World Religion Day was initiated in 1950 by the National Spiritual Assembly of the Baha’is of the United States. The Assembly’s purpose was to call attention to the harmony of spiritual principles and the oneness of the world’s religions and to emphasize that religion is the motivating force for world unity.
As stated in Baha’i scripture: “religion should be the cause of love and agreement, a bond to unify all mankind for it is a message of peace and goodwill to man from God,” and “Religion is the greatest of all means for the establishment of order in the world and for the peaceful contentment of all that dwell therein.”
It is observed the third Sunday in January by Baha’is in the United States and increasingly by people around the globe, with interfaith discussions, conferences and other events that foster understanding and communication.
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