by Mark Pedersen
This was my second Jews, Christians, Muslims in Australia conference. I'd been quite inspired by last year's conference and so arrived at Palotti College in Millgrove with a sense of expectation for what the next four days would hold. What had impressed me most last year was the way in which people were able to dig into the serious issues of difference between the three faiths, while still building significant relationships across the faiths - for example, last year we looked at texts from each faith's scriptures that were challenging and/or critical of outsiders. Difficult issues like Israel and Palestine were also discussed, and while there remained differences of opinion, the spirit of dialogue prevailed and the conference concluded with expressions of hope for the future from many participants.