Two events about mercy

The New Zealand Catholic Bishops Committee for Interfaith Relations together with The Wellington Abrahamic Council of Jews Christians and Muslims warmly welcomes you to …

An Abrahamic Celebration of the Year of Mercy

The celebration will take place in two events:

A discussion on Mercy in our Sacred Scriptures
Wednesday 18 May, 6:30pm for a 7pm start
Pearce Room, St Joseph’s Church, Mt Victoria
Speakers: JoEllen Duckor (Jewish), Sister Elizabeth Julian (Christian) and Sultan Eusoff (Muslim)
There will be plenty of time for questions, reflections, and discussion after the speakers.
Entry by koha or donation of goods, eg flour, new winter socks, etc

After having heard the theoretical underpinnings, we have an opportunity to put this into practice at:

A Multi-Faith Service Day
Saturday 21 May, 9:30am – mid-afternoon (10am departure to outside jobs)
St Patrick’s Church Centre, 3 Childers Terrace, Kilbirnie
Lunch provided by the Wellington Islamic Centre

We’ll engage in activities such as baking some sweet treats for the Compassion Centre; preparing hygiene kits and toiletries for the Homeless Women’s Trust and Men’s Night Shelter; outside jobs – clean up and planting; possibility of visit to rest-homes.

You can help us publicise this event by downloading, printing, and distributing our poster.

For more information, please contact Sister Catherine Jones.

Prayers for Brussels

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The Wellington Abrahamic Council of Jews, Christians and Muslims
And the Wellington Anglican Cathedral of St Paul invite you to

Interfaith Prayers and Readings for Brussels
Wednesday 30 March 2-3 pm
At Loaves and Fishes
Wellington Anglican Cathedral of St Paul
Cnr Hill St and Molesworth St

All welcome.

Feel free to download a poster, and help us promote this event.

Contact us for more info.

Religious approaches to inequality

Image credit: Tuca Vieira

Image credit: Tuca Vieira

The Wellington Abrahamic Council invites you to a public seminar:

What: Religious approaches to inequality
When: Wednesday 13 April, 7pm
Where: Wellington Islamic Centre, 7 Queens Drive, Kilbirnie

Speakers –
Carol Ratnam, Wellington Progressive Jewish Congregation
Bishop Justin Duckworth, Anglican Diocese of Wellington
Kerem Caliskan, Pearl of the Islands Foundation

Inequality has been around since biblical times – based on economic position, gender, race, and other factors. Our Abrahamic religions have approaches to inequality that have many similarities but significant and interesting differences. Come to this public seminar, and learn more about how religions can contribute to the public discourse about inequality.

You can also download a handsome poster to help publicise this event.

All welcome.

Peace and Reconciliation: The Imam and the Pastor

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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. The films are about religious and racial strife that took place in Nigeria and Kenya, and how two leaders from the Christian and Muslim faiths came together to bring about peace and reconciliation.  Following the screening, there will be light refreshments, and a group discussion.

When: Friday evening, 12 February 2016, 6pm
Where: Wellington Islamic Centre, 7-11 Queens Drive, Kilbirnie

You can download a poster to help spread the word.

We hope to see you there!

 

Event: Challenges and Opportunities, 28 January 2016

gillettCome to our first Wellington Abrahamic Council event of 2016!

What: Challenges and opportunities facing the Abrahamic faiths worldwide
Speaker: Bishop David Gillett
Where: All Saints Church Centre, 90 Hamilton Road, Hataitai
When: Thursday 28 January 2016, 5:30pm

The evening will conclude with a light vegetarian meal.

Koha appreciated.

You can download an attractive flyer (PDF) which you can use to help publicise the event.

Bishop David Gillett was the Bishop of Bolton (Diocese of Manchester) between 1999 and 2008.  He is currently Assistant Bishop and Inter-Faith Adviser in the Anglican Diocese of Norwich, England, Honorary Vice President of UK Christian Muslim Forum, Trustee and Advisory Board Member of the UK Council of Christians and Jews, and chair of Norwich Interfaith Link.

And while we have your attention, we have the following planned events coming up early this year:

13 April Dealing with inequality
18 May Abrahamic perspectives on mercy
21 May Abrahamic joint service project day

We hope to see you soon!

Prayer Vigil

The Wellington Abrahamic Council of Jews Christians and Muslims and The NZ Catholic Bishops Committee for Interfaith Relations warmly invite you to:

What: A prayer vigil for peace and reconciliation.
When: Thursday 19 November 2015, 6.00pm, followed by light refreshments
Where: Wellington Islamic Centre, 7-11 Queens Drive, Kilbirnie

Format: each participant is invited to share a short prayer from their religious tradition suitable to the occasion. There will also be times of silent reflection.

For more information, please contact Sister Catherine Jones.

No longer strangers, but friends

You are cordially invited by the Catholic Bishop’s Committee for Interfaith Relations to an evening with Melbourne-based Rabbi Fred Morgan celebrating 50 years since the Catholic Church’s Nostra Aetate statement, the Declaration on the Relation of the Church to Non-Christian Religions.

What: No longer strangers, but friends: Nostra Aetate 50 years on
When: Monday 21 September 2015, 6-9pm
Where: Victoria University Pipitea Campus, Government Building Lecture Theatre 1
All welcome.

You can download a flyer for the event.

Wellington Interfaith Council AGM 23 August 2015

Our friends at The Wellington Interfaith Council are having their AGM later this month.

When: 23 August 2015, 2pm
Where: SOGINZ Wellington Centre, Ground Floor, HP House, 8 Gilmer Tce
There will be two speakers, Nadia McDonald, winner of the Bahai leadership competition. Nadia will speak on “Big change starts small” for 4 minutes. The second speaker is Robert McKay who will speak on the Parliament of World Religions using a video and presentation. He will speak for 20 minutes.

The AGM will commence thereafter, and will be followed by a cup of tea and shared food.

Free parking is available for the meeting: Park in the James Cook Hotel Carpark – entrance off the Terrace. Take the right hand lane and take a ticket at the barrier. The right hand lane leads you to the lower parking levels – you can park anywhere but I suggest you park on level B or C. Bring your parking ticket with you, and walk out to Gilmer Terrace via the vehicle exit on Level B. The venue is in the hexagonal building in front of you – the entrance is about 40 metres along to the right.

 

Should there be religious limits to freedom of expression?

Prof Paul Morris at Victoria University’s Religious Studies Department and the Robert Mackay from the World Parliament of Religions have organised the following seminar…

What: Should there be religious limits to absolute media freedom of expression?
When: Monday, 10 August 2015 6.15-8.15pm
Where: Victoria University Council Chambers, Level 2, Hunter Building, Kelburn campus

Paul Morris will provide a plenary, with a panel afterwards comprising Dave Moskovitz, Tayyaba Khan, Jenny Chalmers, Joris de Bres, Tom Scott, Selva Ramasami, and John Shaver, moderated by Ced Simpson.  David Zwartz will sum up.

You can download a flyer with more information.

Note that this is not an official function of the Wellington Abrahamic Council, but the topic will be of interest to our community.

Pope Francis and the ICCJ on the 50th anniversary of Nostra Aetate

Pope Francis addressed a meeting of the International Council of Christians and Jews in Rome yesterday, on the fiftieth anniversary of the seminal Nostra Aetate declaration by Pope Paul VI in 1965 which redefined the relationship between the Catholic church and non-Christian religions.

Ron Hoenig from the Australian Council of Christians and Jews reports from Rome that
More than 300 delegates at the Rome conference of the International Council of Christians and Jews shook the hand of Pope Francis at the end of an emotional audience with his Holiness in Vatican city.

The audience included an address to the Pope by ICCJ President Phillip Cunningham in which he informed the Pope of the dialogue work of the council and the presentation of three gifts to the Pope by members of the ICCJ executive board, including Australian second vice president Michael Trainor.

Among these gifts was a statue that shows the female figures of the Church and the Synagogue standing proudly and powerfully together.

The statue was commissioned by the Council to embody a new vision of mutuality and respect between the Church and Judaism and to counter the traditional supercessionist representation of the relationship between a triumphant Christianity and a bowed and defeated figure of Judaism that still appears in many churches in Europe.

In honour of the long ongoing friendship between the Pope and the Argentinian Rabbi Abraham Skorka, identical versions of the statue were presented to the Pope and Rabbi Skorka.

In what is seen by delegates as an extraordinary symbol of support for the Council’s work, the pope then personally greeted every one of the delegates.

Here is the English translation of the Pope’s address in Italian on the fiftieth anniversary of Nostra Aetate, as reported by the Vatican:

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

I am pleased that your meeting is taking place this year in Rome, the city where the Apostles Peter and Paul are buried. For all Christians, both Apostles are an important point of reference: they are like “pillars” of the Church. Here in Rome, we also find the most ancient Jewish community in Western Europe, whose origins can be traced to the time of the Maccabees. Christians and Jews therefore have lived together in Rome for almost two thousand years, even though their relations in the course of history have not been without difficulty.

The development of an authentic fraternal dialogue has been made possible since the Second Vatican Council, following the promulgation of the Declaration Nostra Aetate. This document represents a definitive “yes” to the Jewish roots of Christianity and an irrevocable “no” to anti-Semitism. In celebrating the fiftieth anniversary of Nostra Aetate, we are able to see the rich fruits which it has brought about and to gratefully appraise Jewish-Catholic dialogue. In this way, we can express our thanks to God for all the good which has been realized in terms of friendship and mutual understanding these past fifty years, as his Holy Spirit has accompanied our efforts in dialogue. Our fragmented humanity, mistrust and pride have been overcome thanks to the Spirit of Almighty God, in such a way that trust and fraternity between us have continued to grow. We are strangers no more, but friends, and brothers and sisters. Even with our different perspectives, we confess one God, Creator of the Universe and Lord of history. And he, in his infinite goodness and wisdom, always blesses our commitment to dialogue.

Christians, all Christians, have Jewish roots. Because of this, since its inception, the International Council of Christians and Jews has welcomed the various Christian confessions. Each of them, in its own way, has drawn near to Judaism, which in its time, has been distinguished by diverse trends and sensibilities. The Christian confessions find their unity in Christ; Judaism finds its unity in the Torah. Christians believe that Jesus Christ is the Word of God made flesh in the world; for Jews the Word of God is present above all in the Torah. Both faith traditions find their foundation in the One God, the God of the Covenant, who reveals himself through his Word. In seeking a right attitude towards God, Christians turn to Christ as the fount of new life, and Jews to the teaching of the Torah. This pattern of theological reflection on the relationship between Judaism and Christianity arises precisely from Nostra Aetate (cf. no. 4), and upon this solid basis can be developed yet further.

In its reflection on Judaism, the Second Vatican Council took account of the ten theses of Seelisberg, formulated in that Swiss town in 1947. These theses are closely linked to the founding of the International Council of Christians and Jews. We can say that there was already in embryonic form an initial concept of cooperation between your organization and the Catholic Church. This cooperation was officially inaugurated after the Council, and especially after the establishment of our Commission for Religious Relations with the Jews in 1947. This Commission of the Holy See always follows your organization’s activities with great interest, in particular the annual international meetings, which offer a notable contribution to Jewish-Christian dialogue.

Dear friends, I thank all of you for this visit and I wish you well for your meeting. May the Lord bless you and keep you in his peace. I ask you please to pray for me. Thank you.