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Australia is a country where people of many cultural and faith backgrounds live together. As Christians we believe that diversity is a part of God's creation. We are called to live together in peace, loving our neighbour as God loves us and all people.
Responding to Christ's call within Australia's multicultural, multireligious landscape, the Uniting Church in Australia National Working Group on Relations with Other Faiths was established to promote knowledge and understanding of other living world faiths and their communities. The Relations with Other Faiths Working Group seeks to develop wherever possible a commitment to promote respect and tolerance for the integrity of the beliefs of other faiths, cultures and traditions. This desire not only arises from our common humanity but also from a desire to live in peace and goodwill as neighbours in our communities and the world.
We warmly invite you to explore the website and hope it provides resources that guide and inspire you to encounter and experience the rich blessings and wisdom that relationships with people of other faiths bring.
A Timely New Resource
The Interfaith September resource for 2014 is available online now.
You can download the video resources directly from the Assembly Vimeo account.
Interview with Josie Lacey OAM
Tell us about your background and the work that you do.
Review: Between Two Worlds
Near the end of this landmark book on the children of interfaith marriage, Leslie Goodman-Malamuth and Robin Margolis use a homely but apt analogy to describe the persistence of Jewishness in the descendants of intermarriage. They compare the Jewish parent or grandparent to a red sock in a load of white laundry, coloring everything it touches. "Whether we're tinted a delicate pink or shrieking crimson," they write, "whether we're Lutheran or Lubavitcher, we'll always carry at least part of that red sock, that Jewishness, within."
The idea that all children of interfaith marriage will always feel some degree of cultural duality is a central theme of this book, the first book written both by and for the adult children of interfaith marriage. Goodman-Malamuth is the daughter of a Protestant mother and Jewish father who ended up converting to Judaism. Margolis was raised as a Protestant, discovered the secret of her mother's Judaism only after her death, and also "returned" to Judaism.
1st - Ecclesiastical year begins - Orthodox Christian
8th - Nativity of Mary - Christian
14th - Elevation of the Life Giving Cross - Holy Cross Day - Chirstian
24th - 26th - Sundown to Sundown
Rosh Hashanah - Jewish
25th September - 3rd October - Hindu Festival - Navratri
27th - Meskel - Ethiopian Orthodox Christian
29th - Michael and All Angels - Christian '
3rd - Waqfal Arafa - Hajj Day - Islam
4th - Yom Kippur - Jewish
4th - Eid Al-Adha - Muslim Festival
16th - Shemini Atzeret - Jewish
20th - Birth of the Bab - Baha'i
Installation of Scriptures as Gukru Granth - Sikh
23rd - Hindu Festival - Deepavali
24th - Jain New Year - Jain
28th - Milvian Bridge Day - Christian
31st - All Hallow's Eve - Christian