Dialogue, peace building at heart of World Interfaith Harmony Week
Just four years ago the United Nations unanimously adopted a proposal declaring the first week of February as World Interfaith Harmony Week. Since this first observation in 2011, the week has grown into a worldwide celebration of dialogue and peace building. Hundreds of local events bring together people from different religious traditions in a shared love of the good and love of neighbour.
The Conference of European Churches enjoys a deep commitment to the hopes of World Interfaith Harmony Week through its dialogue and human rights work. In particular, CEC has made contributions to relevant theological dialogue in a number of fora and carries out extensive work on freedom of religion or belief in Europe and beyond. As an instrument of dialogue for European churches, CEC supports peace and harmony among Christians and all people of faith and goodwill.
CEC General Secretary and former president of the Belgian Council of Religious Leaders Rev. Dr. Guy Liagre remarks, “I am convinced that bringing together religions and religious leaders to promote peaceful coexistence is of great value to any European society. We are thankful for the many initiatives taken by our members and partners for the sake of cultivating peace and tolerance across Europe.”
For more on the CEC’s contributions to theological dialogue and freedom of religion or belief, please visit www.ceceurope.org.
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The Conference of European Churches (CEC) is a fellowship of some 114 Orthodox, Protestant, Anglican and Old Catholic Churches from all countries of Europe, plus 40 national council of churches and organisations in partnership. CEC was founded in 1959. It has offices in Brussels and Strasbourg.