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 2019, 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:

  1. Interfaith Network City of Greater Dandenong
    Interfaith Breakfast 
    Date: Saturday 2 February 2019      Time:7am to 9am
    Location: The Castle - 61 Princes Highway, Hemmings Park, Princes Highway, Dandenong
    Click here for more information

  2. Ballarat Interfaith Network
    Interfaith Library Display
    Date: Saturday 2 February to Saturday 9 February 2019
    Location: City of Ballarat Library, 178 Doveton St N, Ballarat VIC 3353
    Click here for more information

  3. Wyndham Interfaith Network
    Interfaith Breakfast
    Date: Saturday 2 February 2019    Time: 10am
    Location: The Views Function Bar and Grill, 350 K Rd, Werribee South VIC 3030
    Click here for more information

  4. Ballarat Interfaith Network
    Official Flag Raising Event
    Date: Monday 4 February 2019     Time: 11am
    Location: Sturt Street Flag Pole opposite Ballarat Town Hall, 225 Sturt St, Ballarat Central VIC 3350
    Click here for more information

  5. Religions for Peace
    Religion and Human Rights in Australia
    Date: Tuesday 5 February 2019     Time: 6pm
    Location: The University of Melbourne, B117 Basement Theatre, Melbourne School of Design, Masson Road, Parkville, Victoria 3010
    Click here for more information

  6. Ballarat Interfaith Network
    Film Screening: Kite Runner
    Date: Tuesday 5 February 2019     Time: 7pm
    Location: Sisters of Mercy Convent, 151 Victoria Street, Ballarat East VIC 3350
    Click here for more information

  7. Darebin Intercultural Centre
    Multifaith Meditation Series
    Dates: Wednesday 6, 13, 20 and 27 February 2019    Time: 6pm to 7:30pm
    Location: Darebin Intercultural Centre, 59A Roseberry Ave, Preston VIC 3072
    Click here for more information

  8. The Interfaith Centre of Melbourne
    Listening to the Statement from the Heart
    Date: Sunday 17 February 2019      Time: 3pm to 5pm
    Location: St Oswald's Anglican Church, 100 High Street, Glen Iris, VIC 3146
    Click here for more information

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.


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World Interfaith Harmony Week

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