Inter-Religious Organisation, SingaporeSociety — Non-governmental organization (ngo)
|About||Inter-Religious Organisation, Singapore (IRO) was founded in 1949 with 10 major religions currently represented.|
The Inter-Religious Organisation, Singapore (IRO) was founded in 1949. The date of registration is 18 March 1949. Since its humble beginnings, IRO has worked quietly to promote peace and religious harmony in Singapore.
With the passage of time IRO organized more activities in line with its objectives and participated in local and international forums to learn more about what is being done in the region to promote religious harmony. It networked with organizations like the World Council on Religion and Peace (WCRP) and the Asian Council on Religion and Peace (ACRP).
IRO also regularly conducted inter-faith prayers and blessings at launching ceremonies of public and private institutions. Increasingly, IRO became recognized as a force for good. It was invited by the Government to conduct prayers at the passing out parade of the Singapore Armed Forces and for the victims and their families when the SIA air crashes happened in Taiwan and Palembang.
In 1999, IRO commemorated its 50th Anniversary by organizing a major Exhibition of religious artifacts at the Singapore Museum which was an outstanding success. It also held several seminars on "Promoting Peace through Faith" each organized by a different faith. IRO also issued a series of IRO 50111 Anniversary commemorative stamps. The celebrations culminated with a Gala Dinner held at the Grand Hyatt.
Today, 10 major religions are represented in the IRO. IRO organized events to offer prayers for the victims of the 9/11 terrorist attack in the United States, the Bali bombing, prayers for peace in Iraq and other countries afflicted by war and prayers for victims of natural disasters like the earthquake in India and China and the cyclone in Myanmar. In 2003, IRO organized a Peace and Harmony Walk at the East Coast Park. More than 2000 Singaporeans from various faiths and all walks of life took part in the walk.
IRO has published several books and pamphlets including the book "Religions in Singapore" and "Religious Customs and practices in Singapore".
IRO presented talks to many government and private organizations. IRO council members also made study trips to countries including the United States, United Kingdom, France, Australia, Indonesia, China and the Philippines.
To commemorate IRO's 60th anniversary in 2009, IRO organised a series of activities and programmes to promote peace and harmony commencing with the 60th Anniversary Dinner opening ceremony at the Raffles Town Club which was officiated by Deputy Prime Minster Mr Wong Kan Seng and culminating with the China—Singapore Religious and Cultural Exhibition held at the Suntech City from 15-22 December 2009. The Exhibition was launched by Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong at the Suntec City.
IRO will build on the momentum already generated and continue to promote inter-religious peace and harmony in the next decade and in the years to come.
The Objectives of the Organisation shall be:
•To inculcate the spirit of the friendship and co-operation among the leaders and followers of different religions.
•To improve the condition of the adherents of different religious in generally accepted moral principles.
•To organize by lawful and peaceful means a movement to eradicate the common evils prevailing among mankind.
•To work for the achievement of peace and goodwill among mankind.
•To promote mutual respect, assistance and protection among the adherents of different religions.
•To conduct prayers and meditation for the well being of mankind as often as possible and convenient.
•To promote in every way comity and co-operation among the followers of different religions for the good of mankind.
•To organise public lectures, demonstrations, study groups, radio and television publicity in an effort to familiarize the aims of the Organisation.
•To take such steps by personal or written appeals, public meetings or otherwise as may become necessary or expedient in the interests of mankind.
•To publish, circulate and distribute periodicals, leaflets or newsletters that the Organisation may think advisable for the promotion of its objectives.
•To intensify efforts in any other respect towards making the Organisation an effective body of friendship and brotherhood among the adherents of different religions without compromising any of his/her religious values.
•To accept affiliation, if desired, from or with any institution, society or association having objectives similar to those of the Organisation and to co-operate and work with any person or persons in furtherance of the objectives of the Organisation.
•And to generally do or perform necessary actions conducive to the attainment of t objectives of the Organisation.