Few people have ever entered a house of worship belonging to a faith different from their own.
On 25 September in celebration of Heritage Day, the Cape Town Interfaith Initiative takes a bus load of 60 travellers to explore different places of worship, sacred spaces and shrines. If religious and cultural heritage interest you, this tour should not be missed!
The bus leaves from the Rondebosch Library, where secure parking has been arranged, and will provide participants with the opportunity to visit places of different faiths and encounter shrines such as the Constantia Kramat, where one of the three people that first brought Islam to South Africa Sheik Abdurachman, is buried. He was exiled to Constantia by the Dutch from Sumatra (Indonesia) in 1661.
The tour also includes visits to the St Michael’s Catholic Church, a parish established in 1853, the Buddhist Centre Eco Village Observatory, and the Ahmadiyya Mosque in Rondebosch East where a delicious vegetarian lunch will be provided. The last stop will be the Ananda Kutir Ashram which practises and teaches Integral Yoga as taught by H.H. Swami Sivananda, founder of the Divine Life Society in Rishikesh, India.
Gwynne Robins, Deputy Director of the Cape SAJBD explains “So much prejudice is the result of ignorance and, in a world witnessing an upsurge of racist incitement and religious intolerance and xenophobia, as seen recently in Charlottesville, we need to work to promote interreligious and intercultural harmony. This tour will help break down that ignorance and introduce you to the traditions of our fellow South Africans .”
The tour promotes interfaith understanding, dialogue and learning, and is a fundraising event for the Cape Town Interfaith Initiative. The tour costs R150.00 all-inclusive and payments should be made to Cape Town Interfaith Initiative, Standard Bank, Thibault Square, Code 051 001, account number 270321357 – but please give your NAME and BUSTOUR as a reference.
About the Cape Town Interfaith Initiative
Borne out of the 1999 Parliament of World Religions, the Cape Town Interfaith Initiative was established in 2000 and has been successful in bringing the interfaith agenda into the mainstream of religious and political consciousness. As the coordinating body for the interfaith movement in the Western Cape, it is seen as the driving force in the pursuit of inter-religious understanding and dialogue. Since its inception, the Cape Town Interfaith Initiative has broadened the scope of interfaith activities at local, City and Provincial levels.
Visit http://capeinterfaith.org.za for more information.
About the Cape SA Jewish Board of Deputies
The Cape SA Jewish Board of Deputies (Cape SAJBD) the umbrella organisation of the Cape Jewish community. Its mission is to inform and empower our community as well as the greater Cape Community, connecting Jewish identity to activism, ensuring an egalitarian spirit in all activity.
The mission of the Cape SAJBD is to proactively advocate for and ensure the rights, interests and values of the Cape Jewish community.
Visit http://www.capeboard.org/ for more information.