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World Interfaith Harmony Week

Here’s an example of a social media post suggested by Euphrates Institute

World Interfaith Harmony Week is observed each year from February 1-7. An initiative commemorating the first week in February was adopted by the United Nations in 2010 in recognition that “mutual understanding and interreligious dialogue constitute important dimensions of a culture of peace.”

The Euphrates Institute, headquartered in Redding CA, suggests several simple ways to participate in your community:

  • Snap a picture and tell about your activity by posting it on social media with the hashtag #WIHWEuphrates or sending it to info@euphrates.org.
  • Visit a place of worship in your community – attend a service or take a tour of a local mosque, synagogue, or church
  • Volunteer with people of other faith traditions – feed the homeless or organize a community clean up at a nearby park together
  • Host an interfaith potluck gathering – invite new and old friends to bring a favorite dish and a quote from a sacred text to share
  • Do an art project with kids – talk about interfaith harmony with children and ask them to draw or create something that shows what it means to them
  • Watch and discuss an interfaith film – a few suggestions include Dancing in Jaffa, Disturbing the Peace, and Fambul Tok
  • Participate in an interfaith dialogue – connect with other groups in your area and attend an upcoming event

Here’s a sample post for Euphrates social media campaign:

Choose a prompt below and complete the phrase in your own words. Take a photo or video of your response and post it on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter with the hashtag #WIHWEuphrates.

February 1 – “To me, interfaith harmony means…” ex. listening to others.
February 2 – “I can practice interfaith harmony by…” ex. getting to know someone of another religious background.
February 3 – “My faith teaches me to…” ex. be forgiving.
February 4 – “One thing I love about Islam* is…” ex. that Muslims show their commitment to God by praying 5 times per day.
February 5 – “I love my neighbor by…” ex. seeing beyond differences.
February 6 – “Interfaith harmony would change the world by…” ex. ending religiously motivated violence.
February 7 – “My prayer for peace is…”  ex. that all people feel loved and accepted.

*choose a faith tradition