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.
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: http://www.scarboromissions.ca/golden-rule/golden-rule-meditation-exercises
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
The blog can be found here.
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
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.
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