On Sunday 5 August 2018 there will be a gathering of faiths at the 2018 Abraham Conference in Sydney.
Muslims, Jews and Christians as well as non-believers will be welcomed by Moderator Professor Kevin Dunn, Dean of the School of Social Sciences and Psychology, Western Sydney University.
“This is an important event which will bring together people who are interested in interfaith dialogue and multiculturalism,” he said.
Since 2003 these annual conferences have been followed by many interfaith initiatives involving different religions.
With the theme of this 2018 conference as Pillars of Peace, the panel has representation from Daniel Samowitz – head of youth education at Emanuel Synagogue and Emanuel School, Peter Gates – National Director Catholic Mission and Dr Suleyman Sertkaya – Lecturer at Centre for Islamic Studies and Civilisation, Charles Sturt University.
The keynote speaker for this important event is Steve Killelea AM, founder of the Institute for Economics and Peace and the Global Peace Index. With a track record of focussing on sustainable development and peace, Steve Killelea established The Charitable Foundation (TFC) and the Institute for Economic and Peace (IEP).
In 2013 he was nominated one of the “Top 100 Most Influential People in Armed Violence Reduction” by the UK group Action on Armed Violence and in 2015, he was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. With a 2010 Member of the Order of Australia under his belt, no doubt he will bring an enormous amount of knowledge and fortitude to the conference.
With the current international climate of intolerance and hatred, the Pillars of Peace conference will give us all an opportunity to realise that we are all the same: Human beings who seek understanding and peace.
Killelea will no doubt open doors for us to have open minds and better understanding of people of other faiths and beliefs. And coming from a historical Abraham background comes a commonality for all of us. This conference on 5 August is not one to be missed.
The address for Abraham Conference is Level 9, Peter Shergold Building, Western Sydney University, 169 Macquarie Street, Parramatta.
Registration commences at 1-00pm. The conference commences at 2-00pm and will conclude at 5-30pm.
The cost is $20 per person ($10 concession rate) and includes finger-food as well as hot and cold drinks.
Photograph: Steve Killelea AM
Philip Feinstein is a Sydney based writer, musician and activist working for MUSIC FOR REFUGEES www.musicforrefugees.org