In support of the U.N. resolution aimed at spreading “the message of interfaith harmony and goodwill . . . based on Love of God and Love of Neighbor”, the IFC presents programs to coincide with an annual worldwide observance the first week of February (and throughout the month). For more about World Interfaith Harmony Week, click here.
Here’s what you can look forward to in February 2021:
Harmony Through Kindness
“Loving Neighbors” postcard exchange: In lieu of being able to meet with each other face-to-face, postcard writing has become more common during the pandemic as a way to make a personal connection with our neighbors. The LN campaign, to be launched during WIHW, invites congregations in the DMV to pair up with another congregation, different than their own, to write postcards to each other with personal messages of appreciation and shared belonging. The postcards will be exchanged during the months of February, March and April. To join the postcard campaign, register here.
Harmony Through Storytelling
Story Slam: In collaboration with Interfaith Voices, we will invite individuals to share their stories about how they found a way to make harmony across a difficult divide and what did you learn. The slam will be broadcast on WAMU’s Interfaith Voices program with host Amber Khan.
Harmony Through Understanding
Faith and Spirituality on Television: In the contemporary TV landscape, there are a growing number of mainstream shows that are choosing to put faith and spirituality at the forefront of their storytelling. Join us for a conversation about the current state of religious representation on tv, how we got here, and how television shows influence how we see ourselves and each other. Moderator Bill Aiken (IFC Board) will be in conversation with Jacqueline Fuller, National President, Religion Communicators Council, Esther Kustanowitz, award-winning writer, editor, consultant and speaker, and Sue Obeidi, Director of the Hollywood Bureau, Muslim Public Affairs Council.
Mon, February 22
6:00 PM EST
Ecumenism: Are We Moving Toward Full Communion? Fr. John Crossin will offer this lecture as part of WTC’s Figel Lecture. Fr. Crossin is a lifelong ecumenist, a moral theologian, and a dedicated servant of the whole Church. He bridges the worlds of academics, pastoral work, and ecumenical engagement, including serving as recent Director of the Secretariat of Ecumenism and Interreligious Affairs of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. As former Executive Director of the Washington Theological Consortium, he will bring a vision about the state and future of Ecumenism that will challenge us directly in Theological Education and public outreach.
Tues, February 23
7:00 – 8:45 PM EST
Harmony Through Dialogue
“When Harmony is Tested” Learning Session: The faith community can be a source of healing for our divided communities. In this session you will hear stories from successful bridge builders and learn to become one too by gaining confidence in speaking and listening with attention, appreciation and empathy.
Sun, February 21
3:00-4:45 PM EST
“Pub Theology: Beer, Conversation and God”: Interfaith Connections at the Pub is hosts an open and honest conversations about World Religions, Spiritual But Not Religious, Nones and Dones, and Interfaith in Action. Join online from your table or desk with your food or beverage.
Tues, February 2
“In the Name of Human Fraternity Dialogue as the path, cooperation as the code, understanding as the method”, sponsored by Rumi Forum. Join in for a spectrum of reflections by a panel of prominent Catholic and Muslim speakers and an interactive session that will follow. The panel aims to observe the first International Day of Human Fraternity by highlighting the operational vision of the Human Fraternity Document rather than being a ceremonial text of goodwill. The document was signed in February 2019 by His Holiness Pope Francis and the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar Ahmad Al-Tayyeb to mark the 800th anniversary of the iconic meeting between St. Francis of Assisi and Sultan Malik Al-Kamil in 1219.
Thurs, February 4
7:00 PM – 8:30 PM EST
Harmony through Art
“Where Different Faiths Meet”: The arts have long been a means of bringing diverse peoples together, including from different faith traditions. At this program, we’ll gather to reflect on a specific piece of art that brings together Christianity and Islam through the intersection of artist, patron, and subject matter. This particular object is part of the collection at the Freer and Sackler Galleries, the Smithsonian National Museum of Asian Art, and we will be joined by panelists from the museum to offer their insights. The IFC’s Executive Director Rev. Dr. David Lindsey will personally facilitate the discussion at this 60-minute event, where we will reflect on how art can be a place where different faiths meet.
Thurs, February 18
7:30-9:00 PM EST