Shepparton: Friendship Cafe



A Friendship café will be provided at Shepparton Police Station on evening of 23 August; it will be a safe space for young women from different cultural backgrounds, especially new and emerging communities to have a cup of tea or coffee and share a friendly conversation with other women.

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Zen Buddhism: How to Practice Mindful Eating



In mindful eating, we deliberately direct our full awareness to that liveliness, in the form of the bodily sensations, thoughts, and emotions that arise and disappear as we eat. Most important, we do this without criticism or judgement. We bring clear attention and curiosity to the colors and shapes of our food (as if appreciating a work of art), to the changing fragrances and flavors, to the textures and even the sounds of our food.

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Sikhism: School’s ‘turban ban’ displays common misunderstanding of equality

Can a school impose a uniform policy that does not take into account a student’s religious or cultural beliefs and practices? This issue is being considered by the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT).

Sagardeep Singh Arora, on behalf of his five-year-old son Sidhak Singh Arora, is challenging Melton Christian College’s decision not to enrol his son unless he agrees not to wear his patka, a Sikh head covering.

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Heart to Heart through Art

Shepparton Interfaith Network is partnering with Friends of Shepparton Art Museum (Friends of SAM), the Ethnic Council of Shepparton and District and Shepparton Art Museum to present an evening on Islamic Architecture and the design of the recently constructed Islamic Museum of Australia, located in Thornbury. Heart to Heart through Art will be presented at St Paul’s African House on Thursday 14 September.

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Telling and Retelling Our Stories

In his d’var Torah, Rabbi Saperstein speaks of the “subtle shifts” we see in the narration of historical events as they appear Parashat D’varim. He notes that the differences may reflect a retrospective view of past events. Should we be surprised that our ancestral stories change over time? Is it unusual that in looking back, we see the actions of God in events where we did not see God’s presence at the time those events took place?
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Nelson Mandela Day

Every year on 18 July — the day Nelson Mandela was born — the UN asks individuals around the world to mark Nelson Mandela International Day (18 July) by making a difference in their communities. Everyone has the ability and the responsibility to change the world for the better, and Mandela Day is an occasion for everyone to take action and inspire change.

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Sufism: Presence, Sincerity and Spiritual Practice



Today time moves fast and our humanness is under assault in many ways. The distractions of consumer society and pop culture, the compression of time, the advance of technological powers, the intensity of life requires nothing less than the development of true spiritual practice and remembrance.

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The Welcome Scroll at Euroa

On Tuesday 4 July, the Welcome Scroll came to Euroa and was hosted by Euroa’s Rural Australians for Refugees Group. Mayor and councillors from the Shire of Strathbogie were present, along with representatives of the Shepparton English Language Centre, Shepparton Interfaith Network and Picnic for Peace.
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Sikhs in Australia – a surprising history

A new YouTube documentary produced by SBS traces one of the most little known but extraordinary stories of migrant settlement in Australia. The documentary tells the story of the Sikhs of Woolgoolga, a small NSW town 550 kilometres north of Sydney. The community there forms one of the early chapters of Indian migration to Australia.
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With Courage Let Us All Combine

I am 87 years old and within my lifetime a marvellous thing has happened to my country. It has become a multicultural nation. The migrant people who have come to my country, many of them refugees escaping pain beyond my experience or comprehension, have brought with them the gifts and talents they needed to make new lives in a foreign country. Soon it was no longer a foreign country. It was their home, their country, a place where they were welcome and secure. They became its citizens in a ceremony which affirmed their welcome. They adopted, sometimes easily and quickly, sometimes with difficulty and slowly, the lifestyle of their new country. They enriched it by their culture and willingness to work towards a future filled with hope and happiness. They built strong bonds with us and helped us to reshape the values not only of our nation but of our common humanity.

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