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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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The beauty of faith and art

I had the privilege of speaking at the Press Conference for the launch of “So That You Might Know Each Other: Faith and Culture in Islam”, an exhibition which opened at the National Museum of Australia in Canberra on Friday 20 April 2018. The name of the exhibition is taken from the verb, لِتَعَارَفُوا, in the Holy Quran, Surah Al-Hujurat [The Dwellings] (49:13): O people! Behold, We have created you all out of a male and a female, and have made you into nations and tribes, so that you might know each other. The exhibition is a cooperation between...

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Youth PoWR brings ‘Light in Dark Times’: Sparking an Interfaith Movement of Hope

More than 200 young people participated in this year’s Youth PoWR (Parliament of World Religions) on Sunday 20 August 2017 in Strathfield, Sydney. Now in its third year, Youth PoWR is a multi-faith initiative of the Columban Mission Institute’s Centre for Christian-Muslim Relations.  It brings together young people from diverse religions – Aboriginal, Baha’i, Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism and Sikhism – and secular society. Youth PoWR is by young people – the members of the Coordinating Committee are young representatives from different religions who plan, organise, promote and host the event; with young people – the speakers and...

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