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Interfaith Org NZ welcomes you in the spirit of understanding and cooperation between all of the faiths in Aotearoa New Zealand.

The website was started in the 1990s to support the sharing of news and events of interfaith groups throughout the country. In addition it has links to many other interfaith sites and resources, a multifaith calendar and a picture gallery of interfaith activities.

For more information about this site or to submit news and events, please contact Paddy Payne: info@interfaith.org.nz or +64 21 505 215.

 

  
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Generation 20/20: Agents for Change - Palmerston North Interfaith Group

Generation 20/20: Agents for Change - Palmerston North Interfaith Group

In August 2020 the Palmerston North Interfaith Group hosted 2 interfaith forums @ Café Royale, Square Edge where Palmerston North’s young leaders talked about changing the world they will inherit - on 4 August on Global Climate Change and on 11 August on Racism. The young leaders were from the Baha'i, Christian, Muslim and Sikh communities. This publication records the words of these rangatahi. 

Global Climate Change - 4 August 2020
For my Islands, I Raise My Voice – Grace Fakahau
Tongan; organiser of Student Strike for Climate Change; Student at Amanaki Stem Academy and Palmerston North Girls’ High School; Palmerston North Youth Council Chairperson.
Having Faith Does Make a Difference – Klem McJarrow-Keller
From St. Peter’s College and the Catholic community
Climate Change: What We Can Learn from Science and Islam – Agha Wajeeh
From Palmerston North Boys’ High and the Muslim community
Climate Change Action: Connecting with Young People – Jaspreet Singh
Researcher at AgResearch, a Crown Research Institute; born into the Sikh faith; founding member of Palmerston North Interfaith Group; member of Green S Welfare Force; active environmentalist, interested in history of places and migration
Climate Change: Our greatest moral challenge? – Kevin Tate- In Memoriam
Distinguished Climate Scientist, the late Dr Kevin Tate, speaking at the People’s Climate March in The Square, Palmerston North on 28 November 2015. The march was organised by Youth Action Group Manawatu as part of a nationwide demonstration of concern ahead of the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris

Racism - 11 August 2020
My name is Jasmine – I am a Māori – Jasmine Pai
Māori Bahá’í and Graphic Designer who stands with her people of Tainui and Te Arawa.
Moving Forward without Dropping the Ball – Elza Gibu Joseph
Service freelancer; trained Indian classical dancer; has given free lessons for events (last year taught 35 students and coordinated 2 programmes); Media coordinator for a number of events; Leader/organiser of ‘Focus Youth Group’; Teaches Bible Studies for the kids at St. Mary’s Catholic Church; student at St. Peter’s College.
The Role of Youth in Creating Constructive Change to Combat Racism – Tessa Ma’auga.
Art student and member of the Bahá’í community involved in the Junior Youth Spiritual Empowerment Programme
Islam’s Answer to Racism – Agha Wajeeh
From Palmerston North Boys’ High and the Muslim community

The publication also includes The Story of Interfaith Dialogue in Palmerston North by Mary Eastham.   
Report reveals teaching religion in our schools reduces extremism

Report reveals teaching religion in our schools reduces extremism

Religious Education in schools can strengthen multi-culturalism and reduce extremism in our wider communities, according to a new report.

The report found schools offering Special Religious Education (SRE), Religious Instruction (RI) and General Religious Education (GRE) were ideal settings "for children to develop an understanding of peace and tolerance.” The goal of teaching students how to live harmoniously with others in a contemporary and diverse society is a pillar of modern education, said the report. "Multicultural education is a key instrument in achieving social cohesion.” 

The report was written by world-renowned academics Professor Zehavit Gross (the UNESCO/Burg Chair in Education in Human Values, Tolerance and Peace at Bar-Ilan University, Israel) and Professor Emerita Suzanne Rutland, of the University of Sydney. 
The report highlighted the recent mass shootings in New Zealand, suicide bombings in Sri Lanka and the San Diego synagogue shooting as potential topics of discussion among students. For example, religious education teachers could discuss the fear and concern which affected Muslim, Christian and Jewish students in Australia, the report found. Removing in-faith education from government schools detracts from the government's multicultural aims by denying students a crucial avenue to explore their own religious identity and heritage. The report found SRE and GRE played a key role in dismantling stereotypes and strengthening social cohesion. Professor Gross said the belief that religion is irrelevant in a postmodern world is a myth. "Religion continues to play a major role in our public life and acknowledges the legitimate spiritual needs of each individual." Professor Rutland said religious belief and spirituality provide students with an anchor for their individual identities and contribute meaning to their lives. A strong grounding in one's individual identity, combined with knowledge of other religions, helps to combat extremism by teaching respect for diversity. Christian SRE CEO Murray Norman said it was vital students were provided with a safe place to explore their religious identities.

August 22, 2019 by J-Wire Newsdesk

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Week of Prayer for World Peace - NationalNational15/10/2023 12:00 a.m.22/10/2023 11:59 p.m.
The Week of Prayer for World Peace is an opportunity for people of all faiths to pray in their own gatherings or with people of other faiths for world peace. The Week is observed each year starting on the 2nd Sunday in October. A leaflet has been produced with prayers, readings and affirmations from many faiths to use each day. The theme of the leaflet is developed for worldwide distribution by the Week of Prayer for World Peace multi-faith committee based in Great Britain. Religious communities throughout New Zealand are encouraged to celebrate the week both in their observances and together with people of different faiths. For more information contact weekofprayer@outlook.com
Week of Prayer for World Peace - NationalNational13/10/2024 12:00 a.m.20/10/2024 11:59 p.m.
The Week of Prayer for World Peace is an opportunity for people of all faiths to pray in their own gatherings or with people of other faiths for world peace. The Week is observed each year starting on the 2nd Sunday in October. A leaflet has been produced with prayers, readings and affirmations from many faiths to use each day. The theme of the leaflet is developed for worldwide distribution by the Week of Prayer for World Peace multi-faith committee based in Great Britain. Religious communities throughout New Zealand are encouraged to celebrate the week both in their observances and together with people of different faiths. For more information contact weekofprayer@outlook.com
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Aotearoa New Zealand Interfaith NetworkThe Aotearoa New Zealand Interfaith Network is part of the New Zealand Diversity Action Programme and is a mailing list that brings together faith communities, interfaith groups, government agencies, academics and individuals interested in interfaith ...
Auckland Interfaith CouncilAuckland Inter-Faith Council (AIFC) was formed to provide a platform for inter-religious dialogue and networking, and to create a model showing cooperation among religions.
BBC Religion & EthicsThe BBC's site on religion and ethics with information areas on Atheism, Bahá'í, Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Jainism, Judaism, Mormonism, Paganism, Rastafari, Shinto, Sikhism, Taoism, Unitarianism, Zoroastrianism
BBC Religion & Ethics programmesThe BBC in the UK have many radio and television programmes which can be viewed online
BeliefNetWe are a multi-faith e-community designed to help you meet your own religious and spiritual needs -- in an interesting, captivating and engaging way ...
Canterbury Interfaith Society We are a voluntary non-profit association of people representing diverse religious communities in Christchurch and the wider Cantebury area.
Center for Interreligious UnderstandingThrough educational programs and policy leadership, the CIU brings people of all faiths together to learn about our history, our shared values and why we must live and work together toward a society of justice and peace ...
Centre for Faith and the MediaThe Centre for Faith and the Media is an independent, non-profit organization to inform, advise and help media and the general public achieve a stronger understanding of spiritual history, practices and values in Canadian society.
Council of Christians and JewsThe Council of Christians and Jews 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.
Dunedin Abrahamic Interfaith GroupOur group was formed here in Dunedin in the aftermath of the events of September 11th 2001 out of spontaneous expressions of solidarity and goodwill between leaders of our three faiths, the police and the Dunedin City Council.
Interfaith Council of Nelson-Tasman (IFCNT)The Interfaith Council of Nelson-Tasman was formed to provide a platform for inter-religious dialogue and networking, and to create a model, to be inclusive of all, to open the door to their hearts, showing cooperation among religions and humanity.
Interfaith Encounter AssociationThe Interfaith Encounter Association is dedicated to promoting peace in the Middle East through interfaith dialogue and cross-cultural study ...
Interfaith Youth CoreOur interfaith leaders are building a movement of young people from all faiths and traditions who are working together to change the world
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International Association for Religious FreedomThe International Association for Religious Freedom is a registered charity based in the United Kingdom which has the aim of working for freedom of religion and belief at a global level ...
International Council of Christians and JewsThe ICCJ serves as the umbrella organisation of 38 national Jewish-Christian dialogue organisations world-wide.
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Multifaith Action SocietyFounded in 1972, the Multifaith Action Society (MAS) is a Canadian registered charity dedicated to the facilitation of interfaith education and dialogue. For over forty years, MAS has worked to build bridges between groups in British Columbia.
PBS Religion and EthicsSince its debut in 1997, RELIGION & ETHICS NEWSWEEKLY has set itself apart from the mainstream media by providing distinctive, cutting-edge news coverage and analysis of national and international events in the ever-changing religious world.
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 Interfaith Groups in NZ

Religious Diversity Centre
University of Otago House
385 Queen Street
P.O. Box 5543
Auckland 1141
New Zealand
email: info@rdc.org.nz
web: www.rdc.org.nz
facebook: www.facebook.com/ReligiousDiversityCentre
twitter: twitter.com/RDCANZ
 

Auckland Interfaith Council
Pres: Mrs Ruth Cleaver, mcleaver@xtra.co.nz
General Enquiries: nzaifc@gmail.com
Facebook: Auckland Interfaith Council 
Website: www.aucklandinterfaithcouncil.org.nz 

Waikato Interfaith Council
Sec: Dr Todd Nachowitz, wifconz@gmail.com 
www.waikato-interfaith.org
Facebook: www.facebook.com/WIFCO
Twitter: twitter.com/WIFCONZ
PO Box 11048, Hillcrest, Hamilton 3251

Tauranga Moana Interfaith Council
Rev John Hebenton TSSF, John.HebentonTSSF@gmail.com, 021-679-202 
Shona Woodhead, 027 699 8562
email: tmifc2014@gmail.com
Facebook: Tauranga Moana Interfaith Council   

Hawke's Bay Interfaith Council
Pres: Dorothy Brooker
, dorothy.brooker@gmail.com
Sec: Angela McKee, a.mckee13@outlook.com

Palmerston North Interfaith Council
Mary Eastham, maeastham23@gmail.com 

Wellington Inter-Faith Council
Chair: Manjit Grewal, msgrewal2000@yahoo.com
Deputy: Mere Fiore,
tioremere12@gmail.com
Sec: Mustenser Qamar, imam@ahmadiyya.nz
Treas: Kumar Kumareswaran, kumarkumareswaran@gmail.com
Enquiries to: wtginterfaithcouncil@gmail.com or secretary@wifc.nz 

Interfaith Council of Nelson-Tasman
Chair: Hanuman Dasa
Vice Chair: Sheldon Ramer
Treas: Ruth Halsey
Sec: Catriena Wilkinson secretary@ifcnelsontasman.org.nz
www.ifcnelsontasman.org.nz

Canterbury Interfaith Society
Pres: Dr Hafsa Ahmed
Sec: secretary@canterburyinterfaith.org.nz
www.canterburyinterfaith.org.nz 
facebook.com/canterburyinterfaith

Dunedin Interfaith Council
Chair: Diane Bellamy, diane@positivesouth.co.nz
Vice-Chair: Geoff Mitchell
Sec: Max Gillies  dunedininterfaith@gmail.com

Dunedin Abrahamic Interfaith Group
Chair: Dr Haizal Hussaini, haizal.mh@otago.ac.nz 
Sec: Ken Baker, kennethdbaker@gmail.com 
www.dunedininterfaith.net.nz
facebook.com/www.dunedininterfaith.net.nz

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Buddhism - Sanghamitta Day celebrates the anniversary of the arrival of Sanghamitta, daughter of King Asoka, who started the Order of Nuns in Sri Lanka and brought a branch of the Bodhi Tree (which still survives in the ancient capital of Anuradhapura). It occurs on the Full Moon day of December.
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Bahá'í Faith - Masá'il (Questions), the 15th month of the Bahá'í year.
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Judaism - Hannukah, the Festival of Lights (and the Feast of Dedication), commemorates the victory of Judah the Maccabee and religious freedom, and the rededication of the Temple in 165 BCE. It also celebrates the power of God and the faithfulness of Israel. Hannukah begins at sundown the previous day. Suspension of work is not required.
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International Decade for People of African Descent, 2015-24 (UN)
International Decade for the Rapprochment of Cultures, 2013-22 (UN)
International Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development, 2021-30 (UN)
International Year of Artisanal Fisheries and Aquaculture (UN)
Nelson Mandela Decade of Peace, 2019-2028 (UN)
Third Industrial Development Decade for Africa, 2016-2026 (UN)
United Nations Decade of Action on Nutrition, 2016-25 (UN)
United Nations Decade of Family Farming, 2020-2028 (UN)
United Nations Decade of Sustainable Energy for All, 2014-2024 (UN)
United Nations Decade on Ecosystem Restoration, 2021-30 (UN)