The North Brisbane Interfaith Group was formed in 2008 when representatives from The Aspley Uniting Church, local Anglican, Catholic and Muslim Communities, Queensland Forum for Christians, Jews and Muslims and Queensland Churches Together met at the Aspley Uniting Church. They host several interfaith activities on the north side of Brisbane each year, as well as promoting a range of other activities held locally.
“In May 2002, the Griffith University Multi-Faith Centre was opened on the Nathan Campus through generous donations from various individuals and faith communities. The Centre was envisioned as a venue where people from diverse faith, religious and spirituality traditions can deepen their understanding of their own faith and actively participate in inter-faith dialogue, education and action.
The Multi-Faith Centre also seeks to weave understanding, education, research and advocacy in inter-faith dialogue towards a culture of peace in local, national and global contexts.”
” The Multifaith Multicultural Centre and the Pure Land Learning College Association Inc. (PLLCA), together with strong support from faith and community leaders in Toowoomba.. is offering strategies and a plan of action towards achieving the vision of establishing Toowoomba as a model city of peace and harmony. Sustainable peace and harmony can only be built in the solid foundation of religious harmony. To accomplish this goal, it’s important that all faiths and religions come together and co-exist as ones community in order to accomplish a common goal. This can only be achieved if we gain a better understanding of the different faiths and religions including insight into their respective teachings. As part of that objective, the Multifaith Multicultural Centre is sponsoring weekly talks with various religious leaders from Toowoomba every Saturday morning.”
“Increasingly the Christian community world-wide is entering into dialogue with people of other faiths. Interfaith dialogue has become vital for peace-building. Interfaith dialogue is both a challenge and a gift.
It is a great challenge to formulate what we believe in a way that is authentic and intelligible for someone of a different faith, though they may not share our conviction.
It is a challenge to do so without confronting or showing disrespect for that person’s own tradition and faith. It is a challenge to stick with interfaith dialogue at times when we feel that for every three steps forward we are taking two backward. And yet interfaith dialogue is a precious gift. It enables us to discover the common humanity in the “other” and even to forge relationships that enrich all of our lives. It is a wonderful experience to undertake a project together for the good of the whole community. And it is a great gift to learn about each other’s faith, discovering the richness of other traditions, the compassion of people of a different conviction, and common ground, e.g. in striving for peace.”
QCT is involved in interfaith dialogue in various ways which are detailed on the website
“The Commission for Ecumenism and Inter-religious Relations has a mandate to assist and resource the Archbishop, the Auxiliary Bishops and other Clergy, and the people of the Archdiocese to ensure that ecumenism and inter-religious relations are organic elements of the life and mission of the Archdiocese pervading all that the Church is and does.”
Some of the ways in which the Commission carries out its mandate with respect to people of other faiths are that it:
- fosters knowledge and understanding of the unique bond between Jews and Christians, and organises conversations and activities with the Jewish community.
- takes initiatives with people from other religious traditions to promote mutual understanding, respect, enrichment and cooperation for the greater good of all.
“Believing Women for a Culture of Peace originated in Brisbane in the latter part of 2003. A handful of women began meeting and decided to develop a vision for bringing together women in the greater Brisbane area interested in building understanding and relationships across faiths and cultures.
The membership grew initially by word of mouth and chance encounters, and all new members contributed to shaping what eventually emerged as the group’s vision, goals and scope of activities. It draws predominantly on the resources within the membership, rather than relying on outside ‘experts’. This has had a significant impact on the quality and depth of relationships that have developed among the members.”
In the Queensland Forum for Christians, Jews and Muslims … representatives of Queensland Churches Togather meet with representatives of the Jewish Board of Deputies and the Islamic Council of Queensland. This forum was set up approximately six years ago, while a Jewish-Christian dialogue had been taking place for longer.
Taking inspiration from the Australian National Dialogue of Christians, Muslims, and Jews, the Forum has given itself a set of purposes and objectives which clearly position it as a bridge-building and peace-making body of the Abrahamic Faiths in Queensland.
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