National Conference on Reconciliation, Multiculturalism,Immigration and Human Rights

Pym Trueman
NGO Liaison Officer in Tasmania for the Australian Baha'i Community.

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 differences.

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 and discrimination.

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.

Presentation Type
30 min paper

University of Technology, Sydney, 1-2 December 2000

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