‘Life-changing experience’: Ten Aussie Muslim schoolgirls tackle the Kokoda Track

Students at Kokoda Track

The famous Kokoda Track in Papua New Guinea had some special guests in June this year, as a group of Muslim-Australian schoolgirls from Melbourne’s North walked the trail. Gokhan Ozkan, Pastoral Care Director at Sirius College in Broadmeadows accompanied the girls and says “it was a life-changing experience for the girls.”

Most Sirius College students are Muslim but the school is a mixed-gender, non-denominational independent school. The ten girls from nine to 11 years and six staff, traveled to PNG in late June and completed the 96-kilometre trail in eight days.

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Christchurch: The Imam and the Pastor

The Imam and the Pastor

Jointly presented by the Canterbury Interfaith Society and the Christchurch Multicultural Council: Imam Dr Muhammed Ashafa, a Muslim cleric and Pastor Dr James Wuye, an Assembly of God Christian pastor, are known to many as “The Imam and the Pastor”.

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New survey reveals which religions New Zealanders trust most – and least – after Christchurch shootings

al-noor mosque Christchurch

In a survey of 1000 New Zealanders, taken a month after the Christchurch mosque shootings of 15 March 2019, respondents were asked how much they trusted people from different religious groups living in New Zealand.

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ABC Australia: What’s the point of interfaith dialogue?

religious booksPeaceful solutions to the world’s problems are hard to find — and religious tensions are part of the problem. What needs to happen so we can all share in the bounty of peace? The ABC Australia’s James Carleton joins a panel of three people who have made interfaith dialogue their life’s work.

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Sikh community helps Christchurch mosques



The Sikh community in New Zealand has come forward to provide financial support for people affected by the Christchurch shootings and their family members. Within five days of posting an appeal on Facebook, the community collected over NZ$60,000 and has recently donated the entire amount to help the victims.

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New Zealand attack: Al Noor mosque imam tells world leaders to fight hate speech

An imam who survived the terror attack at Al Noor mosque has declared New Zealand “unbreakable” in a sermon attended by thousands in Christchurch on Friday and called on world leaders eliminate hate speech, saying the massacre “did not come overnight”.

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