In a time when attacks on innocent worshippers in mosque, church and synagogue try to divide us, the Abraham Conference on Sunday 28 July will bring Jews, Christians and Muslims together to acknowledge our unique bond through our common ancestor, the Prophet Abraham (a), while accounting for our differences through dialogue and friendship.
The theme of this year’s Abraham Conference is “Healing Memories, Making History: Genuine Encounters in the Present will Redeem our Past for a Different Future”.
The annual Abraham Conference will be held in Sydney on Sunday 28 July at Parramatta Mission Fellowship Hall, 2.00 pm – 5.30 pm (registration opens at 1.00 pm).
International keynote speaker, Rev Fr Diego Sarrió Cucarella, MAfr, PhD, Rector of the Pontifical Institute for Arabic and Islamic Studies in Rome, will deliver a presentation titled, “The Abrahamic Religions: Shedding Past Polemics, Forging New Paradigms“.
One of the co-organizers of the Conference, Rev Dr Patrick McInerney, Director of the Columban Centre for Christian-Muslim Relations in Blacktown, explains, “This event will challenge us to stop seeing each other through the polemics of the past and to encounter each other as we truly are in the present. The purpose is to heal ‘memories’ to free us for a better future. It is making history by forging new relationships.”
Joining Fr Diego Sarrió is a panel of local experts from the Jewish, Christian and Muslim religions. They will stimulate discussion by responding to the keynote address and answering questions from the audience. All attendees will be able to participate through asking questions, group discussions and a plenary.
The Conference moderator is popular former ABC broadcaster of The Religion Report and Sunday Nights, John Cleary.
Further conversation and connection among delegates, hosts, speaker, moderator and panelists over light refreshments is an integral part of the program.
The 2019 Abraham Conference is a joint initiative of Affinity Intercultural Foundation, the Australian Egyptian Forum Council, the Columban Centre for Christian-Muslim Relations, the NSW Jewish Board of Deputies, and the Uniting Church in Australia, Synod of NSW & ACT.
Tickets for the Abraham Conference 2019 are $20 ($10 concession) and must be purchased online at Humanitix: https://events.humanitix.com.au/2019-abraham-conference-healing-memories-making-history
Rev Dr Diego Sarrió Cucarella, MAfr, Rector of the Pontifical Institute for Arabic and Islamic Studies in Rome.