Coming Events 2016

Bishop Miguel Ayuso Guixot, secretary of the Pontifical Council for Inter-Religious Dialogue, will travel to Egypt on 23 October to prepare for the official re-launching of dialogue between the Holy See and the Al-Azhar Mosque and University, marking a seismic step in Catholic-Muslim relations. Read more

Pope Francis has sent greetings to the Jewish community of Rome and throughout the world to mark three upcoming Jewish holidays. Read more

Sheikh Fehmi Naji-El-Emam, a senior and much loved Islamic cleric who had a major influence on the development of Islam in Australia, has passed away at the age of 88. Read more Read also Sheik Fehmi talked me out of going to war.

Kazakhstan is a land of peaceful co-existence between Catholics and Muslims. Read more.

Religious leaders have celebrated the 30th anniversary of St. John Paul II's Assisi interfaith peace gathering in 1986 and called on people from around the world to continue its legacy to combat today's indifference and violence. The event between 18-20 September was held in Assisi to reflect on the theme "Thirst for Peace: Faiths and Cultures in Dialogue."Click here for the Common Declaration. Read reports of the event, the address of Pope Francis, and the address of Orthodox Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople.

The Bridge Initiative, a research project based in Georgetown University, Washington DC, has released a report that sheds light on American Catholics’ views of Islam. The 74 page report is titled “Danger & Dialogue: American Catholic Public Opinion and Portrayals of Islam”. Click here to read a Summary. Click here to read the Report.

The theme was ‘Ethics and Migration: Christian-Muslimrelations in a persecuted region and the impact on immigration,’ for the sixth annual Bishop Joe Grech Memorial Colloquium held in Melbourne in August. Read more

At a brief, unscheduled meeting with the imam of Perugia, Abdel Qader Mohammed thanked Pope Francis for his recent statement that true Islam is not a religion of violence, but of peace. Read more

Muslims across France have attended masses in solidarity with the Christian community after the murder of 85-year-old priest Fr Jacques Hamel. Read more

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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










Thurs 6                      Affinity Lecture Series: The Hon Chief Justice James Allsop AO, Federal Court of Australia, will speak on the topic “Law and Society”, 12:00pm-1:30pm (A light lunch will be served from 12:00pm. Lecture will start at 12:30pm). Venue: Suite 501, Level 5, 57-51 Pitt St, Sydney. Please RSVP 26 September2016.

Friday 7                      The Mystical Quest - Pir Zia Inayat-Khan. Introduced by Stephanie Dowrick with live music by Kim Cunio and Heather Lee, 7.30 pm at Pitt St Uniting Church, 264 Pitt St Sydney

Tues 11               Affinity Lecture Series: Professor Mona Siddiqui, University of Edinburgh (UK) will lead a Morning Conversation on the topic “Faith, Freedom and the Secular Sphere”, 8:00am-9:30am (A light breakfastwill be served from 7:30pm. Lecture will start at 8:00am). Venue: Suite 501, Level 5, 57-51 Pitt St, Sydney. Please RSVP to by Friday 7 October 2016.

Thurs 13                  Affinity Lecture Series: “Business After 5 with Ian Bennett”, Senior Manager of International Trade, 5.30 – 7 pm. Venue: Suite 501, Level 5, 57-51 Pitt St, Sydney. Please RSVP to by 10 October 2016.

Sun 16                    Sacred Service: Led by Interfaith Minister: Reverend Dr Stephanie Dowrick. Music: Elizabeth Lecoanet. Venue: Pitt Street (264) Uniting Church, Sydney, 3 pm.  Inspiring teachings, prayers and music. Tea, coffee and community follow the service.

Wed 19                      Affinity Lecture Series: Morning Conversation “Building Community Through Schools” with Mr Jihad Dib, MP, Member for Lakemba, Shadow Minister of Education, 7:30am-9:00am (Breakfastwill be served from 7:30am, talk will start at 8:00am). Venue: Suite 501, Level 5, 57-51 Pitt St, Sydney. Please RSVP to by 17 October2016


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: