Goulburn Valley Interfaith Meetings




During June 2017, Shepparton Interfaith Network will conduct interfaith meetings in Euroa, Numurkah, Benalla and Cobram. These meetings are offered in order that the community members might be able to listen to speakers from different religions and have their questions answered in an atmosphere of mutual respect and harmony. This program is called Believing, Bridging, Building and Bonding.

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National Sorry Day, Shepparton 2017




National Sorry Day is an Australia-wide observance held on May 26 each year. This day gives people the chance to come together and share the steps towards healing for the Stolen Generations, their families and communities. Stolen Generations refer to Aboriginal Australians who were forcibly removed from their families and communities. A Sorry Day observance will be held at Monash Park Shepparton, on Friday May 26, 2017 commencing at 10:15am

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The Women’s Balcony: Religious Women Are the Real Guardians of the Galaxy



There are those old-fashioned Jews who consider shul a central part of life; the first few minutes of The Women’s Balcony, a tremendously enjoyable Israeli film screening next week at the JCC in Manhattan and starting its theatrical run shortly thereafter, will give you as much of a rush as anything involving Vin Diesel. Here, the fast and the furious aren’t driving but marching down a narrow Jerusalem street, dressed in their finest and carrying refreshments. They’re headed to shul, to a bar mitzvah that’s so joyous you’d be tempted to write a check. As you watch them celebrate, you can’t help but think that here, at last, is religion the way you’d always imagined it should be practiced—together, loudly, and with love.

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Visualisation in Buddhism: Pure, Clear, Vibrant

In honour of the forthcoming Veask Celebration in Queens Gardens, Shepparton, we bring you this article of interest on visualisation in Buddhist meditation. Not all meditation is darkness, blank, emptiness, shunya. Visualization practice sometimes involves traditional symbolism that Westerners have trouble relating to, says Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche. He shows us how we can make the most of this powerful method for transforming perception.

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Grand Launch of Aboriginal Street Art Project

Greater Shepparton City Council in partnership with Yorta Yorta Nation Aboriginal Corporation and Rumbalara Co-Operative are holding a Grand Launch of the Aboriginal Street Art Project on the morning of 23 May 2017. All are invited. In the afternoon, there will be Conversations on Extraordinary Lives about the extraordinary lives of Pastor Sir Doug Nicholls and William Cooper at Latrobe University.
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Celebrating Vesak in 2017: Shepparton

Vesak is when Buddhists in Shepparton and across Australia come together and recollect the Lord Buddha’s birth, enlightenment and passing. Vesak is an international celebration and listed among UN Observances. Buddhism is one of the world’s oldest philosophies of non-violence and has practiced peaceful relations for over 2600 years. In this day and age, Buddhism continues fostering of world peace. There will be a celebration of Vesak in Queens Gardens, Shepparton, on Saturday, 13 May 2016.
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Free Movie Night: Refugee Week 2017 – Shepparton

Refugee Week is Australia’s peak annual activity to raise awareness about the issues affecting refugees and celebrate the positive contributions made by refugees to Australian society. Originally celebrated in 1986, Refugee Week coincides with World Refugee Day (20 June). In 2017, Refugee Week will be held from Sunday 18 June to Saturday 24 June. In observance of Refugee Week, City of Greater Shepparton Women’s Alliance will conduct a Movie Night featuring Queen of Katwe.
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Ecumenical Patriarch: Islam is not terrorism

Ahead of Pope Francis’s visit to Egypt, the spiritual head of the Orthodox Church, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I, offered a blueprint for the future of interreligious dialogue based upon recognizing the central role religion plays in human life. He was speaking Thursday at the same event Pope Francis was scheduled to address on Friday.

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Book Review: Dark Emu

The myth of the indigenous Australian as a hunter-gatherer living off the gleanings of boomerang and spear is alive and well in the 21st Century in Australia. The book Dark Emu presents compelling evidence that Aboriginal people did build houses, did build dams, did sow, irrigate and till the land. The British perceptions of an untamed, un-tilled land with no husbandry is plainly untrue. So also is the perception that Aboriginals were not farmers.

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Robbing the jihadists of their advantage



In contrast to other cities in Belgium, violent Islamists have found next to no adherents in Mechelen. This is primarily due to the efforts of Mayor Bart Somers: he demands that everyone integrate – into a multicultural reality. There is one single youth club – for everybody … Shepparton Interfaith Network considers this a viable operation for Shepparton and District.

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ANZAC: Multicultural, Multifaith


ANZAC (Australian and New Zealand Army Corps) Day is the  anniversary of the landing of troops from Australia and New Zealand on the Gallipoli Peninsula, Turkey, in World War I on April 25, 1915. It is also a day of remembrance for those who served and died in all wars, conflicts, and peace-keeping operations. In this article, we glimpse multicultural and multifaith aspects of ANZAC Day.

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Yom Ha’Shoah: Remembering the Holocaust

24 April: Yom Ha’Shoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day) is a day set aside to remember the six million Jews murdered during the Holocaust or Shoah. Many Australians with Jewish ties or heritage observe Yom Ha’Shoah. It commemorates the lives and heroism of Jewish people who died in the Holocaust between 1933 and 1945.
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Holy Week Shepparton and District, 2017


Holy Week is the commemoration of the last week of Jesus Christ on Earth in his mortal coil. Holy Week begins with Palm Sunday and leads up to Easter Sunday. On Thursday evening of Holy Week, there is a celebration of the Lord’s Supper, and the action of the passion of Jesus Christ is observed on Good Friday – with Stations of the Cross and a reading of the Passion of Christ from one of the gospels. Easter Day – the day of resurrection of Jesus, is observed sometimes at Midnight, often with a dawn service commemorating the Resurrection, and services on Easter Day itself. We bring a listing of services during Holy Week.

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A Sacred Season



In this time of the public observances of the Passion of Jesus and the Resurrection, is the major festival of the Christian religion. It is also the time of Passover of the Jews, the great event of the freedom of the Jewish nation from tyranny and the passing of the Red Sea. There are also observances in other religions which we mark at this time.

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Bendigo: Great Stupa gets $2.5 million funding boost

Bendigo’s majestic Great Stupa of Universal Compassion will progress towards an important landmark in construction thanks to a $2.5 million grant. Minister for Regional Development, Jaala Pulford joined Member for Bendigo, West Maree Edwards and Member for Bendigo East, Jacinta Allan in announcing the funding today while visiting the Great Stupa, cementing Bendigo’s position as an international travel destination and a place of multi-faith expression.

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