Author: patrick

Statement on terrorist attacks in Christchurch

To my Muslim sisters and brothers in Aotearoa New Zealand, Australia and around the world,  As-salāmu alay-kum wa rahmatu-llāhi wa barakātu-hu – May the peace, mercy and blessings of God be upon you.  I am shocked and appalled at yesterday’s terrorist attacks at two mosques in Christchurch, where 49 worshippers performing Friday prayers were callously murdered, many more injured, and the survivors, respondents, and indeed the entire nation and peoples around the world were traumatised. I stand in solidarity with you in your horror, grief and distress. I offer my prayers for the victims and extend my condolences to...

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Pope Francis’ historic visit to UAE

Pope Francis’ visit to Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in February 2019 was a historic visit. It was the first visit by a pope to the Arabian Peninsula. It was the first time a pope and an international Muslim leader co-signed an interreligious document, creating an official Sunni-Catholic platform based on shared values. The cooperation involved in drafting the document and the evident friendship between the two leaders refute the populist claim that our religions are so mired in conflict that their followers cannot come together. The papal Mass with a congregation of 150,000 was the largest-ever...

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Prayer for peace at interfaith gathering

An Interfaith Prayer Service for Peace was held on 21 September 2018 at the Fellowship Centre, Parramatta Mission in Sydney attended by more than 200 people representing many faiths and religious communities. In 1981, the 55th session of the General Assembly of the United Nations declared the 21st of September to be the International Day of Peace.  In 2001 they voted unanimously to designate this day to non-violence and cease-fire.  They further proposed there be events to educate people and create awareness about peace. Responding to this call, the Rev Dr Manas Ghosh of the Uniting Church has, for the last...

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The Abraham Conference 2018: Pillars of Peace

The 2018 Abraham Conference was held at Western Sydney University, Parramatta campus on Sunday 5 August.   The theme was “Pillars of Peace: Jews, Christians and Muslims Working Together”. Rev Dr Patrick McInerney welcomed all present using the traditional religious greeting of Judaism, Christianity and Islam—“Peace be with you”—in Hebrew, Latin and Arabic. Shirley Gilbert, a lecturer in Secondary Education at Western Sydney University, gave the Acknowledgement of Country followed by recitations of a Jewish prayer and readings from the New Testament and the Holy Qur’an. Professor Kevin Dunn, Dean of the School of Social Science & Psychology at Western Sydney...

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A Christian Reflection on Ramadan

Ramadan is the Muslim month of fasting.  This year in Australia it began on 17 May and will end with Eid al-Fitr (The Feast of the Breaking [of the Fast]) on or around 15 June. Muslims fast from dawn till dusk.  During this time, they abstain from eating, drinking and sexual activity.  Nothing is to go into the mouth – no food, no snacks, no coffee, not even a sip of water!  Nothing “bad” is to come out of the mouth!  So Muslims are to refrain from backbiting, gossiping and salacious talk. Fasting during the month of Ramadan is...

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