Harmony Week celebrated at St Aloysius PU College, Mangaluru
Mangaluru: With the theme ‘Give peace a chance’, various activities and competitions were conducted to promote harmony and celebrate unity in diversity. The Centre for Inter-Religious Harmony (CIRH), St Aloysius PU College, Managaluru aims to promote diversity and multiculturalism in our society. Students of different faiths come together to uphold the values of peace, unity, integrity, tolerance, and cooperation. (CIRH) encourages respect for all religions and promotes peace and harmony.
A visit to religious places and a Peace walk was organised. The purpose of this initiative was to promote harmony, by learning to rise above religion, caste, creed, community, language, and gender and respect everyone on the grounds of humanity. The places of worship visited were St Anthony’s Jacobite Syrian Cathedral, Gujjara Kere Gorai Dand, Shri Mangaldevi Temple and Mangalore Gurudwara Sahib.
At St Anthony’s Jacobite Syrian Cathedral, Rev. Fr Eldos Jeorge congratulated the students and management for taking this initiative and briefed about the origin and history of Christianity and Syrian Christianity. He encouraged students to follow humanity as a mantra to find religious harmony.
The members of the Shri Guru Singh Sabha Society thanked the management and students for visiting the place and beautifully explained the history of Sikhism and encouraged the students to realise the importance of this centre and be a messenger of peace in society. All the students and staff sat together and had lunch at Gurudwara as a symbol of oneness. The members of the Centre also visited Government Higher Primary School, Bolar and St Rita’s Kannada Medium Higher Primary School, Jeppu and spread the message of Peace through various activities.
‘Religious Harmony is a beautiful concept that indicates that there is love and affection in every religion’. With this objective in mind, a talk on Inter-religious harmony was organised. The guest speaker Mr J Shriyan, Editor of Issues and concerns, English monthly addressed the students and highlighted the importance of truth and justice. He stated that “One thing all of us need to recognise is one truth. As Mahatma Gandhi said Truth is God. Any system where truth is not respected and justice does not prevail have to collapse. Truth and justice are the only two factors that keep us alive and promote peace” Giving his insight on Universal brotherhood, he said “We have a common desire, common need. Hence we can work together, that spirit has to prevail. We need to change from within. He concluded his talk by motivating students to cultivate interreligious friendships.
To promote harmony, the members of the Centre for Inter-Religious Harmony, read passages based on harmony from different religious scriptures in the morning assembly, during harmony week. A melodious rendition, sung by the students of SAPUC, was recorded on this occasion.
On this solemn occasion, Principal Rev. Fr Clifford Sequeira SJ addressed the students and said “When we are connected to others in genuine love, peace, harmony and reconciliation – there is progress, there is growth, there is movement towards what we are called to be. Living in the world, let us be in tune with the qualitative presence of the spirit with us that calls for universal brotherhood, peace and harmony.” He motivated students to cultivate an inclusive culture of tolerance and mutual respect irrespective of faith, caste, language or religion.
Various competitions such as Inter-religious Quiz, Painting, Photo Collage and Class Notice Board competitions were also conducted.