Secretary, Queensland Synod Interfaith Relationships Committee
The Queensland Synod Interfaith Relationships Committee and the Pureland Buddhist Centre joined forces in Toowoomba at the Middle Ridge Uniting Church to present the work of two organisations working to enrich their communities.
More than 50 people from a wide range of faiths - Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Muslim and Baha'i - gathered alongside community groups including police and representatives from Toowoomba Regional Council on 28 July.
This event will be an opportunity for people to find out about how some faith organisations and individuals are working together to be a positive force in their community.
Held at the Middle Ridge Uniting Church in Toowoomba, Queensland, on Tuesday 28 July, the gathering will be an opportunity to hear from a range of speakers of different faiths sharing what drives them to entich the local community.
Members of the three Abrahamic faiths gathered together to ‘break the fast’ alongside their Muslim friends at an Iftar meal hosted by the Affinity Intercultural Foundation and the Uniting Church Synod of NSW and ACT.
Many Uniting Church people attended Iftar meals with members of the Australian Muslim community during the holy month of Ramadan which precedes the festival of Eid ul-Fitr.
By Larry Marshall
A rousing rendition of the national anthem in Sinhala and Tamil for the first time in Australia is an important symbol of the healing and hope among the Sri Lankan diaspora in Melbourne thanks to a project organised by Uniting Through Faiths in the Synod of Victoria and Tasmania.
By Rev. Neil Smith
I grew up in a rural conservative Methodist family and my earliest memories of my Christian belief was that if I was a good boy Jesus would look after me. As a teenager and young adult I began to question whether life is really that simple, particularly as a result of illness. I also was acutely aware that I was Christian because of the environment in which I was raised and that if I lived in another country I would probably identify with the faiths of that country.
By Heather Dowling
From Thursday 18 June to Friday 17 July, our Muslim friends will be celebrating Ramadan. Our non-Muslim readers may be wondering ‘What does that have to do with me?’ In a multicultural, multi-religious society, it’s all too important to move beyond our circles to love and understand those we might normally walk straight past.
Three speakers from Jewish, Christian and Muslim perspectives gave their answers to this question at a multifaith seminar hosted by St Stephen’s Uniting Church in Sydney on 14 May.
More than 50 Uniting Church members, people of other faiths and no faith came along to hear insights on the topic.
The Assembly Relations with Other Faiths Executive Committee met on 21 May in Sydney. Stories of interfaith engagement and cooperation were shared along with discussions on how the Uniting Church can develop and encourage understanding, respect and friendship among people of different faiths.
From the blog of Ron Rolheiser OMI
We live inside a world and inside religions that are too given to disrespect and violence. Virtually every newscast today documents the prevalence of disrespect and violence done in the name of religion, disrespect done for the sake of God (strange as that expression may seem). Invariably those acting in this way see their actions as sacral, justified by sacred cause.