Newsletter 14 August 2022

New website Resources – Videoclips

A couple of weeks ago, Muharram started, the first month in the Islamic calendar.
Dr Sajjad Naqvi shared some personal thoughts about the Islamic New Year and other themes in a recent interview with Beate Matthies.
If you haven’t had a chance to watch the latest RDC videoclips yet, check out our website – just click on the pictures on the home page or go straight to our videoclips.

Here are some news items from the RDC:
1. Youth Leadership Council (YLC)
The Youth Leadership Council Ngā Rangatahi o Māramatanga has been together for a weekend retreat, their first meeting since the official launch at Parliament Buildings in Wellington.
We will regularly share some of their news on our website.
2. Calendar 2022 – August Picture
The August page features a picture of a rain filled leaf with a quote from the Qur’an. We have two videoclips with different approaches to the picture’s  connection with Muslim traditions. One features Imaam Muhammed Shaakir who reflects on Water in Islam from a theological and spiritual perspective. The other features Dr Sajjad Naqvi who shares his thoughts about water and its meaning, symbols and practices. You can access both videoclips here.
3. RDC Climate Action Group
Please continue to promote the poster: Building a Climate of Hope: E tū te mana o Te Ao. The number of Climate Action stories from religious communities mitigating Climate Change is growing. See more here.
To share your community’s story, send it to:
4. Inclusive Faith Project
The first hui have taken place, and if you are interested to learn more about the project which is about enhancing the understanding and inclusion of disabled persons of faith within their faith communities, please check out our website and listen to the interview with Jill Shaw.  You will see how the process is enriching for the participants’ understanding of disability issues and interfaith relationships. The next hui:
Dunedin, 23 August, 1.30-4.30pm via Eventbrite Link Dunedin
Christchurch, 31 August, 6.30-9pm via Eventbrite Link Christchurch

We hope that our resources and activities are helpful for you and your communities. If you would like to support our work financially, please visit our website or get in touch with us at

Many thanks and with our warm greetings,
The Religious Diversity Centre Team