The NZ Interfaith Group welcomes you in the spirit
of understanding and cooperation between all of the faiths in
Aotearoa New Zealand.
The NZ Interfaith Group is an affiliation of a variety of interfaith groups that have been active in different
parts of New Zealand over the past 20 years. Members of many faiths
are represented in these various groups that operate independently but often gather for national forums.
For more information
about this site, please contact Paddy Payne:
email@example.com or 021-505-215.
Participants at the 2016 National Interfaith Forum in Auckland
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 in 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.
Exploring the diverse religious traditions contributing to New Zealand society - a programme organised by the Religious Diversity Centre. Each Term will consist of 8 weekly classes.The classes will be taught by Dr Todd Nachowitz.
Term 1 Selected Topics in World Religions: Week 1: Foundations and Founder Figures; Week 2: Sacred Texts; Week 3: Image and Iconography; Week 4: Prayer and Worship; Week 5: Sacred Time; Week 6: Sacred Music; Week 7: Sacred Spaces; and Week 8: Sacred Journeys and Pilgrimage. Term 2 Selected Topics in World Religions Term 3 Eastern Religious Traditions Term 4 Western Religious Traditions
CLASS DATES AND TIMES FOR TERM 1: Mondays 7:00-9:00pm. (13 February to 3 April 2017) Religious Diversity Centre, the University of Otago House, 385 Queen Street, Auckland.
Parking is available in the Wilson Car Park underneath the building.
COST & REGISTRATION INFORMATION: Waged: $95 per term. Unwaged/Students/Seniors: $65 per term To register contact:
Please bring a cheque made out to the "Religious Diversity Centre Trust" to the first night of class.
Missions, a Roman Catholic Mission Society based in Toronto,
Canada, has some interesting and useful interfaith resources collected
from around the world, including these ones focussed on youth.
Interfaith curricula for schools, youth groups and congregations These many curricula provide young people in schools,
youth groups and congregations with the experiences, skills and resources to
live in a diverse world, to broaden their own identities, and to break through
walls that divide them from people of other religious, cultural, and economic
Golden Rule educational resources for youth This comprehensive listing of resources features
school & youth group curricula, interactive resources, meditation
exercises, videos, multilingual posters, art activities, do-it-yourself
workshops, slide programs, discussion questions, Golden Rule websites, books,
toolkits and best practices.
Week was commemorated by many people throughout New Zealand. This photo
was shared by the friends gathered at the Catholic Center in
Wellington. Photo by Martin deJong; wall hanging
from L'Arche communities, Kolkata
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
Welcome to the Wellington Council of Christians and Jews. Our council brings together Christian and Jewish Communities in a common effort to overcome the evils of prejudice, intolerance and discrimination between people of different of religions and ethnicity. We are affiliated to the New Zealand Council of Christians and Jews, and the International Council of Christians and Jews http://www.iccj.org/.
Here on our web site, you can find out more about the council, join the CCJ, download publications, listen to recordings of our past public meetings, or contact us.
Auckland Inter-faith CouncilPres: Mrs Ruth Cleaver,
firstname.lastname@example.orgVice Pres: Jocelyn Armstrong,
email@example.comSec: Fiona Brennan, firstname.lastname@example.orgGeneral Enquiries: email@example.comFacebook: Auckland Interfaith Council
Waikato Interfaith CouncilSec: Mr Todd Nachowitz,
www.waikato-interfaith.orgFacebook: www.facebook.com/WIFCOTwitter: twitter.com/WIFCONZ
Tauranga Interfaith CouncilRev John Hebenton TSSF, John.HebentonTSSF@gmail.com, 021-679-202
Facebook: Tauranga Interfaith Council
Palmerston North Interfaith CouncilMary Eastham, firstname.lastname@example.org
Wellington Inter-Faith CouncilPres: Dr Khalid R Sandhu QSO, email@example.com, 021-384-747Vice Pres: Anne HaynesSecs: Vanessa Borg and Simonette FerreiraTreasurer: Dr Pushpa Wood ONZM
Christchurch Interfaith CouncilDianne Downward
Dunedin Interfaith CouncilChair: Geoff MitchellSec: Ruth Groffman
Dunedin Abrahamic Interfaith GroupChair: Dr Haizal Hussaini,
firstname.lastname@example.org Sec: Ken Baker, email@example.com www.dunedininterfaith.net.nzfacebook.com/www.dunedininterfaith.net.nz
of Otago House385 Queen StreetP.O. Box 5543Auckland 1141New Zealandemail: firstname.lastname@example.org: www.rdc.org.nzfacebook: www.facebook.com/ReligiousDiversityCentretwitter: twitter.com/RDCANZ