Location: Hotel Monarch Aachal, Lal Pull, Shiv Mandir, West Bengal, India, Siliguri, New Delhi, Chennai, IN
The Universal Peace Federation of India in collaboration with United Nations Information Center for India and Bhutan has organized the series of interfaith program in the 3 different states of India to commemorate the United Nations World Interfaith Harmony Week 2014. On 1st February, 2014 at Siliguri, Darjeeling, West Bengal, on 3rd February at New Delhi and on 4th February at Chennai.
Preparing the report to be sent soon.
Location: Divya Loka, Rossiya, Nizhegorodskaya oblast', Nizhny Novgorod Oblast, RU
The Russian Orthodox Church Archpriest and father superior of St. Nicholas church in St. Petersburg – Vladislav Antsibor visited Divya Loka. As father superior, Archpriest Vladislav Antsibor leads liturgical and pastoral activities in the parish entrusted to him. He also takes care of promoting sobriety and a healthy lifestyle, as well as animal welfare activities.
Swami Vishnudevananda Giri and Archpriest Vladislav Antsibor had unusually deep conversations about the spiritual path of holiness in Hinduism and Christianity.
Within the week of tolerance declared by UN (World Interfaith Harmony Week), there held a round-table to discuss the theme of interreligious dialogues in modern Russia and the world. The opinions had many common points of contact.
"There may be different forms, different philosophies, different approaches, different practices, but the feeling of God is common - God is no respecter of persons. He is merciful to all the people, whether they are holy or only on the half way. According to the Christian understanding of spirituality, it is inseparably connected with religiosity. It is important to distinguish the tradition from conservatism. The fact is that we often “preserve” our tradition, and think that we keep it like that. But in such a way we kill the spirit itself. Tradition means to keep a steady flame. If we preserve the fire into a jar or a stove, it goes out. The situation is changing, the world is moving forward".
Novice Alena Molofeeva:
"If society seeks for harmony, it seeks a common ground, that is what unites us rather than what divides us. We, as representatives of the religions, and spiritual people, can show an example of harmonious communication with each other".
Novice Alena Savina:
"It does not matter in which boat you will sail to your Liberation, which religion you will choose. But if all these boats sail together, it will be very nice – a big fleet! It will have power and ability to transmit spiritual values to the world".
Location: 274 Pleasant Street, Concord, NH, , US
The Greater Concord Interfaith Council sponsored the World Religion Day program for the first time on Jan. 19 at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Concord. Attendants representing six faiths discussed love, elimination of prejudice and doing good deeds. Pictured are Bobbi Blades (left) of Temple Beth Jacob talking with Imam Ahamed Kromah, while Sue Brewer of the Baha'i community of Concord visits with the mother of one of the youth. This event, initiated in 1950 by the American Baha’i community in response to animosity between religions at the time, has spread around the world.
Location: Washington Street United Methodist Church 1401 Washington St, Columbia, SC 29201, Columbia, US
Dialogue on compassion with the Dawsey Sunday School class and worship in the main sanctuary,
Fellowship and refreshments.
Location: Baha’i Center, 2020 Assembly Street, Columbia, SC 29201, Columbia, US
Snacks and socializing, Women of Many Faiths of Columbia
Brief Introduction to WOMF followed by facilitated sharing on “Showing Compassion to Others”.
Location: Shandon United Methodist Church, SUMC–Player Hall, 3407 Devine St, Columbia, SC 29205, , US
Pan-Methodist Campaign for Children in Poverty, Bishop Jack Meadors (ret.)
Location: SC SGI-USA Buddhist Community Center, 228 O’Neil Ct., Columbia, SC 29223, , US
Introduction to Nichiren Buddhism
Location: Sikh Religious Society of SC, 11419 Broad River Road, Chapin, SC 29036, , US
The public is warmly invited to each of these events held during South Carolina Interfaith Harmony Month (January) and through World Interfaith Harmony Week in February.
Location: USC Capstone, Carolina Room 17th Floor, , US
Three Rabbi Panel – “Keeping the Faith: How to address the growing trend of young Jews disassociating from our traditions, synagogues, and chuppahs.
Rabbi Jonathan Case, Rabbi Hesh Epstein, Rabbi Daniel Sherman, at USC Capstone, Carolina Room 17th Floor, light refreshments.
Sponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences Jewish Studies Program, Hillel at USC, and the Young Adult Division of the Columbia Jewish Federation.
Location: Wat Botum Park, Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Phnom Penh, KH
Working Group of Interfaith for Peace (WGIP) joint cooperation with 15 national and international organization in Cambodia which work closely to Peacebuilding in Cambodia among divers faith was celebrate the World interfaith Harmony Week which held on 1st of February 2014 took place in Phnom Penh city to Promote Interfaith Cooperation on Sustainable Development in Phnom Penh city, Cambodia. The purpose of the event is to celebrate the world interfaith harmony week for the faith cooperation engages the value of living together as difference culture of faith and tradition. Strengthen solidarity activities among diverse faith through faith sharing, exposure trip to the temple, mosque, and church with planting tree together represent from each religious as a symbol of faiths solidarity and to see how diverse faith can work out together for sustainable development in Cambodia.
Why we celebrate the World Interfaith Harmony Week? In September 2010, His Majesty King Abdullah proposed the launch of the World Interfaith Harmony Week at the UN General Assembly, which adopted the initiative. The World Interfaith Harmony Week was proclaimed by the General Assembly through a resolution adopted on 20 October 2010. In the resolution, the General Assembly pointed out that mutual understanding and inter-religious dialogue constitute important dimensions of a culture of peace, and the World Interfaith Harmony Week was established as a way to promote harmony among all people regardless of their faith.
The event this year bring together 170 of participants from Buddhist, Islam, and Christian religious who has mission against the violent to integrate and transform conflict into peace started from individual to communities and to the society. The started point of the event from Wat ButTum temple to Toul Tompong Mosque, and to New Life Mission church with shared from each religious leader on their faith working together for sustainable development and open questions and answer were provided to religious leaders and the participants. Participants reflections, were exited to joint such a useful event as they aware many regarding to religious, most of their dark cloud were clear after participates full day interfaith exposure trip.
Recognizing the imperative need for a dialogue among different faiths and religions to enhance mutual understanding, harmony and cooperation among the people. Reflect to the political deadlock in Cambodia, this event can be remind to Cambodia political, especially the principle of the state maker must be collaborate with each other to build Cambodia communities into unity, peace, and harmony “People need peace and security both physically and spiritually”.