Open­ing con­ver­sa­tions

In­ter­faith events to help ed­u­cate

Maroochy Weekly - - LIFE - Danielle Ford Danielle.Ford@sc­news.com.au

ONE ad­van­tage of liv­ing in a multi-cul­tural coun­try is the colour­ful ar­ray of dif­fer­ent faiths rep­re­sented within var­i­ous com­mu­ni­ties, how­ever, this then poses the ques­tion, what can be done to help these re­li­gions ef­fec­tively co-ex­ist?

To help open up this con­ver­sa­tion the Nambour Com­mu­nity Cen­tre will host Faith, Friend and Fu­ture, a se­ries of in­ter­faith dis­cus­sions across the Coast.

Nambour Com­mu­nity Cen­tre man­ager Michael Jones said the cen­tre de­cided to hold the events due to a strong de­mand from the pub­lic.

“We work with a broad cross-sec­tion of the com­mu­nity and through con­ver­sa­tions at the cen­tre we found there was a need for the com­mu­nity to bet­ter un­der­stand other faiths,” Mr Jones said.

The events are sup­ported by the Queens­land Govern­ment through fund­ing from the We Are Queens­land! small grant pro­gram.

Each con­ver­sa­tion will have a panel of speak­ers from Hindu, Is­lamic, Chris­tian, Abo­rig­i­nal and Bud­dhist tra­di­tions who will each dis­cuss as­pects of their faith and life.

Com­mu­nity cen­tre mi­grant set­tle­ment worker Linda Den­nis said it will be a good chance for peo­ple to ask ques­tions they might have al­ways wanted to, but not had the op­por­tu­nity.

“The speak­ers will give some in­for­ma­tion that may not be com­monly known about their faith and prac­tices then they will take some ques­tions that have been sub­mit­ted via pre-reg­is­tra­tion,” she said.

“Later on man­aged ques­tions will be taken from the floor.” Reg­is­tra­tion is es­sen­tial. The Ma­roochy­dore event will be on June 21 with the lo­ca­tion sent with con­fir­ma­tion of reg­is­tra­tion email.

Pre-reg­is­tered ques­tions can be sub­mit­ted af­ter reg­is­tra­tion via EventBrite or by email to nc­cfff2018@gmail.com.

PHOTO: JOHN MCCUTCHEON

PANEL SPEAKER: Fr Jeremy Greaves will be one of the speak­ers at the Faith, Friend and Fu­ture events.

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