Believing Women for a Culture of Peace provides a social space for women of diverse faiths and cultures to create positive relationships and to develop a collective presence and voice in the wider community
Believing Women’s activities reflect the diverse interests of our members. These include:
information and discussion sessions focusing on a particular faith or spiritual tradition
dialogue sessions on themes or topics of interest across faiths and spiritual traditions
an annual retreat to provide the opportunity for in-depth sharing and relationship building
workshops to address the challenges of conflict resolution and peace-building
celebrations to mark key annual commemorations of particular faith communities
interfaith activities related to public events and commemorations such as International Women’s Day and Harmony Day
informal social gatherings, including hospitality to a wider circle of women
participating in the events of other groups with whom we share a common interest
collaborating with such groups to organise joint activities
We welcome new members and anyone interested in receiving information about our activities.
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.
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.
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.