Harmony Day Lecture: Mateship in Australia

I have been asked to speak today about Mateship and its relevance to Australian culture and social cohesion. I begin by acknowledging the First Peoples of Australia and in particular the Yorta Yorta and Bangerang people on whose land we now live. Lets pray that they be welcomed and deeply respected within the Australian nation. May their elders be blessed and honoured. May we also pray that this sacred land truly inspire us to come together as a tolerant, multicultural, multi-faith, secular community in which all of us are considered to be mates – Aborigines, women, migrants, our families and our descendants from all around the globe.

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Harmony Day – Unity in Diversity

Harmony Day was celebrated by St Brendan’s Parish on Sunday 18 March. During the 11:00 service of Divine Worship (Mass), the video produced by Notre Dame students was launched. Fr. Joe Taylor advised the congregation, “Instead of the sermon, we will have the video”. Harmony day continued with an observance in the hall behind St Brendan’s Church.

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Cemeteries and Crematoria: Reflections on a Survey

Representatives for the Department of Health conducted a community consultation in Mooroopna on Wednesday 14 March in order to elicit the communities need for future development of cemeteries and crematoria in the Goulburn Valley. A wide ranging discussion ensued.

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Meditation – what it cannot do.

Many Westerners, when they come to dharma practice, come looking for psychological healing — but this is not what meditation was designed to do. As meditation has become mainstream, it has been marketed as a way to address physical and emotional ailments as well as a way to improve performance at work, reduce stress, and rewire the brain.

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Cultural Diversity Week 2018: The Challenges of Settlement

In collaboration with the Adult Migrant Education Program at GOTAFE, Shepparton Interfaith Network will present the “Challenges of Settlement” seminar as part of Cultural Diversity Week 2018. Cultural Diversity Week is Victoria’s largest multicultural celebration, featuring a week-long program of festivals and events in metropolitan and regional areas.

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Sikhism and Marriage

Marriage – usually cohabitation of a life-long nature – is blessed as a religious event in most societies. In Sikhism, the Gurus were married and had children. Sikh marriage is intended to replicate the living Guru Granth Sahib and set the example of husband and wife as “one soul in two bodies”.

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Harmony Day at St Brendan’s Catholic Church

St Brendan’s Parish in collaboration with Notre Dame College and the Shepparton Interfaith Network will celebrate Harmony day in the 11:00 Mass with the showing of the Unity in Diversity video. There will be further activities at the Mgr Peter Jeffrey Hall after the service on Sunday 18 March 2018.

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Shepparton: Screening of Freedom Stories

Freedom Stories is a collaborative documentary project from Flying Carpet Films. It explores the achievements and stories of former ‘boat people’ who arrived in Australian waters seeking asylum from the Middle East around 2001, a defining year in Australian politics. Locked in remote detention centres and then placed on temporary protection visas, their limbo lasted for years. Now Australian citizens, they are finally building secure lives and contributing to their new country.

The Satellite Rotary Club of Mooroopna Kialla presents the documentary film – ‘Freedom Stories’ on Wednesday March 21st 6.30pm at Harder Auditorium (GoTafe). You are invited to stay for a Q&A session with the director Steve Thomas and a light supper after the film.

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Bendigo: Annual Interfaith Forum and Dinner

As part of the 2018 Bendigo Zinda Festival, Bendigo Interfaith Council will hold a Forum and Dinner at the All Seasons Conservatory on Wednesday, March 21 at 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM. Guest speaker will be Helen Heath OAM, of the Interfaith Network of the City of Greater Dandenong.

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World Day of Prayer 2018

The World Day of Prayer is an international ecumenical Christian laywomen’s initiative. It is run under the motto “Informed Prayer and Prayerful Action,” and is celebrated annually in over 170 countries on the first Friday in March. The movement aims to bring together women of various races, cultures and traditions in a yearly common Day of Prayer, as well as in closer fellowship, understanding and action throughout the year. This year, World Day of Prayer will be observed on Friday 2nd March, at Christ Church, Shepparton.

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Social Inclusion is More Than a Buzzword

The word diversity and its close relatives, inclusion and equality, are positive by most objective standards and dictionaries.

Yet when they fall on certain ears, these words can raise hackles and bring out hives. And it’s interesting to ask, why is that? Why wouldn’t someone subscribe to the great Australian maxim of a fair go for all? How can they see the words diversity and inclusion then register something negative lurking in their semantics?

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SBS: Muslims Like Us

Muslims make up less than three per cent of the Australian population*, yet dominate the news headlines and are often misunderstood. 10 Australian Muslims live together for eight days in social experiment, Muslims Like Us, will be aired on SBS on Demand over two nights—8.30pm, February 21 & 22.
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Shepparton Apology Breakfast, 2018

Ten years ago, on 13 February 2008, Prime Minister Rudd formally apologised to Australia’s Indigenous peoples, particularly those whose lives had been blighted by the practice of forced child removal. Shepparton Regional Reconciliation Group invites you to join in the celebration of the 10th Anniversary of the National Apology on the morning of Tuesday, 13 February, 2018 at Queens Gardens, Shepparton.

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Chinese New Year Festival and Prayers

Chinese New Year in 2018 commences on Friday, the 16th of February (16/2/2018). According to the Chinese 12-year animal zodiac cycle, the Chinese year beginning in 2018 is the year of the Dog. Chinese New Year’s Day varies each year due calculations based on a lunar calendar. Preparations for the New Year commence one month before.

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Shepparton: Buddhist Meditation

Meditation practice awakens our trust that the wisdom and compassion that we need are already within us. The Buddhist Association of the Goulburn Valley invite you to a free Buddhist Meditation at the Senior Citizens Centre, Shepparton, on Saturday, 3 February.
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