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Nelson Tasman Interfaith Council re-established

​Nelson Tasman Interfaith Council re-established


Representatives from many faith groups in the Nelson and Tasman areas met in May to re-establish their interfaith council. As you can see from the picture there has been a great response and there is keeness to reach out to youth and all the region's faith groups.

The first meeting was initiated by Lovey Geiger from the Latter-day Saints in Nelson, who provided the venue for the first meeting. Lovey said the goals of the council were to come together, understand and respect each other. "We all have common goals, like we want to see our people healthy and in good homes. We need to come together and identify common goals we can try and resolve." Tania Torea from the Latter-day Saints in Wellington and an executive member of the Wellington Inter-Faith Council was at the first meeting to share experiences from other interfaith councils around the country.

The next meeting of the council is on 6 June 2017 at the NMIT Richmond Campus from 6:30pm to 8.00 pm. The council acknowledges the support of the CEO of the Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology for offering the use of the campus for meetings. 

Anyone interested in joining or wanting more information about the council can contact Reverend David Poultney on 03 548 0558.

Interfaith meditation exercises - free online

Interfaith meditation exercises - free online

Scarboro Missions Interfaith Dept has published a resource containing 21 do-it-yourself meditation activities featuring texts of the Golden Rule from various religions. These contemplative exercsies can be used with individuals or groups. Here is the link:

Celebrate an Interfaith Ramadan through Stories of Service, Gratitude and Community

​Celebrate an Interfaith Ramadan through Stories of Service, Gratitude and Community

The Parliament of the World's Religions wishes Muslim siblings around the globe a blessed time of worship, reflection, and community during Ramadan. They are running a series of blog posts throughout Ramadan so that Muslim and non-Muslim leaders can share reflections about how they are building solidarity along lines of division and connecting with the values of Ramadan.

Ramadan offers a time for Muslims to reflect on what the values of gratitude, service, and community mean to them. It is also a time of intentional, heightened solidarity between Muslims and their neighbors across the spectrum of faith, philosophical, and ethical traditions. Muslim and non-Muslim communities alike are increasingly partnering together and utilising Ramadan as an important touchstone for interfaith engagement through iftars, community events, and other outreach activities.

The blog can be found here.

Toronto, Canada Named Host of the 7th Parliament of the World's Religions in November 2018

​Toronto, Canada Named Host of the 7th Parliament of the World's Religions in November 2018

Toronto - acclaimed the most diverse city in the world and home to six million Canadians - has been chosen as the host city of the 7th Parliament of the World’s Religions, to be convened from 1 to 7 November 2018.

More than 10,000 people will participate in the 2018 Parliament, which will last for seven days and comprise more than 500 programs, workshops, and dialogues, alongside music, dance, art and photography exhibitions, and related events presented by the world’s religious communities and cultural institutions.

Since the historic 1893 World’s Parliament of Religions in Chicago, modern Parliaments have attracted participants from more than 200 diverse religious, indigenous, and secular beliefs and more than 80 nations to its international gatherings in Chicago (1993), Cape Town (1999), Barcelona (2004), Melbourne (2009), and Salt Lake City (2015). These Parliament events are the world’s oldest, largest, and most inclusive gatherings of the global interfaith movement. Professor Mark Toulouse, Co-Chair of the host committee, believes that “the selection of Toronto was a perfect match for the Parliament.”

More information is available here

2018 National Interfaith Forum to be held in Christchurch from 23 to 25 March

2018 National Interfaith Forum to be held in Christchurch from 23 to 25 March

The Canterbury Interfaith Society is pleased to announced the date of the 2018 National Interfaith Forum.

Finding a free weekend proves quite difficult, and trying to take into consideration the request to have it during a warmer time of the year and not to have it at the end of Feb., which is difficult for some, we have decided upon this date. It is however, Palm Sunday on the 25th and we will make allowances for this and may even make it an optional part of the forum for attendees to take part in this Christian service.

More information to follow