2019 Abraham Conference: Healing Memories, Making History
Date and Time
Parramatta Mission Fellowship Hall
119 Macquarie St, Parramatta NSW 2150, Australia
In a time when attacks on innocent worshippers in mosque, church and synagogue try to divide us, the Abraham Conference plays an important role in bringing Jews, Christians and Muslims together to discuss contemporary issues of concern for the members of the three religions and for the wider society.
The theme of this year's Abraham Conference is "Healing Memories, Making History: Genuine Encounters in the Present will Redeem our Past for a Different Future". It challenges us not to see each other through the polemics of the past, but to encounter each other as we truly we are in the present, so as to build a different future. It is healing ‘memories’ to free us for a better future. It is making history by forging new relationships.
The international keynote speaker is Diego Sarrió Cucarella, M.Afr., Ph.D., Rector of the Pontifical Institute for Arabic and Islamic Studies (PISAI) in Rome. His research and publications focus on the intellectual history of Muslim-Christian relations and the continuing reciprocal theological constructions that this history has bequeathed to Christians and Muslims today. His keynote presentation, "The Abrahamic Religions: Shedding Past Polemics, Forging New Paradigms", will expound the conference theme.
A panel of local experts from each of the three religions will add stimulating discussion and answer questions from the delegates. The moderator will be former ABC broadcaster of The Religion Report, Mr John Cleary. Further conversation and connection among delegates over light refreshments is an integral part of the conference proceedings.
Conference partners - Affinity Intercultural Foundation, the Australian Egyptian Forum Council, the Columban Centre for Christian-Muslim Relations, the NSW Jewish Board of Deputies, and the Uniting Church in Australia, Synod of NSW & ACT – invite you to join in a stimulating and thought-provoking afternoon of interfaith dialogue and friendship at this year's #AbrahamConference.
Date: Sunday, 28 July, 2pm-5.30pm (registration open at 1pm)
Venue: Parramatta Mission Fellowship Hall, 119 Macquarie Street, Parramatta NSW 2150
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Columban Centre for Christian-Muslim Relations
The Columban Centre for Christian-Muslim Relations has been building mutual understanding between Christians and Muslims since 1997. How have we gone about this and what have we learned? Personal encounter is crucial for growing friendly relations, so we attend a variety of religious, educational, social and cultural events hosted by Muslim individuals and organisations. We also organise interfaith events and conferences - often in partnership with other organisations - where Christians, Muslims and believers from different religions can meet, dialogue and get to know one another. Knowledge and education are important foundations for building solid relations. To counter ignorance, stereotypes and prejudice about Islam and Muslims, we provide accurate information through talks, seminars, workshops, publications and other media. To witness the Christian-Muslim trust and friendship we have come to enjoy, wherever possible, we share platforms with Muslims and collaborate with them on matters of common concern and community benefit. Our Centre activities include: Attending Muslim, interfaith and multi-faith events Organising and facilitating interfaith events Publishing Bridges newsletter Maintaining a positive presence for interreligious dialogue and Islam on social media Giving talks, seminars, workshops on Islam and interreligious dialogue to various audiences e.g. parishes, schools, teachers, adult education, social justice groups Contributing articles and posts to various Columban and other media (The Far East, Columban e-news, AMUST, Catholic Outlook etc) Facilitating Youth PoWR (Parliament of the World's Religions) Co-facilitating the Abraham Conference with Jewish, Christian and Muslim organisations Giving lectures on Islam and Interreligious Dialogue at tertiary institutes Contributing to academic conferences and journals Publishing occasional resources on Islam and Interreligious Dialogue e.g. The Golden Rule Poster, Ten Things Everyone Needs to Know About Islam. Participating in interfaith organisations e.g. Religions for Peace, National Dialogue of Christians, Muslims and Jews