Posts Tagged ‘Inter religious relations’

Churches unite to show respect for Tuikilakila Waqairatu

Friday, February 21st, 2014

The Fiji Council of Churches, ECREA and other churches came together in a condolence gathering for the late president of the Methodist Church in Fiji, Reverend Tuikilakila Waqairatu. And this move, according to the head of the Catholic Archdiocese of Suva, Archbishop Peter Loy Chong, was a sign of unity among the churches in Fiji. Read more

Diwali “paganistic nonsense” says Cook Islands Church leader

Friday, November 22nd, 2013

When Diwali was celebrated in Rarotonga, on 3 November, hundreds of people turned up to enjoy Indian food, music dancing and cultural display. New Zealand’s High Commissioner to the Cook Islands Joanna Kempkers and Principal of Tereora College (the National College of the Cook Islands) Bali Haque addressed the Diwali gathering as well as various Read more

Muslim school leader dismayed at reaction

Tuesday, November 19th, 2013

Offensive graffiti appearing on the site of a proposed Muslim school, and negativity circulating about the Muslim education system, has dismayed the Al-Noor Charitable Trust. The former St Patrick’s Primary School site, in South Dunedin, was bought in April this year by the Christchurch-based charity which has plans to spend about $8 million building the Read more

Symposium on Religion in Schools

Tuesday, September 24th, 2013

Next month The New Zealand Centre for Human Rights Law Policy and Practice is hosting a Symposium on Religion in Schools. This symposium will look into the arguments for and against religious instruction in schools, including a discussion as to how it fits under the New Zealand Bill of Rights Act 1990. The decision to Read more

Muslim forum a first for New Zealand

Tuesday, September 24th, 2013

At the start of Islam Awareness Week, Ethnic Affairs Minister Judith Collins announced plans are underway for an official Muslim forum to be held in November. “The national forum will celebrate the different ways the Muslim community contributes positively to New Zealand society and the global community,” says Ms Collins. “Holding a forum is one Read more

Bishops’ Committee earns two awards

Friday, August 30th, 2013

The New Zealand Catholic Bishops’ Committee for Interfaith Relations has been the recipient of two awards in recent times The Committee was awarded one of nine annual diversity awards by the Human Rights Commission acknowledging individuals and organisations that have made outstanding contributions to the New Zealand Diversity Action Programme through projects and programmes. Last Read more

First Muslim conference to be held in NZ in November

Friday, August 30th, 2013

Ethnic Affairs Minister Judith Collins says plans are underway to hold New Zealand’s first Muslim conference in November. She says not only will it celebrate the different ways the Muslim community contributes to New Zealand society but will also discuss contemporary challenges. Continue reading Related Posts:Leading Democrat urges Biden to appoint Muslim…Bishops’ Interfaith Relations Committee Read more

Hindus Angered Over Depiction of Virgin Mary in Sari

Friday, August 23rd, 2013

The issue of Christian missionaries proselytising in India has taken a bizarre turn after a church in the eastern state of Jharkhand installed a statue of Mother Mary and Baby Jesus depicted as “tribals,” the indigenous people of the state. With dark brown complexions and sporting traditional Indian tribal clothing (white sari with red border, Read more

Auckland exhibition aims at a better understanding of Islam

Friday, August 16th, 2013

To mark the the feast of Eid al-Fitr  Pope Francis called for “mutual respect” between Christianity and Islam and an end to “unfair criticism.”  “We are called to respect the religion of the other, its teachings, its symbols, its values,” he said. The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community hopes that an exhibition it is putting on will Read more

Important day for New Zealand’s third fast growing religion

Tuesday, August 6th, 2013

Wednesday is an important day for Muslim faithful around the world. They will be celebrating Eid ul-Fitr, the breaking of the fast to mark the end of the fasting month of Ramadan. For 30 days, starting this year on July 9, Muslims fast from dawn to dusk, and abstain from smoking, swearing and sex. But Read more