Newsletter 18 July 2022

Kia ora koutou, warm greetings to you all. 

With July we have entered the second half of 2022 already!
Thank you for checking out the interview with Prof Paul Morris and the videoclip with Dr Jenny Te Paa Daniel on Facebook and the RDC website. If you haven’t had the chance to watch them yet, they are still available on the website, just click on the pictures on the home page.

Here are some news items from the RDC:

Youth Leadership Council (YLC)
The Youth Leadership Council Ngā Rangatahi o Māramatanga has been officially launched at Parliament Buildings in Wellington.
Jocelyn Armstrong, co-chair of the RDC Trust, was accompanied by three trustees, as she hailed the launch as a milestone after two years of preparation. See the report here.

RDC Resource Group
Prof Douglas Pratt is leading the RDC Resource Group. This group will provide us with valuable information on matters of Interfaith in general and specific issues in regard to promoting Interreligious Dialogue. In his interview with Beate Matthies, he has given an excellent introduction to the history and meaning of Interreligious Dialogue. Listen to it here.

Calendar 2022 – July Picture
The July picture features the ceremony of baptism according to the Latter-Day-Saints’ tradition. This month’s videoclip is with Suzanne Max Gillies, a member of the RDC Committee of Management. Listen to it here.

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 stories on Climate Action – mitigating Climate Change is growing. See here.
To share your Climate Action story send it to 

Inclusive Faith Project
As mentioned in last month’s newsletter, the Religious Diversity Centre is partnering with the Ministry of Social Development’s Office of Disability, and the Human Rights Commission in support of a series of conversations between religious leaders and people with disability in different parts of the country. Practical outcomes of this initiative will include resources for further engagement wherever a disabled person of faith lives. The process itself will enrich participants’ understanding of disability issues and interfaith relationships. 
The Inclusive Faith Project is a co-designed strategy whose objective is the full participation of disabled persons in the life and practice of their faith communities for mutual benefit of all.
The first gatherings  will contribute toward the eventual resource that will be practical and flexible for use in any places and situations. 
Auckland, 20 July, 10am-1pm via Eventbrite Link Auckland 
Wellington, 3 August 6-9pm via Eventbrite Link Wellington
Waikato, 10 August 10am- 1pm via Eventbrite Link Waikato
Christchurch & Dunedin TBC

Website, YouTube and Facebook – Resources
Please remember to check out our Website,  YouTube channel and Facebook.

Kia kaha – stay safe,
The Team at the Religious Diversity Centre

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