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The Uniting Church in Australia National Working Group on Relations with Other Faiths was established to promote knowledge and understanding of other world faiths. As Christians, we believe that diversity is a part of God's creation. God calls us to live together in peace and love, and to engage in genuine dialogue with people of other faiths.
We hope this website will guide and inspire you to experience the rich blessings and wisdom that comes when we experience relationships with people of other faiths.
Dialogue highlights common concern for refugees
Representatives of the three Abrahamic faiths discussed their shared and deep commitment to the plight of refugees and asylum seekers at the Australian National Dialogue for Christians, Muslims and Jews (ANDCMJ) meeting.
ROF Convenor Rev. Michael Barnes shared with other dialogue members the Uniting Church's refugee and asylum seeker statement "Shelter from the Storm" which calls for a more compassionate and positive response to asylum seekers in Australia.
Toppling the Tower
A reflection by Relations with Other Faiths Convenor Rev. Michael Barnes.
This Sunday, we celebrate Pentecost, a festival that marks the birth of the church.Two thousand years ago, the church was born when peoples from different cultures and nations, who had gathered in Jerusalem, heard Peter’s message in their language (Acts 2: 1-13).
The labour pains attending this birth were the cries of ‘multiculturalism.’ The Book of Acts describes the challenges that believers then faced in living a life that was truly multicultural.
Forum builds understanding
Three speakers representing each of the Abrahamic faiths prompted lively discussion at the second ‘Know Your Neighbour’ forum hosted by Thornleigh-Hillcrest and Normanhurst Uniting Churches in Sydney’s north.
More than 50 people gathered at Normanhurst Uniting Church on 21 April to listen to Rabbi Zalman Kastel from the Jewish faith, Islamic scholar Associate Professor Mehmet Ozalp and UCA theologian Rev. Dr Clive Pearson.
The forum provided the opportunity for people to gain an insight into each faith with the hope of building better understanding and community harmony.
Christian Believing in an Interfaith Context
This is an edited copy of the address by Rev. Dr Clive Pearson at the Know Your Neighbour interfaith forum hosted by Thornleigh-Hillcrest and Normanhurst Uniting Churches in Sydney on 22 March, 2016. A second forum will be held on 21 April.
1. The timing of this discussion is rather good.
This week is Holy Week. It is the week in which Christians follow the path of Jesus of Nazareth from his procession into the city of Jerusalem through to his death on the cross and the confession that he has been raised, on the third day, from the dead. Those events lie at the very heart of Christian belief and practice.
Laying foundations for understanding
“Although we are all different, we come together with a common concern for humanity.”
With these words Thornleigh-Hillcrest Uniting Church Minister Rev. Hugh Park welcomed more than 60 people who had gathered to learn more about other faiths at a ‘Know Your Neighbour’ forum.
Youth take inclusive ideas to Parliament
Free English classes for all migrant school students, peer-led workshops on cultural identity in schools and better workplace opportunities for students with disabilities.
That's what school students from across NSW came up when challenged to make their communities more inclusive.