wifwIn celebration of the inaugural World Interfaith Harmony Week, Victorian based religious and spiritual leaders and interfaith practitioners, have been invited to a Luncheon in Parliament House, Spring Street, Melbourne, on Tuesday 1st February, 2011 at 12.30 pm.

Professor David de Kretser, AC, Governor of Victoria and Mrs Jan de Kretser will be Guests of Honour at the Luncheon.

Invitations have been extended to Parliamentary Ministers of the newly formed Government to attend the Luncheon in order to meet with the Interfaith Community of Victoria and to celebrate the inaugural UN World Interfaith Harmony Week.

On 20th October, 2010, the United Nations General Assembly proclaimed the first week of February of every year, the World Interfaith Harmony Week between all religions, faiths and beliefs. ‘Love of God and Love of the Neighbour or Love of the Good and Love of the Neighbour’ are found in all our Holy Texts and are the Substance of our faiths and beliefs. These values are recognised in all faiths.

While this inaugural event is to be celebrated, we are mindful of the recent local flood disasters in Queensland and the people who have lost their loved ones and homes. We are encouraged by the Love of Neighbour that has poured out from Australians, and from distant overseas Neighbours, to those people in distress and communities in devastation. Some 12,000 people have registered as volunteers to assist in clean up and community rehabilitation. Community strength and unity are the key to getting through such events.