Feb. 1-7 Designated Interfaith Harmony Week


“This is vital in times when there are many who seek to divide people of faith instead of finding ways to enhance our lives together through the elimination of all forms of intolerance and discrimination,” said Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit, general secretary of the World Council of Churches (WCC) in a story from the WCC.

Tviet was referring to Interfaith Harmony Week scheduled for the first seven days of February, 2011. On October 20, 2010, the United Nations General Assembly unanimously approved a resolution establishing the event, and adopted the first week of February as Interfaith Harmony Week

A global consultation of Muslim and Christian organizations addressing the topic “Transforming Communities” in November 2010 has endorsed the iniative. The consultation was convened at the Ecumenical Centre in Geneva and was jointly sponsored by the World Council of Churches (WCC), the World Islamic Call Society and A Common Word.

The WCC release says that "events being held around the world include interfaith luncheons in Australia, prayers for peace and bell ringing in Austria, inter-religious seminars in Pakistan, and an interfaith breakfast in Canada with Catholic, Jewish, Muslim, Lutheran and Hindu leaders."