Australian Links

Australian Multicultural Foundation

The Australian Multicultural Foundation works to cultivate in all Australians a strong commitment to Australia as one people drawn from many cultures and by so doing to advance its social and economic well-being. It seeks to promote awareness among the people of Australia of the diversity of cultures within Australia and the contribution of people from all cultures to the development of Australia and to the spread of respect and understanding between all cultural groups through any appropriate means

Visit http://www.amf.net.au

Religions for Peace Australia

Religions for Peace is the largest international coalition of representatives from the world’s great religions dedicated to promoting peace.

Respecting religious differences while celebrating our common humanity, Religions for Peace is active on every continent and in some of the most troubled areas of the world, creating multi-religious partnerships to confront our most dire issues: stopping war, ending poverty, and protecting the earth.

http://www.religionsforpeaceaustralia.org.au

Australian Federation of Islamic Councils – Muslims Australia

The Australian Federation of Islamic Councils serves the Australia and the Islamic community by advocating and promotion of issues of relevance to the Muslim community and to our nation. The AFIC provides national and state representation on Muslim matters and coordinates and provides resources for activities of its State Islamic Councils and member Islamic societies.

Visit http://muslimsaustralia.com.au/

Affinity Intercultural Foundation

The Affinity Intercultural Foundation has the following mission: “To create and sustain enduring affinity and relationships with people through inter-cultural and inter-faith dialogue and understanding. To add value to the lives of individuals by becoming a catalyst in their learning to lead harmonious and balanced lives, to gain true personal leadership and to apply universal principles in fulfilling their needs of the mind and the heart.”

Visit http://www.affinity.org.au

Federation of Australian Buddhist Councils

The Federation of Australian Buddhist Councils is the peak body representing Buddhism in Australia.

The combined membership of the five state Buddhist councils represents more than 200 Buddhist temples & organisations nationwide, their members include the majority of more than 400,000 Australian Buddhists.

Visit http://www.buddhistcouncil.org.au

Interaction Multifaith Youth Network

InterAction is a new network of inspired people with a mission to promote social harmony through projects of common action for the common good. We bring young people from different cultural/spiritual/religious backgrounds together to work side by side for the sake of something greater. With the vision of eventually growing into a national/global network, InterAction links like-minded groups and individuals to achieve common goals through making positive contributions to their local communities as well as humanity as a whole.

Visit http://www.interaction.org.au

Islamic Council of Victoria

The Islamic Council of Victoria (ICV) is the peak body for Muslim organizations in Victoria. Among the ICV’s many aims is the promotion of understanding, co-operation, tolerance and respect between all faiths.

Visit www.icv.org.au

Uniting Church of Australia – Relations with Other Faiths

The Relations with Other Faiths Working Group of the Uniting Church in Australia seeks to develop wherever possible a commitment to promote respect and tolerance for the integrity of the beliefs of other faiths, cultures and traditions. This desire not only arises from our common humanity but also from a desire to live in peace and goodwill as neighbours in our communities and the world.

Visit http://assembly.uca.org.au/rof/

Faith Communities Victoria

Established in 2010, the Faith Communities Council of Victoria (FCCV) is Victoria’s umbrella multifaith body. FCCV was created to contribute to the harmony of the Victorian community by promoting positive relations between people of different faiths and greater public knowledge and mutual understanding of the teachings, customs and practices of Victoria’s diverse faith traditions.

Faith Victoria produces a monthly e-newsletter, titled Many Faiths, One World, which contains information on upcoming multifaith/interfaith events in the State of Victoria and news from around the world.

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Courage, Understanding and Respect (CURe) for Productive Diversity

Diversity happens
It shapes our communities and businesses, colours our schools and places of worship, and inspires much of our entertainment and politics. Diversity happens because our world is one of increasingly intimate interaction between cultures, worldviews, political ideologies and economic systems. These interactions, though not new, are exceptional today in the speed of their development and depth of their impact upon our lives.

The challenge presented by this increased interaction with the world’s diversity is in how we engage with it. Will we choose to ignore the changes it brings and follow a path of social and economic isolation, separating ourselves from the world and falling behind in our development? Or perhaps we will oppose these interactions, striving instead to impose our cultural and ideological framework on the world while ignoring the social and economic costs of such a strategy? Or will we strive for productive diversity by drawing upon these various traditions and perspectives, viewpoints and convictions as resources for solutions to the complex social and economic problems of our day?

In the end, those who thrive in our globalised world choose the latter path. They achieve productive diversity because they have learned to value difference.

But how do we value traditions and perspectives, viewpoints and convictions so different from our own? How do we overcome the near-universal tendency to keep them at a distance? How do we see beyond our own cultural conditioning and time-tested ways of doing things?

The answer is respect.
Productive diversity is built on respect. When we respect another’s convictions and traditions, we value the insight provided by them and can access a broader range of ideas and perspectives. Then we can create innovative solutions that would have been inconceivable alone or within our usual circle.

CURe builds respect. It helps create the mindset, develop the skills and establish an environment for people to value the traditions and perspectives of others and to contribute their own. In essence, CURe builds the infrastructure on which productive diversity can flourish in our world.

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Australian Intercultural Society

Ecumenical and Interfaith Commission

Australian Religious Response to Climate Change