MC Rev. Garry Derkenne with the panel, Sheikh Nami Farhat, Rabbi Zalman Kastel, Imam Farhan Khalil, Sister Elizabeth Delaney and Father Vincent Savarimuthu

The Humanity of Moses, Jesus and Muhammad

By Rev. Dr Rob McFarlane, Presbytery Ministry Leader, Parramatta Nepean Presbytery I recently had the enormous pleasure of attending a Jewish-Muslim-Christian conversation about the humanity of the founding figures of our three Abrahamic faiths. The gathering was hosted by the Imam Hasan Centre in Annangrove in Sydney’s northwest on 1 December. The centre is named […]

Dr Derya Iner at the 2019 Uniting Church and Affinity Building Harmony Dinner with Jim Mein, former NSW/ACT Moderator, and Ahmet Polat, Executive Director Affinity Intercultural Foundation

Uniting against Islamophobia

By Bec Beisler Rana Elasmar was 38-weeks pregnant and sitting with friends at a café in Western Sydney, when a man approached the table, leaned over and punched her several times. In the security video that played across TV news bulletins, Rana is seen falling to the ground and the man appears to stomp on […]

Overcoming Religious Prejudice

A new report detailing the experiences of abuse, prejudice and discrimination against Muslim women in Victoria sheds a light on the lived reality of Islamophobia in our society. The report has been compiled by April Kailahi, the Interfaith Community Development Officer for the Uniting Church Synod of Victoria and Tasmania. In its attempt to unpack […]

QLD Synod: Hate is not an Option

The QLD Synod Interfaith Relations Committee (SIRC) share their recent presentation at the QLD Synod and a resource for speaking at local congregations. The Committee’s current project is share their work with local communities. They have developed a number of resources to do so and have shared them here with the Seeking Common Ground Circle.  […]

NCCA Triennial Forum

By Rob Floyd and Rev. Dr Ji Zhang The Uniting Church was a participant in the National Council of Churches in Australia 10th Forum in Canberra. It was a wonderful ecumenical gathering with 65 Church leaders invited from 19 member Churches. The NCCA Forum is an opportunity for Member Churches to deepen their relationship with […]

Iftar Dinners during Ramadan

The Uniting Church was involved in the hosting of a number of Iftar Dinners with our Muslim friends during the month of Ramadan. Sharing the Iftar together is a powerful symbol of unity and friendship. In the simple act of sharing a meal, the Iftar dinners help build connections in the community that replace fear […]

To be in Communion: Heart and Mind, Body and Soul

Seeking Common Ground Advocate Amelia Koh-Butler reflects on how we go about Ecumenical and Interfaith relationships Parking close-by, I walked toward the gate to be greeted by various senior school students, dotting the path, pointing me in the right direction. A reception table, adorned with carefully printed tags and stunning flowers, was near the door, […]

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

2-9 June 2019 Daily themes for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity prepared by the NCCA. See the full resource, including reflections, questions and prayers here: https://www.ncca.org.au/images/stories/Departments/Faith_and_Unity/Week_of_Prayer_2019/WoPCU_2019_Reflections_for_the_8_Days.pdf

The Chapel of Sage Lü

The Dao Become Flesh

The first and second introductions of Christianity to China (C7-9, 12-14) Newly discovered evidence shows that Christianity was in China about 1400 years ago. Rev. Dr Ji Zhang, Assembly Theologian-in-Residence has used contextual theology and translated some major inscriptions to recover the intercultural dialogue which took place during the Tang and Yuan Dynasties. Here is […]