Coming Events 2016

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

The Gulen movement has denied any involvement in the recent coup in Turkey. A pro-Gulen group said it found the attempted coup "strange and interesting" but rejected any attack on democracy. Read the statement by Affinity. Read the statement by Fethullah Gulen.

The Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue is sending a top-level official to Cairo’s Al-Azhar University in an effort to resume formal dialogue after years of silence. Read more

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull hosted a Ramadan Iftar on Thursday evening 16 June at Kirribilli House, Sydney - a first by an Australian PM. Read more

The Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue has sent a message to Muslims for Ramadan affirming that both Christians and Muslims believe in a merciful God who shows mercy in caring for each of us. Read more

Pope Francis and the Grand Imam of Cairo’s Al-Azhar Mosque, Muhammad al-Tayyib, have met in a historic encounter at the Vatican. Read more  

The Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue (P.C.I.D.), Vatican City, and the Royal Institute for Inter-Faith Studies (R.I.I.F.S.), Amman, Jordan, held their fourth colloquium in Rome from Tuesday 3 to Wednesday 4 May 2016 on the theme "Shared values in social and political life: Christian and Muslim perspectives". Read the Final Declaration

Australian religious leaders have joined more than 250 religious leaders, 4970 individuals, and 176 religious groups from around the world in signing the Interfaith Climate Change Statement urging governments to ratify the landmark Paris Climate Change Agreement at their meeting on 22 April 2016 in New York. Read more

King Abdullah II of Jordan, a Muslim sovereign and direct descendant of the Prophet Muhammad, in a highly symbolic act has agreed to fund the restoration of Christ’s tomb in Jerusalem. Read more

More than 100 religious traditions and organizations  – including the US Conference of Catholic Bishops, Jewish Council for Public Affairs, and the National Council of Churches – have urged congressional support for President Barack Obama’s $750 million budget request toward the international Green Climate Fund (GCF). Read more

Father Jens Petzold has found a new way of dedicating himself to fostering positive interreligious relations through his work with refugees in Northern Iraq. Read more

It is imperative that Christians and Jews recognise “the tensions between the obligations of love of strangers … and concerns for security and fear of change”says a statement issued by the 23rd bi-annual meeting of the International Catholic-Jewish Liaison Committee held in Poland in April 2016. Read more

Salah Farah, a Muslim teacher who died shielding Christians during a bus attack in Kenya, has been posthumously honoured for his act of courage. 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










Sat 3                         Youth PoWR 2016: “Towards a more compassionate & just society.” Join with young people from diverse faith backgrounds to have a say in shaping our multi-religious, multicultural society. Speakers & performances from eight religious traditions.6-10 pm at Monte Sant’ Angelo Mercy College, Sydney. For more info and to register see


Mandelbaum House Program – September 2016                                          Ancient Jewish Ideas That Changed the World: Torah, Messiahs, Demons, & the Afterlife. By Professor Matthias Henze. At Mandelbaum House, 385 Abercrombie St, Darlington 2008. Entry $10/students $5.

Thurs 1                       Alan Crown Lecture: “The Messiahs of Israel: The Origin of the Messianic Idea in Ancient Judaism.” This talk examines the origins and considerable diversity of messianic expectations in ancient Judaism. 4.30 pm

Thurs 8                          Lecture: “Torah & Jewish Identity in Ancient Judaism: Was it Possible to be Jewish without the Torah?” Was the Torah central to all forms of ancient Judaism, or only to some groups? 4.30 pm

Thurs 15                     Lecture: “Demons and Unclean Spirits in Ancient Judaism.” Jewish ideas about the demonic realm have exercised a profound effect on western culture, even to the modern day. They had a major impact on Christianity and are found frequently in the New Testament. 4.30 pm

Thurs 22                     Lecture: “’You Revive the Dead with Great Mercy:’ The Origins of the Resurrection of the Dead and the Angelic Afterlife in Judaism and Christianity.” The rise to centrality of this belief in ancient Judaism is profoundly significant, not only for Judaism, but also for the broader development of western thought. 4.30 pm


Sat 17                       Women of Diversity Dinner – an evening of shared conversation, a meal and cultural performances, at the Sapphire Function Centre, 7 Station Rd, North Auburn (right by auburn Train station), 6-10 pm. Guest of Honour: The Hon Linda Burney MP. Guest speaker: Juliana Nkrumah AM, Coordinator of the NSW Police Force’s Multicultural Community Liaison and Founder of African Women Australia. MC: Comedian Jennifer Wong. Tickets: $35 (all inclusive). Organised by Ethnic Communities Council and Muslim, Jewish and Christian faith groups. Open to all women. Enquiries: Ydele Nathan 9360 1600. Bookings:

Wed 21                     Interfaith Prayer Service to celebrate International Day of Peace at Fellowship Centre, Parramatta Mission, 119 Macquarie St, Parramatta. Time: 2 pm. Occasional address by Rabbi Dr Ben Elton, Chief Minister, The Great Synagogue, Sydney along with music and cultural items. For more information contact Rev Dr Manas Ghosh on 0429 892 548 or


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: