Welcome to the RDC Store!  if you would like to make a purchase, please contact admin@rdc.org.nz to arrange. Remember that each purchase helps support the work of the Religious Diversity Centre.

RDC’s 2020 Interfaith Calendar:

We are now selling our very own Religious Diversity Centre 2020 Calendar! Our new calendar includes photos depicting the wide variety of faith and belief groups in Aotearoa New Zealand, all taken by local photographers. We’ve included dates for Bahá’í, Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Jain, Jewish, Māori, Muslim, Sikh, and Zoroastrian celebrations and commemorations. We’ve also added New Zealand holidays and commemorations, moon phases, solstice and equinox dates, and astrological dates.

Orders can be made by emailing the administrator at rdc@rdc.org.nz

The cost is $15 each, +$5 p&p. for up to five copies or $10 p&p for up to ten copies. Payment can be made by cheque or by banking – details provided upon placement of order.

Books available through the RDC Store:

The following books and resources are available through the RDC’s Store:

1.  “Discovering Diversity: How the diverse values and beliefs of world religions are shaping our identity” by RDC Trust Chair Jocelyn Armstrong; Cost $29.99 + $5.00 postage & handling. 


Jocelyn Armstrong’s resource for teachers (paperback) published by Pearson Education New Zealand in 2009. The book is available through the RDC store by email. Please allow up to a week for delivery.

2. “Work and Worship: Religious Diversity in Workplaces in New Zealand” by Edwina Pio, University Director of Diversity at the Auckland University of Technology and Trust Board member of the Religious Diversity Centre.

Edwina’s book addresses the lived religion, or religion in daily life in organisations, showcasing how the sacred is present and influential at work. The book investigates religious diversity and suggests how business leaders can script success in their policies and practices by taking into account the growing workforce of minority religions in their organisations. Work and Worship (paperback) is available for $25.00 + $5.00 postage & handling.

3. “Religion and Extremism: Rejecting Diversity” by Dr Douglas Pratt, (softcover). 

Focusing on the three monotheistic religions of Judaism, Christianity and Islam, Douglas Pratt argues that despite a popular focus on Islam, extremist Jews and Christians can also enact terror and destruction. Religion and Extremism stresses that the ideological rejection of diversity underlies religious extremism resulting in violent behaviours and, increasingly, in hardening social and religious attitudes and responses.

An analysis of religiously-driven terrorism reveals the presence of a distinctive and rigid form of exclusivity found in these religions.  In this regard, the contemporary resurgence in totalising claims of fundamentalist ideologues is cause for particular concern.  Pratt reasons that however expressed, the motif of the ‘Absolute’ is central to all, but how that absolute is and has been received, interpreted and responded to, is a matter of great diversity.  The author asserts that theological ‘Absolutism’ displays an underlying dynamic whereby these three religions may be led into extremism.  Religion and Extremism also explores contemporary issues of Islamophobia and mutual extremism, identified as ‘reactive co­radicalization’, and concludes by reflecting on how extremism today might be countered.

Douglas Pratt is Professor of Studies in Religion at the University of Waikato, New Zealand, and Adjunct Professor of Theology and Interreligious Studies at the University of Bern, Switzerland.  He is an Associate of the Centre for the Study of Religion and Politics at the University of St Andrews, Scotland, and the New Zealand Associate, UNESCO Chair in Interreligious and Intercultural Relations Asia – Pacific. Doug is also a Founding Member of the Religious Diversity Centre in Aotearoa New Zealand.

If you are interested in ordering this book, please contact the RDC at <rdc@rdc.org.nz>.

4. “Applied Spirituality: A Spiritual Vision for the Dialogue of Religions” by Swami Agnivesh (hardcover edition), $20 + $5.00 postage and handling.

Swami Agnivesh is a Swami with a difference, a holy man who is also an untiring social worker and political activist. In Applied Spirituality, he discusses his views on religion and spirituality from the vantage point of his religious learning, leavened by his decades-long work with the underprivileged. He reasons how religion and spirituality can be applied in our day-to-day lives so as to make them resonate in a more practical manner. Addressing issues as diverse as religious intolerance, Naxalism, social injustice, human rights, world trade and women’s empowerment, Swami Agnivesh calls for a transformation of society through a multi-pronged approach that involves extensive interfaith dialogue. Impeccably argued and inspiringly written, the book articulates his vision of what he calls ‘proactive social spirituality’ against the many ills that plague our country and the planet: alcoholism, casteism, religious obscurantism, political despotism, communalism and corruption.

Applied Spirituality (paperback) is available now through the RDC Store. Please allow up to a week for delivery.

5.  “Jean Lydia Holm: A Serendipitous Life” by Barbara Mountier (paperback), $20 + $5.00 postage and handling.

In 1947, a young Wellington woman left New Zealand to work for two years in Britain. Forty-six years later she returned, having established herself as a widely respected specialist in Religious Studies. Working in Colleges in Education she took part in the evolution of religious education in Britain between the 1950s and the 1980s. Her early interest in world religions developed into specialist teaching of the major world religions and the oversight of student teachers as they learned to teach the Religious Studies curriculum from ages 7-18. During her 17 years at Homerton College in the University of Cambridge, she was head of the Religious Studies department. She worked also with theological students and served on many educational and Anglican church committees and councils . Among her many writings, Teaching Religion in School was influential in providing a sociological approach to the teaching of religion. This book is her biography.

Includes a contribution by RDC Trust Chair Jocelyn Armstrong entitled “Religious Studies in New Zealand” recounting her experiences teaching with Jean in New Zealand.

page last updated November 4th 2019