Hundreds of believers of different faiths particiapated in two seminars on religious harmony held by the Pakistan Council for Social Welfare & Human Rights (PCSW&HR) in celebration of World Interfaith Harmony Week during the 1st week of February 2011.
On the auspicious occasion of UN Interfaith Harmony Week, the Global Clergy Association of Canada organized a prayer and peace talk of the spiritual leaders at Kabir Centre in Surrey on Sunday 6, 2011.
I awoke this morning in the Gurudwara Guru Nanak Nishkam Sewak Jatha in Birmingham eagerly anticipating a day that I had no idea would end with me sitting in front of a television in the Coventry home of my dear friend and colleague, Deepak Naik, watching the outpouring of jubilation in Egypt.
Wednesday, 10 February 2011 was the center of my trip – a day hosted by the URI UK, bringing together members, current and potential partners, and representatives of URI Europe and the global URI to receive an extended briefing on URI UK’s innovative work as it renews itself with seven new trustees, average age 34.
Last week URI helped celebrate the first ever United Nations World Interfaith Harmony Week, an initiative by Jordan’s King Abdullah II to promote peace among people of different faith traditions. Coming against the backdrop of a spike in violence against Christians in Iraq and Egypt late last year; the killing of a progressive Pakistani governor in January over the nation’s blasphemy laws; and rising Islamophobia across Europe and the United States, why should we expect such a week—or even the interfaith movement—to make much difference?