Tri-Cities Interfaith Council to hold celebration Saturday

A press release form the Tri-Cities Interfaith Council:

Tri Cities Faith Traditions Come Together to Forge a Deeper Understanding

The Tri-Cities Interfaith Council is thrilled to announce that on Saturday, February 1, 2014 from 1 -4 PM they will host Tri Cities first World Interfaith Harmony Celebration. World Interfaith Harmony Week was proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly in 2010, in a resolution that states: “mutual understanding and interreligious dialogue constitute important dimensions of a culture of peace” and so they “established World Interfaith Harmony Week as a way to promote harmony between all people regardless of their faith.”

The local lead organizer of the event, Moina Shaiq, is a member of the Alameda County Human Relations Commission and founder of the Muslim Support Network.  She said she wanted this event to happen in the Tri Cities area, “To build bridges of understanding, respect and support among diverse people of faith through education, dialogue and socialization and to strengthen family and community in solidarity with others across lines of race, class and religion.”

The afternoon event will give space for many different faith traditions to be represented by their local communities.  Participants from local communities of Atheist, Baha’i, Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Jewish, Muslim, Sikh, Unitarian Universalist and more will have booths showcasing their beliefs, traditions and sacred objects.  There will also be an hour long moderated discussion between leaders of the faith communities that is sure to be entertaining and enlightening.  The event will take place at the Fremont Veterans Memorial Building in Niles, which is located at 37154 2nd St. in Fremont, California.

“Fremont is an incredible community, and a big part of what makes it so special is its diversity.  With more languages spoken in the homes than in any other city in the world, we are truly living the American dream.  This event intends to bring all of our traditions together to look for common understandings and shared values.  The differences we find can also be exciting and educational if we approach them non-judgmentally,” said co-planner Rev. Jeremy D. Nickel, the local Unitarian Universalist minister at Mission Peak UU in Fremont.

Anyone is welcome from any or no faith at all!


Chris DeBenedetti


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