Faith Alliance Of Metro Atlanta Luncheon Feb. 2 Will Honor UN World Interfaith Harmony Week

By Special to the Daily World
The Faith Alliance of Metro Atlanta (FAMA) is hosting a series of events to celebrate the first United Nations World Interfaith Harmony Week, the first week of February, 2011.

Events include:  February 2, 11:30-1:30PM – FAMA will hold its first luncheon event of 2011 at Trinity Presbyterian Church, 303 Howell Mill Road, focusing on the themes of World Interfaith Harmony Week.

The distinguished interfaith panel will comprise Archbishop Wilton Gregory, Ambassador Andy Young, Rabbi Analia Bortz, Tayyibah Taylor, Brother Shankara, and Taiun Michael Elliston.  Rev. Dr. Gerald Durley, Senior Pastor, Providence Missionary Baptist Church of Atlanta, will moderate. An interactive dialogue by the invited interfaith organizations and Consul Generals will follow.  All attendees will be invited to sign a document, affirming the United Nations resolution, to be sent to the UN.  For more information and to RSVP, contact Jan Swanson,

January 28-30 — Dr. Ben Johnson, former professor at Columbia Theological Seminary and a potent force in Atlanta’s interfaith movement, hosts the 4th Immersion Weekend.  These events promote greater understanding between people of different faiths by offering experiential learning and community in the worship spaces of four faiths, Buddhism, Hinduism, Judaism, and Islam.  For more information, contact Dr. Johnson at

February 1 – Participants in FAMA’s World Pilgrims tours join for an evening reunion at the Ahavath Achim Synagogue, 600 Peachtree Battle Avenue, Atlanta.  The September 11 tragedy inspired these tours, bringing metro Atlantans of different faiths together as they visit the world’s holiest religious sites and create community around shared values and experiences.  Since then, more than 300 people – Muslims, Christians and Jews — have visited Turkey, Israel, Jordon, Greece, Spain, Morocco and Egypt as World Pilgrims.  For more information about the reunion and future World Pilgrims tours, contact

The UN General Assembly passed a resolution in October 2010 deeming the first week of February each year to be ‘World Interfaith Harmony Week.’ The initiative was proposed by King Abdullah of Jordan and co-sponsored by 29 other countries.  Founded in 2001, the Faith Alliance of Metro Atlanta (FAMA) is a nonprofit 501c3 organization that promotes understanding, respect, prayer, interaction and unity among the diverse faiths in the greater Atlanta region.

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