Interfaith Event: National Interfaith Forum & Call For Workshops – Dunedin, New Zealand

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National Interfaith Forum 27-29 June 2014, Dunedin, New Zealand

The 2014 National Interfaith Forum, to be held from Friday 27th to Sunday 29th June 2014, celebrates the unity in diversity of our interfaith organisations and is being hosted by the Dunedin Interfaith Council at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Fenton Crescent, St Clair, Dunedin.

Registration: Registration is now open for the June 2014 Forum. Early Bird Registration Fee per person if paid by 30 April 2014 = $50.00. Registration Fee per person if paid after 1 May 2014 = $60.00

Meals: Dinner on Friday, and lunch and dinner on Saturday are included in the registration fee. Meals are vegetarian and suitable for vegans. Morning and afternoon refreshments are also included in the registration fee. Please Note: No ‘caffeinated’ drinks (tea or coffee) will be served on site at the Forum venue out of respect to our Mormon Church hosts and it is not ap- propriate to bring any to the Forum venue. There will be a range of other hot and cold refreshment drinks provided.

Registration Cancellations and Refunds: If you cancel coming to the Forum after paying the Early Bird Registration Fee a full refund will be provided. For cancellations made from 1 May 2014 to 20 June 2014refunds will be minus 20%. After 20 June 2014 no refunds can be provided. For all cancellation enquiries contact: <dunedininterfaith@gmail.com>.
Airport Pick-ups and Transport: Dunedin Airport is located approx 30 kms south of Dunedin. Your Forum hosts offer transportation from the airport to your accommodation or the venue by mini van or car. Please book in advance by providing your name, flight number and arrival time by emailing: <dunedininterfaith@gmail.com>).
For more information (including a draft programme schedule and accommodation options): please download the Forum brochure and Registration Form from: <www.interfaith.org.nz>.

Special international guest speaker, the Rev Dr Lord Leslie Griffith

Lord Leslie is currently the Superintendent Minister of Wesley’s Chapel, the Cathedral of World Methodism in London, England and a member of the House of Lords. As a regular columnist and BBC broadcaster, Dr. Griffiths has spoken extensively on various educational and social subjects, including interfaith relationships, euthanasia, the church and civic society, and international affairs, including the complex world of international finance. We look forward to hearing his viewpoint about our Forum theme and about interfaith activities in the UK.

Call for workshop presentations:

You are invited to host a workshop presentation about one of the listed topic themes. Workshop presentations need to: incorporate a spiritual dimension or faith perspective related to the topic, be no longer than 50 minutes duration (including any Q&A time) and preferably be a collaborative process with opportunities for participation by workshop attendees. You are also welcome to join with others to host a Workshop topic. The topic themes are:

1. Ethics in Practice
2. Environmental Issues
3. Promoting interfaith harmony in our communities
4.“Our (faith) traditions share a common message of love and compassion, patience and tolerance” (Dalai Lama)
5. Encouraging New Zealanders to be more inclusive and accepting of religious diversity
6. How faith contributes to personal transformation and the betterment of the world
7. Encouraging multi-faith education in New Zealand.

If you would like to present a workshop please forward an outline summary of your chosen topic by 30 April 2014. We encourage presenters to consider creative concepts and approaches for Workshops. Send your Workshop outline summary by 30 April 2014 either by email to <dunedininterfaith@gmail.com> with ‘Workshop Presentation’ in the subject line or by post to Dunedin Interfaith Forum, P.O. Box 212, Mosgiel 9053. You will be notified if your Workshop presentation is accepted.

Our mailing address is: Waikato Interfaith Council (WIFCO), 10 Cranwell Place, Hamilton, Waikato 3216 New Zealand

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