Believing Women

  for a Culture of Peace

About

Believing Women retreat

Believing Women members at a retreat

Beginnings

Believing Women for a Culture of Peace originated in Brisbane in the latter part of 2003.  A handful of women began meeting and decided to develop a vision for bringing together women in the greater Brisbane area interested in building understanding and relationships across faiths and cultures.

The membership grew initially by word of mouth and chance encounters, and all new members contributed to shaping what eventually emerged as the group’s vision, goals and scope of activities.  It draws predominantly on the resources within the membership, rather than relying on outside ‘experts’.  This has had a significant impact on the quality and depth of relationships that have developed among the members.

Vision

Living in a world where people of diverse faiths and cultural backgrounds mingle together as never before, believing women find themselves called to

  • cultivate deep mutual respect, understanding and appreciation across faiths and cultures
  • develop relationships based on what we have in common, and celebrate the bonding power of religious faith and Indigenous spiritualities
  • fashion the diversity of our spiritual and cultural resources into a power for the good of society as a whole
  • counteract the potential of religious and cultural differences for divisiveness and conflict, and contribute to a lasting culture of peace.

Believing Women for a Culture of Peace aims to

  • promote respectful relationships and mutual support among women of different faiths and spiritual paths
  • develop the capacity of members to engage confidently in sharing their faith and spirituality with others and in interfaith dialogue
  • provide opportunities for personal spiritual development and growth in intercultural awareness
  • serve as a resource for other community groups and organisations seeking the contribution of women from diverse faith and spiritual traditions
  • build partnerships with other local organisations or projects committed to addressing prejudice and intolerance and promoting peace
  • network with other local, national and international women’s interfaith and peace initiatives.
Living in harmony sculpture

Participants in the Asia-Pacific Interfaith Symposium: Women, Faith and a Culture of Peace (2008) gather around the ‘Living in Harmony Sculpture Project’

Membership

We welcome women of all faiths and spiritual paths. Members pay an annual fee according to ability. Believing Women also has a large group of informal contacts. Most activities are open to all of members and contacts, and some are open to a wider circle of friends and families of members.

If you are interested in becoming a member or being added to our information list, please contact us.