ROF Convenor Rev Michael Barnes reflects on how a friendship which began in Interfaith Setepmber led to him standing beside the Grand Mufti of Australia as he addressed the media.
Following the tragic and senseless shooting outside Parramatta police station, I received an invitation to participate in a press conference organised by the Grand Mufti of Australia, Dr Ibrahim Abu Mohammed. The invitation flowed directly from our Interfaith September program at Gordon Uniting Church.
ROF Convenor Rev. Michael Barnes stood in solidarity with other religious leaders supporting the Grand Mufti of Australia, Dr Ibrahim Abu Mohammed, when he addressed the media over the tragic shooting of Curtis Cheng in Parramatta.
Also present, Fr Rod Bower of Gosford Anglican Church addressed the media calling for all members and sections of the community to remember how we are deeply connected as part of the human family.
His address is below.
Fifteen different faith groups offered prayers for peace from their own religious tradition at an interfaith prayer service hosted by Parramatta Mission on 21 September.
The service was one of a number of events which took place across the country to mark the United Nations’ International Day of Peace, bringing together people of many cultures and faiths.
Aspiring chaplains from a number of faiths have attended a diversity in chaplaincy workshop led by the Assembly’s National Disaster Recovery Officer Rev. Dr Stephen Robinson.
Seven Muslims, two Catholic nuns and two members of the Brahma Kumaris Australia attended the workshop at Sydney’s Westmead Uniting Church from 9-10 September.
As part of Interfaith September, we encourage people to find ways to break down barriers in relationships with other faiths. In our Week 1 Video, we share the story of the 23-year strong relationship between Parramatta Mission and the neighbouring Muslim community and the bond between their faith communities.
This is a summary of that story.
Former President of the Uniting Church Rev. Professor James Haire participated in a number of forums around the country alongside Indonesian Muslim scholar Professor Azyumardl Azra. Professor Azra was the international guest for the forums organised by the Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture and Charles Sturt University.
This report appeared in The Canberra Times on 12 September, 2015.
After a meeting with Australian faith and community leaders at Parliament House, President Stuart McMillan says the Uniting Church in Australia stands ready to support refugees from Syria and Iraq – whether they are people of faith or none, of any ethnicity, selected according to their need without discrimination.
The President of the Uniting Church in Australia Stuart McMillan has welcomed the Federal Government’s offer of permanent resettlement to over 12,000 refugees fleeing the conflict in Syria.
“We welcome the Federal Government’s timely and appropriate response to the plight of the Syrian refugees,” said Mr McMillan.
The Uniting Church in Australia is today calling on the Government to commit to a significant increase in Australia’s refugee intake as a response to the crisis in Syria.
“While we welcome the Federal Government’s commitment to increase our refugee intake from Syria, the scale of this crisis requires a much greater response,” said Uniting Church President Mr Stuart McMillan.
One hundred and fifty members of Sydney’s Abrahamic faiths gathered at Parramatta Mission Fellowship Hall on 26 August for the annual Abrahamic conference.
Rev. Dr Manas Ghosh, the Convenor of the UCA Synod of the NSW and the ACT Relations with Other Faiths group welcomed the crowd that included representatives from a range of Muslim, Jewish and Christian traditions.