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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: email@example.com or +64 21 505 215.
Saturday, 6 July 2019 from 12:00pm –
Venue: Unitarian Church, 1A Ponsonby Rd
(near K Road)This one-day-only exhibition features a variety of artists with different
influences and views. The common theme is spirituality. Join us to see how many
ways art can be spiritual.
At 2.00pm there will be a talk by Lynn Farhi, the exhibition’s originator, on
spirituality in her art.
We will also have a felting workshop - create a brooch with your chosen
Some works will be for sale and some just for looking.
For more information contact Lyn Farhi at firstname.lastname@example.org or
Artists can still register to exhibit.
For information about Soul Food please contact email@example.com of the North Shore Baha'i centre.
first edition of the Interfaith Prayer Book was released in 2001. It proved to
be immensely popular for use both at interfaith gatherings and for personal
reflection, having found its way into hospitals, motel rooms and college
classrooms as well as places of worship all around the world. That edition
contained a selection of prayers from six religious traditions; Hindu, Jewish,
Buddhist, Christian, Muslim and Bahá'í. This Expanded Edition adds prayers from
eight additional traditions; Native African, Native American, Zoroastrian,
Taoist, Confucian, Shinto, Jain and Sikh. Its aim is to further enrich our
devotional practice, to share a taste of our planet's diverse spiritual
heritage and to deepen our sense of interfaith connectedness. Nothing brings us
closer to God or closer to each other than prayer.
We are a group of clergy and faith representatives from
seven world religions, including Islam, in Westminster, London that have been
meeting regularly for over three years. Members of our interfaith forum meet in
each other’s centres to foster good inter-religious relations and promote
community cohesion. Our meetings are convened under the auspices of Interfaith
Matters, a United Kingdom based registered charity.
All members of our forum categorically condemn the
murderous and merciless attack on Muslim worshippers attending their Jumu'ah
We express our respect to the emergency services and
gratitude to all who have offered sympathy and support since. At this time of
suffering and sorrow, we add our heartfelt comfort and condolences to all that
have been touched by this tragedy.
As clergy and faith representatives, this heinous act of
hatred does nothing other than reinforce our resolve to work together. We ask
only that the memory of those who died serves as a blessing that we may all
live by the ways of peace.
They are us
Bhava Bhakti devi dasi, Radha and Krishna Temple, ISKCON
LondonBrother Ivan Vodopivec, Notre Dame de France Roman
Catholic Church, London Canon Pat Browne, Roman Catholic Duty Priest to the UK
Parliament and Parish Priest of the Holy Apostles Church, Pimlico, LondonFr Michael Donaghy, Chaplain, Westminster Cathedral,
LondonImam Abdul Haque, former Imam to Westminster Muslim
Cultural Centre, LondonJai Nitai dasa, Radha and Krishna Temple, ISKCON LondonLesley Taherzadeh O’Mara, Spiritual Assembly of the
Bahá’ís of WestminsterMeeno Chawla, City Sikhs AmbassadorRabbi (Emeritus) Dr Thomas Salamon, Westminster Synagogue Rabbi Barry Lerer, Central Synagogue, London Rabbi Benji Stanley, Westminster SynagogueRabbi Helen Freeman, West London Synagogue of British JewsRabbi Sam Taylor, Community Rabbi, Western Marble Arch
SynagogueSheikh Alomgir Ali, Founder, Tawfiq Online Learning and
former Imam of the Victoria Islamic Cultural and Education CentreSister Catherine Jones, Missionary Sisters of the Society
of Mary, Notre Dame de France Roman Catholic Church, London The Revd Anthony Ball, Canon Steward and Almoner,
Westminster AbbeyThe Revd Catherine Duce, Assistant Curate, St Stephen's
Rochester RowThe Revd Matthew Catterick, Vicar, St Saviour’s Church,
PimlicoThe Revd Graham M Buckle, Vicar of St Stephen’s with St
John’s, Westminster The Revd James Johnston, Assistant Curate, St Matthew's
Westminster / St Mary le Strand, LondonThe Revd John Pearson-Hicks, St Barnabas PimlicoThe Revd Jon Dal Din, Director, Westminster InterfaithThe Revd Lucy Winkett, Rector, St James’s Church
Piccadilly, WestminsterThe Revd Mark Dean, Chaplain and Interfaith Advisor,
University of the Arts LondonThe Revd Michael Redman, Anglican Bishop's Interfaith
Adviser for City of Westminster and City of London The Revd Owen Higgs, Vicar, St Gabriel, PimlicoThe Revd Philip Chester, Vicar of St Matthew, Westminster
and Area Dean of Westminster (St Margaret)The Revd Ralph Williamson, Vicar of St Peter's Church,
Eaton Square, LondonThe Revd Ru hai Shi, International Buddhist Progress
Society UKThe Revd William Whitcombe, Priest in Ordinary to HM The
Queen and Chaplain University of the Arts London Veronica Wetten, London Fo Guang Shan TempleSteven Derby, Director, Interfaith Matters
Open Letter to Al Noor Mosque and Linwood Islamic Centre in Christchurch New Zealand.pdf
We express our profound sorrow at the loss of so many lives in Christchurch on Friday 15 March 2019 and condemn this attack on innocent people in their place of worship. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Muslim community and all those who are now grieving. Such troubling events have, in the past, seen the genesis of efforts for peace and unity. It was a spate of racially motivated attacks that led to the first celebration of Race Relations Day in 1999, inspiring the Race Unity Speech Awards, an annual forum that has allowed thousands of young people to share their views on the ideal of racial harmony and the steps necessary to realise this ideal in Aotearoa.Let this moment be the same. Let us examine the powerful and destructive social forces that have led to this tragedy, and the still more potent powers of the human spirit that can establish unity, justice and harmony in our society. Let us reflect on our shared identity, not only as New Zealanders but as members of a single human race. Let us consult earnestly with one another about the measures necessary to re-establish and safeguard the security and tranquillity of our nation. Let us one and all take decisive action to make New Zealand a true leader in demonstrating the oneness of humanity, showing the strength of our loyalty not only to our fellow New Zealanders but to the people of all other nations. Let us not content ourselves with relative excellence but strive persistently until our nation fully realises the ideals of peace, inclusivity and harmony that so many of us hold dear.Above all, let us support youth and children in their constructive efforts. The atrocity that occurred overshadowed a day when thousands upon thousands of young people showed the strength of their desire for a just and sustainable future. Young people have great ability to drive forward important causes, such as that of racial unity and inclusivity, as they are often less encumbered by the conscious and unconscious biases that perpetuate racial prejudice and inequity. It is the responsibility of adults to comfort and counsel our young people, to give them hope, to listen to their views, and to support their efforts towards personal growth and social change. With this loving encouragement, the young people of Aotearoa may – in the words of a well-known Bahá’í prayer for youth – "guide the wayward, lead the hapless, free the captives and awaken the heedless".ArohanuiNational Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá'ís of New Zealand
To our Muslim brothers and sisters in Christchurch and throughout New ZealandThe Waikato Interfaith Council stands in solidarity with the Muslim community in New Zealand to unequivocally condemn the appalling tragedy and loss of life at two mosques in Christchurch on Friday 15 March 2019 during afternoon prayers. Our thoughts, prayers and aroha go out to all those directly affected by this devastating event and expression of hate and intolerance. We call for people of all faiths to stand against fear and hatred by exemplifying love, goodwill and compassion towards our neighbours, and urge us all to raise our awareness of the phenomenal religious, linguistic and cultural diversity that is the human species. Tolerance is not enough. Your tears are our tears.Members of the Waikato Interfaith Council:Andrea Haunes (Anglican)Brother Andrew McKean (Anglican)Anjum Rahman (Muslim)Dr Carrie Barber (Society of Friends)Gayl de Boer (Bahá’í)Gary Whyte (Presbyterian)Jovi Abellanosa (Hamilton City Council)Louis Paulussen (Christian)Marshall Hope (Theosophical Society)Mylene Rakena (LDS)Pam Chiles (Buddhist)Rev Dr Susan Thompson (Methodist)Sylvie Rabinovitch-Bolstad (Jewish)Teresa Fernandez (Catholic)Todd Nachowitz (Jewish)
To the brothers and sisters of the Muslim communityThe Hindu Council of New Zealand (HCNZ) join with other New Zealanders in condemning the terrorist attack on the Muslims brothers and sisters, performing their Friday prayer at the Deans Avenue mosque and at the Linwood Avenue mosque in the City of Christchurch. It has been confirmed that there are 49 fatalities with many others injured.As the authorities continue to deal with what is an unprecedented and abhorrent event for New Zealand, HCNZ extend our sincere condolence to the Muslim community. Our compassionate thoughts and prayers are with the families of the victims here in New Zealand and around the world. HCNZ extend our thanks to the people of Christchurch, the emergency services and the New Zealand Police for their compassion and bravery during this terrifying time. HCNZ with all other Hindu organisations, Temples and Association (HOTA )around the country extend their heartfelt support to the Muslim community in this time of need.As New Zealanders we stand together as a proud nation of more than 200 migrant communities, sharing the common values. No act of terrorism will divide us.Vinod Kumar President Hindu Council of New Zealand
The Religious Diversity Centre is shocked and dismayed at the violence enacted today against the Muslim community in the Masjid Al Noor and the Linwood Masjid in Christchurch and indeed against all Muslims in the country.The Religious Diversity Centre extends our deepest sympathy to our Muslim brothers and sisters in Christchurch and throughout New Zealand.They are in our thoughts and prayers.We join Mayor Dalziel of Christchurch in asking all New Zealanders over this coming week to go out of their way to give a simple greeting to people of a faith or culture different from their own. Let’s be proud of the diversity in our midst and show it in action!Jocelyn ArmstrongChairpersonReligious Diversity Centre TrustOn behalf of Trustees: Dr Zain Ali Muslim, Dr Jenny Te Paa Daniel Christian, Professor Paul Morris Jewish, Professor Edwina Pio Christian, Professor Douglas Pratt Christian, Bhai Verpal Singh Sikh, Selva Ramasami Hindu, Ven Amala Wrightson Sensei Buddhist, Chaplain Ricky Waters Christian
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