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The Uniting Church in Australia National Working Group on Relations with Other Faiths was established to promote knowledge and understanding of other world faiths. As Christians, we believe that diversity is a part of God's creation. God calls us to live together in peace and love, and to engage in genuine dialogue with people of other faiths.
We hope this website will guide and inspire you to experience the rich blessings and wisdom that comes when we experience relationships with people of other faiths.
Safe space for Muslim women to speak about violence
Overcoming violence and racism against Muslim women is the subject of a community forum organised by the Uniting Church.
Interfaith Network Developer April Robinson from the Synod of Victoria and Tasmania said the forum was a response to the unjust backlash against the Muslim community, following recent extremist violence.
Can religions bring about peace?
Yes they can, if you ask the 17 leaders and representatives from different faiths who met at Parliament House on 9 February as members of the group Religions for Peace NSW.
Religions for Peace is Australia’s largest community organisation committed to inter-religious harmony and is affiliated with Religions for Peace International – the world’s largest coalition of religious representatives working towards peace.
A reflection on 'Je Suis Charlie'
The violent killing of 12 people at the offices of the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo sparked outrage all over the world.
Millions of people rallied in Paris, and in many countries, including Australia, united against the attacks committed by three men with extreme religious views. People of all faiths and none marched in support of freedom of expression, under the banner “Je suis Charlie”.
Rev Michael Barnes, a friend of the Uniting Church Relations with Other Faiths Working Group, reflects on the powerful sentiment expressed in those three words.
ISRA helps shape Australian Muslim identity
For teaching specialist Manijah Hakim, the highlight of studying Islam at university was learning to "fall in love and no longer feeling 'out of love'" with her religion and its people. "I've gained thorough knowledge of Islam, but most importantly, I've learnt to apply it practically to everyday life."
Manijah was one of 18 students who recently graduated from a Masters program with the Islamic Sciences and Research Academy (ISRA) in partnership with Charles Sturt University (CSU). They were the second group ever to graduate from studies in the theology of Islam at an Australian university.
RoF Executive meeting
Relations with Other Faiths Executive has had its first meeting for 2015 on Tuesday 20th January. Convenor elect Rev. Michael Barnes led the meeting. Also present was Debra Porter, Wilma Viswanathan, Rev. Dr Matthew Wilson and Rev. Glenda Blakefield.
The meeting opened with the prayer written by Rabbi Harold Kushner called A Prayer for the World which we've shared below. This was followed by a reflection from 13th Century Islamic poet Mevlana Jalaluddin Rumi.
Interfaith leaders unite in Sydney
Interfaith leaders from across Sydney came together at St Mary's Cathedral on Friday 19 December to pay their respects for the lives lost in the Martin Place siege.
Leaders from the Muslim, Buddhist, Hindu, Sikh, Jewish, Christian and other faiths came together in unity and prayer at the Interfaith Memorial Service.