UN Interfaith Harmony Week

Since 2011, FGS Mabuhay Temple has been an active partner of the UniHarmony Partners Manila, a network of faith based institutions tasked to organized the yearly UN Interfaith Harmony Week as mandated by the United Nations. Every year, the temple organizes its own activity to present the teachings of Humanistic Buddhism and show an act of unity and oneness with other religions to bring harmony and peace in our society.

 

Rationale of the UN Interfaith Harmony Week as coined by the UniHarmony Partners Manila:

The UN General Assembly proclaimed World Interfaith Harmony Week as an annual event to be observed during the first week of February starting 2011  in resolution A/RES/65/5 adopted on 20 October 2010.  In the resolution, the General Assembly, points out that mutual understanding and interreligious dialogue constitute important dimensions of a culture of peace and establishes World Interfaith Harmony Week as a way to promote harmony between all people regardless of their faith.

Responding to this global call for harmony and solidarity, the UniHarmony Partners Manila was established in 2011 to implement programs and activities during the World Interfaith Harmony Week.  The main goal of the celebration is to strengthen unity and cooperation between and among  religions and faith-based organizations and to advocate peace and harmony in society.

In April 2013, Republic Act 10525 was enacted declaring the First Week of February of every year as “World Interfaith Harmony Week” in the entire country.  Section 1 states that “All government agencies and instrumentalities, including government-owned and -controlled corporations as well as local government units, are hereby mandated to carry out the observance of activities designed to advance the message of interfaith harmony and goodwill in accordance with religious traditions and practices.”?”?

The Uni-Harmony Partners Manila aims, through the series of activities, to spread the message of interfaith harmony, dialogue and cooperation as key elements towards nation building.

 

Objectives:

  • To organize activities in solidarity with the global celebration of World Interfaith Harmony Week;
  • To foster friendship and advance common action between and among the interfaith communities;
  • To promote awareness on the challenges and aspirations of the World Interfaith Harmony Week; and,
  • To witness to love, mercy and compassion as wellsprings of harmony and mechanisms of dialogue.

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