Celebration of diversity and tolerance

Wednesday, 17 June 2015

Seven faith leaders delivered readings on leadership, governance, and service at the inaugural Federal Parliamentary Interfaith Breakfast.

Leaders from politics, religion and community gathered at ACU’s inaugural Federal Interfaith Parliamentary Prayer Breakfast in Canberra.

Australian Catholic University (ACU) hosted the Inaugural Federal Parliamentary Interfaith Prayer Breakfast at Old Parliament House in Canberra on Wednesday 17 June.

Prime Minister The Hon Tony Abbott MP and Opposition Leader The Hon Bill Shorten MP each provided a welcome, and seven faith leaders delivered readings on leadership, governance, and service.

Community leaders representing around 30 different faiths joined parliamentarians from major and minor parties in the Federal Parliament to pray for wise deliberations over the remainder of the parliamentary year. The breakfast is a new event on the Federal Parliamentary, interfaith and University calendars. 

President of the NSW Anti-Discrimination Board Dr Stepan Kerkyasharian AO will delivered the keynote address with a speech about “Faith and Leadership in Modern Australia”. 
During the breakfast parliamentarians met with a range of leaders from around 30 faiths, including various Christian, Muslim, Jewish, Hindu, Buddhist, Sikh and other communities.

ACU Vice-Chancellor Professor Greg Craven said that the opportunity for leaders from across the political and religious spectrum to share a meal together was an invaluable experience and signalled a unity of spirit that exists across political and faith boundaries.

“ACU’s Mission is to foster an appreciation of the sacred in life and a commitment to serving the common good. Core to this tradition is the recognition of the dignity of the human person. 

“The Catholic intellectual tradition promotes engagement with and understanding of people of different faiths. The interfaith prayer breakfast provides an opportunity to reflect on the important role that faith plays in our everyday lives and in making sense of our world.”

In 2015 Australian Catholic University is celebrating 25 years of people, learning, and achievements that continue to bring about real change for communities.
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