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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.
In Abraham’s Footsteps
One hundred and fifty members of Sydney’s Abrahamic faiths gathered at Parramatta Mission Fellowship Hall on 26 August for the annual Abrahamic conference.
Rev. Dr Manas Ghosh, the Convenor of the UCA Synod of the NSW and the ACT Relations with Other Faiths group welcomed the crowd that included representatives from a range of Muslim, Jewish and Christian traditions.
Toowoomba models peace and harmony
Secretary, Queensland Synod Interfaith Relationships Committee
The Queensland Synod Interfaith Relationships Committee and the Pureland Buddhist Centre joined forces in Toowoomba at the Middle Ridge Uniting Church to present the work of two organisations working to enrich their communities.
More than 50 people from a wide range of faiths - Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Muslim and Baha'i - gathered alongside community groups including police and representatives from Toowoomba Regional Council on 28 July.
Friendship flourishes at Newcastle Iftar dinner
The close friendship between the Hamilton-Broadmeadow Uniting Church and the Newcastle Muslim community began with two religious leaders seated together for dinner.
‘Breaking the fast’ together
Members of the three Abrahamic faiths gathered together to ‘break the fast’ alongside their Muslim friends at an Iftar meal hosted by the Affinity Intercultural Foundation and the Uniting Church Synod of NSW and ACT.
Many Uniting Church people attended Iftar meals with members of the Australian Muslim community during the holy month of Ramadan which precedes the festival of Eid ul-Fitr.
"Isn't God great?" - An interfaith journey
By Rev. Neil Smith
I grew up in a rural conservative Methodist family and my earliest memories of my Christian belief was that if I was a good boy Jesus would look after me. As a teenager and young adult I began to question whether life is really that simple, particularly as a result of illness. I also was acutely aware that I was Christian because of the environment in which I was raised and that if I lived in another country I would probably identify with the faiths of that country.
Ramadan: a spiritual journey
By Heather Dowling
From Thursday 18 June to Friday 17 July, our Muslim friends will be celebrating Ramadan. Our non-Muslim readers may be wondering ‘What does that have to do with me?’ In a multicultural, multi-religious society, it’s all too important to move beyond our circles to love and understand those we might normally walk straight past.