Posts Tagged ‘Interfaith Relations’

Meet me before you judge me: Muslim says to his neighbours

Friday, February 10th, 2017

A Muslim imam and missionary Mustenser Qamar has extended an invitation to his Lower Hutt community: come over for a cuppa and a chat. The idea behind it is for people to get to know a Muslim. “I was encouraged to do it by what is going on in the world – the proposed Muslim ban [in Read more

3 religions share same small church

Friday, November 18th, 2016

On a wooded lane on Long Island, a white steeple rises from a historic church, home to a congregation established by Dutch settlers. The sign out front says: “Brookville Church, Founded 1732.” It also says Muslim Reform Movement Organization. And New Synagogue of Long Island. And Interfaith Community of Long Island. Together, these four communities Read more

Muslims buy church from Indebted Catholic community

Friday, October 28th, 2016

A Catholic church in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, was sold last week to a Muslims. The Immaculate Conception B.V.M. Catholic Church in Bristol Township, located 25 miles outside of Philadelphia, was purchased by the United American Muslim Society, based in Brooklyn, New York, for $1.775 million last Friday. The real estate transaction was announced during weekend Read more

Vanuatu Christians boycott reconciliation ceremony involving Muslims

Tuesday, October 18th, 2016

Christian groups in Vanuatu would not support an international reconciliation ceremony which  involved Muslims. The reconciliation took place on Sunday. The chairman of the Vanuatu Christian Council, Pastor Allan Nafuki, said they would not support the ceremony and instead plan a march for all Christians in Vanuatu next Friday. The want to  send out a Read more

Hanson doesn’t want NZ a backdoor entry for Muslims

Friday, July 15th, 2016

Migrants must spend at least 10 years in New Zealand before being welcome in Australia.  Australian politician Pauline Hanson says this policy will prevent Muslims moving to New Zealand and then across the Tasman. “I don’t want Australia to be taken over by Islam and have too many of Muslims in the country, and that’s Read more

Muslims take to the streets to find out what NZers think about Islam

Friday, July 8th, 2016

A Muslim imam and missionary has taken to Auckland’s streets to gauge what New Zealanders think about Islamic culture, and to try and change perceptions. Mustenser Qamar and a group of friends used a white board displaying the text, “I am a Muslim so that makes me…” to invite members of the public to share Read more

Methodists invite Muslims to dedication of Lampedusa Cross

Friday, July 1st, 2016

The Methodist church in Mornington, Dunedin, will be inviting refugees and members of the Muslim faith to take part in a shared religious service to dedicate a specially-made cross to refugees. It is a Lampedusa Cross, made from the wreckage of a refugee boat by Francesco Tucci, a carpenter on the Italian island of Lampedusa. Read more

Muslim mother supports her Catholic priest son

Friday, October 30th, 2015

A Muslim mother gave her blessing and support to her son who recently became one of the 11 newly ordained priests from the Societas Verbi Divini (SVD) order in the presence of Archbishop Vincensius Sensi Potokota. Robertus Belarminus Asiyanto, 31, was ordained last Oct. 10 at the St. Paul Ledalero Seminary, Maumere, Flores, East Nusa Read more

PM proud Fiji unique multi-faith nation

Friday, August 14th, 2015

The Prime Minster of Fiji, Josaia Voreqe Bainimarama, says he is proud of the fact that Fiji is one of very few countries in which a public holiday is set aside for Prophet Mohammed’s birthday as well as great commemorations for other major religions – Christianity and Hinduism. He says it underlines the unique nature Read more

Australia’s PNG solution: The seeds of sectarian conflict?

Tuesday, July 28th, 2015

Last Thursday, Human Rights Watch Australia published a report explaining that, despite two years of processing, very few detainees have left Australia’s Manus Island detention centre. The report is a fresh reminder that forced integration can throw up some wicked dilemmas, whether it is in Nauru or Australia’s other offshore resettlement facility on Manus Island, Read more