The City of Bristol Diversity Council and the community-based Bristol Interfaith Coalition are co-sponsoring a free educational event on February 5th at the Bristol Public Library to celebrate this United Nations-endorsed effort to promote harmony between peoples of different faiths. The need for an annual designated week to improve interfaith understanding was adopted in 2010 by the United Nations. The concept originated with members of The Common Word initiative, a collaboration between Muslim and Christian leaders who came together around two of the Ten Commandments, Love of God and Love of the Neighbor.
The Bristol Diversity Council and Bristol Interfaith Coalition both recognize the importance of educating each other about our cultures and religions and the value of getting to know neighbors to build a truly, welcoming and accepting community for all.
The February 5th event will offer a panel discussion, organized by the Connecticut Council for Interreligous Understanding: “To Love Your Neighbor, Know Your Neighbor,” – with speakers representing three religions, Hinduism, Sikhism and Islam. The facilitated presentation and discussion will allow audience members to learn more about each religion and its practice.
CCIU has recently celebrated its twenty-fifth anniversary of providing interfaith education through the state and offers other programs as well.
There is no charge for this event which will start at 6 p.m. with coffee and refreshments. The program will begin at 6:30 p.m. In case of snow, an alternate date will be arranged. For more information and to reserve a seat, please visit: or email Bristolinterfaith@gmail.com.