NGO Liaison Officer in Tasmania for the Australian Baha'i
Sharing Spiritual Diversity
Religious diversity, which is an accompanying feature of cultural
diversity, has not found such ready acceptance in fact
much of the violence in the world today, has its basis in religious
This paper seeks to examine some of the barriers to the sharing
of our spirituality, to look at a philosophy of our common humanity,
which gives expression to spiritual beliefs in different ways,
arising from our geographical, historical and cultural backgrounds.
Freedom of belief, as enshrined in Article 18 of the United
Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights, requires that
we respect the right of all people to have their own interpretation
of religious truth and to practice it without fear of persecution
The paper looks at examples of this sharing of spirituality
at the local, national and international levels.
Pym Trueman has been involved in the organising of Multi-Faith
Services for Dawn Service for Year 2000 and observances for World
Religion Days, Reconciliation, Refugee and Human Rights Weeks
and UN designated International Years.
30 min paper