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Welcome

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.

What's New

Great Spiritual Leaders: studies in leadership for a pluralist society

Sef Carroll and William Emilsen have edited a new book entitled “Great Spiritual Leaders – Studies in leadership for a pluralistic society”. 

The book explores the nature and nurture of ‘leadership’ from a variety of different faith perspectives. Some of the leadership styles of leaders explored are Jesus, Muhammad, Moses, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Aung San Suu Kyi, Mahatma Gandhi, Dalai Lama (the 14th), and other influential leaders. 

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Book Review

Beyond beards and burqas – Connecting with Muslims by Martin Goldsmith (Inter-Varsity Press, England 2009).

This book is about personal reflection about how to connect and share with Muslim friends about Jesus Christ as a Saviour.  Martin Goldsmith is certainly very qualified to do this task.  He is a leading Evangelist among Evangelical circle who have been to many Muslim countries.

It is a personal because he looks at from his personal journey to meet, teach and share (many times bravely and wisely) about Jesus to his students, friends and leaders of Muslim communities in Muslim countries.

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Article

The International Day of Peace has been observed in September every year since it was created by the United Nations in 1982. In 2001, shortly after the tragic events of 9/11, a new resolution fixed the date at the 21st of September and declared it a day of international cease-fire. Each year the occasion is marked by the ringing of bells at noon – at the UN’s headquarters in New York, at places of worship and at schools and other institutions all over the world. Prayer and meditation services, concerts, forums, and candle-lighting ceremonies are among the ways the day is commemorated in many countries.

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Interview

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Interview with Pravrajika Gayatripran from Ramakrishna Sarada Vedanta Society of NSW

Tell us about your background and the work that you do with the Ramakrishna Sarada Vedanta Society of NSW and WIN.

I am a Hindu nun. I am a member of Sri Sarada Math, the women’s wing of the Ramakrishna Order founded by Swami Vivekananda in 1897. (Sri Sarada Math was established in 1954). Sri Sarada Math is the only monastic organization in the world run exclusively by women. The Ramakrishna Sarada Vedanta Society of NSW (RSVS of NSW) is the first branch centre of Sri Sarada Math outside India. I came to Sydney in 1982 as the assistant of Rev.Pravrajika Ajayaprana Mataji, President of the RSVS of NSW till 2011 when she returned to India.

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The Golden Rule Poster

alt "There is one light, but many lanterns,” said the Hon Mr Victor Dominello, Minister for Citizenship and Aboriginal Affairs. Leading representatives from various religious groups, members of the public and Members of Parliament joined the Minister in launching a poster that recognises the value that unites us all – the Golden Rule.
 
 The Golden Rule – treat others as you would like to be treated – is at the heart of all religious traditions. The Golden Rule Poster shows this principle of reciprocity in the sacred texts of thirteen different religions, including  Aboriginal spirituality. 
 
Dr Tom Calma AO, who has dedicated his life to improving the lives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, gave the keynote address. He spoke about the importance of the Golden Rule in achieving reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians. 
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