World Interfaith Harmony Week: A spiritual blending

Whatever happened to that 2007 "A Common Word Between Us" initiative, signed by pastors like Rick Warren Bill Hybels and Leith Anderson of the National Association of Evangelicals?  Remember when hundreds of Christian pastors and Catholic priests signed on to call for interfaith dialogue that would build relations and reshape the Christian and Islam communities? Remember how these Christian leaders also asked for forgiveness of sins committed against Muslims in the Crusades? Remember?

That Muslim/Christian interfaith agreement is not only alive and well these days, it has blossomed into an international United Nations effort to blend all religions. And this week we're going to see the fruit of that effort in the U.N.'s annual World Interfaith Harmony Week, February 1 - 7.  It's website 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 Neighbour, without nevertheless compromising any of their own religious tenets. The Two commandments are at the heart of the three Monotheistic religions and therefore provide the most solid theological ground possible.

The World Interfaith Harmony Week extends the Two Commandments by adding ‘Love of the Good, and Love of the Neighbour’. This formula includes all people of goodwill. It includes those of other faiths, and those with no faith.

In light of the interfaith activities we've shared this week between Catholics and protestants, these activities are something you may want to keep in the back of your mind. Certainly perusing these links will give you a broader understanding of an enormous behind-the-world-scenes effort to become as one in the name of tolerance and peace.

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University of Chicago connection

The thousands of interfaith Harmony events around the world are brought to us by a U.N. Resolution calling for call for peace, tolerance and mutual understanding,   This year you can find U.S. events like Muslims, Christians and Jews Unite over Interfaith Dinner, or Faith, Compassion & Climate Action: Love Earth & People. But it is the young people the U.N. wants: those impressionable college students hungry for truth about the world they are just getting to know.

Parliament Ambassadors from around the world are encouraged, voluntarily of course, to observe World Interfaith Harmony Week by training to conduct local "Listening Projects" in a presentation by the interfaith leader Kay Lindahl. In Chicago, the "Parliament" will host a bystander training for young adults at the University of Chicago.