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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.
Journeying Together to Enrich Communities
This event will be an opportunity for people to find out about how some faith organisations and individuals are working together to be a positive force in their community.
Held at the Middle Ridge Uniting Church in Toowoomba, Queensland, on Tuesday 28 July, the gathering will be an opportunity to hear from a range of speakers of different faiths sharing what drives them to entich the local community.
‘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.
What is the best way forward to a harmonious multifaith society?
Three speakers from Jewish, Christian and Muslim perspectives gave their answers to this question at a multifaith seminar hosted by St Stephen’s Uniting Church in Sydney on 14 May.
More than 50 Uniting Church members, people of other faiths and no faith came along to hear insights on the topic.
ROF Executive meeting
The Assembly Relations with Other Faiths Executive Committee met on 21 May in Sydney. Stories of interfaith engagement and cooperation were shared along with discussions on how the Uniting Church can develop and encourage understanding, respect and friendship among people of different faiths.