This is a three-day gathering of young Muslim professionals and student leaders from Lanao area, Iligan City and Cagayan de Oro City to experience what it means to dialogue – with God, self, others, and nature. Hopefully, the participants will be given a space to build-up friendship founded in faith; and become an active instrument of dialogue, harmony and peace.
From 2:00pm until 1:00pm
At Midway Resort, Misamis Oriental, Cagayan de Oro City, Philippines
Bishops-Ulama Conference, Silsilah Forum Davao and Young Moro Professionals NetworkOn October 20, 2010, the United Nations (UN) Assembly accepted the proposal of H.M. King Abdullah II of Jordan to celebrate the first week of February of every year as the celebration of the World Interfaith Harmony Week (WIHW). This is to recognize the importance of dialogue in the pluralistic context of our world today. This is also an opportunity to acknowledge the contributions of different cultures, traditions and religions to the work of peace. The UN encourages “all States to support, on a voluntary basis, the spread of the interfaith harmony and goodwill.” This celebration is the fruit of the initiative of 138 Muslim Scholars who wrote the letter entitled: “A Common Word between Us and You is love of God and love of one’s neighbor.” Responding to the UN Resolution, the Bishops-Ulama Conference (BUC) in partnership with the Silsilah Forum Davao (SFD) and the Young Moro Professionals’ Network (YMPN) will organize the 1st Muslim Youth Confluence for Harmony with the theme “Peace through Life-in-Dialogue”. We believe that this initiative will bring about harmony and peace. Further, it will also unite us with others in the world who are journeying to live out and celebrate “Harmony” grounded in the love of God and the love of neighbor. This is a three-day gathering of young Muslim professionals and student leaders from Lanao area, Iligan City and Cagayan de Oro City to experience what it means to dialogue – with God, self, others, and nature. Hopefully, the participants will be given a space to build-up friendship founded in faith; and become an active instrument of dialogue, harmony and peace. Objectives: 1. To establish friendship and unity among young Muslims from different schools and organizations; 2. To facilitate dynamic activities and create a space for exchange of thoughts or insights and reflections on the theme “Peace through Life-in-Dialogue.” 3. To deepen their understanding of peace founded in the love of God and love of neighbor; 4. To strengthen active collaboration and mutual support in promoting dialogue and peace; 5. To promote and celebrate the World Interfaith Harmony Week.