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The 45th dialogue meeting of the Uniting Church and Executive Council of Australian Jewry (ECAJ) met in Sydney, hosted by the ECAJ at their offices. Six members of the UCA from Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria met with five representatives of the Jewish community.

The Dialogue discussed religious blasphemy laws around the world and their implications.

Friday, 15 September 2017

Without Buddha

As Gordon Uniting Church marks Interfaith September, I am reading, ‘Without Buddha, I could not be a Christian’ by the Catholic theologian Paul Knitter.

In the space of just four hours, I was able to meet people from 10 different faiths, each bringing a unique and valuable contribution to a conversation about how we can change our world for the better.

I was at an event called Youth PoWR (Parliament of the World’s Religions) - what is thought to be Australia’s largest interfaith gathering of young people.

Wednesday, 09 August 2017

Interfaith learning in Indonesia

April Robinson from VIC/TAS Synod's Uniting through Faiths has returned from an interfaith youth leadership program in Indonesia. This is her reflection. 

Last month, 35 people from 14 countries and regions gathered in Jakarta, Indonesia for YATRA (Youth in Asia Training in Religious Amity). I attended on behalf of the Uniting Church.

Tuesday, 08 August 2017

A Message of Peace

A film depicting how St Francis of Assisi met with the Sultan of Egypt at the height of the crusades highlights how interfaith encounters might lead to peace and understanding today.

About 500 people of different faiths attended the premiere of the docudrama The Sultan and the Saint at Western Sydney University’s Parramatta South Campus on 29 July.

Friday, 04 August 2017

Dining with sisters of diversity

Less than 30 minutes into the Women of Diversity Dinner, the floor was full with women dancing hand-in-hand as the sounds of Dahlia Dior reverberated energy and warmth around the room.

The dinner brought together more than 350 women from different cultural backgrounds – half of them newly arrived in Australia – for a joyful celebration of community harmony at the Emporium Function Centre in Bankstown on 29 July.

Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Gathered in the name of Abraham

Uniting Church members lay and ordained joined their sisters and brothers of the Christian, Jewish and Muslim faiths at the annual Abraham conference at Parramatta Mission in Sydney on Sunday 16 July.

The Islamophobia Report released this week revealed many disturbing things.  

Researchers analysed 243 verified reports to the Islamophobia Register. Of those reports, 67.7 per cent of the victims were women while 68.5 per cent of the perpetrators were men.

Monday, 19 June 2017

Breaking bread together

Thirty Uniting Church and Muslim community members came together in friendship at the first Iftar dinner hosted by the Queensland Synod.

Held at the Uniting Church Centre in Auchenflower on Sunday 18 June, the Iftar Dinner provided an opportunity for religious leaders from both communities to share stories and get to know one another.

Thursday, 15 June 2017

"Love is a verb"

More than 120 people gathered to break bread in the spirit of love and friendship at the Iftar dinner held at Parramatta Mission.

Hosted by the Uniting Church and the Affinity Intercultural Foundation, the gathering included local members of Parliament, police, religious and community leaders, representatives of other faiths as well as Uniting Church and Muslim members.

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