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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.
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.
Muslim women seek a fair go
Muslim women bravely shared their stories of being the target of abuse on the street at a forum run by the Uniting Church in Melbourne. The aim was to give Muslim women the opportunity to share their stories of unjust and racist attacks and to work together with service providers and supporters to find solutions.
It was the second forum was organised by Interfaith Network Developer April Robinson from the Synod of Victoria and Tasmania, and was runin partnership with Uniting Care Lentara and Dianella Community Health.
Muslim woman and cross-cultural educator Reem Hakem chaired the forum. She reflects on its success.
International Women's Day
As we mark International Women’s Day, we celebrate the social, political and economical achievements of women all over the world and call for greater equality for women everywhere.
One of the areas that women make a significant contribution is interfaith relationships, activities and dialogue.
Safe space for Muslim women to speak about violence
Overcoming violence and racism against Muslim women is the subject of a community forum organised by the Uniting Church.
Interfaith Network Developer April Robinson from the Synod of Victoria and Tasmania said the forum was a response to the unjust backlash against the Muslim community, following recent extremist violence.
Can religions bring about peace?
Yes they can, if you ask the 17 leaders and representatives from different faiths who met at Parliament House on 9 February as members of the group Religions for Peace NSW.
Religions for Peace is Australia’s largest community organisation committed to inter-religious harmony and is affiliated with Religions for Peace International – the world’s largest coalition of religious representatives working towards peace.