United Nations World Interfaith Harmony Week
Tuesday, January 24, 2017

The United Nations World Interfaith Harmony Week is celebrated by interfaith groups around the world during the first week of February. Events held during this week showcase the vital work that interfaith groups do to build peace and understanding in their communities.

The Surrey Interfaith Council holds World Interfaith Harmony Week events each year. We invite you to join us!

World Interfaith Harmony Week Schedule

The UN World Interfaith Harmony Week takes place annual during the first week of February. See here for a summary of our 2016 celebrations and scroll down for this year’s offerings!

Ongoing Events

February 1-7 – Interfaith Display at City Center Library

Drop by the lobby at City Centre Library, 10350 University Drive, for a World Interfaith Harmony Week display of books about the diverse religious, spiritual and secular traditions in our community.

February 1-7 – Public Viewing of “Letters from Beyond: A Spiritual Journey”

“Letters from Beyond: A Spiritual Journey” is an interfaith installation piece by local artist Deborah Putman. Last year, the piece was installed at Northwood United Church. This year, the installation will be on display in the Aboriginal Gathering Space in the Main Building at KPU Surrey Campus, 12666 – 72nd Avenue. “The artwork consists of nine suspended scrolls circling a labyrinth. The painted scrolls embody the plurality of world faiths while revealing common values. A contemporary interpretation of a three channel ancient labyrinth leads your footsteps to the centre of a personal journey.” See the artist’s website here. The artist will also be speaking about the artwork at the February 9 “Sharing Our Stories” event.

February 1, 2, 6, 7 – Interfaith Dinner Series

This dinner series takes place in peoples’ homes around Surrey. It is an opportunity to meet your diverse neighbours, strengthen our neighbourhoods, and enjoy good food! Guest registration is here. This event is in celebration of UN World Interfaith Harmony Week.

Feature Events

February 3 – Interfaith Harmony Week Baha'i Devotional Gathering

The Surrey Bahá’í Community invites you to an Interfaith Harmony Week Devotional Gathering 7:00-9:00pm, February 3, 2017 in room 120, City Centre Library, 10350 University Drive. “Love of God, or, ‘the Good’ & love of the Neighbour” All are welcome to come together in a safe space to experience with the heart the oneness and unity of humanity as we pray and meditate together. May we “inhale the heavenly fragrances, experience the sweetness of prayer, meditate upon the Creative Word, be transported on the wings of the spirit, and commune with the one Beloved.” More details here.

February 4 – Interfaith Conference

How Can Interfaith Communication Enhance Harmony? Leaders from local religious communities will share perspectives from their traditions. Talks will be followed by devotional music and round table discussion. This event is free and all are welcome. This event is organized by the Global Clergy Association in partnership with the Surrey Stake of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in celebration of United Nations World Interfaith Harmony Week. More information: Dr. Jagessar Das: (604) 599-6876 or Acharya Dwivedi: (604) 507-3099 The event takes place February 4, 2017, 1-4pm at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 10122 –140th Street, Surrey. See here for more information.

February 4 - Interfaith Music and Spoken Word Concert

The Interfaith Music and Spoken Word Concert is a celebration of Surrey’s diverse sacred music traditions. All are welcome! Admission is free, and you are invited to bring a non-perishable food item to donate to the Surrey Food Bank. The concert takes place at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 6270 – 126 Street on February 4, 2017. Doors open at 6:00pm, Program starts at 7:00pm. See here for more details.

February 4 – Interfaith Food and Clothing Ministry Event

There will be an Interfaith Food and Clothing Ministry Event on February 4. Stay tuned for details. This event is in celebration of UN World Interfaith Harmony Week.

February 5 – Surrey Interfaith Pilgrimage

Start at the Thien Ton Buddhist Temple near Tynehead Park at 9:30am and walk 16km across Surrey with your diverse neighbours! A vegetarian lunch is provided at the Laxmi Narayana Hindu Mandir and a vegetarian dinner is provided at the Guru Nanak Sikh Gurdwara at the end of the day. See here for route map and information about some of the other stops along the way. This is an unsupported event, so all pilgrims must be self-sufficient for transportation and any extra food and water. This event is in celebration of UN World Interfaith Harmony Week.

February 9 – Sharing Our Stories

To conclude World Interfaith and Harmony Week the KPU Multifaith Centre invites you to enjoy an evening of story, poetry, song, and reflection on the Interfaith task in the pursuit of global peace and harmony. If you would like to share a story, song, or anything else on the theme of "stories that build bridges" please contact Ethan. The event takes place at the KSA Grassroots at the KPU Surrey Campus, 12666 – 72nd Avenue. More details here.

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Source: Surrey Interfaith Council