Rod couldn’t be there for the launch of “Christians and Muslims can be friends” but he sent this wonderful video in his place.
Sheikh Mansour and I first met in 2002. Over the years, he became my most trusted friend. We campaigned together to save him from deportation by the Australian government. We were unsuccessful, but the experience left me with a lasting connection with both his family and with his Australian community – the people of the
I first came into contact with ‘The Man’ when he launched his boxing career. That was nearly twenty years ago. I challenged him to a fight. I didn’t really think I could beat him, but I was willing to take a beating if it raised good money for our youth centre. The fight never happened,
The ‘Affinity Intercultural Foundation’ is an organisation that aims to promote dialogue and mutual respect between different religious groups in Australia. Though the initiative came from the Muslim community, their vision is all inclusive: ‘At Affinity our mission is to create and sustain enduring relationships with people from diverse backgrounds, by organising public events, talks
Father Toufic is a man I felt immediately drawn to when I first met him. I’m not sure if it was purely his beautiful spirituality or whether I was influenced by the beauty of the village of Maaloula (in Syria) where he pastors his congregation. Either way, he’s a man I would like to spend
This is the only interview in the collection that wasn’t done with this book in mind. It came about simply because my friend, Sheikh Mansour, called me one day back in 2009 and said, ‘Do you want to come to Canberra with me and meet the former President of Iran?’ I said ‘sure’, because it