Coming Events 2017

Archbishop Ignazio Suharyo, President of the Indonesian bishops, and Sultan Hamengku Buwono X, governor of Yogyakarta, have together officially opened Asian Youth Day, an event organized by the Federation of Asian Bishops’ Conferences in which young Muslims take part in the scheduled events and are even involved in the organizing committee. The event embodies “unity in diversity” which is the nation’s motto.  Read more

The Australian Football League Multicultural Festival held in Sydney was attended by more than 15,000 people from diverse communities. Read more

One hundred Muslim and Christian pilgrims in France have joined an interreligious prayer service to honour the memory of the Seven Sleepers of Ephesus, a tradition common to both religions. Read more

British political journalist Mehdi Hasan, on a visit to Australia, has emphasised the need for solidarity through the promotion of multiculturalism and diversity if extremism is to be defeated once and for all. Read more

Christians, Muslims, Buddhists, Hindus, Jews and other people of faith are working together in Australia to call for stronger action on climate change.   Read more/watch the video

The Grand Imam of Al Azhar in Cairo, Ahmed Al Tayeb, has announced a new draft law to criminalize hate speech after an Egyptian preacher described Jews and Christians as “infidels” on television. Read more

Christian, Jewish and Muslim students from across the world are gathered for a three-week Interreligious Summer School at the World Council of Churches Bossey Ecumenical Institute in Switzerland. Read more

UK Muslims stand with other religions in condemning terrorism. Read more

Pope Francis has been meeting with participants in an assembly of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue to discuss the key contribution of women to interfaith relations. Read more

The Rahma Yeruham women’s group of the Interfaith Encounter Association continues to meet to share their life and their stories. IEA is an Israeli-based non-profit organization whose primary purpose is to foster dialogue between different religious groups within the Holy Land. Read more   

At the annual Jewish Christian Muslim Association’s Inspiring Women of Faith Women’s Conference  held in May 2017, a group of women from Judaism, Christianity and Islam got to learn about each other’s practices and encounter deeply held beliefs. Read more

Fighting Islam, a recent book by Australian academic and author Dr Susan Carland, is a compelling read shedding light and sharing stories on the lives of Muslim women, who are a diverse bunch fighting sexism from within and without. They are as committed to The fight as they are to their faith. Read more

In Bethlehem Muslim and Christian teachers work together to provide education for children with disabilities. Read more

Pope Francis has described his April 28-29 trip to Egypt as intended as a "sign of peace" and a way of promoting a vision of "healthy secularism" for the entire Middle East region. Read more

The Vatican has called on Catholics and Buddhists to work together to teach wider society the value of a nonviolent lifestyle, in a letter which celebrates the upcoming Buddhist holiday of Vesakh. Read more

The goal of the World Conference on Peace organized by Sheikh Ahmed al-Tayeb of Al Azhar is “to eliminate the causes of conflict, violence and hate.” Pope Francis will be a featured speaker at the 27-28 April event. Read more

Sheikh Ahmed al-Tayyib, the Grand Imam of Al Azhar, has acknowledged that interreligious dialogue is not itself enough to counter the spread of terrorism, if not accompanied by comprehensive policies based on the principle of justice, and the will to put exploitation of the poorest to an end. Read more

Patriarch Louis Raphael Sako of Iraq, Primate of the Chaldean Catholic Church, says that the international community needs most of all to support the reconstruction of the country on a citizenship basis, and to recognize pluralism and diversity as an opportunity. Read more

The recently published Australian Government’s statement “Multicultural Australia: United, Strong, Successful renews and reaffirms the Government’s commitment to a multicultural Australia, in which racism and discrimination have no place. Read the statement

Copies available!

Martha Ann Kirk and Patricia Madigan, Iraqi Women of Three Generations, San Antonio Texas Peace Centre and the Gϋlen Institute, 2014. Order here


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Trish Madigan, Women and Fundamentalism in Islam and Catholicism: negotiating modernity in a globalized world (Oxford: Peter Lang Publishers, 2011). Order here











Sat 19   “Christians in the Middle East & Interreligious Dialogue” – a presentation by Archbishop Michael Fitzgerald, former president of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue and Apostolic Nuncio to the Arab Republic of Egypt. Venue: Caroline Chisholm Centre, Diocese of Broken Bay, 423 Pennant Hills Rd, Pennant Hills (enter via City View Rd). RSVP by Thursday 17 August to or 9847 0448/4332 9825.

Sun 20        Youth PoWR 2017, 2 – 6 pm, Santa Sabina College, 90 The Boulevarde Strathfield NSW 2135.

Wed 30   A Morning Conversation with Professor Barney Glover, Vice-Chancellor and President of Western Sydney University. Topic: “Engaging with a rapidly changing world in Australia’s most culturally diverse university.” Hosted by Affinity Intercultural Foundation. Venue: Suite 501, Level 5, 57-51 Pitt St, Sydney (a couple of blocks from Circular Quay). 7.30 – 9.00 am. A light breakfast served at 7.30 am. Lecture begins 8 am. RSVP: Ahmet Polat by 5 pm on Monday 28 August.


Interfaith service and community gathering with Reverend Shalani McCray. Meeting Room 2, Cronulla Central Complex, 38-60 Croydon St, Cronulla. Plenty of parking in the adjoining carpark, 7.30pm. Fellowship with light supper follows 1st Tuesday of the month. Enquiries: or

An Interfaith Meditation Group meets on the 1st Sunday of each month from 5-6pm at the Ron Dyer Centre in the grounds of the North Sydney Catholic Church, corner of Miller and Ridge Sts. Contact Paul or Judi Taylor, ph. 9954 1037. See flyer

Interfaith gathering led by Reverend Brookes McTavish, 1st Sunday of each month, Chapel by the Sea, 95 Roscoe Street, Bondi Beach NSW 2065, 7 pm. Tel: 9130 3445. Enquiries: