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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Melbourne wins World Interfaith Harmony Week Prize



Each year, the King of Jordan on behalf of UN World Interfaith Harmony Week allocates prizes to the most effective event for World Interfaith Harmony Week, the first week of February, every year. This year, for 2018, the Interfaith Centre of Melbourne has won the First Prize.

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PNG: Design of Baha’i House of Worship Unveiled



PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea — In a historic event earlier today, the design for the national Baha’i House of Worship of Papua New Guinea (PNG) was unveiled. The House of Worship will be one of two national Baha’i temples to be constructed in the world in the coming years, signifying a new milestone for the Baha’i world community.

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Australia: Inter-religious Dialogue: An Imperative for Peace


Shortly after his election, Pope Francis, like the saint whose name he took, identified inter-religious dialogue as “a necessary condition for world peace,” noting that “Only through dialogue will we be able to eliminate intolerance and discrimination.” The pope called on Catholics to “not cease praying for it or collaborating with those who think differently.” The Diocese of Paramatta has been taking up interfaith initiatives.

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Western Papua: Papuan religious leaders hold interfaith prayer for peaceful elections



Eighty-seven religious clerics from all over Papua – Papua Interfaith Communication Forum (FKUB) – held on Thursday a joint prayer, after which they began a 30-hour fast in order to ensure a peaceful atmosphere in the province for the upcoming regional elections.

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Ground-breaking Jewish/Christian/Muslim dialogue holds its 50th session



The Australian National Dialogue of Christians, Muslims Jews (ANDCMJ) celebrated its 50th session by revisiting its history, discussing the concept of “light” in Christian, Jewish and Muslim liturgy and tradition, then lighting Chanukah candles and learning about the Jewish Festival of Lights, at Sydney’s Emanuel Synagogue.

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Religious Short Film Prize


The Religious Short Film Prize is an opportunity for film-makers to explore the religious quest through a powerful contemporary medium. The Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture has initiated this venture as part of its commitment to promoting the lively interaction between the arts, religion, faith and culture. The Centre believes that there is wisdom to be found in such an interaction which can contribute to a vision of hope and the common good for Australia. A prize of $5,000 will be awarded to the winning entry.

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New Zealand: Special Classes on the world’s major religions announced

The Religious Diversity Centre of Aotearoa New Zealand has announced the first Programme in its ‘Raising Religious Literacy’ series beginning on February 13, 2017 and concluding on December 14, 2017. The Classes will be offered over four terms in Auckland and Hamilton.

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