18 – Corey E. Olsen

In Letters of Support by Noora Chahine

I have read that the United Nations General Assembly has established a World Interfaith Harmony Week.

I am told that the text of the World Interfaith Harmony Week Resolution says:

The General Assembly:

(1) Reaffirms that mutual understanding and interreligious dialogue constitute important dimensions of a culture of peace;

(2) Proclaims the first week of February of every year the World Interfaith Harmony Week between all religions, faiths and beliefs;

(3) Encourages all States to support, on a voluntary basis, the spread of the message of interfaith harmony and goodwill in the world’s Churches, Mosques, Synagogues, Temples and other places of Worship during that week based on Love of God and Love of the Neighbor, or based on Love of the Good and Love of the Neighbor, each according to their own religious traditions or convictions;

(4) Requests the Secretary-General to keep the General Assembly informed of the implementation of the present resolution.

This idea has the potential to do a lot of good in the world by:

(1) ’Coordinating and uniting the efforts of all the interfaith groups doing positive work with one focused theme at one specific time annually, thereby increasing their collective momentum and eliminating redundancy;

(2) Harnessing and utilizing the collective might of the world’s second-largest infrastructure (that of places of worship – the largest being that of education) specifically for peace and harmony in the world: inserting, as it were, the right ’software’ into the world’s religious ’hardware’;

(3) Permanently and regularly encouraging the silent majority of preachers to declare themselves for peace and harmony and providing a ready-made vehicle for them to do so. Moreover, if preachers and teachers commit themselves on the record once a year to peace and harmony, this means that when the next inter-religious crisis or provocation occurs, they cannot then relapse into parochial fear and mistrust, and will be more likely to resist the winds of popular demagoguery.’

I certainly support this initiative.


Corey E. Olsen
CEO Pipe Organs/Golden Ponds Farm
W334S724 Cushing Park Rd.
Delafield, WI 53018-2441 USA

CEO Pipe Organs/Golden Ponds Farm

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