Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture

Interfaith Dialogue - Faith and the Democratic

17 Jul 2023 - by Liz Jakimow

Last Wednesday, the Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture, in partnership with BlueStar Institute, hosted an interfaith dialogue on 'Faith and the Democratic'. The event was well-attended, and we were thrilled to see so many enthusiastic individuals joining us early on.

Hosted by the esteemed political journalist, Paul Bongiorno, the panel comprised of representatives from different faith traditions: Derya Iner (Muslim), Santosh Gupta (Hindu), Lama Choedak Rinpoche (Buddhist), and Jonathan Cole (Christian). Together, they delved into the question, 'Should faith-based traditions engage in politics?'

The dialogue was enlightening as we heard different faith perspectives on the intersection of faith, politics, and democracy. While it was unanimously agreed upon that democracy is a positive force, each panelist's unique faith tradition provided them with varied viewpoints on the subject.

Before the engaging discussion, attendees were treated to a scrumptious Turkish supper that left everyone satisfied and ready to dive into the evening's discourse.

Following the dialogue, the atmosphere was abuzz with energised conversations that continued long after the panel discussion had finished. Attendees engaged with each other and the panel, exploring the benefits of engaging in interfaith dialogue.

📸 We've included some photos from the night below.

We extend our heartfelt gratitude to everyone who joined us for this event. Your presence and participation helped make it a success.