Interfaith Org NZ welcomes you in the spirit of
understanding and cooperation between all of the faiths in Aotearoa New
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: firstname.lastname@example.org or +64 21 505 215.
The Ministry of Health has extended the consultation period
regarding proposed options to modernise the legislation relating to death,
burial, cremation and funerals in New Zealand. In response to the COVID-19
pandemic, the period for accepting submissions has now been extended until 5.00
p.m. on Saturday 31 October 2020.
We wish to thank those who have already
submitted. Should you wish to provide any additional feedback, you are welcome
to do so. Please provide any additional feedback to this email address,
indicating whether it should be considered in line with an earlier submission.
The consultation document and related survey can
be found here: https://consult.health.govt.nz/environmental-and-border-health/death-funerals-burial-and-cremation/
For more information contact The Burial and Cremation Team, Environmental and Border Health, Public Health, Population Health and Prevention, Ministry of Health email@example.com
The Religious Diversity Centre invites you to participate in a brief survey on religion in New Zealand kura and schools. Your participation is voluntary and anonymous. It will take approximately 5 to 7 minutes. The New Zealand Cabinet has agreed to the Religious Diversity Centre of Aotearoa New Zealand working with the Ministry of Education to start a conversation about the place of religion in New Zealand schools. The survey is part of the fostering of this conversation by seeking the views of New Zealanders on these issues. The findings will be passed on to the Minister of Education as he considers whether, and how to shift the emphasis of religion in schools from religious instruction to religious education/religious studies. http://vuw.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_4T2uCCny0tM57eZ If you have any queries or require further information please contact Professor Paul Morris – firstname.lastname@example.org or email RSNZS@RDC.org.nz
Week of Prayer for World Peace - 11 to 18 October 2020
The Week of Prayer for World Peace will be observed in New Zealand between 11th and 18th October. A leaflet has been produced by the New Zealand organising committee 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 own observances and together with people of different faiths. Leaflets may be ordered by sending a cheque made out to WPWP to: Week of Prayer for World Peace,c/- Paddy Payne, 161 Seatoun Heights Road, Wellington 6022. Or internet banking to WPWP 06-0561-0072821-000. Or email WeekOfPrayer@outlook.com or phone 021-505-215
The cost of the leaflets is: 100 for $42; 50 for $26; 20 for $12.50; 10 for $7.50; 1 for $2.00 (all prices include postage and packing). For other quantities use price for next lower quantity e.g. for 70, use price for 50 (0.52 per unit) = $36.40
Also, thanks to Ricky Waters (Coordinator of the Unitec Multi-Faith Chaplaincy Team) for posting the readings each day to this Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/WPWPNZ2014
EarthDiverse is pleased to announce its Term 3 lineup of language, religious diversity and World Mythology & Storytelling courses beginning the week of Monday 27 July. Our World Mythology course is our newest offering this Term. Term 3 Registration for all of our courses is now available on-line at <www.earthdiverse.org.nz/registration/>.
In addition to our in-person Hamilton classes, all of our classes (except for our Hebrew 201 and Te Awamutu courses) now have distance-learning options that allow students to either attend on-line live-streamed classes or watch the recorded video sessions so that you can learn at your own pace. These options now allow anyone from anywhere in Aotearoa to enrol in our courses.
Language courses on offer this Term are:
Introductory Arabic 101: for beginning students. Starts Monday 27 July Meets Mondays 2:00-3:30pm for 8 weekly sessions. For more information see <www.earthdiverse.org.nz/classes/language/arabic/>.
Introductory Arabic 102: for continuing students. Starts Monday 27 July Meets Mondays 4:00-5:30pm for 8 weekly sessions. For more information see <www.earthdiverse.org.nz/classes/language/arabic/>.
Introductory Hebrew 101: for beginning students. Starts Tuesday 28 July Meets Tuesdays 11:00am-12:30pm for 8 weekly sessions. For more information see <www.earthdiverse.org.nz/classes/language/hebrew/>.
Intermediate Hebrew 201: for continuing students. Starts Wednesday 29 July. Meets Wednesdays 6:00-7:30pm for 8 weekly sessions. "In-person" classroom option only. For more information see <www.earthdiverse.org.nz/classes/language/hebrew/>.
Introductory Hindi 101: for beginning students. Starts Thursday 30 July. Meets Thursdays 4:00-5:30pm for 8 weekly sessions. For more information see <www.earthdiverse.org.nz/classes/language/hindi/>.
Introductory Hindi 103: for continuing students. Starts Friday 31 July. Meets Fridays 6:00-7:30pm for 8 weekly sessions. For more information see <www.earthdiverse.org.nz/classes/language/hindi/>.
Intermediate Hindi 201: for continuing students. Starts Friday 31 July. Meets Fridays 4:00-5:30pm for 8 weekly sessions. For more information see <www.earthdiverse.org.nz/classes/language/hindi/>.
Introductory Urdu 103: for continuing students. Starts Tuesday 28 July. Meets Tuesdays 4:00-5:30pm for 8 weekly sessions. For more information see <www.earthdiverse.org.nz/classes/language/urdu/>.
Religious Diversity courses on offer this Term are:
RD102: Discovering Religious Diversity series: "An Introduction to Hinduism". Starts Wednesday 5 August in Te Awamutu.
A brief look at the history & development of Hinduism, with includes an introduction to the Indus Valley Civilisation, and a look at contemporary beliefs and practices. Meets biweekly in Te Awamutu on Wednesdays from 6:30-9:00pm for 4 sessions per term. Class meets on 5 Aug, 19 Aug, 2 Sep, 16 Sep. "In-person" classroom option only. For more information see <www.earthdiverse.org.nz/classes/religious-diversity/discovering/>.
RD203: Contemporary Issues series: "Religious Fundamentalism, Extremism & Terrorism, Part 3". Starts Friday 31 July.
Part 3 of a four-term course. Part 3 examines the history, context and contemporary examples of religious nationalism, fundamentalism and extremism in the Eastern traditions of Hinduism, Buddhism and the Sikh faith. Meets Fridays 11:00am-1:30pm for 8 weekly sessions. The Term 4 session in this series will look at the theme of "Religion & Nonviolence". For more information see <www.earthdiverse.org.nz/classes/religious-diversity/issues/>.
RD303: World Religions series: "Hinduism". Starts Thursday 30 July.
A detailed examination of the history and development of Hinduism, including sessions on the Indus Valley Civilisation, the emergence of Hinduism, Hindu texts (e.g. Vedas, Upanishāds, Ramāyan, Mahābhārat), central Hindu concepts, Hindu denominations and sects, contemporary beliefs and practices, and commemorations & celebrations of the Hindu faith. Meets Thursdays in Hamilton 6:30-9:00pm for 8 weekly sessions. The Term 4 class in this time slot will look at the Buddhist tradition. For more information see <www.earthdiverse.org.nz/classes/religious-diversity/world-religions/>.
World Mythology course on offer this Term is:
WM101: World Mythology series: "Grand Narratives & Mythologies in the Western Tradition". Starts Tuesday 28 July
Description: Have you ever wondered what the grand old narratives and myths of the Odyssey, Exodus or the Arthurian legends are all about but never had the time to study them? This course offers the opportunity to find out more! Some great narratives and mythologies have strongly influenced the self-construction and imagination of the West. These include legendary stories and mythologies of the Bible, ancient Greek and Roman narratives, as well as Celtic, Germanic and Slavic mythologies. Meets Tuesdays in Hamilton 7:00-9:00pm for 8 weekly sessions. For more information on this new course see <www.earthdiverse.org.nz/classes/world-mythology/>.
There are no prerequisites for our Religious Diversity and World Mythology courses, and these can be joined at anytime. We offer a wide variety of courses each term and these are regularly rotated throughout the year.
More information on these and our other courses can be found by visiting our website at: <www.earthdiverse.org.nz/classes/>, then selecting the type of course you're interested in (e.g. Language, Religious Diversity or World Mythology options). New courses are added each Term.
In coming Terms we plan to offer additional courses on New Zealand & Māori History as well as Aotearoan Environment, Natural History and Biodiversity courses. Stay tuned!
Term 3 Registration and payment information for all EarthDiverse courses can be found at: <www.earthdiverse.org.nz/registration/>.
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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
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
August 22, 2019 by J-Wire Newsdesk
many of you know, the 2018 New Zealand Census statistics were released earlier
this week on Monday 23 September. The released figures however, are always just
raw numbers of census respondents. In order to make some sense of these figures
I have compiled and published the attached chart, which should make it easier
for those of us interested in the religious demography of New Zealand to make
sense of the raw data. This includes portraying some of the intercensal growth
in the various categories.
hope that you will find this information useful.
remember that it is a first draft and I would warmly welcome comments and
suggestions for improvement. I am also preparing a written article to accompany
the Table, which will include additional analysis and summarise long term
trends. For the moment, in the interest of getting these figures circulated I
am just providing the basic information.
are interesting trends to note, such as the phenomenal increase in our Jain and
Sikh populations, along with a tremendous increase in those responding with 'No
Religion’ and ‘Object to Answering’. Both Hinduism and Islam also continue on
strong growth trajectories.
decline in those adhering to the numerous Christian denominations has slowed
down a bit in the recent Intercensal period (although adherence to Christianity
now only makes up for 37% of those stating a religious affiliation, compared
with 48% in the 2018 Census stats). Since the 2013 Census, New Zealand is no
longer a Christian-majority country, although it maintains its status as the
religion with the most adherents in New Zealand. Secularity is still in the
majority (48.2%). Buddhism has also has lost more than 9% of its 2013
surprising however, is the significant decrease of those stating adherence to
Judaism, which has lost 23% of its population over the course of the most
recent intercensal period (after remaining flat for the previous intercensal
period). This may be due to increasing antisemitism and a Jewish population
that may be increasingly unlikely to identify as such. This decline is indeed
newsworthy and I’ll be working on a statement in the coming days.
more work and analysis needs to be done on these statistics and figures, so
I’ll keep you posted as the research progresses.
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