Friday, 29 September 2017

Sharing lunch with the Grand Mufti

The Grand Mufti of Australia Dr Ibrahim Abu Mohammed hosted lunch for Uniting Church President Stuart McMillan this week, deepening the friendship between the two faith leaders.

They were joined by Uniting Church Relations with Other Faiths Chair Rev Michael Barnes, the President of the Australian National Imams Council Imam Shady Alsuleiman and other Muslim leaders.

The meeting provided the opportunity for sharing with some discussion on how the two faiths might work together in the area of justice.

In particular, the leaders spoke about the persecution of the Rohingya people in state of Myanmar and the need for the international community to do more to protect the rights of people there.

They shared about their very real concerns for those who have fled Myanmar into Bangladesh and the lack of infrastructure and capacity to support them.  

Both the President and the Grand Mufti recently released statements calling on the Australian Government to take a lead on efforts to end the violence and allow for more Rohingya refugees to come to Australia.

Dr Ibrahim emphasised the need for faiths in Australia to stand together.

“As people of faith, Christians and Muslims, we have human values that keep us close to one another,” he said.

“Human beings are the greatest of God’s creation and so we must continue to stand up for the values and principles which protect humanity.”

After the sharing, the leaders sat down for lunch together, provided by the Grand Mufti.

President Stuart McMillan said it was an honour to again receive the generous hospitality of the Grand Mufti.

“Each time I meet with the Grand Mufti and other Muslim leaders, we get to know each other a little more and we deepen the friendship between our faiths.”

“We look forward to continuing to work together as visible sign of God’s love and care for humanity.”