This month I sat in the mecca of Australian sport, the MCG, as it overflowed with fans for the AFL Grand Final. For an hour or two on that first Saturday in October, sport united us.
In contrast to other faiths we practise, at the footy you don’t have to apologise for your vocal expression of support, and people who were strangers treat each other like lifelong friends.
Interfaith September is over and it has me asking how we relate to other faiths and where should we be going – as the Uniting Church, as Christians and as a society. It was all about strengthening our ties to those of all faiths and none. It was about establishing links where such ties barely exist.
Memorial services were held across the country and all over the world this month to mark the 15th anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks. It was a tragic day that’s forever etched in the hearts of people who watched on in horror as nearly 3,000 people lost their lives.
As published on Insights.
On the 23 June, people of different faiths gathered at the annual Uniting Church Synod of NSW and the ACT and Affinity Intercultural Foundation joint Iftar Dinner (Breaking of the Fast).
It was a special occasion with tradition, ceremony and food shared among friends from many faiths.
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.
It stems from a long-standing friendship with the Muslim community in Newcastle and a desire to express solidarity with the Muslim community in the face of opposition to the mosque and anti-Islamic sentiment expressed by opposers.
High school teacher Anam Javad offered an insight into her experience as a Muslim woman in Australia at an interfaith event hosted by The Avenue Uniting Church Blackburn in Melbourne’s east.
Members of the congregation gathered with Uniting Church members from the surrounding area and guests from the Catholic Church at the annual Interfaith Understanding Event.