Brisbane Stake Hosts Ahmadiyya Muslim 2018 Peace Symposium

News Release

 

Through cooperating in multiple interfaith events around Brisbane during the past 18 months, leaders and members of the Eight Mile Plains Stake (diocese) of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and the local Ahmadiyya Muslim Association of Brisbane have developed sincere bonds of respect and friendship for one another. 

The Brisbane Eight Mile Plains Stake of the LDS Church recently agreed to host the Ahmadiyya’s 2018 Peace Symposium at the end of July 2018. The program was organised by the Ahmadiyya, who also prepared the hall, provided a delicious dinner for those who attended, and invited a diverse group of guests.  A number of local LDS members also volunteered to assist, including Mitchell Kaese and his son, Jonny, who worked hard all day to help with building preparation and to provide AV support. Stake President Asa Smibert was asked to participate in the program as a main speaker.  His address was well received. 

A number of local LDS Church members attended the late afternoon Symposium, helping to host and fellowship approximately 140 guests at the event.  Approximately 50 of these guests were leaders and representatives from other church and community groups in Brisbane, including elected government representatives, police, civic and service groups. 

Many of the visitors accepted an offer to tour the LDS building, which allowed an opportunity for them to learn something about the Church and to ask questions of the Church members who escorted them.  Several dignitaries expressed their delight to learn more about the Church, its buildings and faith.  Some Church pamphlets were made available on a table in the foyer, for those who were interested.

Following the event, Ahmadiyya Muslim Association, Brisbane President Fahim Armed expressed, “Peace can only be achieved by working together and respecting others - which is exemplified by LDS Eight Mile Plains Stake by allowing us to host the Peace Symposium at their church and working with us to make it a success.”

President Smibert expressed gratitude for the good relationship that is enjoyed between the two groups, saying, “We value our mutual friendship with the Ahmadiyya Muslim Association of Brisbane, and enjoyed the opportunity to join with them and many other faith and community groups at the Symposium.”  He concluded, “There is much good that can come as we continue to work together in pursuit of peace and respect. We look forward to other opportunities in the future.”

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