On Sunday, January 24, at 2pm, leaders of six different faiths will be answering the question: "“What in your Faith inspires Peace & Hope?” at this year's World Religion Day program in Concord, NH, in the Upper Parish Hall of St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 21 Centre Street. Audience participation and discussion is anticipated and encouraged.
World Religion Day is an interfaith observance established in 1950 by the National Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá'ís of the United States and is celebrated in January each year. Though initiated in the United States, World Religion Day is now celebrated internationally by people of many different faiths.
The purpose of World Religion Day is to promote the idea that the spiritual principles underlying all the world's religions are harmonious, and to suggest that religion plays an important role in unifying humanity.
The Greater Concord Interfaith Council Mission Statement reads in part: "The members of the Greater Concord Interfaith Council... affirm that what unites us is greater than what divides us. We work to create a respectful environment in which earnest people explore our religious diversity through common worship, mutual education, and community outreach. We trust that where there is conflict, people of faith can reach understanding and inspiration. We desire to provide leadership that encourages a humane and more public life."
In 2013, the Greater Concord Interfaith Council saw how well World Religion Day fit the spirit of their organization, and they voted to include it on their list of regularly sponsored events.
The participants in this year's program are as follows:
Rabbi Robin Nafshi, Temple Beth Jacob
Dori Bongiovanni, Buddhist Natural Dharma Fellowship
Br. Charles Edward OLW, St. Paul's Episcopal Church
Imam Mustafa or Ahamed Kenneh, Islamic Community of Greater
Concord (to be determined)
Pat Wallace, Concord Quaker Meeting
Geoff Boeckel, Greater Concord Baha'i Community
Karen Darling, Greater Concord Baha'i Community
Music by Cantor Shira Nafshi, Temple Beth Jacob
You are warmly invited to attend and take part in the discussion. Learn about another faith; share your thoughts and ideas. This program is free and open to the public.