Dying to Know Day


Dying to Know Day is a national public health campaign designed to create a shift in our cultural response to death.  On 8 August this year, Dying to Know Day in partnership with the Groundswell Project and Preparing the Way will be staging a free public event in The Atrium at Federation Square, Melbourne, between 10am and 6.30pm.

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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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Albury: Spiritual Care – Everyone’s Business



The recently published National Guidelines for Spiritual Care in Aged Care state that spiritual care is everyone’s business. Spirituality is intrinsic to being human, and spiritual needs may arise at any time. A seminar on older people and the basic awareness of spirituality will be held at  Lutheran Aged Care in Albury on Thursday 2nd March 2017.

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Clinical Pastoral Education, Shepparton, July – November 2017



Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) is a programme of education and formation for the ministry of pastoral care. The programme’s methodology utilises the action reflection model of learning. A part-time Unit of CPE will be conducted in Shepparton in second semester 2017, from 11 July to 22 November.

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Birth Anniversary of Swami Vivekananda

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. According to the English calendar or the generally used Indian Calendar, Swami Vivekananda was born on January 12, 1863. In 2017, the date of the birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda as per Hindu Lunar Calendar Tithi is on January 19. In 2017, it is the 154th birth anniversary.

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Vatican: Tolerance can’t be set against Religious Freedom

Vatican official Monsignor Antoine Camilleri, undersecretary for Relations With States, gave one talk at the opening of at the Conference on Combating Intolerance and Discrimination against Christians, held Dec. 14 in Vienna. Mgr Camilleri concludes that the Church serves all, despite religious affiliation, and that religious freedom is an essential element of a thriving society and culture.

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Shepparton, Australia: UN World Day of Tolerance 2016



UN World Day of Tolerance is celebrated worldwide each year on 16 November. The Shepparton Interfaith Network, in collaboration with Ethnic Council of Shepparton and District conducted an observance of Tolerance Day at the Senior Citizens Centre, Welsford St, Shepparton.

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Advance Care Planning Talk

talkThe ACP Talk website was designed in collaboration with Australian religious and cultural leaders and organisations. It is intended to provide informational support for health professionals conducting advance care planning with people from different religious and cultural backgrounds. The website is open access and may be utilised by members of the general public.
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Asylum Seeker Workshop, Shepparton

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The ASRC Community Engagement Team is working with communities across Victoria to share tools that reframe the national conversation and shift attitudes about the rights of people seeking asylum. The Asylum Seeker Resource Team will be in Shepparton on Saturday 8 October. Registration includes catering for lunch.

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Labyrinths and the Labyrinth at Picnic for Peace – Shepparton


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Dr Lisa Shortridge of Things of Spirit will be providing a temporary labyrinth and singing bowls experience at Picnic 4 Peace on Sunday 25 September at Victoria Park Lake, Shepparton, 11am-3pm. In this article we look to different kinds of labyrinths around the world.

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‘Spiritual but not religious’: What the census won’t say about Australians’ beliefs

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Over the last few decades, the number of people who answer the census question about religion with ‘no religion’ or ‘not specified’ has been on the rise. But just because someone doesn’t subscribe to organised religion doesn’t mean they’re not spiritual. Unlike in France and the United States, the Australian census contains a question about religion. This year, for the first time, ‘no religion’ will be the first option.

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Out of the Blue ~ Mooroopna and Numurkah

oobsParticipant Faith Communities in the Shepparton Interfaith Network are significantly aware of the current milk price farmgate crisis and involved in community care. “Out of the Blue” is set in a hotel bar, where locals are gathered to pay tribute to one of their mates that they have lost to suicide. The play is both funny and sad but very relevant today, especially in regional and rural areas where the threat of suicide is a concern to many communities. This play will be presented in Mooroopna on Wednesday 3 August, and Numurkah on Friday, 5 August.

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The Parable of the Good Muslim: Feeling Safe in Australia

goodmuslimThe parable of the Good Samaritan is a sobering challenge to people who should know better … Some right leaning Christian politicians and commentators were not satisfied when a wise man told them you should love your neighbour as yourself. “And who is my neighbour,” they asked. The wise man replied: A conservative Member of Parliament was walking back home from church …
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