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Inter-faith harmony a focus at upcoming events

The historic Gur Sikh Temple in Abbotsford is one of three places of worship that will host tours in celebration of World Interfaith Harmony Week. - JOHN MORROW/ABBOTSFORD NEWS
The historic Gur Sikh Temple in Abbotsford is one of three places of worship that will host tours in celebration of World Interfaith Harmony Week.
— image credit: JOHN MORROW/ABBOTSFORD NEWS

A series of events promoting inter-faith harmony are coming to Abbotsford during the next month.

The city is one of 65 globally celebrating World Interfaith Harmony Week, a United Nations initiative to promote harmony between all people regardless of their faith. The awareness week is held during the first week of February.

In the lead-up, Abbotsford's Bridges of Faith committee, coordinated by Abbotsford Community Services, is organizing three tours of places of worship: Northview Community Church (Jan. 13), Gur Sikh Gurdwara (Jan. 19), and Sto:lo Nation Longhouse (date to be determined.)

During World Interfaith Harmony Week, there will be an interfaith dialogue and live music at the Ramada Plaza in Abbotsford (Jan. 31), a movie screening and discussion (Feb. 4), and a community breakfast (Feb. 8).

Bridges of Faith hopes to build a stronger awareness of common values, and a safe space for exploring the subject of faith.

All events are free. Registration is required for the learning tours and the interfaith dialogue. Email rudolf.dutoit@abbotsfordcommunityservices.com or call 604-866-3212 for more information and to register.

The World Interfaith Harmony Week was created by the United Nations General Assembly in 2010. More information is available at: http://worldinterfaithharmonyweek.com

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