Celebrating all faiths at SHSH - Interfaith Harmony Week
For the past 11 years, the United Nations has dedicated the first week of February to celebrating Interfaith Harmony Week, an event that aims to make the world a more peaceful place by recognizing the diversity and value of the world’s many religions and faiths.
This year, both our Senior and Elementary students marked this week by holding two special assemblies.
Senior students from Grade 11, led by Ms. McKay, shared the different ways in which religions around the world express sacred greetings, and how the underlying message is always remarkably similar: Peace be with you. They closed the ceremony by praying together in the words of the great spirit and peace activist, Mahatma Gandhi.
Our Grade 4M students and their teacher Ms. MacPherson prepared a very meaningful celebration that included a song they previously recorded, and a candle-lighting ceremony in which 18 candles were lit, each representing different faiths, former and present students, our province, the people of Canada, the world, and friendship. They added all those candles to a heart, representing how love holds us all together.
Special thanks to Ms. McKay and Ms. MacPherson for leading such beautiful and meaningful assemblies, to our Grade 11 and Grade 4 students for their commitment, and Campus Minister Moira Schrader for her support. This week was the perfect reminder that peace is the answer we all seek, and that love and friendship can light the darkness.