In 2010, the United Nations designated the first week of February each year as "Interfaith Harmony Week.? The time is devoted to join individuals and communities of faith together in tolerance, peace, and mutual respect?honoring each?s deep commitment to the founding beliefs of ?Love of God and Love of the Neighbor? or ?Love of the Good and Love of the Neighbor.? Each year, Seattle University?s School of Theology and Ministry hosts special events and private gatherings for the worldwide Interfaith Harmony Week.
For the upcoming 2015 Interfaith Harmony Week, the school will host a special event featuring a panel of speakers from diverse faiths addressing on topic: ?If our faiths teach love, why do we hate??
We all recognize that our own faiths teach us to love one another. However, most of us harbor some doubts about the intentions of people of some other faiths. What do these faiths say about loving one?s fellow human beings? ?Is love meant just for those who think or believe like us or is it intended for everyone? ?As a further challenge, most of recognize that at some point in the past?and maybe even to this day?many ?of our faiths have advocated the use of violence in the name of God, thus we also need to own up to our religions? dark sides. Even the most perfect of religions is only as good as its adherents? behavior is and people have all sorts of motives that can be disguised in religious garb.
Joining us for this challenging topic will be Dr. Hy Le Xuan, who will offer a psychological perspective on why people hate. He will be followed by a panel comprised of Christian, Muslim, Jewish and Buddhist speakers, who will endeavor to confront this topic honestly and openly. ?Facilitated discussions at each table will conclude the evening.
Please save the date for this special event, and consider joining us on Thursday, February 5th, 6:30pm to 9:00pm. ?Heavy hors d?oeuvres will be served. The cost per person is $5 for students, and $10 for community members. To reserve a place at this event, please visit Brown Paper Tickets.?
For more information on the school?s Interreligious Initiative, click?here.
For more information on the school's Interfaith Harmony Week events, click?here.