New Zealand: Religious Diversity Classes

New Zealand Diversity Class



The Religious Diversity Centre and the Waikato Interfaith Council are pleased to announce their Term 3 classes in Auckland, Hamilton and Tauranga. Classes run for eight weeks (from 1 August through 21 September 2018), and in Terms 3 & 4 will focus on Selected Topics in Contemporary Belief and Practice.

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UNICEF: Faith for Social and Behavior Change Initiative

(Bangkok, 10-12 July 2018) As part of the ongoing Religions for Peace (RfP)-UNICEF Global Partnership, UNICEF and RfP launched a new initiative entitled “Faith for Social and Behavior Change Initiative” at a global workshop in Bangkok from 10-12 July 2018, in partnership with Joint Learning Initiative (JLI) and Rissho Kosei-kai (RKK). The workshop brought together UNICEF country offices and faith-based organizations from more than 30 strategically selected countries.

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Christian and Muslim Youth meet religious leaders during UK forum

Fifty young Christians and Muslims ages 20-25 are meeting 8-18 July for an Emerging Peacemakers Forum offering training in peacemaking and reconciliation at the Churchill College of Cambridge University in the UK. They will meet with international religious leaders, including the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar and president of the Muslim Council of Elders Prof. Dr Ahmad Al-Tayyeb.

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Vatican Launches International Ecology Conference

5 July 2018: The Vatican launched an international conference on ecology, marking the third anniversary of Pope Francis’s Encyclical ‘Laudato Sì.’ Political and religious leaders, scientists, economists and civil society organizations (CSOs) discussed ways to increase awareness among the general public on the gravity of the environmental crisis that the world is facing.

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Connect: A Youth Inter Faith Action Guide


Connect: A Youth Inter Faith Action Guide was launched this week by Inter Faith Network for the UK. CONNECT is a short, practically focused, booklet illustrated with project examples from around the UK and packed with great ideas for inter faith engagement that makes a difference.

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King of Jordan announced 2018 Templeton Prize Laureate for interfaith, intrafaith harmony efforts

AMMAN — His Majesty King Abdullah was announced on Wednesday as the 2018 Templeton Prize Laureate, for his efforts to promote religious harmony within Islam and between Islam and other religions, according to a statement by Templeton Foundation.

“The King’s long quest to promote peace-affirming Islam gained momentum in 2004 in the wake of the Iraq war when the fragile unity of Sunni and [Shiite] Muslims in the region was at substantial risk,”
the statement said.

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KAICIID Secretary on the Passing of Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran


KAICIID Secretary Faisal Bin Abdulrahman Bin Muaammar writes on the Passing of Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran: “With his passing, the world has lost a great role model, and we at KAICIID have lost a dear friend and guide.”

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Interreligious Dialogue: Passing of Cardinal Tauran

French Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, President of the Pontifical Council for Inter-Religious Dialogue, died on the evening of July 5, 2018 in the United States, at the age of 75. His death was announced by Vatican media the following day. The French cardinal was described as a “craftsman of the interreligious dialogue.” His particular openness to the Muslims enabled much progress worldwide in Christian-Muslim relations. A great friend of interfaith relations has passed over. He was recently promoted to Camerlengo, which would have placed him in charge of the Church during a period of Papal vacancy.

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Vatican Cricket Team Tours UK to Strengthen Interfaith Relations

The Vatican’s cricket team takes off on a fourth UK tour on Tuesday, with the goal of strengthening interfaith relations high on their action-packed agenda. The team, officially known as St Peter’s Cricket Club, was established in 2013 and is made up of young men who are studying for the priesthood in Rome.

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A Faith-sensitive Response to Humanitarian Action

On 29 June, the Lutheran World Federation (LWF) and Islamic Relief Worldwide (IRW) published guidance aimed at helping humanitarian agencies attune their work to the faith and background of people affected by conflict, disaster and displacement.

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