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InterFaith Works of CNY and Women Transcending Boundaries collaborated on February 9 to spread the message of harmony and tolerance, by showcasing and celebrating the many faith traditions in Central New York. Almost 400 people gathered at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Liverpool to celebrate the various participating faith traditions.
World Interfaith Harmony Week has been celebrated since 2010 when it was first proposed at the United Nations General Assembly by King Abdullah II of Jordan. It provides a platform for all interfaith and goodwill organizations to demonstrate their impact and necessity. The movement is strengthened by building ties among world religions, educating ourselves about each other, and helping our community appreciate the beauty and diversity of our faith traditions.
This year’s theme, “The Golden Rule,” exemplifies the common objective, for “Love of God and Love of the Neighbor” or “Love of the Good and Love of the Neighbor.” Fifteen groups shared this through song, poetry, storytelling, and dance.
InterFaith Works and the Rescue Mission also collaborated to kick off the CNY SNAP Challenge. Central New York faith leaders and community members who are participating in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, the former Food Stamps program) Challenge stood at the event in solidarity with those who struggle to get enough to eat.
The 2014 CNY SNAP Challenge: In 2013, New York State recipients of SNAP can expect to receive $29.40 per person per week. This represents a 10% cut over last year. At the World Interfaith Harmony Assembly, Rev. Dr. Tifany Steinwert invited faith leaders, congregations, community leaders, and elected officials to live on food that costs no more than $29.40 per week, and to donate the remainder of their typical weekly food budget to their faith community’s food pantry or InterFaith Works. Community donated funds and grocery store matches will be channeled through InterFaith Works to local faith community food provision programs. Participants in the SNAP Challenge are asked to blog, preach, pray, and raise community awareness about hunger in our community.
Follow this link to the 2014 CNY SNAP Challenge page
Follow this link to the United Nations World Interfaith Harmony Week website