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Today is Day 4 in the United Nations Week for World Interfaith Harmony which was first marked in 2011. The first week of February is dedicated to dialogue between the various religions in the world in order to better understand each other and discover ways of working together to promote compassion, justice, and peace among all people. Sadly, in some parts of our World, people who support this cause often find themselves in grave danger from the people around them.

Happily, Calgary supports the goal of World Interfaith Harmony Week. We live in a city where diversity is respected and celebrated. We are a group of people who come from a multitude of backgrounds and faith groups. In seeking to love God and to love Neighbour we are challenged to stand with the marginalised and discriminated against, so that everyone may enjoy the blessings of freedom and peace.

As disciples of Jesus Christ we have been gifted by God with all that we need in order to enter into respectful listening and dialogue with others while remaining steadfast in our faith. From my experience I can say that sharing in a common cause with others of a different faith, or no faith at all, can lead a to deepening of one’s own relationship with the one true God; to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen

Bible Reading: Mark 8:34-38, Galatians 5:22-26.