Top 10 books about cults

Aum Shinrikyo CultThe word “cult” is used only by outsiders. There is nothing extreme or ridiculous about the Truth if you believe it. In a world of secularity and cynicism we are drawn to the stories of those who live and die with such utter conviction, just as we wonder at how credulous they can be. We feel superior because we believe we could never be drawn in so completely. But the best books about cults lead us, as readers, into understanding just how easily it could happen.
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Pope Francis declares ‘climate emergency’ and urges action

Pope Francis enters Casino IV

Pope Francis has declared a global “climate emergency”, warning of the dangers of global heating and that a failure to act urgently to reduce greenhouse gases would be “a brutal act of injustice toward the poor and future generations”.

He also endorsed the 1.5C limit on temperature rises that some countries are now aiming for, referring to warnings from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change of “catastrophic” effects if we crossed such a threshold. He said a “radical energy transition” would be needed to stay within that limit, and urged young people and businesses to take a leading role.

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Multifaith Service – World Refugee Day

United Nations LogoShepparton Interfaith Network – in collaboration with the Ethnic Council of Shepparton and District – will conduct a Multifaith Service for World Refugee Day at St Brendan’s Church on Thursday 20 June at 6pm.
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Refugee Week in Shepparton, 2019

Refugee Week LogoRefugee Week 2019 will be celebrated from Sunday June 16 up to Saturday June 22, 2019. In observance of Refugee Week, the Shepparton Interfaith Network in collaboration with Ethnic Council of Shepparton and District will present a Multifaith Service at St Brendan’s Church, Shepparton on 20 June, at 6:00pm. The theme for the service is “The Refugee in Australia“.
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Movie Night: Refugee Week

Human flow - the journey of migrationHuman Flow is a 2017 German documentary film co-produced and directed by Ai Weiwei about the current global refugee crisis. In the film the viewer is taken to over 20 countries to understand both the scale and the personal impact of this massive human migration. It was shot using various technologies, including drones, cameras and iPhones. As part of Shepparton’s Refugee Week observance, Human Flow will be screened for Free at Village Cinemas on 19 June 2019.

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Sorry Day and Sunset Ceremony, Shepparton, 2019

Aunty Faye Lynham at Monash Park SheppartonA large crowd assembled at Monash Park to observe – in what was at times inclement weather – the 2019 Sorry Day commemoration by the Shepparton Region Reconciliation Group. Aunty Faye Lynham – one of the stolen generations – was the guest of honour. National Sorry Day marks the day the Bringing Them Home report was tabled in Federal Parliament.
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What Mindfulness Is (Not)

The BuddhaEvery moment of consciousness is accompanied by an emotional response, and this is where mindfulness is properly situated on the Buddhist maps of experience. Mindfulness is a quality of emotional response, a particular intentional stance and attitude toward the object of experience that shapes and textures how it is experienced by consciousness.

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Multifaith Prayer Service – Grounded in Truth

Grounded in TruthThe theme of National Reconciliation Week 2019 is “Grounded in Truth”, walk together with courage. Many religions have much to say about truth, and truth for our indigenous brothers and sisters is expressed in connection to Country. Shepparton Interfaith Network in collaboration with St Mary’s Church Mooroopna will conduct multifaith prayers for National Reconciliation Week in Mooroopna on Monday 3 June.

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Grounded in Truth – Having the Conversations

Shepparton Region Reconciliation Group and La Trobe University invite you to join us as we explore how we can walk together with courage. Truth-telling about Australia’s colonial history is a fundamental to this. So let’s have the conversations.

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Sorry Day, Shepparton, 2019



National Sorry Day is an Australia-wide observance held on May 26 each year when the Bringing Them Home Report was tabled in the Federal Parliament. This day gives people the chance to come together and share the steps towards healing for the Stolen Generations, their families and communities. A Sorry Day observance will be held at Monash Park Shepparton, on Monday, May 27, 2019 commencing at 10:15am

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Buddhism: Loving-Kindness Practice for Online Dating

online dating via textThe Beatles sang “All You Need is Love.” But we who swim in circles in the wacky waters of online dating beg to differ. Besides love, we also need some wisdom to help us navigate the truths and false stories (about ourselves and others) that come to the surface as we search for authentic connection in this extremely artificial environment.
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Shepparton: Vesak 2019 Observance

Vesak LampsJoin the Shepparton Buddhist Community along with Buddhists across Australia as they commemorate the Buddha’s birth, enlightenment and passing. Buddhism is one of the world’s oldest philosophies of non-violence and has practised peaceful relations with all humankind for over 2600 years. In this day and age, Buddhism continues to promote peace through the practice of mindfulness. There will be a celebration of Vesak in Queens Gardens, Shepparton, on Saturday, 18 May 2019.
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Community mourns lives lost in Sri Lanka Easter bombings

Memborial Service for Sri Lanka Bombings, SheppartonTwo weeks on from the Sri Lanka bombing, more than 100 people gathered at the St Brendan’s parish to mourn the lives and humanity lost after a number of suicide bombings took place, targeting churches and hotels Easter Sunday.
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Ramadan – The Islamic Holy Month of Fasting

ramadan is a month of fastingRamadan (sometimes spelled Ramadhan) is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, during which Muslims fast or do not eat or drink during the daytime. The date for the start of Ramadan is slightly different each year, depending on the position of the moon. Once Ramadan starts, Muslims should not eat or drink between dawn and sunset. This usually continues for thirty days, but sometimes twenty-nine days.

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Memorial Service for Sri Lanka

The Sri Lankan Association of the Goulburn Valley invites you to a memorial service to remember the beautiful souls lost in the Easter Sunday tragedy in Sri Lanka. Prayer for Sri Lanka will be conducted at St Brendan’s Church, Shepparton, on evening of Friday, 3 May at 6pm. All are invited to bring flowers to lay at the Shrine of St Brendan.
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