Rabbi David Rosen is a man dedicated to a myriad of missions: to further interfaith dialogue, to pursue justice and peace, and to promote veganism and healthy living. And because of his tenacity, he has greatly furthered these causes and influenced many people along the way. Capping a long career of interreligious involvement, Rosen has recently been involved in startling changes in Saudi Arabia related to interfaith relations, and the notable change in the religious orientation of the Kingdom.
NSW: An Instrument of Peace: The Sultan and the Saint
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.
How I Became an Accidental Interfaith Activist—and Learned to Love Disagreement
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.
NSW: Anti Muslim Poll is Unrepresentative
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.
NSW: Youth show interfaith spirit
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.
Victoria: Intercultural and Interfaith Youth Network
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.
NSW: Youth PoWR 2016
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.
Victoria: Launch of Buddhist Climate Action Kit
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.
MENA Leaders Address Violent Extremism & Advance Citizenship Ahead of G7 Summit
(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.
Faith at the End of Life
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.
Peace, Faith and Solving Conflict: Cultural Infusion
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.
Interfaith at the Paris Climate Change Conference of Parties
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.
Inter-religious march in Rome demands action on climate change
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!”