The Uniting Church in Australia is hosting six Iftar Dinners in five different states as an expression of its desire to build a more peaceful world with people of other faiths.
Iftar is the breaking of the fast during Ramadan for people of Muslim faith. The sharing of this meal among people of different faiths is becoming a popular and powerful symbol of friendship and harmony.
“In a world that is easily divided by differences, it is so important that people of faith build bridges together,” Uniting Church President Stuart McMillan told 130 guests at the Iftar Dinner held at Parramatta Mission in Sydney on 5 June.
The dinner was co-hosted by the Assembly, the Synod of NSW/ACT and Uniting with Muslim partners the Affinity Intercultural Foundation.
One message resounded for me at the recent Inspiracy Festival in Newcastle - if we want to solve the climate crisis, it starts with a change of mind.
The Festival was held in Newcastle from 17-20 May, organised by a group of passionate people who share an interest in justice, spirituality, music and art.
Hosted at Adamstown and Merewether Uniting Churches, the Festival brought these interests together with a diverse program, including a film competition, workshops, talks, artistic installations and musical performances.
Participants travelled from across the country coming from different denominations and backgrounds.
Theologian Dr Dianne Rayson introduced the idea of the Anthropocene – a new geological age in which human activity is the dominant influence on the earth.
The President of the Uniting Church in Australia Stuart McMillan has welcomed a number of important initiatives for First Australians in the 2018 Federal Budget.