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:
firstname.lastname@example.org or 021-505-215.
Participants at the 2016 National Interfaith Forum in Auckland
Rev Victor Kazanjian’s entire keynote speech from Saturday
27 Febuary 2016 at the National Interfaith Forum in Auckland, plus Q&A, is now available on Youtube.
Also, over 60 pictures of the Forum are available here.
Congratulations to Dr Pushpa Wood, co-founder and life member of the Wellington Inter-faith Council and Chair of the New Zealand Chapter of the World Council of Religion and Peace, who was appointed an Officer of the New Zealand
Order of Merit on the Queen’s Birthday Honours List announced by the
government on 6 June 6 2016. Here is a quote from Pushpa reported on Indian Newslink: "It is an honour and a privilege to receive this Award. Although my name
is on the list, the honour truly belongs to the whole community and
people who have supported me throughout my life. I am grateful to my
parents who gave me opportunities to dream big, my husband Jack and my
daughter Gayatri for their encouragement and support. I regard myself
very lucky to be awarded for doing something that is very dear to my
heart. This Award recognises the positive contribution that ethnic
people are making in almost every field."
Waikato Interfiath Council have published their autumn newsletter which
is packed full of interesting news about events and activities
happening around the country (not just in the Waikato) and an excellent article on the launch of the Religious Diverstiy Centre at Parliament in Wellington. Click here to read the autumn newsletter.
New Zealand provided a model of religious tolerance for the rest of
the world, Helen Clark, the former Prime Minister and head of the United
Nations Development Programme, said at the launch of the Religious Diversity Centre at Parlimament on 31 May.
"Our world badly
needs such models. On so many days now when I see the news headlines I
often think how fortunate we are," she said in Wellington.
see societies ripped apart by violent extremists with the extremists
claiming so often to act in the name of the faith and yet prepared to
violate every single principle of those faiths."
Ms Clark was opening the new Religious Diversity Centre, for which she has agreed to be patron.
world badly needs voices of reason and tolerance and those who will
work to build dialogue and respect across faiths and beliefs. I do
believe that New Zealand can show the way."
More information on the Religious Diversity Centre is available here.
Coverage of the launch included articles in the NZ Herald, Anglican Taonga and the LDS Newsroom.
Over 130 people from all over the
country enjoyed an inspiring weekend in Auckland, meeting old friends
and making new ones. The keynote speaker, Rev Victor Kazanjian from
United Religions Initiative based in San Francisco, brought fresh insights from his global interfaith work.
Susan Devoy, Prof. Edwina Pio, and Dr Anwar Ghani were among the other
speakers, each bringing something interesting and important to the
table. Reports about interfaith initiatives showed that more and more
councils and groups are forming nationwide, to help meet the needs as
NZ becomes ever more religiously diverse. The event opened Friday
night with a vegetarian banquet at the historic Selwyn Library, courtesy
of the Anglican Church. Bishop Ross Bay and Bishop Kito Pikaahu were
both on hand to offer greetings, and soul-soothing music was provided by
Monk Party, a father-son duo of sacred music from the Sri Chinmoy
faith. All food was generously prepared and served by the Sikh community
from the Gurdwara Dashmesh Darbar in Papatoetoe, and it was delicious. Saturday
was a full day of talks and group meetings at the Quality Hotel in
Parnell. A planned prayer walk to the Trinity Cathedral had to be
cancelled due to bad weather and schedule over-run; otherwise everything
went smoothly. From their evaluations, it is clear that participants
really enjoyed both the content of material presented as well as the
opportunities for networking and developing relationships. On Sunday
we were hosted by The Community of St Luke, and participated in an
interfaith worship service with readings done by Forum participants.
Following a morning tea provided by the host community, we had a wrap up
session and lunch.Photos of the Forum can be found on the Auckland Interfaith Council facebook page here. The next national-level forum will be in 2018, hosted by Christchurch.
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,
email@example.comVice Pres: Jocelyn Armstrong,
firstname.lastname@example.orgFacebook: Auckland Interfaith Council
Waikato Interfaith CouncilSec: Mr Todd Nachowitz,
Tauranga Interfaith CouncilRev John Hebenton TSSF, John.HebentonTSSF@gmail.com, 021-679-202
Facebook: Tauranga Interfaith Council
Palmerston North Interfaith CouncilMary Eastham, email@example.com
Wellington Inter-Faith CouncilPres: Dr Khalid R Sandhu QSO, firstname.lastname@example.org, 021-384-747Vice Pres: Anne HaynesSecs: Vanessa Borg and Simonette FerreiraTreasurer: Dr Pushpa Wood ONZM
Christchurch Interfaith CouncilDianne Downward
Dunedin Interfaith CouncilChair: David StilesSec: David Kitchingman,
Dunedin Abrahamic Interfaith GroupChair: Colin McLeod,
email@example.comSec: Ken Baker,