Why do interfaith dialogue?

interfaith lecture, Australia
The importance of interfaith dialogue in today’s multicultural and multi-faith world was the topic of a seminar by Rev. Sef Carroll at the United Theological College in Sydney on 11 March. What gets picked up by media on how we perceive people of other faiths is not always the real story. There needs to be an affirmative narrative on what relationships with other faiths is about and I think that’s a responsibility for all of us in the Church said Rev. Sef Carroll.

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Halal certification is in turmoil

Halal certification in Australia (and worlwide) are in turmoil as suspicions and fears about channelling of funds to terrorist organisations are not allayed appropriately by those in authority. In fact, the halal certification authorities are under attack. The following opinion piece suggests that withdrawal from halal certification schemes is a blow to the economy and local industries.

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Australia: Students visit Ahmadiyya mosque

On 21st and 25th of August 2014 more than 280 students and staff of Padua College Melbourne visited the Ahmadiyya mosque and community centre ‘Bait-ul-Salam’ (House of Peace) in Langwarrin. The students were given a brief presentation on history and teachings of Islam by Imam Janud of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Association Victoria.

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Australia: Imams Council condemns beheading photo

ANIC

The Australian National Imams Council (ANIC) condemns in the strongest possible terms the outrageous depiction as reported in the media yesterday, of a 7-year-old boy shown holding the decapitated head of a victim.

Just as ANIC denounces the unspeakable atrocities committed in Gaza, so too do the Council of Imams Queensland speak out against the brutality carried out in Syria and Iraq including the alleged forceful eviction of various religious groups from their land.

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New Zealand: Human Rights Commission proud to back peace call from Kiwi interfaith leaders

New Zealand Diversity Forum

The Human Rights Commission (NZ) is backing a call from local religious communities for New Zealanders to stand alongside them in peace and compassion: and not in hatred. Since a historic statement in 2007, faith and interfaith leaders and the Commission have affirmed that all religious groups in New Zealand have the right to safety and security.

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New Zealand Diversity Forum 2014

New Zealand Diversity Forum

Celebrating its 10th year, the annual New Zealand Diversity Forum continues to bring together communities, central and local government, the public sector, the voluntary sector, business, civil society and young people from around the country to promote harmonious race relations in Aotearoa.

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