This Comparative Guide is available to downloadable here and provides details about JCMA and the Abrahamic faiths JCMA Comparative Guide to Faiths.
An interactive comparative collection of information on Judaism, Christianity and Islam. Ensure your browser has multimedia settings enabled if you having any difficulty viewing the site JCM-iSITE.
A compiled list of frequently asked questions and information relating to the Abrahamic faiths.
Please contact the JCMA Schools Programme Coordinator for more information about our workshops and programs for schools.
JCMA Activity Sheets
We have a number of activity sheets:
- Breaking Down Stereotypes
- 7 similar ways to celebrate Christmas and Chanukah
- Discovering places of Worship in your area
- Organising a Friendship walk
Please contact the JCMA Schools Programme Coordinator for more information.
2017 Multifaith Calendar
For a list of the major holy days and festivals for Islam, Judaism, Christianity, Hinduism, Sikhism, Baha’i, Buddhism please download a list from our friends at the FCCV Faith Communities Council of Victoria here 2017-multifaith-calendar.
Interfaith Relations Resources & Guides
Promoting Interfaith Dialogue – From the Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne
Here is a great resource from the Ecumenical and Interfaith Commission at the Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne that provides Guidelines for the parishes and agencies of the Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne to assist in the promotion of interfaith relations in general and especially in the preparation of interfaith gatherings. Click here to download: http://bit.ly/2lqunms
Interfaith Dialogue Guidelines from the World Council of Churches
Guidelines adapted from the World Council of Churches’ Guidelines on Dialogue with Living Faiths and Ideologies http://bit.ly/2luSdtd. You can read the full statement and guidelines at: http://bit.ly/2k9K7dv.
The Future if Catholic and Jewish Relations – “Nothing Substantively New”? -
The latest Vatican document “The gifts and calling of God are irrevocable” and the future of Jewish-Catholic relations’. This was a public lecture by Rev. Prof. Philipp Gabriel Renczes, SJ, Director of the Cardinal Bea Centre for Judaic Studies, Rome with a response from Rabbi Fred Morgan, AM Professorial Fellow, Australian Catholic University, Melbourne. It was held on Sunday 30 October, 2016 at Simonds Hall, Catholic Leadership Centre East Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Click here to download the transcript: http://bit.ly/2kt4caI
Nostra Aetate, Vatican II’s Declaration on the Relation of the Church to Non-Christian Religions.
The anniversary of Nostra Aetate, Vatican II’s Declaration on the Relation of the Church to Non-Christian Religions was in 2015. This document transformed the Church’s attitude towards believers from other religions. For the first time in history, the Church spoke positively about other religions. The Declaration is widely considered a “watershed” in the relations between Catholics and believers from other religions. Pope John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI have called it the Magna Carta of the Church’s new attitude and approach to other religions. It continues to inspire and to guide Catholics in forging relationships of mutual respect and collaboration.
Click here to download Anniversary Reflections by The Australian Catholic Bishops Conference 2015 http://bit.ly/2k9N5hU
Other Programs & Resources
Aims to assist secondary students of different faiths, religions, cultures and values in Years 10 and 11 to build bridges of trust and friendship. They learn key skills of dialogue and share personal experiences of their lives which have shaped them. These serve as foundations to negotiate, respect and engage with each other’s differences and commonalities and are important qualities for leaders of our country into the future. Click here for more information Building Bridges Program
The Islamic Museum of Australia (IMA) is a pioneer in providing schools with engaging and transformative educational experiences helping the next generation of young Australians develop a sense of identity and community cohesion. The mission is to create a culture of awareness and understanding through innovative environments, programs and tools that help people nurture their curiosity about Islam and build bridges of understanding between cultures. Islamic Museum
The Jewish museum engages people with Jewish culture helping the Jewish community become proud of, connected to and knowledgeable about their heritage and promoting understanding and appreciation of Jewish culture and people in the wider community. This helps build a society in which cultural diversity and difference is embraced and respected. Jewish Museum
Together For Humanity run workshops in NSW and offers free intercultural understanding resource for students and teachers that has been commissioned and funded by the Commonwealth Government. It is aligned to the National Curriculum and is being used in schools across Australia and has over 810,750 page views. See their Difference Differently website.
- A community of people that belong to a variety of ethnic, religious & faith groups, that come together to create understanding, unity, harmony and peace at a grassroots level within the wider community.
New South Wales approved school resource aimed at primary age children re the values of compassion and acceptance shared by the Christian, Islamic and Jewish faiths. Representatives from each faith visit students together and share their beliefs and experiences as a means of breaking down barriers of ignorance and encouraging acts of kindness.
Dedicated to promoting peace in the Middle East through interfaith dialogue and cross-cultural study. We believe that, rather than being a cause of the problem, religion can and should be a source of the solution for conflicts that exist in the region and beyond.
An ecumenical Christian spirituality centre, fostering a contemplative awareness of the presence of God and encouraging people to explore what this means for them in all of life.
For other links to interfaith organisations click here: http://jcma.org.au/links/.