By The Post-Standard Editorial Board
In explaining the need for World Interfaith Harmony Week, Jordan’s Prince Ghazi bin Muhammad bin Talal noted that “the misuse or abuse of religions can be a cause of world strife, whereas religions should be a great foundation for facilitating world peace.”
In October 2010, the U.N. General Assembly adopted a resolution calling for its member states to hold events during the first week of February to challenge “forces of division that spread misunderstanding and mistrust, especially among peoples of different religions.”
Sunday, more than 200 Central New Yorkers gathered at Syracuse’s Temple Society of Concord to celebrate religious diversity and share faith traditions.
Muslims, Hindus, the Moorish Society, Roman Catholics, Jews, Bahai, Sikhs, pagans and others spent a few minutes each sharing a skit, scripture, music or poetry to illustrate aspects of their beliefs.
The event was put on by Interfaith Works of Central New York and Women Transcending Boundaries. It showcased the earnest, ongoing efforts to educate about the religious tapestry of our community. By introducing people to traditions different from their own, the event moves the world closer to understanding and trust.
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