Coming Events 2017

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

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


Copies available!

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











Wed 10                        Visakha Puja - Buddha Day (Buddhist marking of the birth, enlightenment and death (attainment of Nirvana) of Lord Buddha).

Thurs 11 May – Sun 4 June 2017

Scholar in Residence program at Mandelbaum House with Boston University’s Professor Steven Katz. A prolific author on Holocaust, Jewish philosophy and comparative mysticism, he is also former director of the Elie Wiesel Centre for Jewish Studies. Entry: $10 adults / $5 concession. Students free.

Thursday 11 May, 7.30pm

The Holocaust and Comparative History Is anything singular about the murder of European Jewry? This lecture will explore this question in a broad comparative context.

Sunday 21 May, 7.30pm

Jewish Resistance There is widespread belief that during World War 11 Jews “went like lambs to the slaughter.” This view needs to be reevaluated in light of a great deal of contrary evidence.

Sunday 28 May, 7.30pm

Jewish Theological Responses to the Holocaust By its very nature the Holocaust raises pressing theological questions vis-a-vis the larger traditional Jewish theological tradition. In this lecture Professor Katz will explore the reasons why this is the case and how post-Holocaust Jewish thinkers have tried to respond.

Sunday 4 June, 7.30pm

Elie Wiesel: the Man and his Legacy This lecture, dedicated to the memory of Elie Wiesel, will begin with a summary of his biography and the main features of his remarkable life, and discuss the key issues raised by his enormous and highly influential list of publications.

All lectures at Mandelbaum House, 385 Abercrombie Street, Darlington NSW 2008 At the University of Sydney | NSW 2006. E: T: 9692 5200

Fri 12                          Lailat al Bara'ah (Islamic Night of Forgiveness. A night of prayer to Allah for forgiveness of the dead. Preparation for Ramadan)

Tues 23                       Declaration of the Bab (Baha'i recognition of the declaration in 1844 by Ali Muhammed that he is the anticipated "Coming One" of all religions).

Sat 27                          Ramadan begins


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: