. Women from various backgrounds responded to a neighborhood invitation to gather. Muslim, Buddhist, Jewish, and Progressive Christian women came together in a home in Marin County, California, and started to get to know each other. They decided to meet once a month going forward. Next month they will share about their spiritual journeys. “The meeting was simple, authentic, sincere – we wanted to bridge religious divides that exist in our community. We will do this one conversation at a time,” Sally Mahe wrote. ” I was reminded of how enjoyable heart-to-heart conversations are with people I have never met but who are willing to take extra time and make extra effort to bridge religious divides.”

New York

  • Women Transcending Boundaries and Interfaith Works in Syracuse, New York gathered for their 7th annual World Interfaith Harmony Assembly. You can see photos and read about the event here, here and here
  • World Interfaith Harmony Week was observed at the United Nations with youth from Cooperation Circles from across North America. They attended the Commission on Social Development and hold interfaith discussions. 
  • We, The World, a URI North America Affiliate, joined with the Committee of Religious NGOs at the Untied Nations for a celebration of the “principles of tolerance and respect for the other.” 

North Carolina

  • Beyond Bridges is an art exhibition of 21 premier Arab, Persian and Jewish artists of Christian, Muslim and Jewish faith backgrounds focusing on what they hold in common. Held at Duke University Chapel and curated by URI Cooperation Circle CARAVAN, “Beyond Bridges” focuses on what “bridges” people to one another, as well as what the three faiths of the artists hold in common across their different creeds and cultures. The exhibition will be on display in Duke Chapel’s main sanctuary (the nave) from February 5 through February 26, 2017. The exhibition is free and open to the public from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. daily. An opening panel and reception for the exhibition will be held at the Chapel on Sunday, February 5, at 2:00 p.m. 

Vancouver

  • The Global Clergy Association in Vancouver hosted an interfaith conference on the theme “How Can Interfaith Communication Enhance Harmony?” Read a report of the conference here.
  • The Surrey Interfaith Council hosted both a music and spoken word concert and ann Interfaith Pilgrimage, which was officially canceled due to a snow storm, but several people showed up anyways and the result was an intimate and transformative day. Click here to read a personal reflection.  

WIHW Interfaith ConferenceSurrey Interfaith Pilgrimgae

 

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