Gatherings of Christians and Muslims
The Uniting Church Queensland Synod’s Interfaith Relationships Committee’s meetings Muslim friends – and some reflection – questions about interfaith dialogue. Download file
A Uniting Church Congregation relating to people of other faiths
Aspley Uniting Church has had six years of actively relating to people of other faiths. Garth Read tell the story…. Download file
Papers exploring faith issues from inter-faith perspectives.
Promoting Interfaith Relations
The following guidelines for the parishes and agencies of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne are written to assist in the promotion of interfaith relations in general and especially in the preparation of interfaith gatherings. They were officially launched by Archbishop Denis J. Hart, August 21st, 2007. Permission has been given by the Melbourne Archdiocese to place them in our website to share with our readership and to encourage adaptation for our own use. We are grateful for this permission. The Introduction to the Guidelines:
On the occasion of the Centenary of Federation the Victorian Government organised a multifaith celebration in the Exhibition Buildings; and in the aftermath of September 11, 2001, it arranged a multifaith memorial service at the Rod Laver Stadium. In multifaith Australia, such gatherings will occur much more frequently.
Local Government, too, will on occasion wish to initiate a multifaith gathering to mirror the diverse nature of the municipality and to promote its harmony and wellbeing.
Indeed, particular religious groups and local interfaith networks may also choose to arrange such events in their neighbourhood.
It is, therefore, increasingly likely that the parishes and agencies of the Archdiocese will be invited to take part in interfaith gatherings, which, if they are to be truly spiritual, cannot be simply a ‘colourful’ event, an empty ritual. They must be so structured and conducted that participants draw nearer to the Divine Mystery.
Furthermore, these parishes and diocesan agencies are increasingly involved in multi-faith and multi-ethnic situations. These short guidelines will help provide a balanced and fruitful approach.
The Guidelines state the basic Christian position in interfaith dialogue:
Dialogue involves both having something substantial to say and being willing to listen in depth. The participants want to hear the authentic tradition which has been really experienced and is truly lived. Listening and proclaiming are essentially related.
The essential Christian proclamation is found in Colossians:
He is the image of the invisible God,
the first-born of all creation;
for in him all things were created,
in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, …
all things were created through him and for him.
He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.
He is the head of the body, the church;
he is the beginning, the first-born from the dead,
that in everything he might be pre-eminent.
For in him all the fulness of God was pleased to dwell,
and through him to reconcile to himself all things,
whether on earth or in heaven,
making peace by the blood of his cross. (Col 1:15-20)
To read the full document:
http://www.melbourne.catholic.org.au/eic/documents/PromotingInterfaithRelationse-book.pdf for the 1.9 MB full colour version or
http://www.melbourne.catholic.org.au/eic/documents/PromotingInterfaithRelations-August2007.pdf for 270kb plain format version.
From the Uniitng Church in Australia Assembly’s website: Download file
Project Abraham – Christians, Jews and Muslims together in project at Bundall. Download file.
Queensland Synod – first steps toward Interfaith Relationships: Report to the 11th Assembly 2006. Download file.
Uniting Church Assembly’s Reference Group on Relations with Other Faiths 1
The Assembly’s website is at www.nat.uca.org.au Go to the Doctrine Working Group and click on ‘Resources’ to find the Reference Group’s page.
Uniting Church Assembly’s Reference Group on Relations with Other Faiths 2 Revd Ray Richmond describes the work of the Reference Group in a presentation to the December 2005 meeting of the Synod’s Ecumenical Relations Committee. Download file
Through a Glass Darkly A novel by Revd Ron Ramsay based on a true story. This page includes a description of the novel and a download of the first chapter- which will give you a ‘feel’ for the story and Ron’s appoach. The book is self-published and is in the Brisbane City Council libraries. It is freely available on Ron’s website at www.ramsaybook.com
Jesus, the Religions and the Truth Revd Dr Geoff Thompson explores fundamental questions that confront Christians in a pluralist society.
Geoff Thompson is Academic Dean and Director and Director of Studies in Systematic Theology at Trinity Theological College, Brisbane. Download file
Judaism and Christianity Revd Dr Ray Barraclough explores the relationship between Chistianity and Judaism.
Ray Barraclough lectures in New Testament for the Brsbane College of Theology. He is also Dean of St Francis’ Theological College, Brisbane. Before his current appointment, he was the senior Lecturer at St George’s College, Jerusalem from 1989 to 1993. Together with his wife, Dorothy, he accompanied students and pilgrms in many jouneys through Galilee, Bethlehem and Jerusalem. Download file
Muslim Faith and Spirituality – building a culture of peace Article by Dr Mohammad Abdalla exploring Islamic religion – faith and spirituality: building a culture of peace.
Mohammad Abdalla is Director of the Islamic Research Centre at Griffith University, Brisbane. He is also Imam at the Kuraby Mosque. Download file
Church of Many Colours: Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor, Roman Catholic Archbishop of Westminster, writes about the response of Christians to the issues that relate to asylum seekers in Great Britain. He has a word of which Australian Christians may well take note. Download file.
This is the Feature Article in the 29th April 2006 Sample Issue of The Tablet, the British Roman Catholic Church, and can be found on their website at:
We are grateful to The Tablet for permission to include this article in our website.
The whole area of inter-faith cooperation is something of a mine-field. ‘Tread carefully,’ the signs should say. With the risk of accidentally setting off one or two explosions, I would like to look more closely at one of the assumptions those of us who wish to build bridges and find common threads commonly make…” Download file
A Homily on the theme of ‘Hospitality’ preached by Revd Dr Paul Walton at a gathering of the Synod Ecumenical Relations Committee and members of the Committee of the Kuraby Mosque. Download file Visit Paul’s blog at http://terce.wordpress.com