Refugee Week Movie: Desert Flower


Desert Flower: The Extraordinary Journey of a Desert Nomad is an autobiographical book written by Waris Dirie and Cathleen Miller, published in 1998 about the life of Somali model, Waris Dirie. In 2009, a german movie adapation was made. This movie will be screened free during Refugee Week 2015, and is sponsored by the Greater Shepparton Women’s Charter Alliance Advisory Committee.

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INTERVIEW: Humans Become God? Yes, It’s Catholic Theology


A new book, Called to Be the Children of God: The Catholic Theology of Human Deification, offers essays from more than a dozen Catholic scholars and theologians to examine what this process of “deification” means in their respective areas of study. ZENIT asked editor Fr. David Meconi, S.J., to tell us about this doctrine, which might sound anything but Catholic, and about the book.

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Work and Faith – a (free) lunchtime conversation series


Lunchtime Conversations: These are Conversations with business leaders from different faiths – towards understanding the different faiths in the workplace. The conversation will take place over lunch with guest speakers and opportunity for Q&A. Hear from local Buddhist, Muslim, Christian and Hindu speakers talk about their work and the faith dimension.

  • Dates:
  • Thur, 19 May, 12 – 1, Million Chilli Restaurant
  • Friday 20 May, 12 – 1, Aloi Thai Restaurant
  • Friday 27 May, 12 – 1, Phillipines House
  • Cost: Free!
  • Limited to 20 places
  • More Information:
  • Chris Parnell:5821 3483
  • Sam Atukorala:5831 2395


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Learning from Buddhist Meditation

meditatioThere’s no shortage of press touting the benefits of mindfulness and meditation. It’s increasingly popular in clinical therapy and for managing everyday stress. But what does science say about the centuries-old spiritual practice? And equally, what can the ancient Buddhist tradition teach neuroscientists about the brain? In an effort to find out, a group of meditation practitioners, psychologists and neuroscientists gathered together for a weekend Zen retreat in rural New South Wales.

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Interview with the Islamic theologian Hamideh Mohagheghi

MohagheghiWith the recent rise in Islamophobia across German – and the wider European – society, the Islamic theologian Hamideh Mohagheghi warns against retreating from the debate. Now is the time for Muslims to practise their faith in confidence, step forward and speak out. Interview by Canan Topcu of
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Vatican to Buddhists: We Agree ‘Eco-Crisis’ Is an ‘Ego-Crisis’

ego-crisisThe Vatican has sent a message for the Buddhist Feast of Vesakh (Wesak), saying both religions recognize that the ‘eco-crisis’ is an ‘ego-crisis.’ Vesakh is the most important holiday for Buddhists, for it commemorates the principal events of the life of Buddha, and is celebrated on different dates, according to different traditions, in the various countries of Buddhist culture. This year, the festival is celebrated in some countries on May 14, while in others between 20 and 21 May.

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Christian-Muslim Dialogue Group Offers 8 Joint Proposals

vaticanoThe Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue and the Royal Institute for Inter-Faith Studies of Amman, Jordan, held their fourth colloquium in Rome last week.
The theme chosen was “Shared values in social and political life: Christian and Muslim perspectives.” The colloquium expressed, “We share beliefs and moral values. Our commonalities are much more than our particularities, and they constitute a solid basis for peacefully and fruitfully living together, also with persons of good will who do not profess a particular religion

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Creating a religiously harmonious society in Australia: issues and challenges


Dr Ibrahim Abu Mohammed – Grand Mufti of Australia, the Chaldean Catholic Eparch of Australia and New Zealand, the Parliamentary Friends of Interfaith along with Members of Parliament met in Parliament House Canberra to hear talks on “Creating a religiously harmonious society in Australia: issues and challenges”. Here, we bring you the Speech by His Eminence the Grand Mufti of Australia at Parliament House.

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2016 Vesak Celebrations, Shepparton

vesak16Vesak is when Buddhists in Shepparton and across Australia and around the World observe and recollect together the Lord Buddha’s birth, enlightenment and passing away. Commemorated annually by the United Nations to acknowledge the contribution which Buddhism, one of the world’s oldest religions, has made for over 2600 years and continues to make to the spirituality of humanity and fostering of world peace. There will be a celebration of Vesak in Queens Gardens, Shepparton, on Saturday, 21 May 2016. ... Read more...

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Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) – Wangaratta

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 Wangaratta in second semester 2016, from 4 July to 22 November. The course will be conducted under the auspices of the Austin Health CPE Centre and sponsored by Northeast Health Wangaratta (NHW).

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Sign the Interfaith Statement on Climate Change

climateThe Interfaith Climate Change Statement to World Leaders (2016) outlines religious leaders and faith communities positive judgement of the adopted Paris Agreement and urges for its prompt signature and ratification by governments so that it can come into force as soon as possible. It also insists that there is a significant increase in the current levels of ambition relating to emission reductions, financial flows, adaptation, loss and damage and a swift phase out of fossil fuel subsidies - so as to keep temperatures within reach of 1.5C. ... Read more...

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Cup of Tea for Nepal

largehandHands for Nepal will hold a "Cup of Tea for Nepal this coming Sunday, 23 April 2016. Hands for Nepal tell, "You have helped a lot in making a difference in Nepal and this afternoon is to show you where you money raised has gone to, to hear more about what is happening in Nepal today - with visiting guests from Nepal sharing also, share in an afternoon of a short documentary film, afternoon tea, play the caramboard, see an exhibition, and share together. Join us at the African House at St Paul's Lutheran Church, Poplar Road, Shepparton.




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