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Interfaith solidarity in Perth
People from many different faiths gathered in Perth at the Wesley Uniting Church in the City on Wednesday 17 December to mourn lives lost in the Sydney siege and in the Peshawar school attack in Pakistan.
More than 200 hundred people attended the Interfaith ceremony in a moving and powerful sign of peaceful coexistence and mutual respect.
Representatives from the Aboriginal, Islamic, Jewish, Hindu, Buddhist, Baha'i and Christian communities were present and shared their own meditations, reflections and prayers.
The Mourning After
They say actions speak louder than words. That was certainly the case today as people returned to Sydney's CBD.
As I approached Martin Place where the siege took place, I was taken aback by the large crowd of people. If in any way the actions of the gunman were intended to scare people away, this was not the case.
I watched as one after the other, Sydneysiders came, carrying bouquets of flowers to place at the impromptu memorial for the people who lost their lives.
A Timely New Resource
The Interfaith September resource for 2014 is available online now.
You can download the video resources directly from the Assembly Vimeo account.
Interview with Josie Lacey OAM
Tell us about your background and the work that you do.
Review: Between Two Worlds
Near the end of this landmark book on the children of interfaith marriage, Leslie Goodman-Malamuth and Robin Margolis use a homely but apt analogy to describe the persistence of Jewishness in the descendants of intermarriage. They compare the Jewish parent or grandparent to a red sock in a load of white laundry, coloring everything it touches. "Whether we're tinted a delicate pink or shrieking crimson," they write, "whether we're Lutheran or Lubavitcher, we'll always carry at least part of that red sock, that Jewishness, within."
The idea that all children of interfaith marriage will always feel some degree of cultural duality is a central theme of this book, the first book written both by and for the adult children of interfaith marriage. Goodman-Malamuth is the daughter of a Protestant mother and Jewish father who ended up converting to Judaism. Margolis was raised as a Protestant, discovered the secret of her mother's Judaism only after her death, and also "returned" to Judaism.
8th – Bodhi Day - Buddhist
17-24th – Hannukkah/Chanukah - Jewish
25th – Christmas - Christian
26th – Second Christmas Day - Chaldean Catholic
26th – Zartosht No-Diso (Death Anniversary of Zarathushtra) - Zoroastrian