By Murray Murchison.
The Elijah Institute is an inter-faith organisation aimed at bringing people from all beliefs together to promote goodwill and the ideal of a common humanity with shared lovingness. Their mission statement “We can try wearing another persons hat” is a perfect combination of symbolism and practicality.
The Institute’s annual MakeFriends conference is being held in Cairns over the next week. All of the big hitters are attending, including Pope Francis, the Dalai Lama and Eckhart Tolle. It is expected to be the greatest collection of luminaries and spiritualists since Oprah Winfrey’s SuperSoul 100 event in 2016.
The first plenary session will involve discussion on common ideals, prayers for the human spirit and some hat swapping. This will be followed by a morning trip to the reef, and an afternoon of go-kart racing on the Cook Highway (subject to flooding and traffic).
The much anticipated second session will involve some semi-confrontational discussions on the ridiculous facets of each others’ beliefs. It is understood that the Hindus have been in preparation for months over possible vectors for argument and potential ridicule. Meanwhile the Christians have readied a response for challenges to the Trinity paradox, while the Muslims remain heavily reliant on the trusty mashallah defense.
The conference will end with cocktails, seafood and dancing at PrawnStar at the Marlin Marina on Friday evening. Deepak Chopra and Jerry Falwell Jr are expected to reprise their hilarious but deeply moving kick-dancing duel. Tickets are available at all good churches, mosques and temples. Hats optional but recommended.