Nishkam Group of Organisations Initiatives in participation of World Interfaith Harmony Week
On 23rd September 2010, HM King Abdullah II of Jordan introduced a World Interfaith Harmony Week (the 1st week of February, every year) at the 65th UN General Assembly stating:
“It is essential to resist forces of division that spread misunderstanding & mistrust, especially among peoples of different religions. The fact is, humanity everywhere is bound together, not only by mutual interests, but by shared commandments to love God & neighbour; to love the good & neighbour….. What we are proposing is a special week, during which the world’s people, in their own places of worship, could express the teachings of their own faith about tolerance, respect for the other & peace.” This proposal was later accepted & culminated in the 1st annual World Interfaith Harmony Week in February 2011.
World Interfaith Harmony Week 2017 Event on Forgiving and Reconciling in a Contemporary World: A call to action
The event opened with a prayer invoking God’s mercy and blessings. ‘The Power of Forgiveness and Reconciliation in our Contemporary World’ was the title of the forum on peace held on 4th February 2017 by the Charter for Forgiveness and Reconciliation. The event was attended by a diverse audience with people from many different faith groups and parts of the world.
The event supported by Guru Nanak Nishkam Sewak Jatha (GNNSJ) and hosted by the Nishkam Civic Association, took place during World Interfaith Harmony Week (UN resolution of 2010). The Charter has been supported and developed by a number of organisations including the Fetzer Institute, Guerrand-Hermès Foundation for Peace, and Religions for Peace.
Dr Josef Boehle, Director of the Charter for Forgiveness and Reconciliation, spoke first, reading out part of the Statement of Vision and Purpose, which states that “the activity of forgiving is vital if healing and reconciliation is to take place, as part of our collective efforts to seek restorative justice and sustainable peace.”
“Fostering and practicing forgiveness has the power to transform deep-seated responses to memories and legacies of injustice, conflict and war. It can liberate people from being imprisoned in their pasts and long ingrained mental and emotional conditions created by such legacies.” To read more click here.
The Nishkam Centre Celebrates World Interfaith Harmony Week 2016
Compassion Workshops were held on Tuesday 2nd February and Thursday 4th February at the Nishkam Centre, in collaboration with Nishkam Primary School. In these workshops, which were held as part of World Interfaith Harmony Week, Key Stage 1 pupils were guided to explore two of the 24 dispositions: ‘Compassion’ and ‘Being Modest and Listening to Others’. These workshops were designed to begin to help children understand the meaning of the 24 spiritual and moral dispositions, as outlined in Birmingham’s Religious Education syllabus. This event marks the start of a broader initiative to develop similar workshops in innovative ways so they can be shared with other schools. To read more click here.
World Interfaith Harmony Week 2015
Spreading Harmony and Tolerance among all the world’s religions.
An evening of kirtan and reflection took place at the Nishkam Centre followed by a vegetarian meal.
World Interfaith Harmony Week 2014
World Interfaith Harmony Week 2013
Interfaith contribution to reducing poverty in Birmingham
An Information and Action Event was held at the Nishkam Centre on Saturday 2nd February 2013. It provided an opportunity for faith, interfaith groups and organisations to showcase what is being done to provide an effective response to poverty. Guests were invited to attend and participate in this opportunity to share good practice, to learn from each other and to help colleagues throughout the City who are working to make a difference in the lives and wellbeing of our neighbours.
World Interfaith Harmony Week 2012
The Nishkam Centre hosted two events on Thursday 2nd February 2012
‘Faith in Justice’
This conference was held in collaboration with Jubilee Debt Campaign, a multifaith social action organisation demanding an end to the scandal of poor countries paying money to the rich world. They are calling for 100% cancellation of unpayable and unjust poor country debts. The ‘Faith in Justice’ conference had a focus on the Dharmic Faith’s attitude to the role that debt plays in global poverty. The Dharmic Faiths which took part were Buddhist, Hindu, Sikh, Jain and Zoroastrian. The event was chaired by Rev Prof Michael Taylor. The purpose of the conference was to raise awareness of Dharmic Faiths with other faith communities and also to raise awareness of the Jubilee Debt Campaign Multifaith project during World Interfaith Harmony Week.
‘Creating Positive Change’
This conference was held in collaboration with Birmingham Citizens, an umbrella organisation for citizens in Birmingham. Its mission is to create a network of citizens who act responsibly in the public life of their communities and are able to influence, for the common good, decisions which impact on their communities. The conference focussed on how to create positive change in neighbourhoods, and aimed to bring the communities of Birmingham together to discuss issues affecting their neighbours and to discuss what action could be taken to make a real change. The conference included reflections from the City’s Faith leaders and group discussions.
The Nishkam Centre is a Sikh faith-led organisation working for the benefit of all communities. Our mission is to enrich mundane life through the practice and promotion of the Sikh values of earning an honest living (kirat), sharing (wand shakna)and active volunteering (nishkam sewa) that are embedded in our spiritual and Dharmic heritage.