Pre-Chanukah celebrations at Parliament House
State Parliamentarians from both sides of politics, gathered with community leaders, dignitaries and representatives from many faiths to mark the Festival of Lights which promotes kindness and goodness.
At a time when the world is reeling from horrendous terrorist attacks the most recent in Paris, Premier Mike Baird in his address to several hundred guests attending said, “Our State is one of diversity promoting a peaceful harmonious multicultural society. In light darkness does not overcome and it is the perfect time for a festive of lights. It is about the triumph of freedom over oppression. Our society puts a lot of emphasis on freedom. The Festival of Lights is a great symbol for the world right now.”
Invited by the Jewish Board of Deputies (JBD) members of the Uniting Church attended including Rev Dr Andrew Williams and former Moderator Jim Mein.
Both are members of the UCA-JBD Dialogue Group which meets regularly to share insights in their respective faiths in the context of often complex issues.
(Pictured) Rev Dr Andrew Williams, The Hon John Ajaka, Rev Fr. Shenouda, Premier Mike Baird at Parliament House for the Pre-Chanukah celebrations. At the heart of the festivities is the menorah lighting ceremony. Rev Dr Andrew Williams, Rabbi Dr Benjamin Elton.