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UN Interfaith World Harmony Week celebrated in Nelson

UN Interfaith World Harmony Week celebrated in Nelson


Over 100 people celebrated the United Nations Interfaith World Harmony Week in the Queen's Gardens in Nelson on Sunday 4 February, organised by the Interfaith Council of Nelson-Tasman. It was also the perfect opportunity to honour Dr Margaret Belton. She is a highly respected retired medical doctor with a long history of service to the Nelson community. Margaret is a long serving member of the National Council of Women representing the Baha’i Faith. She has organised numerous World Peace Days, World Religions Days, International Woman's Days, Race Unity Days (She was one of the founding member of the Multicultural Council in 1991.) and other United Nations Days, seminars and events. She is the author of a book entitled 'Millennium Stardust- Making Peace Inevitable' and very much loved by her community and all of those she has supported for many years.  HarmonyGardenParty ToPayTribute.pdf

At the event there was also:
A multi-faith Meditative Singing group called Taizé
Spiritual singing by Abel Murchie a member of the Baha’i Faith
There was also chanting by the Soka Gakkai Buddhists, 
Readings from Baha’i scriptures – Ruth Halsey, 
Prayers from the Maori Church and the Latter Day of Saints
And a speech honouring Margaret from the ex- Nelson Mayor and Cabinet Minister Philip Woollaston
Toronto, Canada Named Host of the 7th Parliament of the World's Religions in November 2018

​Toronto, Canada Named Host of the 7th Parliament of the World's Religions in November 2018

Toronto - acclaimed the most diverse city in the world and home to six million Canadians - has been chosen as the host city of the 7th Parliament of the World’s Religions, to be convened from 1 to 7 November 2018.

More than 10,000 people will participate in the 2018 Parliament, which will last for seven days and comprise more than 500 programs, workshops, and dialogues, alongside music, dance, art and photography exhibitions, and related events presented by the world’s religious communities and cultural institutions.

Since the historic 1893 World’s Parliament of Religions in Chicago, modern Parliaments have attracted participants from more than 200 diverse religious, indigenous, and secular beliefs and more than 80 nations to its international gatherings in Chicago (1993), Cape Town (1999), Barcelona (2004), Melbourne (2009), and Salt Lake City (2015). These Parliament events are the world’s oldest, largest, and most inclusive gatherings of the global interfaith movement. Professor Mark Toulouse, Co-Chair of the host committee, believes that “the selection of Toronto was a perfect match for the Parliament.”

More information is available here