interfaith conversations

Jessica Butcher, who works near me in the office here, is coordinating a remarkable inter-faith project for March 2009, involving a visit from Indonesian Christian and Muslim leaders to Australia. The trip will involve 14 Indonesians, who, along with 14 Australians, will travel through parts of Victoria and Tasmania, offering opportunities for conversations with local communities and a model for dialogue between people of different faiths and cultures.

The trip also includes two retreats – one in Merricks on the Mornington Peninsula [March 6-9] and the other at Acacia in Halls Gap [March 13-15]. I’m involved in creating sacred spaces for the latter, which I’m really looking forward to. The retreats will be open to registrations, so set the dates aside now.

It’s hard to imagine a more important relationship for the Australian church and community to develop at the moment – both our relationship with Indonesia, and our conversations with Muslims. This is a great chance to be involved in something that could have a long term effect on the way we understand ourselves and each other.

Jess can be contacted at jessica.butcher@victas.uca.org.au