The Oak Ridge Interfaith Partnership will celebrate World Harmony Week on Thursday, February 2, at Oak Ridge Unitarian Universalist Church. The church is located at 809 Oak Ridge Turnpike, near traffic light number two.
Speakers from diverse traditions will speak about aspects of their faith they feel are important and often misunderstood, a press release said.
Mix and Mingle will be start at 6:30 p.m., the press release said. Presentations will be from 7 to 8 p.m. That will be followed an opportunity for dialogue and fellowship, the press release said. Refreshments will be served, and child care will be available. There is no cost to attend.
World Interfaith Harmony Week was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in October 2010, and since then the first week of February has been observed as a World Interfaith Harmony Week.
Information from the UN states: “The 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 Neighbor, without nevertheless compromising any of their own religious tenets.
“The World Interfaith Harmony Week extends the Two Commandments by adding ‘Love of the Good, and Love of the Neighbor.’ This formula includes all people of goodwill. It includes those of other faiths, and those with no faith.”
The Oak Ridge Interfaith Partnership is a community outreach ministry of ORUUC.
“Our hope is to foster healthy relationships and understanding among members of different faiths in our community,” said Rebecca Bowman, co-coordinator. “Everyone is welcome.”
This press release was submitted by Maureen Hoyt.