Redefining the Mainstream: Local Government, Inclusive Communities

The Second National Conference on Reconciliation, Multiculturalism, Immigration and Human Rights


Uri Themal, OAM
Chairman, Griffith University Multifaith Centre Taskforce and Executive Director, Multicultural Affairs Qld

Religion in a Multicultural Society- Bells or Bombs

In view of recent events (not to mention thousands of years of history) it is almost trite to say that religion can be an enormous source of conflict. Yet all religions preach as their ultimate goal peace and harmony. The strife arises when leaders of one or more religions claim that theirs is the only truth, the only way to God, peace and harmony. In extreme cases, to be persuasive, such convictions are expressed through violence against adherents of other religions, they can be linked to racism, ultra-nationalism or chauvinism and can cause violence, persecution, wars and even genocide.

It is clearly important to address these issues. There is a need for all religions to be able to find some common ground and collaborate in addressing those extremes.
The proposed Multifaith Centre at Griffith University is an attempt to provide the means to do that. It is a unique and challenging approach.

Already submitted. Needs the addition that I am also chair of the Griffith University Multifaith Centre Taskforce

Presentation Type
30 min. Paper


Deakin Woolstores Campus, Geelong Waterfront
30 November - 1 December 2001