Interfaith Dialogue

Helpful Resources for Interfaith Dialogue

Guidelines on Dialogue with People of Living Faiths and Ideologies (2010)
(World Council of Churches)

A simple Guide to Interfaith Dialogue adpated from the WCC Guidelines above. 


Ecumenical Considerations on Jewish-Christian Dialogue (1982)
(World Council of Churches)


Dictionary of the Ecumenical Movement on Interfaith Dialogues (2002)

Article by S. Wesley Ariarajah, from the revised edition of the Dictionary of the Ecumenical Movement published jointly by the World Council of Churches and Eerdmans Publishing Company.

Interfaith Dialogues in Australia

Uniting Church in Australia Interfaith Dialogues

The Uniting Church is involved in the following dialogues either directly or through its membership of the National Council of Churches in Australia

UCA Assembly Christian Jewish Dialogue Working Group
Conveners: Rev Matthew Wilson, Mr Jeremy Jones
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Australian National Dialogue of Christians, Muslims and Jews

Australian Council of Christians and Jews

Australian Partnership of Religious Organisations

 Women's Interfaith Network

Asia-Pacific Regional Interfaith Dialogue


Other organisations which foster interfaith dialogue

Australian Intercultural Society

Affinity Intercultural Foundation

Australian Religious Response to Climate Change

Together for Humanity

Centre for Christian-Muslim Relations (Columban Mission Institute)

Uniting Church in Australia Christian Jewish Dialogue

Conveners: Rev Matthew Wilson, Mr Jeremy Jones

Contact: Rev Matthew Wilson, UCA Convenor

Introduction to Dialogue

The Uniting Church values relationships with people of other faiths and cultures and affirms the place of interfaith dialogue in creating and sustaining a culture of peace and harmony.

In and through interfaith dialogues we meet with other people who share an experience of the divine as we do. Dialogues cover areas of common interest and concern, explore different themes and issues of faith, and allow questions, confusions, and misconceptions to be explored. Relationships and friendships in these dialogues model mutual and respectful relationship to the wider community, and assist us to support, encourage and reach out to each other when there are issues and challenges in particular communities.

The World Council of Churches (WCC) Guidelines on Dialogue with People of Living Faiths says in part:

It is Christian faith in the triune God- creator of all humankind, redeemer in Jesus Christ, revealing and renewing Spirit- which calls us Christians to human relationship with many of our neighbours. Such relationship includes dialogue: witnessing to our deepest convictions and listening to those of our neighbours. It is Christian faith which sets us free to be open to the faiths of others, to risk, to trust and to be vulnerable. In dialogue, conviction and openness are held in balance. Dialogue is a style of living relationship with neighbours. This in no way replaces or limits our Christian obligation to witness, as partners enter into dialogue with their respective commitments.

As articulated in the theological statement Living with the Neighbour Who Is Different, the Uniting Church believes that interfaith dialogue is not the easy option, which avoids the sharing of one's faith; rather it is the difficult option which calls us to share our faith in a conversation of true mutuality.

Members of the Uniting Church are involved in a number of dialogue groups, interfaith activities and government consultations on interfaith cooperation.


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