The Religious Diversity Centre announces a special lecture this Monday: 'Religious Fundamentalism and Extremism' by Professor Douglas Pratt of the University of Waikato.
Date: Monday 26 June 2017
Venue: University of Otago House at 385 Queen Street, Auckland, ground floor.
Time: 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
$10. Koha (cheques payable to Religious Diversity Centre Trust)
Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org
if you will be attending.
Free parking is available downstairs in the numbered parks but only
numbers 9 to 30 and also the Wilsons carparks (free in the evening).
Then walk outside to the main doorway on Queen Street and ring the bell.
the AGM, there will be breakout group discussions about the work of
AIFC to further interfaith understanding in the greater Auckland region.
VENUE: 24 St Stephens Avenue, Parnell (parking available in adjacent vacant lot and on the road). TIME: 7:30 pm – 8:00 pm AGM* 8:00 – coffee, tea and light refreshments served 8:15 – 9:00 Breakout group discussions All are welcome and there is no charge to attend the meeting. Reminder: Annual Membership subscription of $20.
per person is due for renewal (payable by cash, cheque, or Direct
Credit to ASB 12-3051-0391340-00, Reference your surname and first
initial.)* Includes : Annual Reports from the President and the Treasurer; Election of the Executive; General Business.Notes re Election of the Committee:
The term of office is for one year, with out-going Committee members
able to run for re-election. To request a Nomination Form and Guidelines
for Nominees please email (email@example.com). Nomination forms must be completed and received by the Acting Secretary (firstname.lastname@example.org) before the 22nd of July 2017 to be considered. We are also looking for someone who can take on the role of Secretary.
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.
Religious Diversity Centre is pleased to announce its continuing
series of classes entitled “Discovering Religious Diversity” in Auckland (Monday evenings)
and in Hamilton (Thursday evenings) during each of the four school terms
throughout the year. Each Term in 2017 has a different focus and covers
different material. Terms 1 and 2 focus on Selected Topics in the
Contemporary Practice of each of the major world religions, with each
class focused on how each religion approaches the particular topic of the
evening. Term 2 topics include: Food & Ritual, Birth and Coming
of Age Ceremonies, Marriage, Sacred Journeys and Pilgrimage, Asceticism and
Renunciation, Esoteric Traditions, Religious Fundamentalism and
Extremism, and Death and Dying. Terms 3 and 4 will focus on the
history and development of the world’s main faith traditions, with Term 3
focusing on the Eastern religious traditions and Term 4 on the Western
religions. Any Term can be taken independently of the others, and
there are no prerequisites for any of the Term courses. Auckland classes
are offered at the Religious Diversity Centre, 385 Queen Street (parking
available) and begin on Monday 8 May 2017 and run through
Monday 26 June. Hamilton classes begin Thursday 11 May and run
through Thursday 29 June 2017 and are held by Fraser High School’s Adult and
Community Education programme. Details on both classes,
including registration information, can be found at the RDC’s web site
classes are led by Dr. Todd Nachowitz, Religious Studies lecturer at the
University of Waikato, and the Centre Establishment Coordinator of the
Religious Diversity Centre.
On 6-8 July 2017 the George Sainsbury Foundation together with the
Programme in Theological and Religious Studies at the University of
Auckland are the conference Spirit Possession: Global and Multidisciplinary Perspectives.
The conference brings together thirteen international and New Zealand
speakers who will address the subject of spirit possession from a range
of disciplinary perspectives including psychiatry, linguistics,
anthropology, philosophy and law.
The conference is also open to participants from interested public
bodies such as government and public agencies and religious communities
who find themselves dealing with claims of spirit possession in our
increasingly plural society.
Registration is free for up to 60 participants.
More information is available here and a poster 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