Melbourne: World Interfaith Harmony Week 2012 Celebrated

World Interfaith Harmony Week, Melbourne

World Interfaith Harmony Celebration, Melbourne, 2012

World Interfaith Harmony Week seeks to spread the message of harmony and tolerance among the followers of all the world’s religions, faiths and beliefs. It seeks to do this by promoting their common basis of “Love of God and Love of the Neighbor, or Love of the Good and Love of the Neighbor“. Its message includes everyone, excludes no one, and is purely voluntary.

Interfaith and Multicultural Organisations have joined to facilitate a World Interfaith Harmony Week event in Melbourne.

The event organisers have invited over 100 religious, spiritual and community leaders to a morning reception in Queen’s Hall, Parliament House, Melbourne, Australia, to celebrate the second World Interfaith Harmony Week. We will celebrate by gathering together, strengthening our ties, sharing news of our interfaith activities and our future plans, through meeting new friends and creating new partnerships. The Faith Communities Council of Victoria, the Islamic Council of Victoria, the Interfaith Centre of Melbourne, Religions for Peace Australia and the Australian Multicultural Foundation are partners in this special event.

A celebration of this important annual interfaith week, was held on February 1 in Melbourne. Rev Swami Sridharananda, President of the Ramakrishna Vedanta Centres of Australia and New Zealand, and Aunty Helen Bnads, Coordinator of Local Government and Community Engagement with Reconciliation Victoria, shared the meaning of the common message from the perspectives of their traditions.

Master didgeridoo musician, Ron Murray, opened the formal proceedings with traditional indigenous music and Mr Chin Tan, Chair, Victorian Multicultural Commission, welcomed over 90 religious, spiritual and community leaders, from diverse communities.

We celebrated by gathering together, strengthening our ties, sharing news of our interfaith activities and our future plans, by meeting new friends and creating new partnerships.

The Morning Tea celebration took place in Queen’s Hall, Parliament House, Melbourne, and was hosted by The Interfaith Centre of Melbourne together with the Faith Communities Council of Victoria, the Islamic Council of Victoria, Religions for Peace Australia and the Australian Multicultural Foundation.

World Interfaith Harmony Week Banner

World Interfaith Harmony Week: A United Nations Observance

Source: Interfaith Centre of Melbourne

Photo Credit: Interfaith Centre of Melbourne