SPREADING THE MESSAGE OF HARMONY AND BRIDGING DIVIDES
HARMONY EXISTS IN MANY FORMS
The dictionary meaning of the word harmony is, “the quality of forming a pleasing and consistent whole.” A symphony orchestra represents harmony in pluralistic society. Musical instruments of all shapes and sizes come together to form a harmonious melody through persistent effort and continuous practice. In modern society, harmony can be anything from lessening hostilities to increasing tolerance to cooperation to fellowship and beyond. We believe that it takes more than wishful thinking to create a more harmonious society. The seeds of harmony will only flourish with proper nurturing.
ALL FAITHS MEANS EVERYBODY
We are an educational community organization that believes in practical strategies. Our mission is to spread the message of harmony to people of all faiths and bridge divides through our programs and events. Because we define faith as, “complete trust, confidence or strong belief in someone or something,” our definition includes all belief systems. As the musical analogy suggests, we respect individuality and do not advocate uniformity. We acknowledge that harmony is the coming together of many different notes in order to create a pleasant melody. Our main focus is to facilitate harmonious relations between people of different faiths and ideologies.
WHY IS THIS IMPORTANT?
Division and discord exists on a massive scale in our society. There is an undercurrent of acrimony, especially on the Internet where it flourishes like never before. If we want to solve the problems of tomorrow and prevent those destructive forces from spilling into our streets today—more than they already have—we need intentional strategies. At Harmony Interfaith Initiative we actively pursue harmony through understanding, dialogue, and personal action.
OUR MAIN PROGRAM
Our main program is called Working Together Towards Harmony: Using Our Shared Humanity to Bridge Theological and Ideological Divides. It is ideal for churches, colleges, high schools, temples, synagogues, spiritual groups, workplaces, community efforts, diversity programs, and other places where people have ideological differences.
Harmony Interfaith Initiative is a community organization that was created for educational purposes on a local, national, and global scale. It was founded by Interfaith Minister, Gudjon Bergmann, and is supported by his wife, Johanna Bergmann, who is in the leadership circle of a small startup in the tech industry. The initiative is registered in Hays County, Texas, and is operated out of their home in Kyle.
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"We may have different religions, different languages, different colored skin, but we all belong to one human race." - Kofi Annan