The Parliament of the World’s Religions is a global partner of grassroots organizers in observing UN World Interfaith Harmony Week. The event Humans of Interfaith in the Heartland: A Day of Service and Dialogue is an official Parliament-affiliated celebration of the 2019 World Interfaith Harmony Week.
The guiding principles of UN World Interfaith Harmony Week are love of the God, love of the good, and love of the neighbor. Our interfaith family in Kansas is highlighting all three of these principles in their upcoming day of service and dialogue in observance of World Interfaith Harmony Week. Hosted at the Rime Buddhist Center & Institute of Tibetan Studies located at 700 West Pennway St, the event welcomes the public on February 2nd from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.
Sponsored by the Greater Kansas City Interfaith Council, Kansas City Interfaith Youth Alliance and Faith Always Wins Foundation, Humans of Interfaith in the Heartland: A Day of Service and Dialogue provides participants with an opportunity to learn about the importance and sacredness of the Sikh Turban and Langar in Sikhism, as well as principles in Buddhism, and the inspiration to serve the community as interfaith neighbors. The organizers plan to capture stories from participants about their own interfaith journey – moments of inspiration, of awakening from prejudices and moments of connection and service.
The event invites the religious, nonreligious, and spiritually inclined individuals to a space of experiential learning and community building. Participants have the opportunity to share a meal, learning about several traditions and how people orient around shared values and The Big Questions. They also have the opportunity to work for the common good together by creating “Brotherly and Sisterly Kindness Bags” that contain words of kindness and sweets.
We spoke with one of the organizers who shared the inspiration for the event, “Greater Kansas City is the heartland city of the United States of America. We (Greater Kansas City Interfaith Council, Kansas City Interfaith Youth Alliance, and Faith Always Wins Foundation) wanted to embrace all of that means. We wanted to reach the young and the wise. The religious, nonreligious, and spiritually inclined. We wanted to reach the humans of interfaith in the Heartland. We collaborated with the Greater Kansas City Interfaith Council, Kansas City Interfaith Youth Alliance, and Faith Always Wins Foundation to create this program with all the beautiful diversity that Kansas City has to offer. “
Are you in the Greater Kansas City area? Be sure to join the celebration of World Interfaith Harmony Week with these great organizations who hope you leave “… more informed, more compassionate, more inspired by their own community to lead, serve, and grow.”
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