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Sunday 16 February 2020Revering the Universe, Caring for Nature: An Ecospirituality Symposium: Please join us for this one-day symposium featuring presentations about Earth-centered spirituality and values from religious and secular perspectives. Ecospirituality means different things to different people. At its essence it comprises a basic assumption about the deep and sacred interconnectedness of all life. The aim of the symposium is to bring together people from secular and faith-based backgrounds, academics, students, environmentalists and interested citizens, to explore the meaning of ecospirituality and its role in our daily lives. Morning and afternoon coffee and tea will be available, but to ensure this symposium is free and open to all, lunch is not provided. Participants are invited to bring or purchase their own lunch at nearby cafés. For more information, contact: Vicente Lopes, Dept of Biology, Texas State University (who is currently on sabbatical in Hamilton) by clicking here.


  • 12:00pm: Welcome and whakawhānaungatanga
  • 12:20pm: Dr Vicente L. Lopes: Reimagining the Nature-Human Connection: An Ecospiritual Perspective
  • 12:45pm: Dr Norman Franke: Languages of nature: an eco-poetic approach
  • 1:10pm: Dr Will Taegel (via Zoom): Ennake: Bridging the Split Between Humans and Earth’s Quantum Eco-Fields
  • 1:35pm: Earna Walker: Kaitiakitanga and Spirituality
  • 2:00pm: afternoon tea (provided)
  • 2:30pm: Workshop: Exploring spiritual practices that draw our attention to creation
  • 4:30pm: Poroporoaki: reflections and discussion

Sunday 20 October 2019: ANNUAL INTERFAITH SERVICE: The Waikato Interfaith Council is pleased to announce its annual Interfaith Service, to be held at the Hamilton City Council Reception Lounge, Garden Place, Hamilton, on Sunday 20th October from 4:00-6:00pm, with representatives from Waikato’s Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Jewish and Muslim communities. Come join us in an interfaith celebration of our various spiritualities, meet members of other faith and belief communities, and stay and mingle for an early light supper and informal conversation. This event is family friendly, free, and open to the public.

Spirit of Art / Art of Spirit:  A Collection of Events Celebrating the Sacred Nature of Creativity.  A month-long celebration of exhibitions, music and dance performances, talks, poetry readings and practical workshops to be held between  24th August and 30 September 2019.

For a full programme of events in our “Spirit of Art / Art of Spirit” series, please click here

EarthDiverse, Artmakers Trust and the Waikato Interfaith Council are pleased to announce a a series of talks, readings, practical workshops and an ongoing exhibition devoted to the theme of Art and Spirituality to be held between 24th August and 30 September 2019. Event venues: Lady Goodfellow Chapel, University of Waikato, and Artmakers Trust, Norris Ward Park, 2 Seddon Rd, Hamilton. 

Through the arts, poetry, music and architecture, religious traditions around the world have communicated their most important values ​​and organised their cultural life. Many contemporary artists also engage with religious narratives and ideas in a critical or affirmative way. Some see creativity and enthusiasm as forms of a spiritual existence: if the divine is involved in the creation of the world, artists are, as it were, co-creators.

The grand religious narratives continue to strongly influence contemporary culture.. That is why a multi faith group in the Waikato has decided to explore the relationship between art, spirituality, and academic/political discourse. Through an art exhibition at Lady Goodfellow Chapel, and public talks, discussions and workshops, we aim at bringing together art makers and art lovers to explore the connections between art and spirituality.

Specific events, workshops and talks to be held during August and throughout September can be found on our Spirit of Art page by clicking here

Monday 19 August 2019: COMPASSIONATE CONVERSATIONS: Talks on the subject of Compasssion from a range of faith & belief perspectives. Clarence Street Theatre, Hamilton, 7:00-9:00pm.

The Waikato Interfaith Council, the Waikato Muslim Association and EarthDiverse are pleased to present an evening of talks from a variety of faith and belief perspectives on the topic of Compassion. The evening will also include a presentation of a series of short digital stories from WIFCO’s Tales of Compassion website,  as well as a performance from the Waikato Interfaith Choir. This event is a part of Islam Awareness Week, and is one of the many events taking place between 19 August and 30 September as a part of the Spirit of Art/Art of Spirit celebration. It is also free and open to the public. All are invited to attend!

Saturday 17th August 2019: EarthDiverse, the Waikato Interfaith Council, the Waikato Multicultural Council, GoEco, the Waikato Muslim Association, Friends of Waiwhakareke, and the Hamilton City Council are co-organising a Community-wide tree planting event to take place in Hamilton for Saturday 17 August 2019, 10:30am-2:00pm (Rain or Shine). Bring a spade or shovel (if you have one), and gumboots, hat, some gardening gloves and some water. Otherwise, just come and bring a a smile. If you don’t want to dig there will be other ways to help out (like helping out with serving a light lunch). A light lunch will be served (courtesy of Kaivolution, GoEco, WIFCO, the Bahá’í Community and the Waikato Muslim Association). 100 people would mean planting 5-10 saplings each. Mark this date in your diaries! Come and help offset your carbon usage!

Friday 7 June 2019: Spirit of Art / Art of Spirit:  An Invitation to Artists: EarthDiverse, Artmakers Trust and the Waikato Interfaith Council are pleased to announce a series of talks, readings, practical workshops and an ongoing exhibition devoted to the theme of Art and Spirituality to be held 18-31 August. For this art exhibition, we are looking for artists of diverse spiritual backgrounds who would like to exhibit and present their work. A special meet and greet for artists considering exhibiting their work will be held at Lady Goodfellow Chapel on Friday 7 June 2019, from 5:30-6:30pm. Do come if you are interested!

Wednesday 24th April 2019: EarthDiverse and the Waikato Interfaith Council are pleased to announce a talk entitled: “Mahātmā Gāndhī and Nonviolent Action for Social Change” by Shobhana Radhakrishna of the Gandhi Forum based in New Delhi, India. This talk is in honour of the 150th birth Anniversary of Mahātmā Gāndhī, which is being celebrated this year. The talk will take place at the Lady Goodfellow Chapel, University of Waikato (Gate 1, Knighton Rd) in Hamilton. The talk is free and open to the public. Free parking is available inside Gate 1. 5:30-7:00pm.

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