The annual United Nations observance is February 1-7. Faith communities around the world are participating in this global celebration of religious pluralism.
Based on A Common Word Initiative, World Interfaith Harmony Week was first proposed to the UN 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.
World Interfaith Harmony Week seeks to bring together all people of good will, regardless of faith or non, to learn about each other and find ways to work together on common agendas.
The Toronto Steering Committee organized the first events in 2013. In 2015, the program was internationally recognized which is a testament to the vibrant interfaith community in the Greater Toronto Area.
EVENTS IN GREATER TORONTO AREA
-->Tuesday February 1 2022
*City Of Toronto Proclamation
His Worship John Tory, Mayor of Toronto, will declare February 1 -7 2022 as World Interfaith Harmony Week in Toronto. This being a decade of declarations of official support, Toronto's Steering Committee will release a video that is a call out to grassroots organization worldwide as a road map to participation in this United Nations declaration .
*Interfaith Council of Peel
8:00am - 9:30am
Mississauga Mayor Crombie will host a Virtual Interfaith Prayer Breakfast via WebEX, followed by a time of conversation: "Year of the Garden-Nurturing Diversity". BYOBreakfast
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*Canadian Interfaith Conversation
The CIC is launching an initiative entitled, "Another Story, 200 Stories of the People, Moments and Communities of Faith that Shaped Canada" (follow link) to celebrate World Interfaith Harmony Week. AnOther story is a community generated collection of stories that helped shape our country. Participants are invited to share a short story, just 7 to 10 sentences, highlighting a time or individual from one's faith tradition that has contributed to the betterment of Canadian society. Deadline is March 13 2022
-->Wednesday February 2
Faith & the Common Good
6:00pm - 7:30pm
Taking Action on Climate Change: An Interfaith Conversation
You are invited to Taking Action on Climate Change: An Interfaith Conversation, where you will hear from speakers on how their faith's environmental stewardship beliefs have influenced their climate actions. Joining us are guest speakers Roop Sidhu, President at EcoSikh, Areej Riaz, Director of Climate Programs at EnviroMuslims, and Agnes Richard, Coordinator at Mouvement Laudato Si’ Movement Canada.
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Interfaith Circle Meet and Greet (Presents "INTERFAITH:THE MUSICAL")
7:00pm - 8:30pm
Are you looking to make more friends? Do you want to learn about different cultures and faith traditions? Do you want to put your faith into action? Do you have a passion for music and interfaith engagement? Join us for the "Interfaith Circle Meet and Greet" Event to meet new friends and form long-lasting friendships. We will be joined by the Creator of INTERFAITH: THE MUSICAL with some short clips of the Musical (https://www.interfaiththemusical.com/).
For more information and/or to register, please email Vivian Kwok
Register at: https://interfaithcirclemeetandgreet.eventbrite.ca
Join Zoom Meeting https://utoronto.zoom.us/j/84331863297
Join by Skype for Business https://utoronto.zoom.us/skype/84331863297
Here's something to look forward to: https://youtu.be/gAx6nSYVDt4
-->Saturday February 5
*Spiritual Heritage Education Network Inc
10:00am - 5:00pm
Self Discovery, Introspection and Stillness
You are invited to participate in a webinar that will focus on knowledge and practices of Self Discovery, Introspection and Stillness to experience the unseen spirit-energy at the core of our being connecting us with the universe.
Register Here Now For More Information
-->Sunday February 6
*St Philips Lutheran Church Interfaith Service
10:00am - 11:00am
St Philips Lutheran Church invites you to an interfaith service that will feature interfaith readings. We will also host the Interfaith Champion Award ceremony honoring Paul McKenna, and subsequent to the service we will celebrate the official launch of Toronto's Power of Proclamations video.
Join us by signing in via Zoom just before 10am.
*St Andrews Guelph
10:30am to 11:30am
Zoomerview with Brian Carwana, Encounter World Religions
Join the live stream Here
*Mosaic Interfaith and Temple Har Zion
"A Rabbi, a Pastor and an Imam Walked Into A Restaurant (Not a Bar)"
Learning To Dialogue & Learning From Dialogue
Join The Three Amigos as they present their experiences and answer questions on their experiences with Listening, Learning & Engaging. This event will be moderated by Rabbi Cory Weiss and Dr Karen Mock
*Abraham Festival Committee
"Out of the Wilderness: An Interfaith Journey"
A conversation about Abraham’s legacy, and how we can promote harmony and work together as people of the Abrahamic faiths, and discuss stumbling stones in this process. Join poet Ziysah von Biebertein, father Paul Massel, and Imam Michael AbdurRashid Taylor for their conversation anf follow up discussion with the audience.
Please register here for this event before 4 p.m. on Saturday 5th February. Once you are registered, we will send you the zoom link closer to the event. We look forward to hearing from you, and seeing you on zoom on 6th February! The Abraham Festival Committee www.abrahamfestival.org
-->Monday February 7 2022
*Toronto's Spiritual Dialogue Circle
7:00pm to 8:30pm
Listen, Learn, Engage
Join Reverend Michelle Singh once again in a Spiritual Dialogue Circle. This year, the focus is on Indigenous Canada. Are we truly listening? Are we actively learning? Are we authentically engaging? Join our Circle to listen to participants from diverse backgrounds, of faith and none, as we continue to explore topics that expand our connection with each other and with our common home.
Clickhere to join us by Zoom Meeting ID: 833 995 2710 Password: 1111 One tap mobile +14388097799,,8339952710# Canada +15873281099,,8339952710# Canada Find your local number: https://zoom.us/u/a4qGQDgQ
-->Tuesday February 15
*Durham Multifaith Community Spiritual Dialogue Circle
7:00pm to 9:00pm
You are warmly welcomed to join our Spiritual Dialogue Circle. You will have an opportunity to meet friends from different cultural/religious backgrounds and engage in a rich discussion. We start with a circle of prayers and then have a facilitated discussion where all can contribute. Register Here
-->Wednesday February 23
*National Muslim Christian Liaison Committee
7:00pm - 8:30pm
"Bridging Our Divides, Fostering Inclusivity and Positive Engagements"
Join us for our annual National Muslim Christian Liaison Committee Online Event as we celebrate “Listen, Learn, Engage” with the World Interfaith Harmony Week: Participate in an engaging discussion on developing inclusive communities while living out our faith in our multicultural society. How do we be inclusive of those who are different from us? Join Shaila Kibria Carter, The Rev Canon Dr Scott Sharman, Ustadh Ibrahim J. Long, Pastor Peter Noteboom, and Ms Maduba Ahmad.
Register at: https://bridgingourdivides.eventbrite.ca
Via Facebook Live https://www.facebook.com/NMCLC
For more information, email nmclcanada
Organized in collaboration with the Intercultural Dialogue Institute (IDI)
-->Thursday February 24
*Archdiocese of Toronto, Toronto Catholic District School Board, and The Mary Ward Centre
8:50 to 10:30am
Justice & Reconciliation: Listen, Learn, Engage
Restricted To Catholic High School and Interfaith Youth
Join in an engaging dialogue with members of diverse spiritualities, sharing how their faith has shaped their work in justice and reconciliation.
-->Monday February 28
*The Mary Ward Centre
7:00 to 9:00pm
A Youth Interfaith Journey in Syndonality for the World
Restricted To University of Toronto, the discussion will centre Catholic High School and Interfaith Youth
Join in an engaging dialogue that will explore the question "How can we journey together for the sake of the world at this moment?