Southern Missionary Baptist Church Hosts Local Celebration of World Interfaith Harmony Week

Syracuse, NY Each year during the first week of February, faith communities across the globe celebrate the diversity that makes them special and the harmony they share with each other. For some, these World Interfaith Harmony Week celebrations take the form of special programs, conferences and other public events. In Syracuse, where the local celebration began nine years ago as World Interfaith Harmony Assembly, organizers decided to move the event around each year to various faith communities and to different parts of greater Syracuse.

This year, Southern Missionary Baptist Church, located on Syracuse’s South Side at 3143 Midland Ave., will host the 90-minute program, beginning at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 4.

First established in 2010 at the United Nations General Assembly by King Abdullah II of Jordan, World Interfaith Harmony Week fosters mutual understanding and interreligious cohesion to promote harmony between all people, regardless of their faith. In Syracuse, song, dance and literary readings are mainstays of the program, which includes a reception.

“This gathering provides our entire community the opportunity to discover the interfaith collective,” according to Gracious Moyo, InterFaith Works’ director of Interfaith Initiatives. “At the conclusion of our celebration, you can help support the Assembly’s local programs and activities by contributing to our freewill offering.”

World Interfaith Harmony Assembly is sponsored by InterFaith Works of Central New York and Women Transcending Boundaries. No pre-registration is necessary. For more information, contact Daryl Files at 315-449-3552, ext. 208 or email her at