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News Release — 16 August 2012

Methodist, Jewish and Mormon Leaders to Discuss Commandment to 'Love Thy Neighbour'

Auckland, New Zealand — 

Three faith leaders — from the Methodist Church, Jewish faith, and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints — will speak on the commandment to ‘love thy neighbour as thyself’ at a special interfaith meeting in Auckland this month.

The event will take place at the Raye Freedman Arts Centre in Silver Road, Epsom on Wednesday evening, 22 August, starting at 7.00pm.

Reverend Uesifili Unasa, Maclaurin Chapel Chaplain at The University of Auckland; Rabbi John Borak from Amud ha-Shachar/First Light in Los Angeles, United States; and Elder James J. Hamula, Pacific Area President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, will be the speakers.

Reverend Unasa, Rabbi Borak and Elder Hamula will share insights on the commandment to love thy neighbour, from their respective faiths' perspectives.  Following their remarks, they will take questions from the audience.

Media representatives and the general public are invited to attend the event.

Mormon Newsroom states: “A respect for the diverse beliefs and unique contributions of all the world’s faiths is one of the hallmarks of Mormonism. From the earliest days of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Joseph Smith elevated the principle of religious liberty and tolerance: ‘We claim the privilege of worshiping Almighty God according to the dictates of our own conscience, and allow all men the same privilege, let them worship how, where, or what they may’ (Articles of Faith 1:11).”

Read more about The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ approach to interfaith relations.

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