The Calgary Interfaith Council has been awarded first prize in the HM King Abdullah II of Jordan Prize for World Interfaith Harmony Week 2017.

From their website: “The judges received 79 applications for the prize from over 1054 events held in total. The judges are highly appreciative of all the efforts of all those who held events and applied for the prize. They wish they could reward all who held an event, but are consoled by the fact that good deeds are their own reward so that everyone who held an event—whether they applied for the prize or not—is a true winner.

In judging, the judges took into consideration efforts made despite scantiness of resources, but also took into consideration the excellence of efforts, collaboration and impact of events. They further took into consideration whether events were consistent with the text of the UN Resolution establishing the Prize. Accordingly, judges did not reward movements towards religious syncretism but rather rewarded events which respected each religion as it is. Finally, in accordance with the terms of the Prize, judges rewarded events specifically celebrating the World Interfaith Harmony Week rather than good interfaith work in general.”

Sarah Arthurs’ of NewScoopYYC comments follow.

“Dear friends and colleagues,

I wanted to let you know how proud we are that NewScoopYYC features about the launch of the Interfaith Harmony Week in Calgary were part of the Calgary Interfaith Council report submitted to the HM King Abdullah II of Jordan Prize for World Interfaith Harmony Week 2017.

Calgary won first prize, which includes a gold medal, $25,000.00 and travel for three members of the council to attend an awards ceremony on April 30.

This is very exciting for us. We want to thank two new members of the NewScoop team, Luke Moore for producing the video and Jennifer Neutel for the feature. What a great way for you to begin your work with NewScoop YYC. This is certainly encouragement for NewScoopYYC in our efforts to pay attention to what we want more of – and by so doing, help more goodness to happen.

We paid attention to the work of the Calgary Interfaith Council and the Interfaith Harmony Week and in so doing we have been a part of furthering that work… So Cool!

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A big shout out and thank you to each one of you who supports our commitment to this endeavour in different ways – from memberships both individual and organizational, to hours of volunteer work, to pro bono support and mentoring, to free office space, to grants, and to kindness, and encouragement.”

Our kudos to the Calgary Interfaith Council. NewScoopYYC is very proud to have been part of your effort. We’ll keep you posted about what comes next for Calgary faith groups.

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