INTERNATIONAL: Dr Maureen Sier visits Religious Diversity Centre in March 2018

Dr Maureen Sier, Director of Interfaith Scotland, based in Glasgow,  will be a guest of the Religious Diversity Centre from 16 March through 2 April 2018. During her visit, she will be visiting with a number of local New Zealand interfaith councils and the RDC is organising a meeting in Wellington with government officials and MPs.

Sat 17 March 2018: meet with Whangarei Interfaith Council

Tue 27 March 2018: keynote address, Auckland Inter-faith Council: “Finding Faith in a secular world: how interfaith engagement is revolutionising religion”

Thu 28 March 2018: meet with government reps, MPs, Wellington

EVENT: The Religious Diversity Centre hosts training workshop with Prof Paul Weller on religious diversity and anti-discrimination.

Monday 12 March 2018, 10.00am – 3.30pm
The Religious Diversity Centre
University of Otago House, 385 Queen Street, Auckland City

This workshop will be led by Dr Paul Weller. Paul has extensive experience and leadership in multicultural, multireligious UK society, as well as more widely in Europe. He is currently:

  • Professor, Centre for Trust, Peace & Social Relations, Coventry University
  • Research Fellow in Religion & Society, Regent’s Park College, University of Oxford
  • Emeritus Professor, Centre for Social, Cultural & Legal Research, University of Derby

Prof Weller is experienced in the innovative and holistic approach of the European ‘Belief-o-rama’ training programmes that aim to contribute to social cohesion within contemporary society. The methods are highly interactive and not only bring participants into better personal consciousness about the issues, but also encourage and support personal responsibility towards creative inclusive environments.

Workshop Objectives:

  • Facilitate dialogue and sharing of experiences in the area of religion and culture
  • Explore the meaning, impact and issues of religious diversity in Aotearoa-New Zealand
  • Enable participants to recognise contemporary manifestations of stereotyping, prejudice and discrimination related to religion
  • Develop individual skills for creating inclusive intercultural environments.

The Religious Diversity Centre invites people of religion, faith, belief systems, and those with a secular or no faith background that are interested in issues of religious diversity.

Registration fee: $30 for this 5.5 hour workshop. Lunch will be provided. You can register and pay for this workshop here:

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