Shepparton residents join together in prayer

Many people gathered at the Shepparton Uniting Church on Thursday for a multi-faith prayer service to mark Cultural Diversity Week. Run by the Shepparton Uniting Church in collaboration with Shepparton Interfaith Network, representatives of nine different faith communities came together to light candles, deliver a reading and lead a group prayer.
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Meditation for Beginners

Meditation is an inner journey to a place beyond the mind. Our minds may panic and invent all sorts of excuses – mainly that we “don’t have time” – to avoid you doing this. For the mind fears anything that might take you to beyond, to peace – for example – or to inner stillness. No, the mind wants to be in control, all the time. Well, who is going to run your life? You, as embodied human being with your own spiritual essence – or your mind? We offer you a choice, you can try meditation, step by step, and evaluate it some time later down the road of your life.
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Tributes flow in Shepparton for Christchurch terror victims

The solemn sound of the Muslim call to prayer rang through the streets of south-east Shepparton yesterday as more than a hundred people gathered outside the city’s Albanian Moslem Mosque to remember those who died in the Christchurch, New Zealand, shootings a week ago.
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Messages of hope and solidarity at Bendigo vigil for Christchurch terror attack victims

Leaders of all faiths have called for love, not hate during a Bendigo vigil for the victims of the Christchurch terror attack. Catholic, Anglican, Jewish, Buddhist and Baha’i representatives have joined leaders of the Muslim community to honour the 50 people who were killed in the New Zealand attack last week.
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Multi-faith prayer service in Shepparton today

A multi-faith prayer service is on in Shepparton today to celebrate the city’s cultural diversity and harmony. Shepparton Interfaith Network executive officer Reverend Chris Parnell said the service would coincide with Cultural Diversity Week, from March 16 to 24, and also celebrate the United Nations Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination and Harmony, today.

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Friday Prayers for Christchurch at Shepparton Mosque

All in Greater Shepparton are invited to gather at Shepparton’s Albanian Mosque on Acacia St on Friday following afternoon prayers, around 2:10pm. The gathering is in response to the mass murders in Christchurch, New Zealand, on Friday, Albanian Moslem Society of Shepparton president Enver Sabri said.

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Sacred Festivals in Cultural Diversity Week

Several religious festivals occur on Thursday 21 March, which is also International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. In Australia, we celebrate this week as Cultural Diversity Week. Shepparton Interfaith Network will collaborate with Shepparton Uniting Church to deliver a Multifaith Prayer Service on Thursday, March 21.
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Judaism: Purim

Purim is an unusual Jewish holiday in many respects. First, Esther is the only biblical book in which God is not mentioned. Second, Purim, like Hanukkah, is viewed as a minor festival according to Jewish custom, but has been elevated to a major holiday as a result of the Jewish historical experience. In 2019, Purim will be celebrated on March 21st.
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31 Days of Prayer for Women’s Empowerment


In the month of March, the World Council of Churches is encouraging its fellowship and partners to join the Lott Carey “31 Days of Prayer for Women’s Empowerment,” which is also the 7th Anniversary Global Women’s Prayer Guide. The guide features 31 days of prayer that support justice and equality for women.

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Online Course on Interreligious Dialogue

KAICIID’s Dialogue Knowledge Hub (DKH) is pleased to offer the eight-week online course in interreligious dialogue for religious leaders, decision makers, Inter-religious dialogue practitioners and educators. Through a series of assignments, lectures and online forums, participants will learn the history of interreligious dialogue, methodologies, and tools for using dialogue to foster peace, mutual respect and social cohesion.
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Judaism: What Is a Blessing?

Yet we often do ask for a blessing from others; receiving the blessing of a person we respect or admire–often our parents, whether or not they are even alive–can have immense power and significance for us. After witnessing one person bless another, the poet Dan Bellm wrote: “I thought about this scene for a long time afterward, wondering, ‘What is a blessing?’ and really wanting one. Was this only an exchange between two people, or was something more present-something else? When people meet closely and truly, when a person blesses another, is God present? What is a blessing?

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Daily Prayer of the Dalai Lama



It is said that His Holiness the Dalai Lama considers this text to be THE source for developing altruism in your character and the “Spirit of Awakening.” It is also said that His Holiness the Dalai Lama recites this prayer every morning as part of his waking rituals. So, if you include it in yours, you are in good company!

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Buddhism: Parinirvana Day


Parinirvana Day – or Nirvana Day – is observed primarily by Mahayana Buddhists, most commonly on February 15th. The day commemorates the death of the historical Buddha and his entry into final or complete Nirvana. Nirvana Day is a time for contemplation of the Buddha’s teachings. Shepparton Interfaith Network sends greetings to the Buddhists of Shepparton on this day. We share one article on Taking Refuge in the Triple Gem.
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Journey Beyond Fear: Documentary reveals refugee family’s travails

A powerful documentary – Journey Beyond Fear – shot by a former Benalla woman will screen in Shepparton and Euroa next month in conjunction with Cultural Diversity Week. The Shepparton screening is FREE at GOTAFE, followed by a Q and A session with the filmmakers. … Read more…

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