Goulburn Valley Interfaith Meetings




During June 2017, Shepparton Interfaith Network will conduct interfaith meetings in Euroa, Numurkah, Benalla and Cobram. These meetings are offered in order that the community members might be able to listen to speakers from different religions and have their questions answered in an atmosphere of mutual respect and harmony. This program is called Believing, Bridging, Building and Bonding.

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Ecumenical Patriarch: Islam is not terrorism

Ahead of Pope Francis’s visit to Egypt, the spiritual head of the Orthodox Church, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I, offered a blueprint for the future of interreligious dialogue based upon recognizing the central role religion plays in human life. He was speaking Thursday at the same event Pope Francis was scheduled to address on Friday.

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Robbing the jihadists of their advantage



In contrast to other cities in Belgium, violent Islamists have found next to no adherents in Mechelen. This is primarily due to the efforts of Mayor Bart Somers: he demands that everyone integrate – into a multicultural reality. There is one single youth club – for everybody … Shepparton Interfaith Network considers this a viable operation for Shepparton and District.

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SBS Coverage: “Speed date a Muslim in Shepparton”



Speed Date A Muslim is the brainchild of Hana Assafiri, who launched the event in 2016 from the upstairs dining room of her Brunswick cafe, the Moroccan Deli-cacy. Speed Date A Muslim came to Shepparton – with guests from Melbourne – on Sunday, 26 February 2017. We present the SBS coverage of Speed Date a Muslim at The Deck in Maude St Mall.

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Shepparton Interfaith – Annual General Meeting 2016


The Annual General Meeting of Shepparton Interfaith Network was held at St Brendan’s Church, Shepparton on evening of 2 February 2017. Representatives of many faith communities attended the meeting which was addressed by Sam Birrell of the Committee for Greater Shepparton and Ms Liz Arcus of Picnic4Peace. A report was given accounting for the activities of the Interfaith Network for the 2015-2016 year.

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Booklet on Celebrating Mercy with Believers of Other Religions


An opportunity has come, due activity of the Catholic Church, to observe how one religion does interreligious dialogue with other religions. This can only be of benefit for many to read and understand this process as we step – albeit carefully – out into interfaith dialogue with those of other religions. The Pontificial Council for Interreligious Dialogue has produced a booklet on interreligious dialogue on the subject of Mercy.

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Annual General Meeting



The Annual General Meeting of Shepparton Interfaith Network will take place at the Mgr Peter Jeffrey Centre, St Brendans Church, Shepparton on evening of 2 February 2017. The meeting will be addressed by Sam Birrell of the Committee for Greater Shepparton and Ms Liz Arcus of Picnic4Peace will also give an address to the meeting.

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The Interfaith Legacy of Guru Nanak


An overwhelming sense of the Glory and Oneness of God made Guru Nanak (1469-1539), the founder of Sikhism, impatient with religious divisions, doctrines, and rituals. This sense of the Oneness of God is for me at the very heart of the interfaith journey. There are many practical reasons why interfaith cooperation is vital and as many attempts to find a theological or philosophical justification for it. But to have experienced even a hint of Divine Love is sufficient warrant for Nanak’s claim that

The One God is Parent to all,
We are all God’s children.

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Sarmad the 17th-Century Jewish Mystic


Muhammad Sa’id, mostly known as Sarmad Kashani or simply as Sarmad (Persian: سرمد کاشانی‎‎) (ca 1590 – 1661) was a Persian mystic, poet and saint who travelled to and made the Indian subcontinent his permanent home during the 17th century. Originally Jewish, he may have renounced his religion to adopt Islam. Sarmad, in his poetry, states that he is neither Jewish, nor Muslim, nor Hindu.

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Christian, Muslim leaders agree to stand against religious extremism

switzerlandThe role of religions in promoting peace and countering violence was discussed during a two-day dialogue between the Muslim Council of Elders and the World Council of Churches (WCC) in Geneva, Switzerland from 30 September to 1 October. Two sessions of talks, hosted by the WCC, involved presentations and discussions on key aspects of peacebuilding and interreligious dialogue, paying special attention to combating religious extremism leading to violence in many parts of the world.
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Christian-Muslim Dialogue Group Offers 8 Joint Proposals


vaticanoThe Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue and the Royal Institute for Inter-Faith Studies of Amman, Jordan, held their fourth colloquium in Rome last week.
The theme chosen was “Shared values in social and political life: Christian and Muslim perspectives.” The colloquium expressed, “We share beliefs and moral values. Our commonalities are much more than our particularities, and they constitute a solid basis for peacefully and fruitfully living together, also with persons of good will who do not profess a particular religion

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Multifaith – Multicultural ANZAC’s

ax ANZAC Day in Australia was first observed in 1916; it is a joint celebration by Australia and New Zealand of the sacrifices paid in a theatre of war on the beaches of Turkey. It has since evolved into a trans-tasman commemoration of all who love and serve their motherland in times of international conflict, and paid the ultimate price. It also acknowledges those who continue to serve, and continue to suffer when they return home. ... Read more...

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