Congratulations to Calgary Interfaith Council who won First Prize of the United Nations World Interfaith Harmony Week for its Habitat for Humanity Interfaith Build project.
Calgary Interfaith Council was among 79 applicants for this year’s HM King Abdullah II of Jordan Prize, chosen from over 1,054 events held internationally during World Interfaith Harmony Week in 2016. The Rev. Mark Tremblay, minister of Knox (Calgary) Presbyterian Church and a member of the Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations Committee, participated in the Council’s building event that joins with similar Habitat for Humanity-sponsored initiatives throughout Canada and internationally to promote peaceful coexistence in the face of intolerance, prejudice and conflict.
The prize-giving ceremony will take place the last week of April, 2017, in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan.
About World Interfaith Harmony Week
World Interfaith Harmony Week was first proposed at the UN General Assembly on September 23, 2010, by H.M. King Abdullah II of Jordan and unanimously adopted by the UN with the observance week from February 1–7, annually. World Interfaith Harmony Week is based on the pioneering work of The Common Word Initiative from 2007, which 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 compromising any of their own religious tenets.
It is hoped that World Interfaith Harmony Week will provide a focal point from which all people of goodwill can recognize that the common values they hold far outweigh the differences they have, and thus provide a strong dosage of peace and harmony to their communities.
Photo: The Rev. Mark Tremblay (orange hat and brown shirt) participating in the First-Prize Habitat for Humanity Interfaith Build, Calgary Interfaith Council, 2016.