Ambassadors for Peace Richmond, Virginia
Celebrating "World Interfaith Harmony Week"
Thursday, February 7, 2013
Creating One Family Under God
World Interfaith Harmony Week (WIHW) which was established by the United Nations (*See note below) was celebrated in Richmond at the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter-Day Saints on Monument Av. Several member groups of the ICGR participated by setting up displays tables with videos, photos, books and other printed materials informing others of the teachings and practices of their respective faith. Present were: the Unity Church of Bon Air, Islam, Catholic, Unification, Buddhist, Mormons, Hindu, Eckankar, and Baha'i.
The audience was entertained with music from Klezm'or"Ami'm, a band from the Jewish Congregation Or Ami in Richmond. The local Unification Family Church Community performed a special treat for everyone through their "Tongil (unification) Song, followed by some beautiful renditions of songs from the Spirit Lite, Unity Singers: Dan and Nancy of the Unity Church. Also, the Hindu Dance band: Bharatha Natyam performed classical Indian dances that delighted everyone.
The overall theme of "world interfaith harmony" was well received by all in attendance.
The General Assembly (GA) of the United Nations has, since October, 2010, designated the first week of February in every year as “World Interfaith Harmony Week.” The proposal was introduced in December, 2009, by H.M. King Abdullah II of Jordan.
It was adopted on October 20, 2010 as a General Assembly (GA) resolution: A/Res/65/5, and was first observed around the world in February, 2011. This year’s theme is: “Love of God and Love of Neighbor”/”Love of the Good and Love of the Neighbor.”
In its effort to help foster peace and goodwill among all people the GA states that: “Mutual understanding and interreligious dialogue constitute important dimensions of a culture of peace and establishes World Interfaith Harmony Week to promote harmony between all people regardless of their faith.” (Source: United Nations website)