Albury: Spiritual Care – Everyone’s Business



The recently published National Guidelines for Spiritual Care in Aged Care state that spiritual care is everyone’s business. Spirituality is intrinsic to being human, and spiritual needs may arise at any time. A seminar on older people and the basic awareness of spirituality will be held at  Lutheran Aged Care in Albury on Thursday 2nd March 2017.

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Future Voices – Building Opportunity and Social Cohesion

Future Voices acts to build young people’s skills, aspirations and connection to the community. Future Voices develops better futures for young people through building hope and strong aspirations, understanding career paths and employment opportunities, linking with employers and local opportunities, especially in skill shortage areas, delivering life and work skill learning, work experience and mentoring, engagement of community and family in a holistic approach and strengthening cross cultural understanding and inter country relations.
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The Four Seals of Buddhism

Parinirvana Day – or Nirvana Day – is observed primarily by Mahayana Buddhists, most commonly on February 15th. The day commemorates the death of the historical Buddha and his entry into final or complete Nirvana. Nirvana Day is a time for contemplation of the Buddha’s teachings. Shepparton Interfaith Network sends greetings to the Buddhists of Shepparton on this day and shares one article on the Four Seals of Buddhism.
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National Apology Breakfast, Shepparton, 2017


The National Apology to the Stolen Generations was observed in Queens Gardens on the morning of 13 February 2016 at Queens Gardens, Shepparton. Queens Gardens was filled with participants, local indigenous community, students from local schools and civic leaders.

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A Rebbe for Our Time

Recently, when the exhibits recalling the local Jewish community of Shepparton was opened at the Shepparton Museum, a showing was held, followed by a simple gathering. At that gathering, some history was recalled, and it was stated that the former synagogue in Shepparton was the first Chabad synagogue in Australia, as it had been founded by an Orthodox Jewish, Hasidic movement, Chabad-Lubavitch. Chabad is today one of the world’s best known Hasidic movements and is well known for its outreach. It is the largest Hasidic group and Jewish religious organization in the world. The most famous Rebbe (rabbi) of Chabad-Lubavitch is Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson. What follows is a book review of a new book about the Rebbe.
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Voices for Harmony: Julian Burnside to speak in Shepparton

Noted Human Rights campaigner and Refugee advocate Julian Burnside AO QC, will speak at Shepparton on 21 March 2017 as part of the Voices for Harmony 10th Anniversary celebrations. Julian Burnside will give an address on the topic, Yes to Multiculturalism at the Carrington Hotel on Tuesday 21 March.

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2017 World Day of Prayer, Shepparton

World Day of Prayer is a worldwide movement of Christian women of many traditions who come together on the first Friday of March each year to observe a common day of prayer. This year, World Day of Prayer – themed “Am I being unfair to you?” will be observed at St Mels Church Shepparton, with significant input by the local Filipino Community. The Shepparton Interfaith Network will also be participating.

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Shepparton Interfaith – Annual General Meeting 2016


The Annual General Meeting of Shepparton Interfaith Network was held at St Brendan’s Church, Shepparton on evening of 2 February 2017. Representatives of many faith communities attended the meeting which was addressed by Sam Birrell of the Committee for Greater Shepparton and Ms Liz Arcus of Picnic4Peace. A report was given accounting for the activities of the Interfaith Network for the 2015-2016 year.

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Clinical Pastoral Education, Shepparton, July – November 2017



Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) is a programme of education and formation for the ministry of pastoral care. The programme’s methodology utilises the action reflection model of learning. A part-time Unit of CPE will be conducted in Shepparton in second semester 2017, from 11 July to 22 November.

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Booklet on Celebrating Mercy with Believers of Other Religions


An opportunity has come, due activity of the Catholic Church, to observe how one religion does interreligious dialogue with other religions. This can only be of benefit for many to read and understand this process as we step – albeit carefully – out into interfaith dialogue with those of other religions. The Pontificial Council for Interreligious Dialogue has produced a booklet on interreligious dialogue on the subject of Mercy.

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Annual General Meeting



The Annual General Meeting of Shepparton Interfaith Network will take place at the Mgr Peter Jeffrey Centre, St Brendans Church, Shepparton on evening of 2 February 2017. The meeting will be addressed by Sam Birrell of the Committee for Greater Shepparton and Ms Liz Arcus of Picnic4Peace will also give an address to the meeting.

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9th Anniversary of the National Apology

sorryshnOn 13 February 2008, Prime Minister Kevin Rudd made a formal apology to Australia’s Indigenous peoples, particularly those whose lives had been blighted by the practice of forced child removal. This defining moment in Australian history was the culmination of years of hard work by Indigenous people and their supporters. Shepparton Reconciliation Group invites you to join in the celebration of the 9th Anniversary of the National Apology on the morning of Monday, 13 February, 2017.

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Law Reform: Funeral and Burial Instructions

The Victorian Law Reform Commission has examined the legal status of funeral and burial instructions of a deceased person. The Commission’s report – and video – explain what is important, what the law says (in each state and other jurisdictions) and what changes might improve matters. This is of extreme importance in the case of the indigenous peoples, who have a need for burial “on country”. A Yorta Yorta example is narrated in the video.
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Birth Anniversary of Swami Vivekananda

Swami Vivekananda Jayanti celebrates the birthday of Swami Vivekananda. Swami Vivekananda’s birthday falls on the Paush Krishna Saptami, the 7th day after the full moon day in the Hindu month of Paush. Therefore the date varies from year to year. According to the English calendar or the generally used Indian Calendar, Swami Vivekananda was born on January 12, 1863. In 2017, the date of the birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda as per Hindu Lunar Calendar Tithi is on January 19. In 2017, it is the 154th birth anniversary.

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Letters to a Young Muslim

In a series of essays Omar Saif Ghobash (former UAE ambassador to Russia) offers a guide for young Muslims to navigate the complex 21st century. Although the book is written in the form of letters to his 15 year-old son Saif, the advice and counsel he offers is appropriate for Muslims of all ages. Sultan Sooud Al Qassemi read the book “Letters to a Young Muslim.”

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