The Jewish Christian Muslim Association (JCMA) was founded
in 2004 as a safe meeting place for Jews, Christians and Muslims. Last year, in the context of growing tensions in the
community, JCMA held its initial “Friendship Walk”: a visible demonstration of
friendship open to the whole community. The program for the walk was to gather
at a Christian venue (St Peter’s Anglican Church, East Melbourne), then move to
a Jewish venue (East Melbourne Synagogue) and to conclude at a Muslim venue
(the Albanian Mosque in Carlton). At each venue the host priest, rabbi and imam welcome us
with prayer and some experience of their culture and community. In 2015 the
event attracted just over 100 people from all three communities.
Last Sunday afternoon, 6 November at 2pm, JCMA held this
event again, this time attracting 200 people from Jewish, Christian and Muslim
communities – plus many other faith groups and community organisations and
members of the public.
annual Christian Holocaust Memorial Service was held on Tuesday night (3 May 2016)
at Our Lady of Sion College in Box Hill. During the service, Grace, a student
of the College, said:
‘At a Holocaust Memorial Service
it must be asked: What have we learned and what must we do? The opposite of
love is not hate, but indifference. From those who were not indifferent, we can
learn what we can achieve if we stand up for people in need and be a voice for
others who do not have one.’
is the 25th anniversary of the Service. In May 1991, the late Sr Verna
Holyhead sgs gathered a small group of Christians and Jews together in the wind
and the rain outside the Jewish Memorial in Rookwood Cemetery in Sydney for a
Holocaust Memorial Service
On Wednesday 22nd October 2014 the Ecumenical and Interfaith
Commission hosted a public event to celebrate 50 years of Catholic
ecumenism since the Second Vatican Council issued the Decree "Unitatis
Redintegratio". The celebration took place at the Catholic Leadership
Centre, and the special guest was Prof. Catherine Clifford, PhD STL.
On 1 January 2011, Pope Benedict XVI announced that he wished to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the historic meeting that took place in Assisi on 27 October 1986, at the wish of Blessed Pope John Paul II. On the day of the anniversary, 27 October 2011, the Holy Father held a Day of reflection, dialogue and prayer for peace and justice in the world, making a pilgrimage to the home of Saint Francis and inviting fellow Christians from different denominations, representatives of the world’s religious traditions and, in some sense, all men and women of good will, to join him once again on this journey.
In conjunction with the Holy Father's Assisi meeting, gatherings also took place in major cities around the world. Here, the Faith Communities Council of Victoria cooperated with the Ecumenical and Interfaith Commission of the Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne to organise a gathering called "Assisi in Melbourne: Faith in Service of Peace." The Anglican Diocese of Melbourne kindly made available their historic "Chapter House" at St Paul's Cathedral for the event
On the 25 June, 2011
, the Chan Meditation Centre, together with the
Ecumenical and Interfaith Commission and the Victorian Multicultural
Commission, presented "Observing Tea", an event which introduced
Melbournians to the wide variety of tea ceremonies from South East Asia.
Days in the Diocese, Melbourne (July 20, 2008)
“big event” for the Ecumenical and Interfaith Commission in 2008 was,
without a doubt, the “Interfaith Youth Pilgrimage” on Sunday 13th July.
To coincide with the visit to Melbourne of 25,000 international pilgrims
en route to World Youth Day in Sydney, the youth of various religious
communities in Melbourne came together “on pilgrimage to one another” in
order to make a joint commitment to peace.
communities were represented in this event: Baha’i, Christian (both
Protestant and Catholic), Muslim (from both the Islamic Council of
Victoria and the Australian Intercultural Society), Jewish, Hindu,
Buddhist, Brahma Kumaris, Sathya Sai, Sikh and Indigenous. The event was
jointly planned by the young people from these communities themselves.
On March 13, 2008, for the first time, Catholics hosted Muslims to commemorate the Noble Birth of their Prophet Mohammed (pbuh).
The evening coincided with the beginning of Holy Week for the Catholics.
The theme for the evening was "The Servanthood and Submission of Jesus and the Prophet".
The program was in two parts, each part containing a reading from the
sacred text, a presentation on the theme, and some music and singing
from that religious tradition.
On August 21, 2007, ninety people gathered at the Cardinal Knox
Centre in East Melbourne to attend the launch of the Archdiocesan
guidelines for parishes, schools and agencies to assist in the promotion
of interfaith relations. The guidelines, Promoting Interfaith Relations; Some guidelines for parishes and agencies of the Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne , were developed by the Ecumenical and Interfaith Commission and approved by the Archbishop.
Bishop Christopher Prowse, Auxiliary Bishop of Melbourne gave the key
note address. The gathering was also addressed by Dr Paul Gardner of
the B'Nai B'rith Antidefamation, Mr Yassar Soliman of the Victorian
Venerable Carolyn Lawler of the Tara Institute and Swami Shankaranda of the Shiva Ashram.
Archbishop Denis Hart officially launched the guidelines by commending
them to the Episcopal Vicar for Interfaith Relations, Monsignor Peter
Signing of the
MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING
ECUMENICAL AND INTERFAITH COMMISSION
of the Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne
THE AUSTRALIAN INTERCULTURAL SOCIETY
(Cardinal Knox Centre, July 29th, 2007)
This Seminar took place at the Thomas Carr Centre in Victoria Pde on
Sunday 13th November, 2005, to mark the 40th anniversary of the landmark
Vatican II declaration on the Church’s relation to non-Christian
religions. About 120 people made up the crowd at this event, comprising a
goodly number of younger people (something which indicates the
contemporary interest in interfaith relations) and a sizable number of
guests from other religions (especially Buddhist and Hindu, but also
Jewish and Muslim).
The main speaker for the day was the well known human rights lawyer,
Julian Burnside QC. Julian graciously gave his time to address us,
choosing as his topic a comparison of the political and religious
tensions in today’s community to that of England 400 years ago in the
time of the Gunpowder Plot. Julian also reprimanded us for keeping
Nostra Aetate “a secret”. Not only does the wider community not know
about it, but other religions, other Christians, and even many Catholics are completely unaware of the official teaching of the Church in regard to those of other faiths.