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.
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Participants at the 2016 National Interfaith Forum in Auckland
The Religious Diversity Centre organised a meeting of national religious leaders from a range of different faiths, in Auckland on 15 November. Archbishops and other leaders from various Christian denominations, as well as representatives from Hindu, Sikh, Muslim, Baha’i, Buddhist, Jewish, Latter Day Saints and the Ratana Church communities were present.
The group confirmed their commitment to respecting religious diversity in New Zealand, ensuring that people of all faiths can live in harmony. In addition, the leaders shared the following concerns which need urgent action:- The growing levels inequality and poverty in New Zealand, which can only be solved through addressing structural issues.- The need for increased levels of training for teachers to feel confident in bringing religious diversity education into classrooms. By improving understanding of each other’s commonalities and differences, we will be able to increase religious harmony in New Zealand.- The importance of recognising the climate crisis as an urgent issue for human beings which impacts the well-being of everyone on the planet.
The leaders are already working within their own faith communities to implement solutions to these issues, but call for wider collective action and advocacy. Lasting solutions require action from central and local government as well as from civil society.
The Religious Leaders committed to working together to provide leadership at a time of global turmoil, and look forward to meeting regularly to achieve these and other aims.
RESOLUTION FOR MANUS ISLAND ASYLUM SEEKERS
Religious leaders from a wide range of faiths, at a national meeting in Auckland on 15 November called for a humane resolution to the situation in Manus Island and Nauru.
Asylum seekers must be treated with dignity and given a chance to live in safety and freedom. The leaders support the offer of relocating 150 refugees to New Zealand and are willing to help with resettlement efforts as needed.
Irrespective of any political and religious differences, we are facing a humanitarian crisis in the Pacific region, and we need to come together to resolve this issue.
CONTACTS:Jocelyn Armstrong, Chairperson, Religious Diversity Centre Trust, Phone 09 521 4367 027 521 4367The Rev Prince Devanandan, President, The Methodist Church of New Zealand, Phone 021 168 6279
Tree planting ceremony officiated by Tasman Mayor Kempthorne and Rev Archdeacon Andy Joseph, attended by NZ South Mission officials, and supporters from other faiths and religions and individuals.
This time last year Pope Francis sent a letter to the 30th Prayer Meeting on Mount Hiei in Kyoto, Japan, inviting all religions to "pray and work together for peace." And last week in Nelson that's exactly what took place. The Interfaith Council of Nelson-Tasman (IFC) worked collaboratively with many different religions to bring about 'A Week of Prayer for World Peace.'
The week began on Sunday 15th with the opening service led by the Baha'i Faith at the Queens Gardens, and ended with the Bicentenary of the birth of Baha'u'llah on Sunday 22nd. It was attended by members of other faiths who paid witness to the incredible commitment that the Bahá'í faith have towards their ruling principles of justice, harmony and equality. Ruth Halsey reflected that "Bahá'ís do not view these principles as mere statements of vague aspiration—they are understood as matters of immediate and practical concern for individuals, communities, and institutions alike." Inspiring messages such as these set the tone for the week.
By Thursday, Lisa Suthers (Nichiren Buddhist) - Secretary of the Interfaith Council stated that "when her group hosted their meeting, she was deeply touched by the level of support and warmth flowing from those of other faiths." She went onto say "that standing in support of each other's practice or worship immediately breaks down barriers, unites people and nurtures respect for the sincere goodwill that each religion engenders."
On Friday, The Methodist Minister, David Poultney from St John's in the City compiled a service for 'Peace' which included stories, prayers, poems and scriptures from different faiths and cultures around the world. Lovey Gieger, Mormon Church stated "how uplifting it was to share such words of hope, uniting us all in our spiritual endeavour towards peace, love and compassion for all."
The prayers continued into Saturday, where Dean Mike Hawke led an Interfaith service at Nelson Cathedral along with Archdeacon Andy Joseph from the Anglican Maori Mission Diocese. Much singing was shared by all and enhanced greatly by the girls of Nelson College's kapa haka group - Te Waiaro o Pikimai.
The culmination of a week of prayer ended last Sunday in a joyous ceremony of members from many different participating faiths. The celebration included the planting of a Kowhai tree to be known as 'The Tree of Peace,' planted by Tasman Mayor Richard Kempthorne on the playground garden adjacent to the Richmond Town Hall. Mayor Richard said that he "appreciated the formation of the Interfaith Council for our region where people from various faiths come together showing mutual support and respect and tolerance to help build a healthy and vibrant community."
A Prayer Tree was also created by IFC member Ruth Halsey so that people could write prayers or inspirational verse to hang on the tree. A 'graffiti cloth' supplied by a visiting American Baha'i Claudia Gold encouraged attendees to write their thoughts and reflections of the day so that she may unite the Interfaith Council of Nelson-Tasman with the Interfaith Council of the USA.
"It was an auspicious occasion" stated the Chairperson of the Interfaith Council, Soheil Ighani "I saw the flowers of the garden of humanity take place in the spirit of dialogue, from the openness of its participants and the friendships made that day. By gatherings like this, these flowers have begun to open new paths for peace in our human family."
The Interfaith Council will continue to promote unity, tolerance and respect amongst the diverse faiths of our district. Each month we intend to hold a prayer and reflection meeting hosted by different spiritual groups so that we may support them and learn more about their values and practice. Please contact The Interfaith Council secretary - Lisa Suthers at email@example.com or ring 021 188 7886 to discuss hosting or participating in some way.
The next IFC meeting is on 10th November at St John's in the City (Selwyn Place, Nelson.) It will be a combined Christian/Buddhist event, reflecting on the 'The Book of Joy,' written by the Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu.
Next year's Interfaith Forum, which was to be hosted by the Christchurch Interfaith Society in March 2018, has been cancelled. Due to unforeseen changes in their personnel, the Society is no longer able to host an event of this scale, and apologise for any inconvenience caused.We will keep you posted if any other city offers to host a Forum next year.
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.
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.
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Waikato Interfaith CouncilSec: Mr Todd Nachowitz,
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Tauranga Interfaith CouncilRev John Hebenton TSSF, John.HebentonTSSF@gmail.com, 021-679-202
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Palmerston North Interfaith CouncilMary Eastham, email@example.com
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Christchurch Interfaith SocietyDianne Downward
Dunedin Interfaith CouncilChair: Geoff MitchellSec: Ruth Groffman
Dunedin Abrahamic Interfaith GroupChair: Dr Haizal Hussaini,
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