Last October, the General Assembly of the United Nations unanimously passed Resolution A/65/PV.34 to establish World Interfaith Harmony Week. The Resolution identifies the first week of February as a time to reaffirm that “mutual understanding and interreligious dialogue constitute important dimensions of a culture of peace.” This statement evolved from influential regional and international efforts at promoting interreligious cooperation through initiatives such as the Tripartite Forum on Interfaith Cooperation and Peace and the “Common Word Between Us and You” statement addressed to Christians emphasizing love in Islam and Christianity and signed by over 130 Muslim leaders.
To promote dialogue and civility among the world’s religions, last October, the United Nations General Assembly passed a Resolution A/65/PV.34 declaring the first week of February: “World Interfaith Harmony Week”.
The three goals of the “World Interfaith Harmony Week” are to coordinate efforts of positive work; to use places of worship to foster peace; and to encourage religious clergy to declare support for peace. Observances are meant to reaffirm that “mutual understanding and inter-religious dialogue constitute important dimensions of a culture of peace.”.
As many as 44 separate events are scheduled around the world, according to the World Interfaith Harmony website. In New York: 7th Annual Interreligious Prayer Service for Peace and Justice Celebrating World Interfaith Harmony Week on Saturday, February 5th, 2011 (7pm) at Church of St. Francis Xavier, (46 West 16th St. bet. 5th and 6th Ave), Manhattan NY email: LMDiaz@sfxavier.org
posted by Rhonda Maguire
The Princeton University community is invited to an interfaith celebration of Muhammad, the Prophet of Love. It promises to be an inspiring evening filled with songs, poetry and commentary. The evening is planned to focus on celebrating the noble character of the Prophet Muhammad, reflecting on his life and legacy. There will be performances by Mona Haydar and Amir Vahab. The keynote address will be given by Ustadh Hisham Mahmood.
WHAT: Celebrating Muhammad, Prophet of Love
WHERE: Rocky Commons (Nassau St. / University Place), Princeton University
WHEN: Friday, February 11th, 2011 at 8pm.
TICKETS: Free and Open to the Public
This program is hosted by the Muslim Life Program by the Office of Religious Life at Princeton University.
You never know, with kids, how they will meet and mix with strangers, but today it worked. First Baptist Church of Princeton had its Youth in Jeans day today. It was an inspiring and exciting service. Before the processional, two youth from Princeton United Methodist Church struck up a conversation with three young Baptist women and discovered — that they go to the same schools, Mercer County Community College and West Windsor Plainsboro Schools. When they parted, they were exchanging emails.
They picketed the funerals of those felled in Tucson, and now they are coming to New Jersey. But people are bandingtogether to protest the protestors, the extremists from Westboro Baptist Church in Kansas.
U.S. Army Spc
Benjamin Moore, a Bordentown
native, was killed in Afghanistan, and his funeral is this Saturday atTrinity
United Methodist Church. The mayor of Bordentown
has issued a proclamation
honoring the fallen soldier. At least 150 people including VFW members, the soldier’s fellow firefighters, a group called Compassionate Friends, and retirees from the New Jersey State Police plan a counter demonstration.
Like the citizens of Tucson, they have an action plan
. They will offer a human fence to protect friends and family, and a group called Angels will dress up in outfits with large wings to hide the protesters. (Above, a picture of an Angel group in Tucson).
Reverend Tom Miller, the pastor at Trinity, says everyone who wants to be supportive is welcome. There are parking concerns, so a lot has been set up on Route 130 south at a former Acme Market, where there will be shuttles to take people into town. As of Wednesday evening, according to the Facebook page
of “Angels for Ben,” supporters are invited to meet at this parking lot at 6 a.m. to be shuttled into town by 7:30 a.m. The viewing begins at 9 a.m. at the church. In contrast to the expected behavior of the Westboro
contingent, the counter demonstration is to be peaceful and nonconfrontational
Says Bordentown: Not in our town, will we allow hate to prevail.
(This post was taken from Princeton Comment)