Leaders of four major religions have vowed to unite and promote religious harmony as part of efforts to combat a sharp rise in religious extremism and militancy in Bangladesh. The pledge came at an interfaith conference organized by Bangladesh police in Dhaka on April 28. The gathering brought together about 1,500 people, mostly leaders from Muslim, Hindu, Christian and Buddhist communities.
Narrowing the gap between ‘us’ and ‘them’
Kingston Interfaith Network and City of Kingston invite you to an Interfaith Art Exhibition – Humanity, Harmony and Happiness.
On Tuesday 5th of August, the Kingston Interfaith Network launched its annual Art Exhibition at St Nicholas Gallery Mordialloc. The event was opened by Mayor Councillor Paul Peulich and well attended by faith leaders, artists and local community.
It began with a visit to the Vatican in November 2007, the first time a Saudi monarch had visited a pope. King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud was on a mission to engage Pope Benedict XVI after the Vatican repeatedly ignored Muslim imams and scholars’ requests for broader dialogue between Christians and Muslims.
In delivering the 2013 UN Message to World Interfaith Harmony week, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said “For billions of people around the world, faith is an essential foundation of life.”
World Interfaith Harmony Week was launched in Melbourne at Parliament House, on Friday, 1 February 2013.
World Interfaith Harmony Week is an annual event in the first week of February each year. This is an activity supported by member-states of the United Nations.
Civil society, including religious organizations and institutions, have an important role to play in the Rio+20 conference and the implementation of its outcomes.
Quoting Dr Hans Kung, “There will be no peace among the nations without peace among the religions, and there will be no peace among the religions without dialogue among the religions, said Rev. Michael Beckwith at the United Nations.
World Interfaith Harmony Week, like the International Day of Peace, offers us chances to engage people and institutions in the spirit of the United Nations, said Katherine Marshall to the General Assembly of the United Nations.