Archive of Events

2014
Below are the list of WIHW events that took place globally for the year of 2014.

Nizhny Novgorod

Start: Saturday 8th of February 2014 12:00:10 AM
End: Saturday 8th of February 2014 12:00:12 AM
Location: Divya Loka, Rossiya, Nizhegorodskaya oblast', Nizhny Novgorod Oblast, RU
Дивья Локу" посетил протоирей русской православной церкви Владислав Анцибор - настоятель храма свт. Николая Чудотворца, Санкт-Петербург. В рамках недели толерантности, объявленной ООН (World Interfaith Harmony Week) был провели круглый стол, где обсуждались темы межрелигиозного диалога в современной России и мире. Вместе было найдено много общих точек соприкосновения. Владислав Анцибор: «Формы могут быть разные, разная философия, разный подход, разная практика, но ощущения тебя перед Богом, тебя с Богом – оно общее для всех людей, для всех святых людей, для тех, кто приближается, приобщается к святости. В нашем христианском понимании духовность неразрывно связанна с религиозностью... Важно отличать традицию от консерватизма. Дело в том, что мы часто консервируем свою традицию, думая, что мы ее сохраняем. Но консервация убивает именно дух. Традиция – это поддержание огня. Если огонь законсервировать в какой-то банке или печке он потухнет. Ситуация меняется, мир движется вперед". Послушница Малофеева Алена: «Если общество ищет гармонию, то оно ищет точки соприкосновения, то есть то, что нас объединяет, а не то, что нас разъединяет. Мы можем как представители религий, как духовные люди, показывать пример гармоничного общения друг с другом". Послушница Алена Савина: "Не важно на какой лодке ты пойдешь к своему освобождению, какую религию выберешь. Но если все эти лодки пойдут вместе, это будет очень красиво. Большой флот! В нем будет сила и он может транслировать миру духовные ценности».

Interfaith Film Series :The Reluctant Fundamentalist

Start: Saturday 1st of March 2014 12:00:08 AM
End: Saturday 1st of March 2014 12:00:10 AM
Location: 600 Main St, Hartford, CT 06103, Connecticut, US
Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, in conjunction with the Connecticut Council for Interreligious Understanding, is presenting a three-part Interfaith Film Series. http://www.courant.com/topic/entertainment/movies/the-reluctant-fundamentalist-%28movie%29-ENMV0002344.topic

Interfaith Action for Community

Start: Sunday 2nd of February 2014 12:00:08 AM
End: Sunday 2nd of February 2014 12:00:14 AM
Location: Phnom Penh, , KH
Dear All, Greeting of peace! I am pleased to share with you the news that here in Cambodia, on February 2nd, our URI CCs organized interfaith dialogue among CC members from France. For our morning session, we took a city tour in Phnom Penh to show our visitors the culture and some of our favorite places. At the afternoon session, we held a dialogue among friends, reflecting upon our activities and the impressions as we planted trees. Venerable Touch Mai, Interfaith Action for Community CC member, is hosting the accommodations for 4 people. On behalf of Interfaith Youth of Cambodia, I will facilitate the session and also host a solidarity lunch. Sidon and Saochheng are hosting the city tour for our friends. I would like to give thanks to Dr. Potre, Regional Coordinator for SEAPac, and Karimah, Regional Coordinator for Europe, who linked us up so that we may meet and learn together.

"Wear a Turban Day"

Start: Wednesday 26th of February 2014 12:00:10 AM
End: Wednesday 26th of February 2014 12:00:16 AM
Location: 1 University of North Fl Dr, Jacksonville, Florida 32224, Florida, US
A first ever event Wednesday for Northeast Florida tried to correct longstanding stereotypes. The University of North Florida hosted "Wear a Turban Day" on Osprey Plaza at the Student Union. It's intended to be a kick-off event to the university's annual Interfaith Week that the Interfaith Center is hosting next week. Members of the Sikh Society of Northeast Florida plan on distributing up to 100 turbans on campus. They will also demonstrate how the cloth dressing should be properly wrapped and worn. http://www.firstcoastnews.com/story/news/community/2014/02/26/unf-turban-sikh-jacksonville/5829805/

Interfaith dialogue, the motor, driving new synergies for Harmony

Start: Sunday 9th of February 2014 12:00:00 AM
End: Monday 10th of February 2014 12:00:00 AM
Location: different locations, Brussels, BE

CONVERSATIONS: Pluralism and Islam

Start: Sunday 23rd of February 2014 12:00:00 AM
End: Sunday 23rd of February 2014 12:00:00 AM
Location: IMAN Foundation, Motor Avenue, Los Angeles, CA, United States, Los ANgeles, US
The Southern CA Committee pf the Parliament of tahe World's Religions and All Paths Divinity School are hosting CONVERSATIONS PART 2: PLURALISM & ISLAM. Important members of the local Muslim Community have been invited as panelists to participate in a discussion on Pluralism and Islam. There 3 components to this important event. The first 2 elements are panels with Q & A; the panelists are highly respected members of the local interfaith community, both academically and religiously - the first panel will consist of 3 members from the Muslim Faith, a Rabbi and a Christian Minister who will answer 3 questions each on Islam. PLURALISM IN ISLAM - GUEST PANELISTS Imam Jihad Turk - founding Board Member of Claremont Lincoln University, prior Director of Religious Affairs at the Islamic Center of Southern California Milia Islam-Majeed - Exec. Director of South Coast Interfaith Council Prof. Hamid Mavani - Assistant Professor of Religion, Claremont Graduate University Rev. Dr. Gwynne Guibord - Founder & Executive director of The Guibord Center--Religion Inside Out Rabbi Allen Maller - Rabbi Emeritus Temple Akiba, writer on Jewish, Muslim & Christian values Moderator - Ruth Broyde Sharone, Co-Chair of SCCPWR The second panel will consist of 5 members from the Muslim Community who will discuss their important work and projects representing Islam in the community. PANELISTS ON OUTREACH IN THE COMMUNITY Dr. Sadegh Namazikhah - Founder of Iman Cultural Center Ani Zonneveld - Founder & CEO Muslims for Progressive Values Farrah Khan - Founder & Director First Drops, a youth organization Edina Lekovic - Director of Policy & Programming at the Muslim Public Affairs Council Umma Clinic Representative - Medical clinic run on Islamic values Moderator - Professor Joseph Prabhu, Co-Chair of SCCPWR A 3rd componeant will comprise of small breakout groups where attendees themselves will have the opportunity to discuss the topic together. Facilitator - Debrah Friedland-van Zyl, Board member SCCPWR and Co-Founder All Paths Sunday, February 23rd 3:00 to 7:00 pm IMAN Cultural Center 3373 Motor Avenue Los Angeles, California 90034 - $10 Suggested Donation 7:00 pm: No-host dinner. Reservations are required: [email protected] EVENT RSVP: http://pluralism2.eventbrite.com THIS CONVERSATION WILL TAKE THE FORM OF Panel discussion representing pluralistic points of view within Islam, and Q & A. Panel with Muslim leaders talking about their outreach in their communities. Small group discussions for intimate conversation about the ideas presented. No-host dinner for further community building, networking, and fellowship time. PLURALISM IN ISLAM - GUEST PANELISTS Imam Jihad Turk - founding Board Member of Claremont Lincoln University, prior Director of Religious Affairs at the Islamic Center of Southern California Milia Islam-Majeed - Exec. Director of South Coast Interfaith Council Prof. Hamid Mavani - Assistant Professor of Religion, Claremont Graduate University Rev. Dr. Gwynne Guibord - Founder & Executive director of The Guibord Center--Religion Inside Out Rabbi Allen Maller - Rabbi Emeritus Temple Akiba, writer on Jewish, Muslim & Christian values Moderator - Ruth Broyde Sharone, Co-Chair of SCCPWR PANELISTS ON OUTREACH IN THE COMMUNITY Dr. Sadegh Namazikhah - Founder of Iman Cultural Center Ani Zonneveld - Founder & CEO Muslims for Progressive Values Farrah Khan - Founder & Director First Drops, a youth organization Edina Lekovic - Director of Policy & Programming at the Muslim Public Affairs Council Umma Clinic Representative - Medical clinic run on Islamic values Moderator - Professor Joseph Prabhu, Co-Chair of SCCPWR INTERFAITH CAFE Facilitator - Debrah Friedland-van Zyl, Board member SCCPWR and Co-Founder All Paths

THE SECOND SARAJEVO UN WORLD INTERFAITH HARMONY WEEK

Start: Wednesday 26th of February 2014 12:00:00 AM
End: Wednesday 26th of February 2014 12:00:00 AM
Location: Dom Armije BiH, Sarajevo, BA
PRESS RELEASE THE SECOND SARAJEVO UN WORLD INTERFAITH HARMONY WEEK Sarajevo, February 26th 2014 International Forum Bosnia's Centre for Interfaith Dialogue will mark UN World Interfaith Harmony Week on the 26th of February, 2014. The United Nations Organization's General Assembly declared on the 20th of October that the first week of February in every year would be UN World Interfaith Harmony Week, calling on all the various actors of the international order to support awareness of religious plurality with appropriate programme. The programme of the IFB's Centre for Interfaith Dialogue PRESS RELEASE Asim Zubčević Chair of the Centre for Interfaith Dialogue 061/913-582 comprises:

‘Intellectual Hour’

Start: Saturday 1st of March 2014 12:00:10 AM
End: Saturday 1st of March 2014 12:00:12 AM
Location: Islamabad, , PK
The participants of the ‘Intellectual Hour’, organised by the Interfaith League Against Poverty (I-LAP), a non-governmental organisation working to promote interfaith harmony, were unanimous that a broad-based global dialogue, engaging not only the religious leaders and scholars belonging to different religions and faith but the general public belonging to all strata’s of society was essential to eliminate the element of religious and sectarian violence.

Building Bridges

Start: Thursday 30th of January 2014 12:00:14 AM
End: Thursday 29th of May 2014 12:00:16 AM
Location: Forman Christian College Lahore, , PK
Building Bridges: Ilm, Adab Aur Insaaniat, (Urdu Terms for Knowledge, Propriety And Humanity) Is a unique and novel course offered by The Centre For Dialogue And Action (CDA). The Course is a pilot course and CDA Plans to offer it in collaboration with universities across Pakistan, down.

The week-long celebration of the 3rd World Interfaith Harmony Week in Zamboanga City, Philippines -2014

Start: Friday 31st of January 2014 12:00:08 AM
End: Friday 7th of February 2014 12:00:08 AM
Location: Zamboanga city, Zamboanga city, PH
Zamboanga City, Philippines experienced an armed conflict between the forces of the Republic of the Philippines and a faction of the Moro National Liberation Front last September 9, 2013. The 27 day stand-off led to an urban warfare which caused the displacement of more than 100 thousand people, deaths of many civilians and a decline of economic activity in the city. With this the UN Interfaith Harmony Partners-Zamboanga (UN IHP-Z) and Silsilah Dialogue Movement acting as the Central Secretariat decided on the week-long celebration of the World Interfaith Harmony Week 2014. The week-long celebration focused on rebuilding Zamboanga City through dialogue and interfaith harmony. Since the year 2012, the Silsilah Dialogue Movement has led in celebrating this special week alongside different groups and institutions which paved the way to the creation and enactment of REPUBLIC ACT NO. 10525, an Act Declaring the First Week of February of Every Year as World Interfaith Harmony Week in the Entire Country and Mandating its Observance by the Different Government Agencies, as well as THE ZAMBOANGA CITY EXECUTIVE ORDER NO. BC 32-2014, an Act Enjoining all Schools, Government Entities, Private Institutions, Non-Government Organizations, Parishes, Church-Based Organization, Civil Society Groups, Urban Poor Communities and Other People’s Organization to Join and Support the Activities of the World Interfaith Harmony Week on February 1-7, 2014. This years’ the UN IHP-Z conducted a series of activities for the entire week of February 1-7, 2014 with the theme: “Strengthening Love for God and One Another: A Celebration of Hope for Life, Peace and Solidarity. The different activities aimed to enjoin different people from different walks of life to experience and re-discover the essence of love of God and love of neighbor. The UN IHP-Z prepared the following activities: PRESS CONFERENCE January 28, 2014 (Thursday) Sunflower Food Center, Rizal St., Zamboanga City 9:00-11:00AM This activity created an opportunity to introduce the rationale of the World Interfaith Harmony Week celebration and the activities to the media. For them to relay this meaningful initiative to the people. Print, radio, and television journalists were present in the said activity. ELOCUTION CONTEST ON PEACE January 30, 2014 (Thursday) Claret School of Zamboanga, San Jose Road, Zamboanga City 1:30-4:00PM This was participated by college students from Western Mindanao State University, Pilar College, Immaculate Concepcion Archdiocesan School and the Zamboanga City State College of Marine Sciences and Technology. The contest piece was given to the contestant 3 weeks before the contest date. It was the contestant from Western Mindanao State University that won the 1st prize. GATHERING OF TRAUMA HEALERS FOR INTERFAITH HARMONY January 31-February 1, 2014 Harmony Village, Pitogo, Sinunuc, Zamboanga City These participants were the beneficiaries of Silsilah Dialogue Movement activity called the Trainer’s Training on Trauma Healing held last July-September 2013 which aimed to train them on how to handle students who experienced trauma or stress. Three days after the training, on September 9, 2013, the Zamboanga stand-off started. These teachers became the front liners in the debriefing session with the children and women who were victims of the Zamboanga siege. After this event the Silsilah Dialogue Movement, in collaboration with the Department of Education, decided to have a gathering of the trauma healers to listen and hear stories of hope and to reflect on the importance of interfaith harmony. One hundred eighteen teachers attended this activity who came from both the elementary and secondary level. LAUNCHING OF THE WORLD INTERFAITH HARMONY WEEK 2014 February 1, 2014 (Saturday) / 1:30 -5:00PM Celebrity Hall, Astoria Hotel, Climaco Ave., Zamboanga City This signaled the start of the special week, it was attended by more than 250 leaders, heads of offices and civil society groups. The program aimed to reaffirm the attendees’ commitment for harmony, solidarity and peace and to continue in rebuilding a better Zamboanga on moral and spiritual values after the Zamboanga Crisis. 8TH HARMONY YOUTH DAY February 2, 2014 (SUNDAY) / 9:00AM-4:00PM Harmony Village, Pitogo, Sinunuc, Zamboanga City This activity aimed to create a venue for the young people of diverse cultures and religion to come together to inspire, experience and establish good relationship and to strengthen the two common words between Muslim and Christians and other living faiths, the Love of God and love for one another, a ground of understanding for all. SERMONS IN DIFFERENT CHURCHES February 2, 2014 (Sunday) The Silsilah Dialogue Movement provided a copy of suggestions for the parish priest for their homilies for Sunday, February 2, 2014. This was distributed to all the parishes in the City alongside the Mayor’s Executive Order No. BC 32-2014. FORUM WITH STUDENT LEADERS Main Topic: “Engaging the Youth in Creating a More Peaceful World” February 3, 2014 (Monday) / 1:30-5:00PM Universidad de Zamboanga Audio Visual Room, Buenavista Street, Zamboanga City This is a gathering of the student leaders coming from different colleges and universities. They played a vital role in instilling positive change in the institutions and this event equipped them to be active in peacebuilding efforts and become more aware on the new ways and means to reach their fellow students through social media and networking in spreading positive and inspiring views on interfaith harmony and peace. BLOOD LETTING ACTIVITY February 4, 2014 (Tuesday) / 9:00AM-4:00PM WMSU Campus, Normal Road, Baliwasan, Zamboanga City Through the collaboration of the Student Council of Western Mindanao state University and the partnership with the Philippine National Red Cross and its volunteers, forty four successful blood donors were facilitated that day. TREE PLANTING ACTIVITY February 5, 2014 (Wednesday) / 8:30-10:00AM Barangay Pasonanca, Zamboanga City Barangay Pasonanca is a watershed protected area. Silsilah, through its Friends of the Zamboanga Watershed Movement believes, that “Water is Gold, Water is Life”. The tree planting activity was a symbolic event to encourage others of the importance of trees, water and the natural resources around us. Fifty seedlings were planted at the area of the Pasonanca Watershed. This activity was participated in by the members of the Interfaith Council of Leaders of Silsilah and staff from the office of the City Mayor. FORUM FOR THE TRICYCLE OPERATORS AND DRIVERS ASSOCIATION February 6, 2014 (Thursday) / 11:00AM-1:00AM Centro Pastoral, Gov. Camins Ave., Zamboanga City The drivers of this public utility vehicles are the ones who mingle with different types of people every day. This activity aims to inform the drivers the essence of interfaith harmony. More than one hundred tricycle drivers attended the activity, all of them are officers and members of an association of the public utility vehicle (tricycles). After the information dissemination the attendees were given two sets of stickers to be posted on their vehicles. It is written in the Chavacano dialect and tagalog language, “El Zamboanga para de aton todo, ama kita con este”- Chavacano; “Ang Zamboanga ay para sa ating lahat, Mahalin natin ito! “ – Tagalog, which translates in English as, "Zamboanga is for all of us, We must love It!". If in case the passengers will ask the drivers what World Interfaith Harmony Week is all about and the meaning behind the stickers, they will definitely know how to answer those questions. A DAY OF SERVICE OF THE YOUTH February 7, 2014 (Friday) 9:00AM-12:00PM Zamboanga City Medical Center, Zamboanga City This activity was facilitated by the SilPeace youth of Silsilah. The beneficiaries were the more than 100 post-partum patients or mothers who had just given birth. They were given simple food and medicine and had simple interaction among the youth and the patients. KHUTBA IN DIFFERENT MOSQUES February 7, 2014 (Friday) The imams were given proposed points for the Friday Khutba, highlighting the world Interfaith Harmony Week. CULMINATION NIGHT February 7, 2014 (Friday) 6:00-8:00PM @ Astoria Hotel, Zamboanga City This was a thanksgiving dinner participated by partners and leaders who were instrumental in the success of the week-long celebration. There was also some testimonial sharing from the partners who told wonderful and inspiring stories about interfaith harmony. CONCLUSION: Now more than ever we realize the importance of inter-faith harmony in a community. It is our great hope that the celebration will continue to inspire people to create a new paradigm of relationship based on the love of God and love of neighbor to sustain awareness, to care for the growth, and development of interfaith harmony communities in the city of Zamboanga.