wihwWhen is it?  World Interfaith Harmony Week is celebrated annually on the first week of February (February 1st to February 7th).

What is it about? World Interfaith Harmony Week aims to promote harmony between all people regardless of their faith and non-faith. It provides a platform, one week in the year, where people of every group can recognize their common values, build ties with each other, and work alongside one another to bring peace and harmony to their communities.

How did it originate? World Interfaith Harmony Week was first proposed at the United Nations General Assembly on September 23, 2010 by H.M. King Abdullah II of Jordan. Just under a month later, on October 20, 2010, it was unanimously adopted by the United Nations and henceforth the first week of February became World Interfaith Harmony Week.

What is it based on? World Interfaith Harmony Week is based on the pioneering work of The Common Word initiative. This initiative, which started in 2007, called for Muslim and Christian leaders to engage in a dialogue based on two common fundamental religious Commandments; Love of God, and Love of the Neighbour, without nevertheless compromising any of their own religious tenets. The Two commandments are at the heart of the three Monotheistic religions and therefore provide the most solid theological ground possible.

World Interfaith Harmony Week extends the Two Commandments by adding ‘Love of the Good, and Love of the Neighbour’. This formula includes all people of goodwill. It includes those of other faiths, and those with no faith.

How do I get involved? In 2021, a number of interfaith networks are running events across Victoria to celebrate World Interfaith Harmony Week. To get involved simply contact the organiser of the event nearest to you.

The dates, times and locations are:

  • Ballarat Interfaith Network & City of Ballarat
    Family History Day - Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
    Date: Thursday 4 February 2021    Time: 1pm
    Location: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1 Grammar Street, Wendouree
  • Wyndham Interfaith Network
    Interfaith Harmony Week shared breakfast and reflection.
    Date: Saturday 6 February 2021   Time: 8:30am - 10:30am
    Location: The Views Bistro 350 K Road Werribee.
    Please bring a print of a poem, picture or a reflection from your tradition to share that is linked to harmony. We will gather them up and photograph them together.
    Bring a face mask to wear when moving around (can be taken off when seated). Each person will cover their our own costs.
    To register for the event please email (by Thursday 4th Feb) to erumali2807@gmail.com cc laurenceg@wyndhamcec.org.au
  • Evera Project
    Love yourself as your Neighbour
    Date: Saturday 6 and 13 February & Sunday 7 and 14 2021   Time: 10:30am - 5:30pm
    Location: Evera, Centre for Renewal, 14 Forest Street, Trentham
  • Darebin Interfaith Council and Darebin Council
    Darebin Council and the Darebin Interfaith Council invites you to a World Interfaith Harmony Week Morning Tea. The World Interfaith Harmony Week aims to promote harmony between all people regardless of their faith, religion and beliefs. Come along to a morning tea to connect and enjoy conversation in the Darebin community.
    Date: Wednesday 10 February   Time: 10am to 11.30am
    Location: 81 High St, Preston (Northern Community Church)
    Please RSVP to 0421 658 571 or celia.chang@darebin.vic.gov.au
  • Ballarat Interfaith Network & City of Ballarat
    Sikh event - Path Shri Sukamani Sahib
    Date: Sunday 7 February 2021      Time: 3pm to 5:30pm
    Location: Brown Hill Hall, 375 Humfrey St North, Brown Hill

  • Maroondah Interfaith Network
    Building Linking Community | Building Community seminar series
    Date: Saturday 20 February 2021    Time: 3pm to 5pm
    Location: Zoom Webinar | For the link to join our Zoom discussion, email the chair of the Maroondah Interfaith Network: Prof Philip Hughes at maroondahinterfaith@gmail.com

The Parliament of the World’s Religions would like to partner with you in observing World Interfaith Harmony Week (WIHW). For more information, click here.

 

Other Related Links:

World Interfaith Harmony Week

5 Things to Know About World Interfaith Harmony Week

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