A diverse group of religious believers from the greater Hartford region gathered on Sunday, 21 January at Temple Beth Israel in West Hartford to celebrate World Religion Day, to promote interfaith understanding and unity.
The celebration, sponsored by the Connecticut Council for Interreligious Understanding (CCIU) and the Baha’is of West Hartford, featured African drumming, Sikh musicians, an African-American spiritual choir, a Jewish choir, a troupe of Hindu dancers, the sacred sounds of Tibetan singing bowls, prayers from Islam, Christianity, Jainism and the Baha’i Faith, and a talk about the common themes in all religions.
“The idea behind World Religion Day is to foster understanding and communication between the followers of all faiths and to call attention to the fundamental harmony that can be found in the spiritual principles of all religions,” said Karen Anderson, co-organizer of the event.
“The intention is that for one day a year, all religions should be celebrated, appreciated, and respected, despite their differences,” said Ms. Anderson, who is a board member for the CCIU and a member of the Local Spiritual Assembly of the Baha’is of West Hartford.
Rev. Dr. Alvan Johnson Jr., co-chair of the CCIU, added: “Every single religion of the world’s religions has an imperative to be in close relationship with our neighbors, in one way or another.
“And with warfare all over the Globe, Europe, Middle East, Africa – the world is not in the process of loving our neighbor,” said Rev. Johnson, retired from the Bethel AME Church in Bloomfield. “So any and every event that we can sponsor to promote love between neighbors is critically important for our day and our time.”
World Religion Day was founded in 1950 by the Baha’i community of the United States as an effort to affirm the beauty, love, and peace of all the world’s religions. It has since taken on a life of its own and is celebrated throughout the world.
Moderated interfaith panel discussions
An inside look at the faiths of our neighbors their worship services and gatherings
Scholars, authors and other experts in their fields discuss a variety of topics that range from timeless to cutting edge
Community leaders discuss what it means to "Love Thy Neighbor."
Muslim guests respond from their own experiences, raising issues that concern all of us
In collaboration with the Wadsworth Athenaeum Museum of Art with guest speakers.
Meet and greet Interreligious group discussions over lunch
Classes, dialogues, devotional gatherings, Race Amity picnic, and trips to better understand how to dismantle racism
At The Connecticut Council for Interreligious Understanding, we are dedicated to improving the lives of those in need through our various programs and services. Our website is designed to be a hub of information about our organization, our mission, and how you can get involved. We invite you to explore and learn more about the work we do, and how you can help us make a difference.
The Board of Directors of the Connecticut Council for interreligious Understanding (CCIU) seeks to hire a part time professional, with the skills and experience necessary for the leadership and administrative coordination of an interfaith organization. CCIU is a non-profit dedicated to education that promotes religious literacy to Connecticut’s diverse population, in order to build understanding and acceptance, and break down prejudice and intolerance.
The successful candidate will demonstrate a working philosophy consistent with, and a passion for CCIU’s stated commitment to religious and cultural pluralism.
Candidates must possess a Bachelor’s degree, preferably a Masters and demonstrated interest and experience in interfaith work. Prior experience in:
· Networking and building community support
· Working with and leading volunteers
· Fundraising support
· Publicity and marketing
· Program support
· Computer and website acumen
· Use of Microsoft, Survey Monkey, Bloomerang and Google software
· Grant writing
Active participation in a religious/faith community is highly desirable. This position can be performed remotely, but will require being in proximity to our office in Hartford for program and administrative tasks.
The position will be an Independent Contractor with an annual salary of $40,000.
There are no benefits other than 2 weeks of paid vacation. The part time position requires an average of 25 hours per week, some of which may be in the evening or weekend.
If you would like to get a view of the organizations work, go to ccfiu.org
How to apply
Submit your resume with a cover letter and two letters of reference (one related to interfaith experience and the other one regarding your leadership) to BLederer458@gmail.com. Application deadline is March 15, 2024.
CCIU is a unique educational organization committed to fighting bigotry and encouraging understanding, mutual respect and peace in our day. Our board includes representatives from nine major world religions: The Baha’i Faith, Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Jainism, Judaism, Sikhism, and Unitarian Universalism. Our tagline, “When we understand each other more… we hurt each other less”, says a lot about who we are and what we do. We invite you to become a supporting member and, as you are able, join us in our programs and ongoing efforts.