World Interfaith Harmony Week 2017-Zamboanga City, Philippines (810)

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World Interfaith Harmony Week 2017: Celebrating Life in the Spirit of Mercy and Compassion

From 8:00am until 5:00pm

At Zamboanga City, Philippines

Zamboanga City, Philippines

United Nations Interfaith Harmony Partners - Zamboanga (UNI-HP-Z) / 991-5663, 983-0014

We have consolidated the United Nations Harmony Partners here in Zamboanga, thanks to our linkages in the different parts of the Philippines. Silsilah has pushed with local friends and politicians. On the national level the Republic Act No. 10525 during the time of President. “An Act declaring the First Week of February of every year as World Interfaith Harmony Week (WIHW) in the entire country and mandating its observance by the different Government Agencies.” This year, we have done a lot of activities and we have been able to involve many other partners in Zamboanga City using the theme: CELEBRATING LIFE IN THE SPIRIT OF MERCY AND COMPASSION. This theme was adopted by many groups in the Philippines connected with Silsilah Dialogue Movement. Silsilah is the Convener and the Secretariat of the United Nations Harmony Partners - Zamboanga, and the same time the convener of many other groups in the Philippines which celebrate the World Interfaith Harmony Week. FEBRUARY 01, 2017 • BLOOD AND MILK LETTING Doing this kind of activity will be a big help to those people (babies and adults) who are most in need. We are also helping to overcome cultural and religious barriers. Physical and Cultural sensitivities are considered and respected. • BUILDING AND HARMONIZING COMMUNITIES: Partaking of Noah's Pudding (Ashura Ceremony ) Sharing of joy with the neighbors, friends and the people who are in need via Ashura, to unite in diversity, solidarity, and living in harmony. • FORUM WITH THE TRICYCLE OPERATORS AND DRIVERS This activity aims to inform the drivers the essence of Interfaith Harmony in order to share also this spirit to the passengers. FEBRUARY 02, 2017 • SYMPOSIUM ON RELIGIONS FOR PEACE For the formation of the student leaders, faculty members,parents, and the Barangay Tulungatung Community Leaders. • HEALTHY BODY, HEART, AND MIND. Medical Check –up with Random Blood sugar, Cholesterol and Uric Acid 1. Facilitate maintenance of sound and healthy body and mind. 2. Enhance harmony with the self by staying fit and healthy • CONVERGENCE OF LEADERS AT THE BARANGAY LEVEL 1. Educate and inform barangay leaders regarding Children and Women Protection Policies and laws. 2. Reflect and share on the possible ways and means of rehabilitation of drug users / cases FEBRUARY 3, 2017 • SILSILAH SCHOOL OF HOLISTIC CARE Closing celebration of the Five-Week Silsilah School of Holistic Care. During this closing activity, the invited guests share experiences and messages to highlight the importance of this school in relation to the WIHW celebration. • PRESENTATION OF THE WORLD INTERFAITH HARMONY WEEK (WIHW) IN MUSLIM COMMUNITIES. To build friendship and harmonious relationships among people of different religions and cultures and encourage all Muslim communities to spread the message of Interfaith Harmony. • SYMPOSIUM ON THE IMPORTANCE OF STRONG INTER-RELIGIOUS FAITH IN THE CAMPUS Commemorate the WIHW 2017 stressing and addressing the importance of Faith in the daily life of individual/students in coping college life. FEBRUARY 4, 2017 • INAUGURATION OF HOUSE OF NATIONS FOR THE HARMONY CHAIN INITIATIVE The Harmony Chain Initiative is already spread in many countries promoting the Harmony Prayer as a universal prayer. A visible sign of this initiative is a new House of Nations for the Harmony Chain Initiative in Harmony Village that will be inaugurated this year on the occasion of the WIHW. • SYMPOSIUM ON BULLYING IN AND OUT CAMPUS AMONG STUDENTS For comprehensive awareness of the law and for equal protection and justice. • ISSUE-BASED EDUCATION WITH FOCUS ON THE YOUTH AND SOCIAL MEDIA UTILIZATION 1 - Hold an information education campaign concerning the issues faced by youth on social media utilization. 2. Educate the youth on how to utilize social media in promoting social and communal harmony. • YOUTH IN ACTION: SERVICE FOR OTHERS. This is a time of sharing goodness and giving simple food to the patients at a specific ward. In this way we can promote care and solidarity to the patients in the hospital. FEBRUARY 5, 2017 • HARMONIZING COMMUNITIES THROUGH: WORLD INTERFAITH HARMONY PRAYERS AND MESSAGES AT THE EUCHARISTIC CELEBRATION AND SERVICES IN DIFFERENT CHRISTIAN COMMUNITIES To spread the spirit of the World Interfaith Harmony Week (WIHW) especially on Sunday inviting those present to Christian Celebrations to internalize the spirit of the WIHW. The Commission on Interreligious Dialogue of the Archdiocese of Zamboanga (CIRD –AZ) prepared guidelines and reflections for the Catholics. Other Christian denominations will also spread the spirit of the World Interfaith Harmony Week (WIHW) in their communities. FEBRUARY 6, 2017 • FLAG CEREMONY OF VARIOUS AGENCIES AND OFFICES COMMEMORATING WIHW To give attention to the celebration of the World Interfaith Harmony Week (WIHW) 2017 and to inform the public on the message of “Love of God and Love of Neighbor and the Love of the Common Good” we propose to all sectors of our society to give special attention to this event on February 06, 2017 (Monday). • SHARING AND BONDING WITH THE ELDERLY Giving one's time to care for the old people especially those who were abandoned by their families. To let them feel they are being loved and cared for by others. • EDUCATION-FORMATION FOR ZAMBOANGA CITY JAIL MALE INMATES: “POSTER AND SLOGAN MAKING CONTEST” Poster and Slogan Making Contest. These initiative is added to the weekly Formation given in the City Jail by Silsilah. These can give hope, love and courage to the detainees of Zamboanga City Jail FEBRUARY 7, 2017 • SYMPOSIUM ON HARMONIZING TRI–PEOPLE IN THE COMMUNITY a. To foster closer relationship among tri – people in the community. b. To instill awareness on the culture of the tri –people. c. To create a peaceful tri–people community living harmoniously. • HARMONY YOUTH DAY This activity aims to create an avenue for the young people of diverse cultures and religions to come together to experience and establish good relationships and to strengthen the common good between Muslims, Christians and people of other living faiths. “The Love of God and Love of One's Neighbor” is a ground of understanding for all, engaging the youth in creating a more peaceful world. At the same time this is also a gathering of student leaders coming from different schools, colleges and universities. Here is the link for the World Interfaith Harmony Week 2017 Program - Booklet including Background of the Celebration, Primer, Calendar of Activites, List of Partners 2017 of the United Nation Interfaith Harmony Partners - Zamboanga.

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