2023 Winners

The judges received 120 submitted reports for the prize from over a thousand events held in total. This is a remarkable effort given the continuing effects of the Covid pandemic worldwide. The judges are highly appreciative of all the efforts of all those who held events and applied for the prize. They wish they could reward all who held an event, but are consoled by the fact that good deeds are their own reward so that everyone who held an event—whether they applied for the prize or not—is a true winner.

In judging, the judges took into consideration the excellence of efforts, collaboration and impact of events. They looked carefully at efforts made despite scantiness of resources, unfavourable political and social climates, and also took into consideration consistent efforts made over the years. They further took into consideration whether events were consistent with the text of the UN Resolution establishing the Prize. Accordingly, judges did not reward movements towards religious syncretism but rather rewarded events which respected each religion as it is. Finally, in accordance with the terms of the Prize, judges rewarded events specifically celebrating the World Interfaith Harmony Week rather than good interfaith work in general.

Accordingly, the judges are delighted to announce:

Second Prize

Cross-cultural Ministry of Kolding Deanery in cooperation with the Office of Migrant Cooperation and Encounter with Other Religions of the Haderslev Diocese

Report 34 -  Women Encounter: Women’s Stories

Report 64 -  Musical Brunch  Fellowship

Report 77 -   The Official Opening of UN WIFHW within the first week of February

Report 105 -  Sprogcafe/ Learning Danish with content related to WIFHW

Report 109 -  Women Encounter Women with Focus on Women`s Rights

Report 113 -   Art Exhibition at Kolding Main Library

Report 118 -   Faith Meets Faith (Tro møder tro)

Report 119 -   Sprogcafe or Learning Danish Language with lesson content related to WIFWH


Joint Third Prize

Oxford Interfaith Forum

Peace and Religious Literacy - https://www.oxfordinterfaithforum.org/wihw/wihw/


Report 25 - No Peace Among Nations and Religions without Interreligious Learning and Peace Education!


Report 37 - Interfaith Music as Harmonious Sound: PSALMS in Interfaith Contexts


Report 38 - The Art of Sacred Sound in the Muslim Context: Psalms and Islam


Report 39 - An Orthodox Dialogue with Islam: Ecumenical Patriarch Athenagoras


Report 40 - Serendipitous Manuscripts: Karma Pakshi’s Memoirs, Past Lives, and Poetry


Report 42 - Where does One Encounter the Divine? Dialogue Between the Sexes in the Talmud


Report 84 - Interfaith Conversation with Science: Can Nature be ‘Red in tooth and Claw’ in the Thought of Augustine?


Report 85 - Interfaith Conversation: Can Aristotle’s Ideas on Akrasia Shed Light on the Account of Original Sin


Many, many congratulations to the winners and to all those who took part in World Interfaith Harmony Week 2023.

All Praise belongs to God Alone.

The Judges

  • HRH Prince Ghazi bin Muhammad
  • HB Patriarch Theophilus III – Patriarch of the Holy City, Palestine and Jordan
  • HE Sheikh Dr Ali Gomaa – former Grand Mufti of the Arab Republic of Egypt
  • HE Bishop Munib Yunan – Bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land, and President of the World Federation of Evangelical Lutheran Churches
  • Sheikh Usama al-Sayyid Al-Azhari – Professor at Al-Azhar University
  • Father Nabil Haddad – Founder and Executive Director of the Jordanian Interfaith Coexistence Research Centre
  • Dr Tarek Elgawhary– Director of the Royal Aal Al-Bayt Institute for Islamic Thought