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I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. – Ephesians 3:17b-19


Even as a new year has only just begun, we are already witnessing more painful instances of religion operationalized for violence. Our hearts are heavy as people suffer from violence and hate, both at home and in other parts of our world. In the wake of such ongoing tragedies, how can we as Christians—and neighbors—respond? Certainly we are called to pray, to gather together to mourn and hope, and to also find ways to promote the healing and peace we so desperately need.

The world interreligious community has responded each year by promoting World Interfaith Harmony Week. Annually during the first week of February, the world’s interreligious communities come together to remind one another that we can only succeed in building a more peaceful world by working together.

The United Nations General Assembly adopted World Interfaith Harmony Week on October 20, 2010. First proposed by King Abdullah II of Jordan, the event is based on the Common Word Initiative, which “…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.”

As followers of Christ, we are emboldened in our interreligious efforts out of the gratitude that flows forth in response to the grace of God in our lives. This gratitude arising from our experience of divine grace is the posture and theological starting place for rich participation in building a better world with our religious neighbors. We model our relationships with interreligious neighbors on that of Jesus, who—in life, death, and resurrection—revealed to us the expansiveness of God’s love. Each of us can participate from right where we are with a posture of openness and respect for people of different religious traditions in our families, neighborhoods, schools, and workplaces.

Join the office of Interfaith Relations and the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations in remembering World Interfaith Harmony Week, February 1-7, 2015. We invite you to join with us as we stand side by side with our interreligious neighbors as we strive together for the peace, justice, and love sorely needed in the wake of conflict. How will you respond to God’s grace in your life by building relationships with your interreligious neighbors?


In grace and gratitude,

Christine Hong
Associate for Interfaith Relations
Office of Theology and Worship

 
 
 


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