Celebrating the contributions of Christian, Muslim and Jewish traditions
From Catholic Communications, Sydney Archdiocese
The common root of the Abrahamic faiths and the contributions made by Christian, Muslim and Jewish traditions over the past 2,000 years were celebrated at the 8th Abrahamic Faith Conference held on 1 August at Mary MacKillop Place, North Sydney.
Themed "Abrahamic Faiths: Contribution to Society and Relevance today", speakers at the conference were Rabbi Jeremy Lawrence, Dr Salih Yucel and Professor Neil Ormerod.
"In today's world, there were 2.2 billion Christians, 1.3 billion Muslims and 13 million Jews," Rabbi Jeremy Lawrence said. "We comprise about half of all humanity and are siblings of a common parent."
Professor Neil Ormerod recognised the efforts of Abrahamic faiths to perfect society through moral and ethical teachings, but cited an urgent need to open up a dialogue among all members of society around the questions of forgiveness, compassion, mercy, reconciliation, reparation and conversion of heart that "speak not of idealism of our traditions, but instead the realism of the human condition."
In his address, Dr Salih Yucel spoke of how in today's world materialistic science and religion had become strangers to one another with science focussing on physical existence, and spirituality viewed as outside of science and therefore not to be considered "real" but purely a concept of human beings.
Full story available at the Archdiocese of Sydney site
Interfaith Dialogue and Ecumenism Seminar
Diocese of Parramatta Commission for Ecumenism & Interfaith Dialogue Member Fr Herman Roborgh SJ will be a guest speaker at an Interfaith Dialogue & Ecumenism Seminar to be held at the Institute For Mission in Blacktown on Saturday 4 September.
See 'Events' for full details.
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