When is it? World Interfaith Harmony Week is celebrated annually on the first week of February (February 1st to February 7th).
What is it about? World Interfaith Harmony Week aims to promote harmony between all people regardless of their faith and non-faith. It provides a platform, one week in the year, where people of every group can recognize their common values, build ties with each other, and work alongside one another to bring peace and harmony to their communities.
How did it originate? World Interfaith Harmony Week was first proposed at the United Nations General Assembly on September 23, 2010 by H.M. King Abdullah II of Jordan. Just under a month later, on October 20, 2010, it was unanimously adopted by the United Nations and henceforth the first week of February became World Interfaith Harmony Week.
What is it based on? World Interfaith Harmony Week is based on the pioneering work of The Common Word initiative. This initiative, which started in 2007, called for Muslim and Christian leaders to engage in a dialogue based on two common fundamental religious Commandments; Love of God, and Love of the Neighbour, without nevertheless compromising any of their own religious tenets. The Two commandments are at the heart of the three Monotheistic religions and therefore provide the most solid theological ground possible.
World Interfaith Harmony Week extends the Two Commandments by adding ‘Love of the Good, and Love of the Neighbour’. This formula includes all people of goodwill. It includes those of other faiths, and those with no faith.
How do I get involved? In 2018, a number of interfaith networks are running events across Victoria to celebrate World Interfaith Harmony Week. To get involved simply contact the organiser of the event nearest to you.
The dates, times and locations are:
Darebin Ethnic Communities Council (DECC)
Sweets and Savouries | Multicultural and Interfaith Community Lunch Date: Thursday 1 February 2018 Time:12pm to 2pm Location: Darebin Intercultural Centre, 59A Roseberry Avenue, Preston Click here for more information
Bendigo Interfaith Network Date: Saturday 3 February 2018 Time: 3:15pm for a 3:30pm start to 4:30pm Location: Bendigo Library, 259 Hargreaves St, Bendigo VIC 3550 Click here for more information
Religions for Peace Victoria Date: Tuesday 6 February 2018 Time: 5:30pm to 7:00pm Location: Laby Theatre (L108), Physics Building, Spencer Road, Melbourne University (located near Melbourne University's tram stop on Swanston street) Click here for more information
Ballarat Interfaith Network Date: Monday 5 February 2018 Time: 11am Location: Queen Victoria Square, 225 Sturt St, Ballarat Central VIC 3350 Click here for more information
The Darebin Interfaith Council and the Whittlesea Interfaith Network Date: Thursday 8 February 2018 Time: 6:30 to 9:00 pm Location: Mill Park Library, 394 Plenty Rd, Mill Park, Victoria, 3082 Click here for more information