This year, the Baha'i Community is collaborating with other Halifax Regional Municipality faith communities on a weeklong series of events to observe the UN World Interfaith Harmony Week.
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United Nations World Interfaith Harmony Week was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in 2010 with the hope that the Week will provide a focal point from which all people of goodwill can recognize that the common values we hold far outweigh the differences we have, and thus build peace and harmony. Full Details at Halifaxbahai.org.
Approximately 185 people gathered at Mount Saint Vincentâ€™s Rosaria Centre on Sunday, January 20th to celebrate World Religion Day. The event was the 10th World Religion Day Celebration organized by the Bahaâ€™i Community of HRM and the 3rd such event that was the result of collaboration between the Bahaâ€™iâ€™s and the Spiritual Life Office of Mount Saint Vincent University.
Representatives of nine faith communities took part in the program: the Miâ€™kmaw First Nation Community, the Bahaâ€™i Faith, Buddhism, Sikhism, Hinduism, Judaism, the Pagan Presence, Islam, and Christianity. Through music, readings, prayers and addresses, they presented how their Faiths promote inter-faith harmony and compassion. Harp music began and ended the program, which was followed by a reception. During the Celebration, an artist created a painting in honor of World Religion Day.
The warmth and harmony of the Celebration was noteworthy. The Celebration provided an opportunity to appreciate diversity while celebrating all that the Faiths share, including the common goals of harmony, compassion and peace.
"The event was very uplifting. It was great to see everyone come together as ONE and Learn about each other's beliefs."
I thihnk its very interesting. I love to know about all the country's culture. Great opportunity to listen and take partin it, where everyone thinks God is One.
Great place to be in.
It was a great event. Keep it Going. Many people talking to one another is Good. The presentations were great.
What a wonderful experience of openness and unity -- to see so many Faiths come together and share their love and kindness demonstrates to me the type of World we can Create, with small ripples in the pond via events like this.
Wonderful to see humanity come together in love and understanding.
Wonderful Day, it was very enlightening - Learn a lot about different Faiths.
Great Music and peaceful people.
World Religion Day Celebration
Sunday, January 20, 2:00 - 4:00 pm Rosaria Student Centre Multi-purpose Room, Mount Saint Vincent University
The program includes music, dance, prayers and readings. Reception to follow. Co-sponsored by the Bahaâ€™i Community of Halifax and Mount Saint Vincent University.
Part of the Mount's Heart and Spirit of Our Communities Series.
World Religion Day began in 1950 in the United States, initiated by the National Spiritual Assembly of the Bahaâ€™iâ€™s of the United States, the national Bahaâ€™i governing council. The celebration has continued for more than six decades, encouraging interfaith understanding and harmony.
This event is free and all are invited to join in embracing diversity, understanding and community through the World Religion Day celebration at the Mount.
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