+++ WORLD INTERFAITH HARMONY WEEK takes place the first week of February each year (February 1-7).
From its origin in the Common Word initiative in 2007, when Muslim scholars, religious leaders and thinkers reached out to Christians in an effort to recognize the common ground on which Islam and Christianity are built, WIHW has expanded its horizons. The original connections were made around the fundamental principles of love for God and love for the neighbor, but, recognizing that not everyone speaks of God, the WIHW invites participation from all who “love the good and love the neighbor.” It is open to people of any religious faith, and none. “It is hoped,” says the official website, “that this initiative will provide a focal point from which all people of goodwill can recognize that the common values they hold far outweigh the differences they have, and thus provide a strong dosage of peace and harmony to their communities.”
Groups and individuals are encouraged to sponsor events during this week and to share the information on the World Interfaith Harmony Week website. Resources and information from past observances can also be found there. One goal of the Week is to make the ongoing work of interfaith groups to be made more visible to the world around. The thousands of events organized by these groups often go unnoticed not only by the general public, but also by other interfaith groups themselves. This week allows for these groups to become aware of each other and strengthen the movement by building ties and avoiding duplicating each others’ efforts.
+++ The Tri-Cities Interfaith Council is thrilled to announce that on Saturday, February 1, 2014 from 1 – 4 PM they will host Tri Cities first World Interfaith Harmony Celebration.
World Interfaith Harmony Week was proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly in 2010, in a resolution that states: “mutual understanding and interreligious dialogue constitute important dimensions of a culture of peace” and so they “established World Interfaith Harmony Week as a way to promote harmony between all people regardless of their faith.”
On behalf of the Council, I would like to invite you to this event, “To build bridges of understanding, respect and support among diverse people of faith through education, dialogue and socialization and to strengthen family and community in solidarity with others across lines of race, class and religion.”
The afternoon event will give space for many different faith traditions to be represented by their local communities. Participants from local communities of Athiest, Baha’i, Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Jewish, Muslim, Sikh, Unitarian Universalist and more will have booths showcasing their beliefs, traditions and sacred objects. There will also be an hour long moderated discussion between leaders of the faith communities that is sure to be entertaining and enlightening. The event will take place at the Fremont Veterans Memorial Building in Niles, which is located at 37154 2nd St. in Fremont, California.
“Fremont is an incredible community, and a big part of what makes it so special is its diversity. With more languages spoken in the homes than in any other city in the world, we are truly living the American dream. This event intends to bring all of our traditions together to look for common understandings and shared values. The differences we find can also be exciting and educational if we approach them non-judgmentally,” said co-planner Rev. Jeremy D. Nickel, the local Unitarian Universalist minister at Mission Peak UU in Fremont.
Anyone is welcome from any or no faith at all! Please feel free to contact Moina Shaiq if you want to participate or if you have any questions. You can download a flyer to help promote the event at www.nilesdiscoverychurch.org/NDC/Flyers/140201_Tri-Cities_Interfaith_Fair_Flier_a.pdf.
+++ “A Glimpse of Peace in the Middle East”
Trinka Wasik shares about her time living in Dubai
Tuesday, February 4th
7:00 pm presentation – 6:00 pm potluck hors d’voeuvres
First Church of Christ Scientist
24 Orinda Way, Orinda
Everyone is invited to a talk by Trinka Wasik, a Christian Science practitioner, who recently returned from three years in Dubai where she worked to establish and nurture interfaith relations. Trinka writes “This talk will be about some of the broader perspectives, practical challenges and profound successes of my interfaith experience in the Middle East. What I found was a great hope for peace. It is a myth that religious devotion divides us. Instead, I saw how individuals who sincerely practice their faith are united at a level so much deeper than doctrine or creed. And I am convinced it is the ultimate source of peace for all mankind. Living one’s religious convictions, even though it may look very different from our own or our neighbors, doesn’t have to be feared. Worshipping the divine cannot help but bless — in all its infinite forms of expression.”
The talk is not a Christian Science lecture, but is sponsored by the Interfaith Council of Contra Costa County and is part of World Interfaith Harmony Week. (Trinka is an Interfaith Council member.) Everyone is invited. The informal potluck is optional. The church does not have a kitchen, so finger food would be best. For further questions, contact Trinka Wasik at firstname.lastname@example.org or Judy Porta at email@example.com.
To share the flyer for the event World Interfaith Harmony Flyer here.
“Love Grows: Celebrating Interfaith Unity in Song.”
Choirs and musical groups from around our 107 congregations will be offering their talents for the community. There will be a short reception afterwards. If you would like to offer your group for this or future concerts, please contact Rev. Will McGarvey or Loel Bartlett Miller. A free will offering will be received for the work of the Interfaith Council.
To share the flyer for the event Love Grows Flyer here.