Golden Rule Workshop: Global Ethics and Beliefs

On Sunday 21st October 2012, 25 people gathered at Keast Park Pavillion Cafe in Seaford to take part in an interactive workshop - The Golden Rule Workshop - which is a global ethic and belief system that teaches to ‘do to others as you would have them do to you’.

The workshop was a collabarative event between Frankston Interfaith Network and Dr Stewart Sharlow from the Janssen Spirituality Centre in Boronia, exploring the principles of the Golden Rule and what this global ethic and belief system can mean.

“The Golden Rule is found in numerous cultures, religions, ethical systems, secular philosophies, indigenous (Native) traditions, and even in the mathematical sciences (e.g. the golden mean)… it emphasizes values of mutuality, interdependence and reciprocity.” (Scarboro Mission).

We used 'The Golden Rule Across the World's Religions’ poster from Scarboro Mission. The poster displays thirteen Sacred Texts that support the ethic of the Golden Rule. It includes, Baha’ism, Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Taoism, and Sikhism. Christianity, Unitarianism, native spirituality, Zoroaster Arianism, Jainism, Judaism and Islam.  

Used as part of a reflective exercise the poster was a useful tool for learning more about each others’ belief systems while taking some time for our own personal reflection. Some comments from participants:

“Gave me cause to think more deeply about the subject and others point of view”

“I liked the meditation and getting to know others more clearly”

We finished the workshop activities and continued our discussions over afternoon tea.