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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.
‘Hidden’ cultural heritage leads Lesley to inclusive hospitality
Lesley Bryant of Currumbin on Queensland’s Gold Coast grew up not knowing about her Samoan and Fijian heritage.
Her great-grandmother came from a high-level Samoan family and moved to Fiji in the late 19th century,where she married an Englishman.
Their son, Lesley'sgrandfather,was born in Fiji, moved to North Queensland and served with Australian forces at Gallipoli in 1915.
Interfaith on campus - what it means to be a university chaplain today
By Geoff Boyce, Oasis Coordinating Chaplain, Flinders University
I’m often asked, ‘What exactly do you do at the Oasis Centre?’
I wish I had some neat answers! It’s a complex story rather than a ten second sound-bite!
Australian universities have become places of increased religious diversity. In 2012, one in three students studying in Australia were international students, adding to the mix of faiths on campuses across the nation. With this changing landscape, university chaplains have been forced to reassess how they meet the spiritual needs of students.
The value of dialogue – UCA Christian Jewish Dialogue 40th meeting
By Rev Dr Matthew Wilson, UCA Convenor, UCA-ECAJ Dialogue
The longstanding practice of contact and cooperation between the Uniting Church and Executive Council of Australian Jewry (ECAJ) continued at the 40th meeting of the UCA Christian-Jewish Dialogue in Sydney on 28 April.
The Dialogue, which began during the Presidency of D’Arcy Wood in 1992, takes place twice a year, alternately in Sydney and Melbourne, hosted in turn at Uniting Church and Jewish venues.
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Growing respect and understanding across diversity
"Every creation of God deserves to be respected - not simply tolerated. People tolerate a toothache." This was the passionate appeal of Maha Abdo, Executive Officer of the United Muslim Women Association, when she spoke to packed room of community leaders in Sydney on 22 April.
Despite the adverse weather, many Uniting Church members joined people from different faiths, community organisations, unions and university students for the Sydney Alliance education event on the history and practice of Islam.
Learning about diversity
“Hands up if you think Natasha is Australian?”
A few students raise their hand. Others are more cautious, slowly creeping a hand in the air.
“Hands up if you think Natasha is not Australian?”
A flurry of hands go up, eager to get the answer right.
Natasha Nathanielsz is a young Christian woman of Sri Lankan background. She is one of three presenters at a Together for Humanity workshop being run at a Sydney primary school.
Why do interfaith dialogue?
“What gets picked up by media on how we perceive people of other faiths is not always the real story. There needs to be an affirmative narrative on what relationships with other faiths is about and I think that’s a responsibility for all of us in the Church.” Rev. Sef Carroll
The importance of interfaith dialogue in today’s multicultural and multi-faith world was the topic of a seminar by Rev. Sef Carroll at the United Theological College in Sydney on 11 March.