wihwWhen 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 2020, 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:

  • Wyndham Interfaith Network
    Reconciliation Walk 
    Date: Saturday 1 February 2020      Time: 9:15am to 11am
    Location: Wyndham Cultural Centre -  177 Watton Street, Werribee VIC 3030
    Click here for more information
  • Faith Communities Council of Victoria (FCCV) & Multifaith Advisory Group (MAG)
    Multifaith Gathering to Acknowledge Victoria’s Bushfire Crisis
    Date: Tuesday 4 February 2020   Time: 11am-12pm
    Location: Steps of Parliament House - Spring Street East Melbourne Victoria 3002
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  • Religions for Peace
    Pope Francis: His Interfaith and Environmental Perspectives
    Date: Tuesday 4 February 2020    Time: 5:30pm to 7:30pm
    Location: Carrillo Gantner Theatre, B-02 (Basement), Sidney Myer Asia Centre, University of Melbourne, 761 Swanston St, Parkville VIC 3010
    Click here for more information
  • Ballarat Interfaith Network
    Civic Flag-raising
    Date: Tuesday 4 February 2020    Time: 11am
    Location: Queen Victoria Square, 225 Sturt St, Ballarat Central VIC 3350
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  • Ballarat Interfaith Network
    Walk & Talk in the Wetland
    Date: Saturday 8 February 2020
    Location: Indigenous Sculpture Park, Wendouree Parade VIC 3350
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  • Evera Foundation
    Reclaiming the Golden Rule for Public Life
    Date: Sunday 9 February 2020
    Location: Evera, Centre for Renewal, Beatties Road (off Forest Street), Trentham VIC 3458
    Click here for more information

  • Maroondah Interfaith Network
    In Pursuit of Happiness Seminar Series: Dealing with the challenges of life
    Date: Saturday 22 February 2020    Time: 3pm to 5pm
    Location: Janssen Spirituality Centre, 22 Woodvale Road, Boronia VIC 3155
    Click here for more information

The Parliament of the World’s Religions would like to partner with you in observing World Interfaith Harmony Week (WIHW). For more information, click here.


Other Related Links:

World Interfaith Harmony Week

5 Things to Know About World Interfaith Harmony Week

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