Interfaith Awareness Week 2004

Dec. 6 - 10 (Displays)
Dec. 9 (Noon Program)
Wisconsin Capitol Rotunda



WHEREAS, Wisconsin has a long history of celebrating the diversity of belief; and
WHEREAS, Wisconsin has been a leader in human rights throughout 156 years of statehood; and
WHEREAS, December 10, 2004 is Human Rights Day designated by the United Nations and the 57th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which states in Article 18 that "Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion; this right includes freedom to change his religion or belief, and freedom, either alone or in community with others and in public or private, to manifest his religion or belief in teaching, practice, worship and observance;" and
WHEREAS, the State has developed great spiritual and religious diversity and diverse beliefs have played an important role in the development of our State; and
WHEREAS, the celebration of diversity diminishes no one, but enriches everyone; and
WHEREAS, we affirm the right of every person to believe and act according to their beliefs as long as it does not infringe upon the rights of others; and
WHEREAS, interfaith efforts of different churches and faith groups have a rich history in the State; and
WHEREAS, interfaith coalitions, interfaith dialogues and interfaith activities are growing locally, regionally, nationally and internationally; and
WHEREAS, Wisconsin is the home of the International Committee for the Peace Council, an international interfaith effort that had its beginnings at the 1993 Parliament for the World's Religions; and
WHEREAS, Madison, the Capitol of the State of Wisconsin, is located on an isthmus, which is considered a place of peace and reconciliation; and
WHEREAS, December 2004 holds holy days of many religious and faith groups;

David Cieslewicz, Mayor of Madison,
Kathleen Falk, Executive of Dane County,
James Doyle, Governor of Wisconsin,
do hereby proclaim December 5-11, 2004 as INTERFAITH AWARENESS WEEK in the City of Madison and State of Wisconsin, and encourage citizens to learn more about each others' beliefs in the spirit of community.




Raise awareness and respect of others' beliefs
toward building community

Thur. Noon Program
Music, dance, and speakers
from many traditions

Special Days During Interfaith Week
-6th: St. Nicholas Day
-7th: Hanukkah begins
-8th: Immaculate Conception; Bodhi Day
-10th: Human Rights Day

Related Events
-Interfaith Dialogue: 12/8, 9:30, St. Benedict's

-Seventh year
-See 12/03 Madison Times article

Display Guidelines
-Half table per display (four feet)
-No sales or proselytizing on capitol grounds
-Setup Mon. 9 to 11 AM
-Takedown Fri. 3 to 5 PM
-Unattended except before/after Thur. program

Rev. John-Brian Paprock, IAW-7 Coordinator
(608) 236-9622

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