Differences, be they religious, ethnic, cultural, or even civilizational, will continue to be a fact of life. But these differences should by no means become a reason why we cannot live in harmony and peace, told Prof. M. Din Syamsuddin during World Interfaith Harmony Week at the United Nations General Assembly.
Civil society is missing its religious partner, which is a major facet of human experience and expression, said Acharya Sri Shrivatsa Goswami to the United Nations 66th General Assembly.
The Alliance of Civilisations aids in identifying the most helpful policies, practices, and initiatives for interfaith dialogue and cooperation and to replicate them and scale them up, said Dr Marc Scheuer.
Faith is the glue that often bonds communities and cultures around the world. Yet, too often it is used as an excuse to emphasize difference and deepen divisions, said Deputy Secretary General Dr. Asha-Rose Migiro during the 2012 World Interfaith Harmony Week.
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.
Human dignity is a fundamental tenet of the Olympic Movement. All members of the Olympic Movement are committed to work together to promote a peaceful society through sport.
An Olympic tradition and tool with vast untapped potential is the Olympic Truce.
Faith isn’t a medal event, but religion and sports are certainly entwined, writes John Longhurst of the Winnipeg Free Press.