Date(s) - 01/03/2021
6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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Co-chairperson of the Religious Diversity Centre – Jocelyn Armstrong
Jocelyn Armstrong is co-chairperson, with Dr Jenny Te Paa Daniel, of the Trust Board of the national Religious Diversity Centre, established in 2016 to provide multi-religious research, education and dialogue. Last year Jocelyn received the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Hubert Walter award for ‘her pioneering contribution to interfaith dialogue and education in Aotearoa New Zealand’. Jocelyn was involved in earlier years in the leadership of the inter-church ecumenical movement both national and international. On retirement from teaching Religious Studies in a church secondary school in 2007 Jocelyn was asked to produce a textbook introducing the world religions as a student resource for certain Social Studies Achievement Objectives.
The Religious Diversity Centre was formed to promote understanding, appreciation and respect for religious diversity among the religious, spiritual and secular communities in Aotearoa New Zealand. New Zealand has seen a significant and rapid growth in population diversity. In response, a vigorous Interfaith movement evolved, and now has many members all over NZ. Interfaith groups have initiated a range of activities and diversity education which promotes many benefits for all of New Zealand society. After 11 years of national and regional interfaith gatherings around the country, and together with the on-going dedicated involvement of respected researchers, educators, faith leaders, and community builders, the Religious Diversity Centre was launched in 2016; it is a national centre, a credibly resource and go-to place for research, information, education and training. The purpose of the Centre is to encourage inter and intra religious dialogue, promote cooperation, friendship, peace-making, provide high quality research and publications, contribute expert advice for policymakers, media organisations, honour Te Tiriti o Waitangi.
All interested people are welcome, Society members and members of the public – bring a friend.
Venue: Upstairs at the Thistle Inn, 3 Mulgrave St.