Parliament ED Joins UN World Interfaith Harmony Week Observance

February 10, 2022

On Sunday, February 6th, Parliament Executive Director Rev. Stephen Avino joined Rev. William E. Swing and LauraSa Pele Lafoia Ava for a special observance of UN World Interfaith Harmony Week hosted by Peace Sundays.

“World Interfaith Harmony: Past, Present, and Future” was a Sacred Activism broadcast featuring three interfaith leaders sharing their stories and the past, present, and future of their organizations. World Interfaith Harmony Week is based on a United Nations General Assembly Resolution for a worldwide week of interfaith harmony proposed in 2010 by HM King Abdullah II and HRH Prince Ghazi bin Muhammad of Jordan. All around the world, organizations, and individuals host programs and events during the first week of February to help neighbors of different faiths and cultures get to know each other and build a foundation for a more peaceful, united, and sustainable planet.

About the Featured Leaders

  • Rev. William E. Swing is the Founder and President of the United Religions Initiative, a grassroots network of over 1,000 cooperation circles in more than 100 countries that envision a just, peaceful, healthy world through local and global engagement. URI is a non-governmental organization with consultative status at the United Nations Economic and Social Council.
  • Rev. Stephen Avino serves as the Executive Director of the global Parliament of the World’s Religions, which cultivates harmony among the world’s religious and spiritual communities, and fosters their engagement with the world and its guiding institutions to achieve a just, peaceful, and sustainable world.
  • LauraSa Pele Lafoia Ava is the President and Board Chair for Unity and Diversity World Council, as well as Founder of One Global Family Foundation & Alliances, and the International Councils & Congress of Women-Youth

Enjoy the full program on Peace Sundays’ Facebook here.

Land Acknowledgment

The Parliament of the World's Religions acknowledges it is situated on the traditional homelands of the Bodéwadmik (Potawatomi), Hoocąk (Winnebago/Ho’Chunk), Jiwere (Otoe), Nutachi (Missouria), and Baxoje (Iowas); Kiash Matchitiwuk (Menominee); Meshkwahkîha (Meskwaki); Asâkîwaki (Sauk); Myaamiaki (Miami), Waayaahtanwaki (Wea), and Peeyankihšiaki (Piankashaw); Kiikaapoi (Kickapoo); Inoka (Illini Confederacy); Anishinaabeg (Ojibwe), and Odawak (Odawa).

PoWR recognizes the region we now call Chicago remains home to a diversity of Indigenous peoples today and this land upon which we walk, live, and play continues to be Indigenous land.

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