Coming Events 2018

Australian politicians have spoken out in rare unity in support of a non-discriminatory immigration program.  Read more

The Vatican published a message on 18 May recognizing the Muslim month of Ramadan and expressing appreciation for “the great effort by Muslims throughout the world to fast, pray and share the Almighty’s gifts with the poor.” It is titled “Christians and Muslims: From Competition to Collaboration”  

A Christian reflection on Ramadan.

Dozens of items from the Vatican’s Anima Mundi Museum are part of a new exhibition at the National Museum of Australia (20 April - 22 July) that seeks to explore Islamic faith and culture. Read more

On the celebration of the Buddhist feast of Vesakh, the Vatican invites the world’s Buddhists and Christians to work together to combat corruption which involves the abuse of positions of power for personal gain. Read more

Young Australian Muslims seem to be on their feet. They are not waiting for good leadership to happen, rather they are leading the path of transformation. Read more

Christians and Muslims in Lebanon have celebrated the Feast of the Annunciation to the Blessed Virgin Mary at the national level for 12 years and it is now recognized as a national holiday. Its slogan continues to be “The Islamic Christian Gathering Around Virgin Mary”. Read more

OnePath Network has carried out a groundbreaking analysis of coverage of Islam in the Media by tracking 5 of Australia’s biggest newspapers reporting on Islam during the year 2017.  The study concluded that the way the media talks about Islam in Australia is disproportionate, divisive and dangerous. Click here to read the whole analysis.

Members of the Anglican Communion’s new Inter Faith Commission will gather for their first meeting next week, in Cairo, Egypt. Read more

In Morocco female Quran experts are using their scholarship to provide spiritual guidance to Muslim youths at risk of radicalism.   Read more

Dominican fr Jean-Jacques Pérènnes reflects on the meaning of the beatification of Bishop Pierre Claverie and 18 other religious who were assassinated in Algeria between 1994 and 1996.  He sees the beatification is not just a matter for Christians but for all those who wanted and still want a pluralistic Algeria. 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











Sun 5     2018 Abraham Conference – “Pillars of Peace: Jews, Christians and Muslims Working Together.” Venue: The Peter Shergold Building at Western Sydney University's new Parramatta CBD campus, 169 Macquarie St, Parramatta. Speakers include Steve Killelea AM, Founder of the Institute for Economics and Peace, and a panel moderated by Prof. Kevin Dunn, Dean of the School of Social Sciences and Psychology, WSU. Register at EventBrite - https://  Cost: $20/$10 concession.  Registration from 1 pm, program from 2 pm to 5.30 pm.  

Thurs 16              Affinity lunchtime lecture: Interpersonal Relationships and Human Rights.  Former Justice of the High Court of Australia, Michael Kirby and the University of Sydney Law School's Ron McCallum will be discussing the human rights issues that affect people within the LGBTQIA+ and disability communities. The facilitator for the talk will be Pauline Wright, Executive Director of Law Council of Australia. Venue: Affinity Intercultural Foundation - Level 5, 51-57 Pitt Street Sydney. Time: 12:00 - 1:30pm. Free.  Register online at

Wed 22          Trump’s America and how it has impacted us, the people. Rabbi Bob Kaplan in conversation with Jon Owen, Pastor of Wayside Chapel. When: 7.00pm. Where: Community Hall, Wayside Chapel, 29 Hughes St Potts Point. RSVP: benmenashe@nswjbd.comor Rabbi Bob Kaplan is the founding Director of The Center for Community Leadership the Intergroup and Community building division of the Jewish Community Relations Council of New York. He advises government and NGO’s across New York on inter-group relations, coalition and capacity building, conflict resolution, leadership development and mentoring, interracial/inter-religious relationships and combating hate crimes.

Wed 29            Affinity lunchtime lecture: The Anthropocene: Challenges of the Human Age    ANU's Emeritus Professor Will Steffen will talk about some of the climate change issues that are currently plaguing the Human Age. The talk will be facilitated by Professor Clive Pearson from Charles Sturt University. Venue: Affinity Intercultural Foundation - Level 5, 51-57 Pitt Street Sydney. Time: 12:00 - 1:30pm. Free. Register online at



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: