Celebration of World Interfaith Harmony (8727)

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Service Project and Celebration Dinner

From 10:00am until 9:30pm

At Quaker Meeting Place and Church of the Latter Day Saints

Park Street, Dunedin & Fenton Street, St. Clair

Dunedin Interfaith Council

2017 United Nations World Interfaith Harmony Week activities: (1) Service Project: This event held from 10am to 12 noon on Saturday 4th February 2017 attracted a team of 30 people from different religions in Dunedin to help beautify the Quaker Meeting Place at 15 Park Street. Society of Friends members were present to outline and supervise the service tasks and a great deal was achieved tidying the property garden and building. The Quaker friends were most appreciative of the service project offer by the Council and provided morning tea for the service team. At the close of the service project the Council’s gift of a Kowhai Tree was planted by Chairman David Stiles as a symbol of growing interfaith harmony. There were many comments from those present about it being wonderful to meet and work alongside people of different faiths, often for the first time. (2) 2017 \\\\\\\\\\\\\\\'Celebration of interfaith harmony\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\' community dinner: The Council expressed its warmest appreciation for the hospitality of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints for hosting this special community dinner for the third year and also ensuring there was an ample array of food in addition to the pot luck meal donations. Approximately 150 people attended the dinner again so attendance was similar to the 2016 dinner and it was noted here were many new faces. 1)Kaumatua David Ellison offered opening words of love and welcome to all present. 2)Council Chairman David Stiles welcomed everyone on behalf of the Dunedin Interfaith Council and briefly outlined how interfaith harmony had been present in Dunedin since its earliest years 3)Geoff Mitchell invited all present to chat with someone they had never met before. 4)Steven Smith, The Stake President of the Dunedin Latter-Day Saints offered a prayer of thanksgiving before everyone enjoyed the delicious array of vegetarian food dishes. 5) The B Flat 6 Ukulele group played a bracket of four foot-tapping songs. 6) Max Gilles again did sterling service as a face painter for children.

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