World Interfaith Harmony Week
What is Harmony Week?
The World Interfaith Harmony Week Coopetition is a 7 day global challenge to promote acts of peace, collaboration, and tolerance between people of all faith, spiritual, and humanistic traditions. Beginning on February 1st and going through February 7th, individuals and teams will use the spirit of coopetition to inspire collaborative acts of service to give back to their communities and strengthen mutual respect, understanding, and harmony between people of all backgrounds.
The Harmony Week Coopetition is an incredible opportunity for any organization, group, congregation, place of worship or interfaith community to play in the Games in the spirit of a growing global unity and respect for all members of the human family. By using the innate desire of playfulness that exists within us all, the competitive altruism of the Games inspire and catalyze people to strive together for the greater good of compassion and service for others, ourselves, and the world.
The World Interfaith Harmony Week was first proposed at the UN General Assembly on September 23, 2010 by H.M. King Abdullah II of Jordan. Just under a month later, on October 20, 2010, it was unanimously adopted by the UN and henceforth the first week of February will be observed as a World Interfaith Harmony Week. Compassion Games is proud to present the World Interfaith Harmony Week Coopetition.
We invite Individual Players and Team Organizers to Sign Up for the World Interfaith Harmony Week Coopetition
to bring the reality of peace to our world!
Players and Organizers: Use The Sign Up Button Above to Get Started.
1. To celebrate and make known the strong undercurrent of interfaith work already happening in the world, and to bring attention to this remarkable work so its positive momentum can continue to inspire and grow;
2. To amplify existing efforts and create new initiatives to further the reach of the interfaith movement, and to raise a broader awareness in the world’s communities that interfaith unity is possible. In addition, we want to ignite a sense of urgency for the need of this movement more now than ever;
How to Play!
There are many ways that individuals and teams can play, from organizing creative service projects to performing acts of kindness. All players and teams are encouraged to collaborate with those from diverse faiths as an act of interfaith harmony and peace. Players then report on their activities on the Compassion Report Map. The reports of Registered Teams are reflected on the World Interfaith Harmony Week Coopetition Scoreboard, displaying the number of volunteers, number of hours served, number of people served, and the monies raised for local or global causes.
Organize service projects, inspire and commit acts of kindness, and find ways to to give back to your community! Collaborate with those from other faiths to strengthen interfaith peace in the world. Play as Secret Agents, and get ideas from the gallery of Ways to Play to get started!
After your compassionate actions, report on your activities and outcomes on the Compassion Report Map, capturing the number of volunteers, hours served, monies raised, and people served!
Featured Ways to Play
BUILD A GLOBAL FIRE OF COMPASSION
The Global Fire is an opportunity to Play with Fire and light up the world! The Global Fire is a Fire Ceremony symbolic of new life and rebirth. In this Compassion Game, we begin to feel what the Dakota people call “Wopida” in our hearts. We come together, to unite in a Global Wopida Ceremony and Build a Global Fire fueled by the human spirit and commitment to compassion in action
The Souper Bowl!
Kick-off World Interfaith Harmony Week and the Super Bowl by playing in the Souper Bowl! Between February 1st and February 7th, congregations and groups will work together to collect as many containers of soup as possible to fill our food banks. Which group can collect the most soup per member?! On Super Bowl Sunday, soup items will be tallied to show how much good can be done by us coming together across the country to work in caring and compassionate action for others. Learn more!
PEACE ON EARTH BY 2030
We will produce a Harmony Week Broadcast that will begin with the 2021 WIHW Opening Ceremony and continue throughout the 7 Days. Each day we will broadcast from the International Kindness Team “Heartquarters” and share the daily mission. We will broadcast the Unity Earth Lift Off Concert from the United Palace in New York City.
Sun-Up Our Sanctuaries!
As we very well know, our society’s addiction to fossil fuels have had an unacceptable impact on the state of our Mother Earth and on all future generations of life to come. Never has there been such a need to rally together as One Human Family, to change the course of our direction to one of compassion, respect, responsibility, and love for the sacredness of all life! Change-makers around the world are taking up the Sun-Up Our Sanctuaries Solar Challenge, using the power of the sun and other renewable energiesto reduce their carbon footprint to zero. Learn more about the Solar Challenge here!
SECRET MISSIONS OF COMPASSION
Every day of World Interfaith Harmony Week, players receive a secret mission to bring compassion and harmony into our world and create Peace on Earth by 2030. Sign up to begin receiving the secret missions! The missions are written by Andy Smallman from Kind Living and inspired by David Gershon’s 7 Actions to Create Peace on Earth.
The Compassion Relay
For the 7 Days of World Interfaith Harmony Week, the Compassion Torch was passed from one “Champion of Compassion” to the next, forming a Compassion Relay. Select from the Torchbearers below to discover what makes them each such remarkable change-makers! (View the Relay Page here.)