Students at Elizabethtown College in Pennsylvania will be the first in the country to major in interfaith leadership studies. The major, which includes coursework in religion, as well as business, political science, sociology and biology, is aimed at attracting students interested in pursuing careers in ministry, as well as community development, government and service organizations.
Today I can share with you significant work done within the United Nations itself, which I have been privileged to be involved in, and which has produced, among many other joint endeavours and even some paradigm shifts, a mechanism within the UN, which is the Inter-Agency Task Force on Engaging with Faith Based organizations for Sustainable Development (IATF-FBOs) told Dr Azza Karam to the UN Special Event on World Interfaith Harmony: Multi-religious Partnership for Sustainable Development.
The interfaith movement is a rich mosaic of efforts, ranging from theological discourse to practical coalitions. Some interreligious harmony work is built on ethereal, ethical, and theological foundations. And some is grounded in an earthy, urgent common interest or in response to a crisis or threat, said Katherine Marshall to the UN Special Event on World Interfaith Harmony: Multi-religious Partnership for Sustainable Development.
The term ‘Interfaith Dialogue’ refers to the positive and cooperative interaction between people of different religious faiths and spiritual beliefs, with the aim of promoting understanding between different religions to increase acceptance and tolerance. The power of religion can be used as a major force of unification among divergent factions and hence it can plays key role in the promotion of global peace and reconciliation by bringing various groups together, said Dr Uma Mysorekar at the UN Special Event, on World Interfaith Harmony: Multi-religious Partnership for Sustainable Development.
Your Excellencies, distinguished panel of religious representatives, ladies and gentlemen, It is an honor to be seated with you on this panel. My dear brothers and sisters, For too many years, we have talked but not acted. For too many years we have heard the disenfranchised calling out in pain and suffering, and, so far, we have only handed out Band-Aids. For too many of us these serve as metaphors for our own lives, were the words of Rabbi Roger Ross to the UN Special Event on World Interfaith Harmony: Multi-religious Partnership for Sustainable Development.
I bring you fraternal greetings from the country of Sierra Leone. I wish to thank you all with a special reference to the UN for your tremendous moral, human and financial contribution to our country particularly at this time, for the eradication of the dreadful disease called Ebola, said Rev. Dr Usman J Fornah of Sierra Leone to the UN Special Event on World Interfaith Harmony: Multi-religious Partnership for Sustainable Development.
Religious communities know that persons and communities are inseparable. This means that true sustainable development must engage both persons and their communities. We ignore this profound reciprocity at our peril. To nourish and strengthen vital communities, religions advance social virtues like trust, seeking the common good and an abiding sense of responsibility for others animated by unrestricted Love and Compassion. Again, these social virtues help generate what economist have begun to call the “social capital” essential for development, William F. Vendley said at the UN Special Event on World Interfaith Harmony: Multi-religious Partnership for Sustainable Development.
It is a pleasure to address this special event on the occasion of World Interfaith Harmony Week. I wish to thank the Committee of Religious NGOs at the United Nations (RNGO) for their efforts in organizing today’s event.
The General Assembly in its resolution 65/5, of 2010, proclaimed the first week of February each year as World Interfaith Harmony Week. In doing so, the Assembly recognized the imperative need for dialogue among different faiths and religions to enhance mutual understanding, harmony and cooperation among people
Youth Representative of the Parliament to the United Nations DPI NGO Ms. Sara Rahim delivers the youth keynote speech on the occasion of World Interfaith Harmony Week at the special event of the President of the General Assembly on February 6, 2015. Fellow keynote speaker Under Secretary-General of Communications and Public Information Cristina Gallach looks on as Rahim addresses this year’s United Nations theme for World Interfaith Harmony Week, the role of Multi-religious Partnerships for Sustainable Development. (Photo by Transdiaspora Network)
Every individual and group must be free from coercion and no one should be forced to act in a manner contrary to his or her beliefs, whether in private or public, whether alone or in association with others. Religious intolerance and violence, which continue in some regions and nations even as we speak, at times affecting even majority religious groups, must be condemned. A religion that espouses violence cannot be an agent for development.