Faith representatives from across Australia and the world gathered in Toowoomba on Friday and Saturday for the National Interfaith Peace Conference. Source: Toowoomba Diocese.
The conference was jointly organised by the Toowoomba Interfaith Working Group and Pure Land Learning College Association and held at Holy Name Primary School.
The theme for the event was: “Is religion and culture a source of strength in today’s Society?”
In a statement, the Toowoomba Diocese said interfaith conferences have become an "important connector and bridge builder in strengthening social cohesion and promoting greater social harmony in Toowoomba".
"Australia is exceptionally rich in both religions and cultures. Everywhere you look, one can find a diverse community of different faiths and cultures sharing a common space – we may eat different food, yet we share the same table," the statement said.
"Key aims of the conference were promoting religious and social harmony, provide a better understanding of each faiths’ core values and cultural practices, as well as providing a crucial network for future collaboration in interfaith and multicultural dialogue."
The conference also included a youth panel discussion with representatives from local high schools and the University of Southern Queensland.
Speakers, panellists and facilitators from a broad selection of faiths and cultures were represented including Buddhism, Islam, Hindu, Judaism, Sikhism and Christianity. Catholic representatives included Toowoomba Bishop Robert McGuckin, who delivered a keynote address, Nicole Rangiira from Ecumenical Pastoral Care, and student Yentle Rangiira from St Ursula’s College, Toowoomba.
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