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Interfaith Org NZ welcomes you in the spirit of understanding and cooperation between all of the faiths in Aotearoa New Zealand.

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: info@interfaith.org.nz or +64 21 505 215.

 

  
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New report reveals teaching religion in our schools reduces extremism

​New report reveals teaching religion in our schools reduces extremism

Religious 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 cohesion.” 

The 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 identities.

August 22, 2019 by J-Wire Newsdesk

2018 Census statistics on Religious Diversity

2018 Census statistics on Religious Diversity

As 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.

I hope that you will find this information useful.

Please 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. 

There 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. 

The 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 population. 

Most 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. 

Much more work and analysis needs to be done on these statistics and figures, so I’ll keep you posted as the research progresses. 

If you are distributing this PDF, please make sure to include both the chart on Page 1 and the Notes on page 2, i.e. please do not simply print out the first page and ignore the accompanying notes. If distributing printed versions, please make sure to include Page 2 as the back side of a double sided page. 

This PDF is available for download on our website at <www.earthdiverse.org.nz/publications/>.

Todd Nachowitz, PhD
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Week of Prayer for World Peace - NationalVarious11/10/2020 12:00 a.m.18/10/2020 11:59 p.m.
The Week of Prayer for World Peace is an opportunity for people of all faiths to pray in their own gatherings or with people of other faiths for world peace. The Week will be observed around the world from 11 to 18 October. A leaflet has been produced 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 observances and together with people of different faiths.
Week of Prayer for World Peace - National Various10/10/2021 12:00 a.m.17/10/2021 11:59 p.m.
The Week of Prayer for World Peace is an opportunity for people of all faiths to pray in their own gatherings or with people of other faiths for world peace. The Week will be observed around the world from 10 to 17 October. A leaflet has been produced 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 observances and together with people of different faiths.
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Multifaith Action SocietyFounded in 1972, the Multifaith Action Society (MAS) is a Canadian registered charity dedicated to the facilitation of interfaith education and dialogue. For over forty years, MAS has worked to build bridges between groups in British Columbia.
PBS Religion and EthicsSince its debut in 1997, RELIGION & ETHICS NEWSWEEKLY has set itself apart from the mainstream media by providing distinctive, cutting-edge news coverage and analysis of national and international events in the ever-changing religious world.
Pluralism Project - On Common GroundThe Pluralism Project's fantastic resource, "On Common Ground" has recently been turned into an on-line resource, and is well worth a visit if you've some time to explore.
Regional Interfaith Network (RIN)The Regional Interfaith Network (RIN) website was established in Melbourne, Australia in December 2010 following a unanimous recommendation made at the 5th Regional Interfaith Dialogue held in Perth, 2009
Religion Media CentreAn independent, impartial body helping journalists and other media professionals to cover religion.
Religions for PeaceReligions for Peace is the largest international coalition of representatives from the world's great religions dedicated to promoting peace
Religious Diversity CentreA national centre of educational and research excellence, fostering an appreciation for and understanding of religious diversity amongst all New Zealanders.
REonlineReligious Education Online. REonline is a family of websites, with www.reonline.org.uk at its centre. Great resources for education of children of all ages.
Scarboro Missions Interfaith DepartmentIn recent years, the Scarboro Missions Interfaith Department in Toronto, Canada has committed itself to building a website featuring curriculum and useful educational resources for interfaith work.
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 Interfaith Groups in NZ

Religious Diversity Centre
University of Otago House
385 Queen Street
P.O. Box 5543
Auckland 1141
New Zealand
email: info@rdc.org.nz
web: www.rdc.org.nz
facebook: www.facebook.com/ReligiousDiversityCentre
twitter: twitter.com/RDCANZ
 

Auckland Interfaith Council
Pres: Mrs Ruth Cleaver, mcleaver@xtra.co.nz
General Enquiries: nzaifc@gmail.com
Facebook: Auckland Interfaith Council 
Website: www.aucklandinterfaithcouncil.org.nz 

Waikato Interfaith Council
Sec: Dr Todd Nachowitz, wifconz@gmail.com 
www.waikato-interfaith.org
Facebook: www.facebook.com/WIFCO
Twitter: twitter.com/WIFCONZ
PO Box 11048, Hillcrest, Hamilton 3251

Tauranga Interfaith Council
Rev John Hebenton TSSF, John.HebentonTSSF@gmail.com, 021-679-202 
Facebook: Tauranga Interfaith Council   

Hawke's Bay Interfaith Council
Pres: Dorothy Brooker
, dorothy.brooker@gmail.com
Vice Pres: Tony Franklin-Ross, tonyfr@methodist.nz
Sec: Angela McKee, a.mckee13@outlook.com

Palmerston North Interfaith Council
Mary Eastham, maeastham23@gmail.com 

Wellington Inter-Faith Council
Chair: Rakesh Naidoo, rakeshnaidoonz@gmail.com
Vice: Harvinder Singh, h_singh0110@yahoo.co.nz
Sec: Ian Hamilton, ianhamilton751@gmail.com
Treas: Pushpa Wood, pushpa.wood@gmail.com
Deputy Treas: Mere Fiore,  tioremere12@gmail.com
Enquiries to: wtgninterfaithcouncil@gmail.com

Interfaith Council of Nelson-Tasman
Sec: Catriena Wilkinson secretary@ifcnelsontasman.org.nz
www.ifcnelsontasman.org.nz

Christchurch Interfaith Society
Dianne Downward  stepdown@slingshot.co.nz
www.canterburyinterfaith.org.nz 
facebook.com/christchurchinterfaith

Dunedin Interfaith Council
Chair: Geoff Mitchell
Sec: Max Gillies  dunedininterfaith@gmail.com

Dunedin Abrahamic Interfaith Group
Chair: Dr Haizal Hussaini, haizal.mh@otago.ac.nz 
Sec: Ken Baker, kennethdbaker@gmail.com www.dunedininterfaith.net.nz
facebook.com/www.dunedininterfaith.net.nz

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Wicca - Summer Solstice, the longest day, arrives as the year is coming to an end and the holiday season about to begin. Although this is when the sun's light reaches its maximum, it is but the threshold of summer. The crimson flowers of the pohutukawa fr
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Shinto - Tohji-taisai, the Grand Ceremony of the December Solstice, celebrates the joy of the ending of the yin period of the sun, when it declines in strength, and the beginning of its growing power or yang period. The sun is of central importance in Jap
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Judaism - Hannukah, the Festival of Lights (and the Feast of Dedication), commemorates the victory of Judah the Maccabee and religious freedom, and the rededication of the Temple in 165 BCE. It also celebrates the power of God and the faithfulness of Isra
25 Dec
  
Christianity (Western, Eastern - New Calendar) - Christmas celebrates the anniversary of the birth of Jesus. Christmas is given more importance in Western Christianity than in Eastern.
26 Dec
  
Zoroastrianism - The anniversary of the death of Zarathustra (Zoroaster), the founder of the Zoroastrian faith. His dates are uncertain: the Greeks dated him at ca. 6000 BCE. Modern scholarship suggests he lived in the second millennium BCE. Some of his h
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Bahá'í Faith - Sharaf (Honour), the 16th month of the Bahá'í year.
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Zoroastrianism - Ghambar Maidyarem celebrates the creation of animals. It is also the time for equitable sharing of food.
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