The golden rule

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Portarlington Social Justice Team at their Interfaith Service – Rev Marg Manning, Merilyn Bertram, Keith Pigdon and Joy Porter

When the Social Justice team at St Andrews Portarlington, on the Bellarine Peninsula in Victoria, began to plan their Social Justice Sunday services, they were struck by the many similarities that all faiths have as their basic principle.

They used the informative Golden Rule Poster from the Columban Mission Institute to show that Jewish, Hindu, Buddhist, Muslim and Christian people as well as our Indigenous brothers and sisters all share a common theme of “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”

Hindus acknowledge: “This is sum of duty : do not do to others what would cause pain if done to you.”

The Jewish Torah proclaims: “What is hateful to you do not do to your neighbour. This is the whole Torah all the rest is commentary.”

The Prophet Mohamed wrote: “Not one of you truly believes until you wish for others what you truly wish for yourself.”

The team further illustrated that point by using some beautifully embroidered banners made by one member of Queenscliff Rural Australians for Refugees (QRAR) for their Out of Darkness exhibition. Each banner contained one of the world religion’s underlying principles of care for each other and for the world.

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