Interfaith Contacts- National

The following is a list religious and interfaith organisations along with their contact details. This resource intended to support networking among these groups and to provide information for people interested in interfaith relations. 

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Affinity Intercultural Foundation 
Contact: Mehmet Saral, President Mehmet Ozalp, Executive Officer
Address: P.O. Box 496 Auburn NSW 2144
Phone: 02 9702 0789
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Description: Affinity Intercultural Foundation was established by a group of young Australian Muslims in early 2001 in order to meet the needs of the Muslim community to interact with the greater society and the needs of the general public to increase its awareness of the Muslim community, its religion and culture. It is creating and sustaining enduring relationships with people through inter-cultural and inter-faith dialogue and understanding.

Al-Ghazzali Centre for Islamic Sciences & Human Development 
Contact: Afroz Ali, Founder/President
Address: P.O.Box L-14 Mt. Lewis NSW 2200
Phone: 02 9708 1539
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Description: A non-profit, non-sectarian Learning Centre, committed to the dissemination of the true Traditional Islamic Principles and Knowledge from the Prophetic Traditions, and as understood by the rightly-guided scholars of Islam. It aims to decipher information on Islamic Sciences for those searching for Truth and those who are working to raise their standards in the Personal Development of life.

Australia (Nationwide) I-Kuan Tao Headquarters Inc. 
Contact: John Ng Hon Asst Secretary
Address: 1 Syme Street Brunswick VIC 3056
Phone: 03 9381 2878
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Description: The objective of the society is to promote morality by spreading the teachings of Confucius and Mencius. Confucianism believes that moral education should start by having love and respect between members of the family.

Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture 
Contact: Professor James Haire, Executive Director Margaret Roberts, Centre Manager
Address: 15 Blackall Street Barton Canberra ACT 2600
Phone: 02 6272 6201
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Description: The priorities of the ACC&C are ecumenism, interfaith dialogue, reconciliation with indigenous people, youth concerns, academic research and the relationship of theology to social issues.

Australian Council of Christians and Jews 
Contact: Sr. Marianne Dacy (NDS), ACCJ Secretary
Address: 2 Devine Street Erskineville NSW 2043
Phone: 02 9557 2752
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Description: National Jewish-Christian dialogue organisation in Australia with chapters in five states. The purpose of the Council is to promote religious openness leading to a deeper understanding and mutual respect for the beliefs and practices of both Jews and Christians and to promote reconciliation, relationship and cooperation through dialogue, education, research and communication.

Australian Federation of Islamic Councils 
Contact: Hj. Ikebal Mohammed Adam Patel, President/CEO
Address: P O Box: 7185 S S B H Alexandria NSW 2015
Phone: 02 9319 6733
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Description: The national umbrella organisation for Muslims in Australia.

Australian Intercultural Society 
Contact: Emre Celik, General Coordinator
Address: Level 1 728 Mt. Alexander Rd Moonee Ponds VIC 3039
Phone: 03 9326 2177
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Description: The Australian Intercultural Society (AIS) promotes interreligious and cross-cultural relations, harmony and social inclusion in the diverse multi-faith, multicultural communities in Australia, acting as a catalyst for social and policy change.

Australian National Dialogue of Christians, Muslims and Jews 
Contact: Debra Porter (NCCA) Hj Ikebal Patel (AFIC), Mr. Jeremy Jones (ECAJ)
Address: Locked Bag 199 Sydney NSW 1230
Phone: 02 9299 2215
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Description: A dialogue between the National Council of Churches in Australia, the Australian Federation of Islamic Councils, and the Executive Council of Australian Jewry. The purpose is to provide opportunity for the national bodies of each faith to come together to build understanding and harmony in the Australian context.

Australian Partnership of Religious Organisations 
Contact: Abd-Elmasih Malak, Convenor
Address: c/o Federation of Australian Ethnic Coummunities Councils PO Box 344 Curtin ACT 2605
Phone: 02 6282 5755
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Description: A peak-of-peak body that was established in 2003 to help build interfaith harmony in Australia. APRO is unique in that it comprises representatives of major faith bodies as well as national-level multicultural community organisations as associate members.

Australian Religious Response to Climate Change 
Contact: Dr Miriam Pepper, Secretary
Address: Level 15 179 Elizabeth Street Sydney NSW 2000
Phone: 02 9252 5200
Email: online contact form
Description: ARRCC (pronounced “ark”) is a multi-faith organisation which aims to support faith communities to take action on climate change, through their spiritual practice, through education, practical projects and campaigning.

Australian Sangha Association 
Contact: Ajahn Brahm Bhante Sujato
Address: PO Box 132 Bundanoon NSW 2578
Phone: 02 4883 6331
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Description: The purpose of the ASA is to serve the needs of all Buddhist monks and nuns resident in Australia. It aims to promote the well-being of the Sangha, nurture its growth and protect its interests by liaising with the government, media and general public.

Bishops Commission for Ecumenism and Inter-religious Relations 
Contact: Sr Elizabeth Delaney sgs, Executive Secretary Bishop Michael E Putney DD, Chairman
Address: GPO Box 368 Canberra ACT 2601
Phone: (02) 6201 9862
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Description: The Bishops Commission for Ecumenism and Inter-religious Relations is the arm of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference responsible for promoting and supporting ecumenical endeavours and inter-faith relations at a national level.

Brahma Kumaris Raja Yoga Centres in Australia 
Contact: Gopi Elton, Interfaith Coordinator
Address: 1st Floor, 1059 Mt Alexander Rd Essendon VIC 3040
Phone: 03 9374 1112
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Description: The Brahma Kumaris Raja Yoga Centres Inc. (BKs), with over 50 teaching locations across Australia, offer people of all backgrounds an opportunity to deepen their understanding of universal spiritual principles and learn a range of spiritual skills through a variety of educational programmes.

Contact: Dr Trish Madigan op
Address: PO Box 353, Strathfield, NSW 2135
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Description: A Centre for: Ministry- engagement with communities of people of other faiths; Education- development of communities, making known the theological and other resources found in the Catholic and Christian tradition which support interfaith engagement; Research- especially on women's role and participation in the religious faith traditions and women's contribution to building societies of peace, justice and care of creation.

Columban Centre for Christian-Muslim Relations 
Contact: Fr. Patrick McInerney ssc
Address: Columban Mission Institute, c/- Australian Catholic University Locked Bag 2002 Strathfield NSW 2135
Phone: 02 9352 8011
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Description: The Centre for Christian-Muslim Relations engages in and promotes the Catholic Church’s teaching on interreligious dialogue, especially between Christians and Muslims. Accordingly, we engage with Muslim individuals and organizations, initiate and participate in projects involving Christians and Muslims, participate in interreligious and multi-religious events, conferences and organizations, offer and facilitate talks in secondary, tertiary and adult education and publish Bridges, occasional papers and other educational material on Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations.

Executive Council of Australian Jewry Inc. 
Contact: Robert M. Goot, AM SC (President)
Address: Level 2, 146 Darlinghurst Road Darlinghurst NSW 2010
Phone: 02 9360 1600
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Description: Official elected representative organisation and spokes body of the Australian Jewish community. All Boards of Deputies and equivalent are constituent bodies and major national organisations are affiliated.

Federation of Australian Buddhist Councils 
Contact: Brian Ashen, President
Address: PO Box 6479 Footscray West VIC 3012
Phone: 0432 408 756
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Description: The Federation of Australian Buddhist Councils (FABC) is the peak body for State Buddhist councils in Australia. The FABC liaises with government, faith and media.

Hindu Council of Australia 
Contact: Prof. Nihal S Agar, Chairman Sanjeev Bhakri, Secretary
Address: 17 The Crescent Homebush NSW 2140
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Description: The Hindu Council of Australia Ltd. (HCA) is an umbrella organisation representing the interest of all Hindus living in Australia, irrespective of their caste or country of origin.

Jewish Christian Muslim Association of Australia 
Contact: Maureen Postma, Chair Fairlie Nassau, Chair of JCMA School Projects Committee
Address: GPO Box 598 Melbourne VIC 3002
Phone: 03 9650 3294
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Description: Aims to enable people of faith to deepen their understanding of Judaism, Christianity and Islam in Australia today by meeting, engaging with and learning from Jews, Christians and Muslims.

National Council of Churches in Australia 
Contact: Communications Officer
Address: Locked Bag 199 Sydney NSW 1230
Phone: 02 9299 2215
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Description: The National Council of Churches in Australia is an ecumenical council of member Australian Christian Churches. Current membership (2009) includes 17 National Council of Churches in Australia.

National Spiritual Assembly of Bahá'ís of Australia 
Contact: Ms. Arini Beaumaris, National Secretary Natalie Mobini-Kesheh, Public Information Officer
Address: 173 Mona Vale Road Ingleside NSW 2101
Phone: 02 9998 9222
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Description: Website provides information about Australian Bahá'í activities, beliefs, and news.

Religions for Peace Australia 
Contact: Professor Desmond Cahill, National Chair in Australia Jo Elvins, National Secretary
Address: PO Box 1383 Carlton VIC 3053
Phone: 03 9890 9489
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Description: Religions for Peace is the largest international coalition of representatives from the world’s great religions dedicated to promoting peace.

Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) in Australia [Quakers Australia] 
Contact: Judith Pembleton, Yearly Meeting Secretary
Address: PO Box 556 Kenmore QLD 4069
Phone: 07 3374 0135
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Description: The Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) is non-credal and has no paid clergy. The Meeting for Worship is central to life in the Religious Society of Friends. We meet together in silence to worship God and to find true fellowship. Quakers share a way of life rather than a set of beliefs.

Sikh Council of Australia Inc 
Contact: Ajmer Singh Gill, President Bawa Singh Jagdev, Secretary
Address: 170 Ninth Ave Austral NSW 2179
Phone: 02 4736 7058
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Description: National Peak body of the Sikh community in Australia. Represents its member associations in dealings with the wider community and various government agencies.

Sikh Youth Australia Inc 
Contact: Satwant Singh Calais, President Sukhvinder Singh, Secretary
Address: P.O. Box 6023 Parramatta BC NSW
Phone: 0411 081 244 (President)
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Description: National body of the Sikh community in Australia catering to the needs of Sikh Youth. Organises youth camps, leadership camps, forums, workshops, projects and programs to address challenges facing by Sikh youth in Australia.

Together for Humanity Foundation, National 
Contact: Rabbi Zalman Kastel, National Director
Address: NSW
Phone: 02 9988 3318
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Description: The Together for Humanity Foundation conducts multi-faith led programmes in schools which challenge misconceptions and encourage children to focus and act on our common values.

Women's Interfaith Network 
Contact: Reverend Sue Emeleus
Address: 41A Marguerette Street Ermington NSW 2115
Phone: 02 9684 2830
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Description: A gathering of women of different religious traditions who meet and work to promote harmony, understanding and respect among the followers of the various world religions, and stand together as a sign of solidarity among people of faith.

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PO Box A2266
Sydney South
NSW 1235

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Phone: 02 8267 4482
Fax:     02 8267 4222

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