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News

Friday 21st September 2012

Categories:
All faiths, Integration, Mutuality, Pluralism, Respect

DUBLIN FAITH LEADERS WALK FOR PEACE

Walking for Peace 2012 

DUBLIN FAITH LEADERS WALK FOR PEACE

 

News Release

For immediate release

21 September 2012

Dublin City Interfaith Forum (DCIF) will mark the United Nations International Day of Peace with an Interfaith Walk of Peace.

Leaders of various religious communities, members of the Dublin City Interfaith Forum and others will gather at the Peace Park, Christchurch Place at 1.00pm and walk together behind a peace banner to the Mansion House, where they will be met by Councillor Edie Wynne on behalf of Lord Mayor of Dublin, Naoise Ó Muirí. 

The International Day of Peace was established by a United Nations resolution in 1981. In 2002 the General Assembly officially declared 21 September as the permanent date for the International Day of Peace. This Walk of Peace is being held on the Sunday nearest to 21st September.

The Dublin City Interfaith Forum whose members include Baha’I, Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Jewish, Muslim and Sikh communities, works to educate and encourage people of different faiths to dialogue and work together in matters of policy, strategy and action and challenge all forms of injustice and discrimination.

Welcoming the Interfaith Walk of Peace, Councillor Wynne said,

‘The City of Dublin is, for some time now, a place of diversity, a place where religions, cultures and people meet, mix and develop. This constitutes our true identity. Properly managed, this diversity gives us great strength. Mismanaged, it risks weakening us greatly.  Information and education alone is not enough.  People need to meet face to face, experience diversity and discuss issues with people who differ. Communities need to reach out to each other. Dialogue and exchange between people of different views, cultures and faiths is the glue that will hold us together and enrich us all.’

The Archbishop of Dublin, Dr Michael Jackson said,

‘Initiatives such as this walk to mark the UN International Day of Peace are important to help build solidarity, trust and friendship in our city. This walk, set as it is, in an interfaith context, shows in a very public way the desire for peace among a wide cross–section of the community here.’

ENDS

For further information please contact:

Mr. Adrian Cristea at adrian@irishchurches.org or (01) 808 7579 or 083 351 5443.

or

Revd Darren McCalling at mccalld@tcd.ie or (01) 896 1402 or 087 286 6637.

Notes For Editors:

 

The International Day of Peace was established by a United Nations resolution in 1981. In 2002 the General Assembly officially declared 21 September as the permanent date for the International Day of Peace. This Walk of Peace is being held on the Sunday nearest to 21 September.

Dublin City Interfaith Forum (DCIF) is a network of people from the different Faith Communities in the City of Dublin. It aims to create awareness and dialogue through building relationships that nurture harmony, and deepen understanding and respect.

The World Faiths currently present and active in Dublin City and represented on DCIF are: Baha’i, Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism and Sikhism.

DCIF works with interested members of faith communities to deliver interfaith gatherings and activities in Dublin City. Recognising the diverse nature of the backgrounds of the residents of Dublin, DCIF seeks to provide the space and opportunity for Faith Communities to build relationships with and between Dublin City communities, statutory and voluntary organisations and the residents of Dublin City.

DCIF was developed as part of the Irish Council of Churches’ Integration Programme in partnership with Dublin City Council with finance from the European Commission under the European Integration Fund, also supported by the Office for the Promotion of Migrant Integration in the Department of Justice and Equality and Pobal.