Posts Tagged ‘interfaith dialogue’

Japanese temples hold funerals for unwanted dolls

Thursday, November 18th, 2021

Throughout the year, temples across Japan hold a “ningyo kuyo” (人形供養), a funeral ritual for unwanted dolls — especially traditional dolls. The Shinto belief of animism teaches that everything can have a spirit or soul. The doll funeral speaks to this idea. Read more Related Posts:Police chase ends in an arrest on altar during funeralOrange Read more

A Pagan and a Christian pastor discuss interfaith understanding

Thursday, October 21st, 2021

The reverend Ethan Stark, ordained by the international heathen organization The Troth, and the reverend Andy Behrendt by the mainline Evangelical Lutheran Church in America hosted   “A Pagan and a Pastor: A Necessary Conversation”   in Waupaca, Wisconsin. The duo answered some frequently asked questions about their faiths and addressed misperceptions each tradition has about the Read more

NZ theologian appointed fellow at International Dialogue Centre

Thursday, April 23rd, 2020

Wellington-based theology lecturer Dr Christopher Longhurst has been appointed a Fellow of the King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz International Centre for Interreligious and Intercultural Dialogue (KAICIID). Longhurst, (on left in the photograph above) is a theology lecturer at Te Kupenga — Catholic Theological College. He is also on the New Zealand Catholic Bishops’ Committee for Interfaith Read more

Speak out: terrorists must not dictate interfaith relationships

Monday, April 29th, 2019

The vicar general of the Auckland diocese, Monsignor Bernard Kiely, told a gathering in Auckland to speak out when terrorist attacks occur. He was giving the homily at a service to remember the victims of the Easter Sunday bombings in Sri Lanka. “Speak out and be very clear that the extremists and the terrorists do Read more

St Teresa of Calcutta honoured at annual interfaith celebration

Thursday, November 22nd, 2018

This coming Saturday at our Christ the King church in Owairaka, Auckland representatives from eight of the world’s major faiths will come together for the annual interfaith meeting, hosted by Bishop Patrick Dunn, the Catholic bishop of Auckland. It was begun by a group of friends who are part of an India-New Zealand business association. Read more

Muslim women’s forum in Auckland to start open conversation

Thursday, April 19th, 2018

A Muslim women’s forum in Auckland is creating a conversation with the wider community about employment, discrimination and housing. The forum has been organised after leaders within the Muslim community met last year and identified areas that needed improvement. Continue reading Related Posts:Sri Lanka moves to ban burqas and close more than…What’s up with Labour and Read more

Interfaith dialogue features in Pope’s trip

Thursday, November 30th, 2017

Interfaith dialogue has been a special feature of Pope Francis’s recent trip to Myanmar and Bangladesh. He is striving to have “the wealth of our differences” to be part of the conversations between religions. Read more Related Posts:Pope’s September trip schedule shows no post-surgery…”Reckless” Pope committed to dialoguePope urges dialogue in Afghanistan so people can…Holocaust Read more

A clear separation of church and state says Samoa’s Archbishop

Friday, June 3rd, 2016

The archbishop of Apia, Alapati Lui Mataeliga, says the constitution already recognises Samoa as a Christian country and there should be a clear separation of church and state. The National Council of Churches has called for Christianity to be further entrenched in the constitution. The Archbishop said his representative on the National Council of Churches Read more

Muslims, Christians and Jews reflect on Mercy

Tuesday, May 24th, 2016

A multifaith celebration of Year of Mercy was held last week in Wellington. It was a joint initiative of the New Zealand Catholic Bishops Committee for Interfaith Relations and the Wellington Abrahamic Council of Jews, Christians and Muslims. The first part of the event was a panel presentation by three speakers. JoEllen Dukkor (Jewish), Sister Read more

The Imam and the Pastor – see it 12 February

Tuesday, February 9th, 2016

In collaboration with the Initiatives of Change NZ and the Wellington Islamic Centre, there will be a special screening of two short films, The Imam and the Pastor and An African Answer. In the 1990s, Pastor James Wuye and Imam Muhammad Ashafa led opposing, armed militias, dedicated to defending their respective communities as violence broke Read more