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Celebrate the first World Interfaith Harmony Week!!

This week begins the first-ever annual observation of the UN supported Interfaith Harmony Week. The week is jointly sponsored by the World Council of Churches (WCC) and the World Islamic Call Society and A Common Word. The UN General Assembly unanimously approved the resolution for the establishment of a World Interfaith Harmony Week in October last year, and now this is the first year that the week is being recognized, and this year’s topic is “Transforming Communities.”

The goal of the interfaith week is to recognize “the imperative need for dialogue among different faiths and religions in enhancing mutual understanding, harmony and cooperation among people,” according to the UN resolution, which is posted on the World Interfaith Harmony Week website.

The week has its roots in the Amman Message which was written by HM King Abdullah II of Jordan that advocated building a consensus among the Islamic community on what “Islam is and what it is not, and what actions represent it and what actions do not. Its goal was to clarify to the modern world the true nature of Islam and the nature of true Islam.” Following the positive response that came from the Amman Message, Prince Ghazi bin Muhammad wrote the “A Common Word Between Us and You” to declare common ground between Islam and Christianity to begin dialogue and cooperation between major leaders and scholars of the Muslims and Christian community. The Interfaith Harmony Week aims to recognize the strides made by the dialogue that was created by the two documents, but also include people of all faiths into the discussion.

Local Events around Boston:

Thursday, February 3rd, 7:00 PM. The Center for the Study of Jewish-Christian-Muslim Relations at Merrimack College will be hosting the 8th Annual Interfaith Prayer in North Andover. Click here for more details.

Monday, February 7th, 5:15 PM. Harvard University kicks off its Interfaith Awareness Week with a panel discussion, “Global Perspectives on Interfaith Responses to Violence” at the Center for the Study of World Religions, on 42 Francis Avenue in Cambridge.  Harvard will be hosting events all week, click here for more details.

Wednesday, February 9th,  11:00 AM-12:00 PM. An interfaith service will be held at the Marsh Chapel on the Boston University campus.  Find directions here.

You can view other events  happening internationally here.

What will you do this week to participate in the dialogue?  And how will you keep the conversation going throughout the entire year?