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January 28, 2014

World Interfaith Harmony Week 2014

Observe World Interfaith Harmony Week We live in an interfaith world. This brings challenges and opportunities. Respectful Presence: An Understanding of Interfaith Prayer and Celebration from a Reformed Christian Perspective, a document commended to congregations and governing bodies of the...

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February 14, 2013

United for a Culture of Peace through Interfaith Harmony

UN General Assembly Hall United for a Culture of Peace event

by Alexander Haines

Rochelle Rawls-Shaw and I attended and participated in “United for a Culture of Peace” today in the United Nations General Assembly hall. Through this event, the UN community observed World Interfaith Harmony Week.

We had the opportunity to enjoy the musical talents of several performers, hear speakers from the UN community, and pray with representatives of all major world religious traditions. H.E. Mr. Vuk Jeremić, the current President of the United Nations General Assembly, offered opening remarks in which he asked us to “re-embrace the calls of our respective faiths” to put our “faith in the ...

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February 9, 2012

World Interfaith Harmony Week at the UN

by Andrew David Turner

On February 7, the 66th Session of the General Assembly of the United Nations celebrated the second annual World Interfaith Harmony Week (WIHW) with a full program of speakers and performances that underscored the significance of this year’s theme: “Common Ground for the Common Good.”

The President of the General Assembly, H.E. Mr. Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser, began the proceedings with a keynote address that highlighted the “social and moral significance” of religion in the global society and reminded the Assembly that the United Nations itself was founded on “the quest for the common values ...

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January 31, 2012

World Interfaith Harmony Week Begins

World Interfaith Harmony Week begins tomorrow - February 1.

The United Nations General Assembly designated the first week in February as World Interfaith Harmony Week. H.M. King Abdullah II of Jordan proposed the creation of the week. The week provides an opportunity for people of different faiths to seek fellowship, work together, and celebrate common concerns and values.

Different communities will observe World Interfaith Harmony Week in ways that are appropriate to their situation and relationships.

Ideas to observe the week could include (but not be limited to) praying with people of all faiths for peace in the Middle East ...

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February 3, 2011

World Interfaith Harmony Week video clips

Odyssey Networks is posting video clips that feature reflections by faith leaders for World Interfaith Harmony Week. Leaders of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) have urged Presbyterians to participate in this week which was designated by the United Nations General Assembly.

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February 2, 2011

Secretary-General on World Interfaith Harmony Week

THE SECRETARY-GENERAL MESSAGE ON THE OBSERVANCE OF WORLD INTERFAITH HARMONY WEEK New York, 1-7 February 2011 The first World Interfaith Harmony Week is an opportunity to focus global attention on the efforts of religious leaders, interfaith movements and individuals around...

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January 29, 2011

We can give that a try

They arrived from Boston at around 2:00 a.m. on Friday morning and by 9:30 a.m, they made it to the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations. Five students, two faculty members, and an assistant from the Program for International and...

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