UN Interfaith Harmony Week 2018
UPF Event in Cooperation with the House of Religion in Stuttgart
3 February 2018
Once again we had the privilege to meet up for our annual UN-Interfaith-Harmony-Week event within the beautiful 1. Church of Christian Science. People from 9 faith groups attended the special event and offered a prayer for peace.
A significant event to mark World Interfaith Harmony Week was held in the hall of the 1. Church of Christian Science Hubert Arnoldi, representative of the ‚House of Religion‘ in Stuttgart, greeted the audience and expressed that they should not hide their light under a bushel, but should bundle it together and radiate it with united strength. In this way, darkness will be illuminated with heartfelt prayers and the power of goodness will have more room to work actively together with the God of all religions. An intensive prayer can bring the ideal to flourish in various ways.
The World Interfaith Harmony Week was proposed on 23. September 2010 to the United Nations by King Abdullah II of Jordan on the following grounds:
“It is also essential to resist forces of division that spread misunderstanding and mistrust especially among peoples of different religions. The fact is, humanity everywhere is bound together, not only by mutual interests, but by shared commandments to love God and one’s neighbour; to love the good and one’s neighbour.
We ask ourselves: why are the forces which divide us so strong? Why are there misunderstandings and mistrust? Why have there been so many terrible happenings in the last days, weeks and months? And is an interreligious week an answer to assassinations and wars, can it help? In all of the conflicts, is it not much more about the distribution of wealth and power, rather than religious questions?”
I would event assert, that as long as people seek shelter in hate, we have all not loved enough. We only have one opportunity (see also 1 John). People from many nations and religious beliefs had gathered to take a stand for more peace and harmony together.
Mrs. Cornelia Ragg , Soprano performed a beautifull Song : „Schafe können sicher weiden“ from a Kantate composed by Johann Sebastian Bachto set the atmosphere and so moved our hearts that we could prepare ourselves for the peace prayers and ceremonies.
UPF-representative Karl Christian Hausmann, gave an address in which he especially stressed the necessity of interreligious cooperation for mankind’s further development. eligions are still very nessesary as a repairshop for what is broken and devidet amongs mankind since ages, as well in order to fix the relationship to God towards a better World, namly:” Haven on earth”.
The next point on the programm was the light and water ceremony. Light, amongst other things, represents truth that is available to all equally; light and fire are transformative and have the highest vibration. Water represents the ocean of truth, into which all rivers empty. Water cleanses; is flowing love and represents growth and devotion.
In this spirit, Hubert Arnoldi opened the ceremony in which the following representatives of different religions harmoniously, in unity, and complementary to each other, offered their heartfelt prayers: Mihr Foundation, Sufi Islam: Dr. Eda Yesil, Christianity: Margarete Belomo, Scientology Church: Dr. Manfred Schick, First Church of Christ, Scientist: Frau Helga Küstner, Catholic Church: Dr. Vera Antons, Hinduism: Hubert Arnoldi & Shabek Aulakh, Universal Peace Federation: Karl Christian Hausmann, Sikhkism: Subraagh Sing. After praying, each participant lit a swimming candle and set it in a basin of water. (A summary of all the prayer offerings will be made public later.)
Mr. Arnoldi thanked the audience for their wonderful support for this Interfaith Harmony Week event. „I was very inspired and moved by all the heartwarming contributions, which we could offer with a united power. I would like to take the opportunity to express my highest praise. Hereby the report for the honorable King Abdullah II of Jordan and the UN is on its way“.
Further activities connected with the Interfaith Harmony Week: the Interreligious Round Table will evaluate a themes such as: The meaning of the Messiah within various religions from the Book “World Scripture” and will screen and evaluate it as a hopeful pilot project for interreligious education of the young and young in heart (more about this later). Another beautiful event together with Mihr Foudation we had on the 28.1.2018 where the honorable Dr. Boran gave us inspiration and wisdom and vitalisation by praising Allah.The beautifull Family Festival on February 4, 2018 in our UPF Interfaith-Hall fittet well in the harmony Week and the Blessings could flow into the hearts of the 150 Participans
This special event was brought to a close by a Organ-music: Präludium and Fuge in es-moll from Johann Sebastian Bach and a ‚family photo‘, and we lingered over coffee and cake for a long time, sharing from heart to heart. I believe that we could made God happy to show Him our abilities.
Report: Hubert Arnoldi Stuttgart/Germany