Welcome to the Religious Diversity Centre’s website!
Some quick updates:
- 2019 RDC New Zealand Interfaith Calendars are available for purchase now! These make great gifts and help support the work on the Centre. Check out the new ‘Store’ link above to order our Interfaith Calendars and Books on-line.
- 2019 TERM 1 Religious Diversity classes begin again in February 2019. Details coming soon. For more information on our 2018 classes click here.
- Check out our new News page. Click on the News link above.
- If you’re feeling generous today, think about making a Donation, or becoming a Friend of the RDC. To make a donation of any size, please visit our Donate page, or click here.
- Please check out our Upcoming Events page for future talks, seminars, workshops and conferences sponsored or supported by the RDC.
The Religious Diversity Centre:
The Religious Diversity Centre is a national centre of educational and research excellence fostering an appreciation for and understanding of religious diversity amongst all New Zealanders.
To foster appreciation, understanding and deeper relationships among the religious, spiritual and secular communities in Aotearoa New Zealand, and provide an independent and informed voice on religious and spiritual issues in the public sphere.
ʻʻThe world badly needs voices of reason and tolerance and those who will work to build dialogue and respect across faiths and beliefs. I do believe New Zealand can show the way.”
— Rt Hon Helen Clark, launching the Religious Diversity Centre in Parliament, 30 March 2016
ʻʻOur country is the 19th most religiously diverse country out of 232 countries in the world. The value of religious diversity needs to be consciously and positively developed. It can then be an enormous positive resource for social harmony and cohesion instead of becoming a threat or challenge.”
— Prof. Paul Morris, Religious Studies, Victoria University of Wellington
ʻʻThe time has come for a Centre that ensures accurate information is available about New Zealand’s religious communities and the issues that impact on them—and on us all. If sound knowledge feeds into wide public discussion then quality policy-making can be achieved for the country.”
— Jocelyn Armstrong, Chair, Religious Diversity Centre Trust
site last updated 21 November 2018.