WelCom August 2023
Fr Ron Bennett
The Wellington Abrahamic Council of Jews, Christians and Muslims met with Wellington’s Mayor Tory Whanau in April, to discuss areas of cooperation with environmental stewardship, diversity, and respect for minority groups.
The Wellington Abrahamic Council is formed to combat prejudice, intolerance and discrimination between people of different religions and ethnicity. It does this through dialogue and cooperation between faiths, hosting public meetings, reflection days, making submissions on relevant issues.
The group met with Mayor Whanau to talk about three areas of cooperation between the mayor, her council and the people of Wellington – environment, diversity and respect.
The group asked for the Council to see our planet as created by God, and that we each have a sacred obligation to be stewards in protecting our environment.
They asked for recognition and celebration of Wellington’s joyful diversity and a for commitment by the Council to ensure this continues through celebrating the gift of our religious, cultural and racial diversity.
The third area was for the Council to commit to a long-term plan for our city’s wonderful religious, cultural and racial diversity, with particular reference to minority groups.
It was a worthwhile meeting, and a feeling that we were on the same page in our desire for an inclusive and vibrant city.