More information on these and other interfaith events is available on the New Zealand Interfaith Group website.The New Zealand Catholic Bishops’ Committee for Interfaith Relations (NZCBCIR) released in October a revised booklet Promoting Interfaith Relations in Aotearoa New Zealand - Te Whakatairanga i te Nohotahitanga o ngā Whakapono i Aotearoa.This meeting is open to all those who work in healthcare or in roles which support healthcare such as administration or health leadership.
The Committee provides advice and recommendations to the bishops on relationships with people of other faiths; develops networks with other religious communities; takes part in and encourages New Zealand Catholics to engage in national interfaith dialogue at all levels: national, diocesan and local, and liaises with the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue.A number of Catholics are involved with national and regional interfaith forums.There are three Catholic Māori secondary schools, all providing boarding facilities.These colleges have great historical significance, with St Joseph’s Māori Girls College in Napier the first to be established, opening in 1867.The Committee also supports the Anglican-Roman Catholic Dialogue and the Methodist-Roman Catholic Dialogue, and assists the bishops with the National Dialogue for Christian Unity which involves the Anglican, Methodist and Catholic churches of Aotearoa.
The Church urges her sons and daughters to enter with prudence and charity into discussion and collaboration with members of religions.
A chaplain will help guide us in faith development as we learn and reflect on our calling and vocation.
We hope to support one another, develop networks and provide practical resources for members.
The aim of the Committee is to further understanding, mutual respect and dialogue between Catholics and members of other world religions in New Zealand, and to work with people of other faiths for the good of the whole community.
For this reason, the Committee is also registered with the New Zealand Diversity Action Programme.
In time we would also like to form links with our colleagues in neighbouring Pacific nations.