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
Over 100 people celebrated the United Nations Interfaith World Harmony Week in the Queen's Gardens in Nelson on Sunday 4 February, organised by the Interfaith Council of Nelson-Tasman. It was also the perfect opportunity to honour Dr Margaret Belton. She is a highly respected retired medical doctor with a long history of service to the Nelson community. Margaret is a long serving member of the National Council of Women representing the Baha’i Faith. She has organised numerous World Peace Days, World Religions Days, International Woman's Days, Race Unity Days (She was one of the founding member of the Multicultural Council in 1991.) and other United Nations Days, seminars and events. She is the author of a book entitled 'Millennium Stardust- Making Peace Inevitable' and very much loved by her community and all of those she has supported for many years. HarmonyGardenParty ToPayTribute.pdf
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
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.
Auckland Interfaith CouncilPres: Mrs Ruth Cleaver,
email@example.comVice Pres: Jocelyn Armstrong,
firstname.lastname@example.orgGeneral Enquiries: email@example.comFacebook: Auckland Interfaith Council Website: www.aucklandinterfaithcouncil.org.nz
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 SocietyDianne 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