His Majesty King Abdullah II
King of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan
The Temple of Understanding is pleased to offer our full support and congratulations for World Interfaith Harmony Week. Our contribution to this initiative will be hosting an event at the United Nations in New York City, as part of this global effort. Our 14th annual Gandhi King Chavez Season for Nonviolence event, with the theme “Speak out, Unite, End Violence against Women” will be held on Wednesday, February 2, 2011.
The Temple of Understanding has led the way in interfaith education and advocacy for 50 years. We educate youth and adults both cross culturally and inter-religiously for global citizenship and peaceful coexistence; advocate for acceptance and respect for religious pluralism by the worlds governing bodies; and actively continue to promote justice and tolerance. The organization was founded in 1960 by a pioneering visionary, Juliet Hollister, with the support of a distinguished group of “Founding Friends,” which included Eleanor Roosevelt, Ecumenical Patriarch Athenagoras, Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, Sir Zafrula Khan, H.H. Pope John XXIII, Anwar al-Sadat and H.H. the XIVth Dalai Lama, among others.
We look forward to participating in this first weeklong celebration of interfaith harmony with our colleagues from around the globe. Thank you for your leadership and initiative in this endeavor.
Alison Van Dyk
Temple of Understanding
The Temple of Understanding
Title / Position
Executive Director and Chair of the Board