Coming Events 2016

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 6 August                           Together for Humanity is holding a gala fundraising dinner at the Grand Ballroom Himalaya Emporium Function Centre, 1/258 South Terrace Bankstown NSW with guest performer comedian Suren Jayemanne. All food will be Halal. Kosher and Vegetarian meals are available on request. Cost $60 per person, $600 per table of 10. There will be an appeal during the evening. 7 – 10 pm. For more information and to book go to or email or phone us or 02 9886 7414.

Sun 21                     Abraham Conference 2016. Keynote speaker – Rabbi Benjamin Elton, Chief Minister, The Great Synagogue, Sydney plus panel from Muslim. Christian and Jewish communities. Venue: Parramatta Mission Fellowship Hall, Uniting Church in Australia, 119 Macquarie St, Parramatta. Time: 2.30 – 6 pm. Cost: $20 Adult/$10 Student or pensioner.  RSVP: by Thursday 11 August.

Sun 21-23                         Exclusion and Embrace: Disability, Justice and Spirituality: A multifaith conference exploring issues of faith and meaning in the lived experience of disability, at Jasper Hotel, Melbourne. The Uniting Church Synod of Victoria and Tasmania is providing the Conference Secretariat. Early bird cut off 17 June. For bookings click here



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: