As a response to the invitation of the World Interfaith Harmony Week Celebration, the Interrelgious Solidarity for Peace (ISP) and Peace Advocates Zamboanga (PAZ) in partnership with the City Government of Zamboanga, a Harmony Forum was organized. Given the multicultural nature of the City, the Harmony Forum aimed to broaden and deepen the meaning of harmony.
Prof. Noor Saada, Project Manager of Modeling Inter-LGU Alliance for Basilan Project and one of the Peace Weaver 2017 awardees discussed the topic on Understanding the Meaning of Harmony. Thereafter, the participants were divided into groups according to their different faith namely Catholic, Muslim, Evangelical/Protestant and Indigenous Peoples for a workshop to discuss among them how else can they strengthen their relationship with the intra-faith groups and what can they do together for the healing of the interfaith communities.
Around 90 community and religious leaders partiicpated at the Harmony forum which was conducted in Centro Latino last 10 February, this City.
Peace Advocates Zamboanga is a member-organization of ZABIDA that operates in Zamboanga City focusing on Peace and Developement Initiatives. ZABIDA is implementing the Convenio Project supported by the Spanish Cooperation for International Development (AECID) and Manos Unidas. (Albert Putong/PAZ)