World Interfaith Harmony Week Finale Ceremony

Northeast  |  February 8, 2019

New York, NY, Feb 8, 2019 – To honor the finale of World Interfaith Harmony Week, taking place annually from February 1-7, the Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation, also known as Tzu Chi USA, co-sponsored an Interfaith Prayer Breakfast with the Parliament of the World’s Religions on Thursday, February 7th, at the Tzu Chi Center, located in Midtown Manhattan at 229 E 60th Street.

It marked the second time Tzu Chi USA formally united with the Parliament of the World’s Religions, after having participated for the very first time in the Parliament’s annual conference November 2018 in Toronto, Canada.

The plant-based breakfast gathered leaders and WIHW attendees across a diversity of faith traditions, including Audrey Kitagawa, Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Parliament of the World’s Religions, and Bruce Knotts, Director of the Unitarian Universalist United Nations Office.

“It is always joyous when we have the opportunity to break bread together in prayer that become expressions of our good will to find our common ground and values, to help make this world a more peaceful, harmonious, and compassionate place.”

Audrey Kitagawa, Board of Trustees Chairperson, Parliament of the World’s Religions

In celebration of the Lunar New Year on February 5th, Tzu Chi USA also gifted guests with small red envelopes, given traditionally as tokens of good fortune.  It includes a message of celebration and a commemorative coin from Dharma Master Cheng Yen in Taiwan.

As a faith-based organization, it is Tzu Chi USA’s goal to work harmoniously with all people throughout the world in our mission of compassion and relief of the world’s suffering.

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