Rock Out for Religious Tolerance: Colombian Bands Celebrate Interfaith Harmony Week

In February, about 400 people attended the "Cree en La Tolerancia” (Believe in Tolerance) concert, a partnership of PADF and MTV Latin America's “Agents of Change." Communities and individuals across Latin America were asked to submit ideas for an initiative that would foster religious tolerance. The winner was Comunidad Pantokrator, a unique “heavy metal rock” church in Bogota, Colombia.  

“The spirit of tolerance and friendship was evident,” says Christian Gonzalez pastor at Communidad Pantokrator. The audience came from a number of different churches and neighboring municipalities around Bogotá and the crowd was having a lot of fun, Gonzalez added.

Held on February 8, 2015, the concert marked the end of World Interfaith Harmony Week.

A joint project of the U.S. Department of State and PADF, “Believe in Tolerance” is a campaign to promote religious tolerance in Latin America. So far, hundreds of people in a dozen countries have participated in local events and online workshops to better understand myths and stereotypes about religious groups.

For information about La Tolerancia campaign and our partners, see our press release.

This video from Vice's Noisey channel gives an overview of life at Communidad Pantokrator.