Interfaith Harmony Week to foster religious harmony launched

The Christian Council of Ghana (CCG) has launched an Interfaith Harmony Week, under  the theme: “One Nation, Many Faiths” to help strengthen national efforts towards peace and tranquility.

Dubbed the “National Interfaith Harmony Week,” the occasion seeks to bring together Christians, Muslims, Traditionalists and people of other religious faith to consolidate the prevailing unity and peaceful co-existence and harmony in the country.

The celebration, which will start from 28th September to 4th October, 2015 will include activities such as debate, public lectures, panel discussions, sports and interfaith church services.

Speaking at the ceremony, the General Secretary of the CCG, Rev Dr Kwabena Opuni-Frimpong, stressed the need for religious bodies to work together in harmony to deepen the peace that has existed in the country over the years.

He described existing threats being posed by some religious extremists in Africa and some parts of the world as worrying and, therefore, entreated the people to support the inter-religious dialogue initiative to gain roots in the country.

According to Rev Opuni-Frimpong, peaceful neighbourliness and understanding among individuals and groups were the only way through which the nation could unite and forge ahead in its development drive.

Highlighting further on the outline of activities for the celebration, the general secretary expressed the hope that the leadership of the religious bodies would explain the importance of the initiative to their respective members for them to actively participate in its programmes.

 “We expect that Christians and Muslims will attend church services and Islamic prayers together on the stipulated date and ask relevant questions about the two faiths in order to correct some impressions created about them,” he stated.

In his inaugural address, the Chairman of the CCG, Rt. Rev. Prof Emmanuel Martey, said unless the citizens learnt to live together as one people irrespective of their religious or political leanings, the nation would gradually drift apart and that could lead to disorder.

On his part the Minister for Communications Hon. Dr. Edward Omane Boamah, commended the Christian Council of Ghana and its partners for coming out with such laudable initiative and assured the Council of Governments support to the programme.

“As people, we must always guard against any action that has the tendency to create religious tensions. The first ever interfaith Harmony Week which we are privileged to witness its launch today is one of the innovative ways of deepening interfaith engagement for peace and development”, he said.