It strengthens/nurtures understanding, acceptance and friendship. It helps to define who we are as a community because it’s how we treat each other that will truly guide our future as a community.
By building these relationships, the Abraham Festival contributes to the creation of a welcoming, progressive and prosperous community.
The work of the Abraham Festival was very apparent following the terrible hate crime of arson which was inflicted to Peterborough’s only mosque in November of 2015. In the aftermath of the fire, the Muslim community of Peterborough did not have their own house of worship to pray in. In response, the churches and synagogue of Peterborough opened their doors and the Muslim community accepted these offers. It must be recognized that the Abraham Festival had already built the links that made this possible through their wonderful work in the years before.
The Abraham Festival is a wonderful example of how we can move beyond the surface of what appears to make us different and find roots that unite us and make us stronger together.
Crime prevention is more than locks, bolts or security cameras. The heart of crime prevention is healthy relationships and supporting each other with both respect and compassion. It is peace making.
We know that the safety and well-being of any community can be measured by the strength and resilience of the relationships between its members.
Thank you to the Abraham Festival for showing that the values and principles of faith transcend religious divide and for creating opportunities for community members to gather together to learn, explore and find common ground in diversity.
Peterborough est une communauté accueillante. Ce n’est pas un hasard. Le leadership d’une gamme de secteurs a créé une communauté résiliente et inclusive que nous appelons notre chez nous. Le Festival d’Abraham a contribué de manière significative à ces résultats. Pendant près de deux décennies, les bénévoles du Festival d’Abraham ont réuni notre communauté pour des conversations significatives et courageuses qui célèbrent la diversité de nos fois et nous permettent de partager ensemble nos rêves et nos aspirations pour un monde meilleur. Ces conversations et ateliers intergénérationnels annuels servent d’exemple à tous ceux qui promeuvent la paix et fournissent encore une autre raison de valoriser Peterborough-Kawartha.
More than ever today, people misunderstand others simply because they are different. And like the three Abrahamic faiths, we often fail to see the greater unity there and to celebrate our diversity.
We need to continue our work. The world depends on it!