Coming together – 15th December

People coming together to share chocolate and coffee in a spirit of acceptance of all people regardless of religious or cultural background on the 15th of December.

To help you in your planning for Chocolate and Coffee Day, resources have been created. For additional resources, how-to connect with people, conversations starters, etc, please sign up on the form to the right and they will be emailed to you.

If you have recommendations of further resources, please connect with me.

The Beginnings

“Let’s talk about that over coffee,” is a common phrase in our society. It is something people do from all walks of life, all backgrounds, cultures and religions. It is a way that people connect, learn about each other and find common ground.

This is exactly what people were doing on 15th December 2014, when they walked into the Lindt Café on Martins Place, Sydney. The last thing they expected was a gunman to hold them captive.  The gunman claimed he was doing it in the name of Allah. Sadly 2 innocent people lost their lives that day, however in the aftermath something amazing happened. The #Iwillridewithyou response came.

People refused to be “terrorised” by this event and instead responded in love and understanding for their follow Australians. A spirit of Religious Harmony swept the country.

In honour of this, and with a passion to unite people of all religions and cultures in this country, I urge people to come together, over Chocolate and Coffee on the 15th December to make a stand for Religious Harmony. Wherever you may be, with your friends, families, workmates, groups or organisation, share together and start the conversation.