Amid a growing climate of mistrust and misunderstanding in the media, the film The Sultan and the Saint reminds all peoples of faith of the need to reach out to others with an open heart as a means of nurturing peace. The key is to welcome the stranger, a tradition of respect found in all religions.
We bring you an article below from a respected print magazine which has been in circulation for over hundred years. The author, Amanda Quraishi, was a recent revert to Islam shortly before the ugly events of 9/11 and has since been involved in significant interfaith activity in her nation for many years. Recent events sullied her experience; however, Amanda Quraishi has found that discussion of conflict and topics that may lead to conflict can and do – more frequently – have positive outcomes.
On the occasion of Eid al-Adha, Dr Ibrahim Abu Mohammed – Grand Mufti of Australia – invited Rev Dr Patrick McInerney, Director, Columban Mission Institute to breakfast with him. Dr. McInerney writes about an anti-muslim poll which is unrepresentative nonsense.
WHEN more than 300 people from different religious backgrounds attended Australia’s largest interfaith event for young people – the Youth PoWR conference – in North Sydney last Saturday night (September 3), the frequency of nods of understanding stood out most.
The Brimbank and Maribyrnong Interfaith Network will conduct a meeting to establish an Intercultural and Interfaith Youth Network in the City of Brimbank and Maribrynong.
The Columbian Mission Institute – along with its volunteers from many religions – will conduct a Youth Parliament of World Religions (PoWR) at Monte Sant Angelo Mercy College, North Sydney on Saturday, 3 September 2016.
The Buddhist Council of Victoria and the ARRRC – an interfaith group active on climate change issues in Australia – will be jointly launching the Buddhist Climate Change Action Kit on Wednesday, 17 August.
(TOKYO, JAPAN, 13 MAY 2016) As heads of state from the world’s major economies are arriving in Japan for the G7 Summit, world renowned religious leaders from the Middle East convened in Tokyo on 12-13 May to advance the full citizenship of all communities in Muslim majority states. Doing so, they stated, was an irreplaceable key to preventing and transforming violent extremism, Islamophobia and xenophobia.
Public Health England last week launched a new resource for healthcare professionals and service providers giving guidance about spiritual needs at the end of life. Faith at the End of Life, which focuses on the UK’s six largest religions: Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism and Sikhism, promotes a public health approach to death, dying and bereavement, highlighting the importance of community in maintaining and promoting the wellbeing of people who are dying, caring or bereaved.
Cultural Infusion in collaboration with United Religions Initiative are hosting an interfaith event, with the Executive Director of URI from the United States, and Professor Gary Bouma, UNESCO Asia Pacific Chair in inter religious affairs, in Collingwood, on Saturday 20th February. It is a free event to the public and includes refreshments.
A number of interfaith events will take place at the Paris Climate Change Conference. Brahma Kumaris University is leading many events along with other coordinated religious presences.
Several thousand Catholics, Protestants, Buddhists, Hindus, Jews and Moslems marched through Rome to the Vatican on Sunday to demand action on climate change and thank Pope Francis for his encyclical on the environment.
They marched behind banners reading “Many Faiths – One Planet” and “The Earth – Our Common Home – Climate Action Now!”