Interfaith Harmony Week was unanimously adopted by the United Nations in 2010 to be observed during the first week of February around the world. It provides a platform annually for religious people of good will who recognize and demonstrate that the common values they hold far outweigh the differences they have.
To mark Interfaith Harmony Week at Seattle University, the School of Theology and Ministry hosts a special banquet for members of the school’s Interreligious Council, other interreligious representatives, select faculty and community leaders. We recognize that harmony can only happen when we are unafraid to discuss the truly difficult and important issues of our day.
At the upcoming 2014 banquet, Rev. Dr. Michael Kinnamon, Spehar-Halligan Visiting Professor of Ecumenical Collaboration in Interreligious Dialogue will be our guest speaker. In addition to his academic credentials, Rev. Dr. Kinnamon is a past General Secretary of the National Council of Churches and has worked closely with Rabbi Steve Gutow, President and CEO of the Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA), on a variety of issues, including issue of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, particularly as it pertains to American Jewish-Christian relations, which will be the subject of his presentation and our conversation.
At the 2013 dinner, a panel comprising a rabbi, an imam and a minister discussed “What are the barriers to the harmony we seek?” Following their presentations, there was ample time for discussion of this crucial issue both with the panelists and at individual tables of guests.