Islam's Encounter with Other Religions

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JCMA

The Jewish-Christian-Muslim Association of Australia, a Victorian based organization established in 2003. It aims to enable people of faith to deepen their understanding of Judaism, Christianity and Islam in Australia today by meeting, engaging with and learning from Jews, Christians and Muslims.

JCMA conference Victoria

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.

Building Peace in a World of Conflict

by Nazid & Faiza Kimmie

This presentation was given at a Catholic Church in Melbourne, Australia, on September 29th 2004. The theme is “peace be upon you”; I've added my own subheading to that which is, “building peace in a world of conflict”. I chose that title not only because it is topical (I'll get to that a little later) but because the concept of ‘Peace” is multi-layered and takes on different meanings; there is no denying that it is at the core of any human relationship. “Peace be upon you” also forms part of the formal greeting that Muslims use to address each other everyday: Asalaamu alaykum - “Greetings and peace be upon you”. For me, peace is a mode of relationship whether it is between individuals, nations or indeed between different faiths, but it can only exist under certain conditions that I'll detail later.

Managing Muslim Christian Relations

by Glenn McIntosh

In February 2004, a conference was held on 'Managing Muslim-Christian Relations: Educational Policy Options'. This involved local academics, leaders, and those involved in the educational enterprise, as well as a number of individuals from overseas (particularly south-east Asia). Participants were hosted at Trinity college, and workshops held over three days.

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