EVENT: Interfaith Social Justice Theology Seminar

Wednesday 14 June 2017, Te Ara Hou, 100 Morrinsville Rd., Hamilton. This Seminar is jointly sponsored by the Anglican Action Centre for Social Justice, the Religious Diversity Centre (RDC), the Waikato Interfaith Council (WIFCO) and the University of Waikato Islamic Studies Group. This Seminar is free and open to the public.

While different religious and secular traditions hold unique and distinct doctrines, they also share some very powerful values. Social justice is one such value that can bring together people of all faiths and no faith to join forces and make the world a more just and humane place for this generation and generations to come. In this light Anglican Action’s Centre for Social Justice, in conjunction with the Religious Diversity Centre, the Waikato Interfaith Council, and the University of Waikato Islamic Studies Group, is holding a seminar on ‘The Theology of Social Justice’ aiming to bring experts from different religious backgrounds together to discuss the particular social teachings of a variety of faith and belief traditions, with the possibility of joining forces to take a joint action in promoting social justice both locally and globally. This first seminar (of an expected series of seminars) will focus on the particular theologies of social justice from among a variety of traditions and their implications for our time.

This seminar is free and open to the public.  Prior registration is not required although an RSVP would be appreciated for catering purposes. Morning Tea is being provided by Anglican Action. Times listed are approximate. To RSVP, or for additional information, please contact Dr Mortaza Shams at <mortaza@anglicanaction.org.nz>.

EVENT: Religion, the Media and the (Un)making of Prejudice towards New Zealand’s Muslims

Auckland, 15 May 2016; Dunedin, 16 May 2016.

Dr John Shaver’s work is concerned with understanding how and why religions unite and divide groups of people, the dynamics of religious change in Oceania, and the effects of inequality on decision making and health. He is currently part of the New Zealand Attitudes and Values Study. In addition to New Zealand, he has conducted research in the Czech Republic, Fiji, Mauritius and the United States