One would love nonetheless to know how to be a man, how to be a woman before God, in the mirror of one’s own conscience, in the looks of those who surround us. One would wish to find the strength to beautify one’s thoughts and to purify one’s heart. It is everyone’s hope and expectation to live in serenity and to plod along in transparency: the palms of the hands patiently directed towards heaven, at the heart of all this modernity.
– Tariq Ramadan
KATHLEEN McPHILLIPS (Newcastle University, Australia)
LISA ISHERWOOD (Winchester University, UK)
All those beings among you whom struggle are fragments of the Divine. And so deceptive is the illusion in which you live that it is hard to guess where you will first detect that sweet voice in the hearts of others. But know that it is certainly within yourself. Look for it there and, once having heard it, you will more readily recognise it around you.
– Annie Bessant, Theosophist, 1926
Held on 22 July, this event was organised to promote the message of interfaith and interracial harmony in Singapore as well as giving an introduction to the recently-formed Singapore IRCC (Inter-Racial and Religious Confidence Circle). There was a concert showcasing different cultural groups as well as entertainment for the kids.
Inter-racial and religious confidence circles (IRCCs), then known as “inter-racial confidence circles”, were first formed in 2002 in the wake of the September 11 attacks in the United States and the arrest, in December 2001, of 15 Jemaah Islamiyah members in Singapore who planned to bomb the Singaporean diplomatic missions of Australia, UK, USA and Ireland. The then Prime Minister, Goh Chok Tong, instigated IRCCs and “harmony circles” for schools, work places and other local organizations in January 2002, to “grow the common space and deepen inter-racial understanding”.
What is the immediate future for spirituality in Australia? Is it destined to remain a marginal or ‘eccentric’ interest? How can those of us on the edge speak to the mainstream? This talk will focus on the work of Aboriginal leaders, Miriam-Rose Ungunmerr and David Mowaljarlai and their efforts to create a ‘universal’, non-sectarian spiritual awareness in this country. Read the rest of this entry
The Waikato Interfaith Council and the Auckland Inter-Faith Council invite you to attend a session on “Raising Awareness of Religious Diversity” at the Annual New Zealand Diversity Forum to be held this year at the Aotea Centre, Auckland 19-20 August 2012. The forum is a unique national convention, now in its eight year, at which people involved in race relations, human rights and cultural diversity come together to share ideas and good practice.
The emphasis is on practical action. It is more of a marketplace than a traditional conference, with a diverse range of organisations hosting their own forums and events that together make up the programme. These range from professional meetings (for example for researchers, librarians, local government community staff, museum and gallery staff) to forums on topical issues and projects. Read the rest of this entry