Mentors from our religions – as seen through the eyes of others

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Mentors from our religions –
as seen through the eyes of others

Temple Sinai, 147 Ghuznee St
Tuesday 20 September, 7pm

Rehanna Ali, Catherine Jones, and Adam Levy

Each speaker will discuss a contemporary figure from another Abrahamic religion who is inspirational to all.

All welcome.

You can help us publicise this event by downloading, printing, and distributing our poster.
For more information, please contact Dave Moskovitz.

Mercy in our sacred scriptures – audio and text

On Wednesday 18 May 2016, a public discussion was held at St Joseph’s Church in Mt Victoria, Wellington. There were three speakers: JoEllen Duckor from the Jewish Community, Sister Elizabeth Julian from the Christian Community, and Sultan Eusoff from the Muslim Community.

You can listen to JoEllen’s talk:


And Sultan’s talk:


Sister Elizabeth Julian preferred for her talk not to be recorded, but you can read the paper on which her talk was based: Mercy, the Beating Heart of the Bible.


Abrahamic Meditation Day 25 June


Meditation Day
Saturday 25 June 2016, 10am-3pm
Pā Maria, 78 Hobson St, Thorndon

Come join us for a day of meditation drawing from our shared spiritual kaupapa as Jews, Christians and Muslims. Facilitator Rev Erice Fairbrother from the House of Benedict Spirituality Centre will take us through a programme of silence, meditation, and shared reflection, bringing us together into places of shared faith and respect for the precious things we hold in common. We will take time to consider God as one God and Creator, followed by Creation and our response to the centrality of care of creation, and finally our shared humanity.

Rev Erice Fairbrother was part of an initial group that established the interfaith group at Otago University many years ago. In the 1990’s, together with Diane Mille-Keeley she presented a paper at the Auckland Council of Christian and Jews concerning domestic violence and the call to justice in our sacred writings. She now lives in Napier, is a published poet and teacher in spirituality in the Benedictine tradition.

Space is limited, RSVP essential to:
Sr Catherine Jones,, (04) 496 1337

Please Download a poster, and help us spread the word.


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


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



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.