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Welcome to the Religious Diversity Centre in Aotearoa New Zealand!

News updates:  We regret to inform you that due to circumstances beyond our control, our Term 4 classes in both Auckland and Hamilton have had to be cancelled as Todd is currently attending to a family crisis. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause. We plan to resume classes again in 2018 beginning in Term 1.  More information on the Religious Diversity Classes for 2018 can be found on our ‘Courses’ ➔ ‘Classes’ link above, or click here for more info.

Our Donation and Subscription buttons are now working! If you’d like to make a donation of any size please go to our Donate page, or click here.

Please check out our new Upcoming Events pages for future talks, seminars and conferences sponsored or supported by the RDC.

2018 RDC New Zealand Interfaith Calendars are here! Check out the new ‘Store’ link above to order on-line.

The Religious Diversity Centre in Aotearoa New Zealand

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.

Our Purpose:

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