Bendigo: 2019 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 Thursday, March 21 at 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM. Guest speaker will be Sherene Hassan OAM, Education Director of the Islamic Museum of Australia.

Read more…

166 total views, 1 views today

Thursdays in Black

In every country, gender-based violence is a tragic reality. This violence is frequently hidden, and victims are often silent, fearing stigma and further violence.

We all have a responsibility to speak out against violence, to ensure that women and men, boys and girls, are safe from rape and violence in homes, schools, work, streets – in all places in our societies.

Read more…

126 total views, no views today

Shepparton’s Apology Breakfast 2019

Eleven 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 11th Anniversary of the National Apology on Wednesday, 13 February, 2019 at Queens Gardens, Shepparton at 8am.

Read more…

212 total views, 1 views today

From Kuan Yin to Chairman Mao: The Essential Guide to Chinese Deities

China, often thought of as a place of great antiquity and graceful culture, is presented through its imagery of dragons, temples, shrines and palaces. Encountering China, it is important to know that there is a respectful, worshipful culture behind every action and intention, and that like people everywhere, the Chinese also seek good fortune and happiness from their Gods.

Read more…

136 total views, no views today

The Melbourne bakeries that tell a story of Jewish migration


Sunday, 27 January 2019, is International Holocaust Remembrance Day, a UN Observance worldwide. Courtesy of BBC News, we bring reminisces of Jewish bakeries in Carlisle Street, East St Kilda. This part of Melbourne is famous for its Jewish businesses, synagogues, and of course, the trams trundle along Carlisle Street and Balaclava Road.

Read more…

166 total views, no views today

SAM: facing death creatively

The Shepparton Art Museum will feature Dr Catherine Bell – a multi-disciplinary artist – who will conduct two workshops on facing death creatively at the Museum on Wednesday 30 January, morning and afternoon.
Read more…

163 total views, no views today

Woolies become halal food people

Woolworths will be the first Australian supermarket to develop and sell its own private label halal-certified product. It is part of the retailer’s wider strategy to grow its range of ethnic and international groceries that are in demand from an increasingly diverse multicultural community.
Read more…

164 total views, no views today

India’s Zoroastrian culture

According to legend, Zoroastrians arrived by boat on India’s west coast between the 8th and 10th centuries, fleeing religious persecution in Persia. They found refuge, quickly integrating with the local population by adopting the Gujarati language and local customs, while steadfastly hanging onto their religious beliefs. That first wave became known as Parsis; a second wave, arriving in the 19th century, became another subset called Iranis.

Read more…

150 total views, no views today

Lohri 2019 – Harvest Festival

Harvest festivals are celebrated all over India at this time of the year though by different names–Pongal in Tamil Nadu, Magh Bihu in Assam, Pedda Panduga in Andhra Pradesh and Makar Sankranti in Gujarat and other parts of India. All these festivals signify health, wealth and prosperity and the coming of warmer days. One such festival is Lohri, which is marked by the Sikh community.

Read more…

198 total views, no views today

Birth Anniversary of Swami Vivekananda in 2019

Swami Vivekananda Jayanti 2019 date based on Hindu panchang and calendar. Swami Vivekananda Jayanti celebrates the birthday of Swami Vivekananda. Swami Vivekananda’s birthday falls on the Paush Krishna Saptami, the 7th day after the full moon day in the Hindu month of Paush. Therefore the date varies from year to year. In the Gregorian Calendar the date is 12 January 1863.
Read more…

229 total views, no views today

Muhammad: Forty Introductions – An arba’in for non-Muslims



In his latest work, Michael Muhammad Knight – the enfant terrible of American Muslim writers – has sifted through the thousands upon thousands of Islamic hadiths to find 40 he feels best serve as an introduction to the Prophet Muhammad.

Read more…

219 total views, no views today

Ten Great Buddhist Movies



We asked ten actors, filmmakers, and writers to each tell us their favourite movie that has a Buddhist message. We think the Buddha would have liked movies. Since he often taught through stories and parables, he would have appreciated the powerful spiritual stories that great films tell.

Read more…

196 total views, 1 views today

AFL extends Sir Doug Nicholls Round until 2020

THE AFL has officially committed to naming its indigenous showpiece the Sir Doug Nicholls Round for the next two years. The League has honoured Nicholls during the indigenous round since 2016 and is expected to continue to do so for time immemorial, but it has now formalised an agreement with The Nicholls Foundation to pay tribute to him until at least 2020.
Read more…

181 total views, no views today

How I Feel as a Jew During Christmas

Our children attended a preschool located in the building that houses our state’s Supreme Court. Every morning we walked through the Great Hall, whose exhibits provided more opportunities to teach the children about the values and principles of our country, including the separation of church and state. Things became more complicated in December. The stately hall erupted in evergreen swag and red bows, trees glittering with tinsel, and piles of gifts.

Read more…

185 total views, no views today