Australia’s Changing Attitudes To Immigration

The Scanlon Foundation surveys, for the first time in Australian research, provide an annual measure of attitudes to immigration, cultural diversity and social cohesion.

The eighth national survey was conducted in 2015, with total respondents now numbering more than 25,000. The results provide a deep understanding of the constant and changing elements in national attitudes to cultural diversity and ethnicity. Members of the Shepparton Interfaith Network participated in this survey.
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Declaration for the Dignity and Human Rights of Women

The 2015 Parliament of the World's Religions in Salt Lake City commenced with the Women's Assembly. The Parliament of the World's Religions has produced a Declaration for the Dignity and Human Rights of Women. We bring you the declaration along with its preamble and introduction. Readers may sign the Declaration. ... Read more...

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Declaration on War, Hate, Hate Speech and Violence

The 2015 Parliament of the World's Religions in Salt Lake City has considered violence in all its forms, in all walks of life. The Parliament of the World's Religions has produced a Declaration War, Hate, Hate Speech and Violence. We bring you the declaration with its observations and call to action. Readers may sign the Declaration. ... Read more...

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Congo Week 2015, Shepparton

Congo Week will be celebrated in Shepparton for the first time, next week. A week-long series of events at St Paul's Lutheran Church and African House includes documentary films, information sessions, discussions, music and prayers. All events are FREE and held at St Paul's African House at 54 Poplar Avenue, Shepparton. ... Read more...

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Countering Violent Extremism Requires a Whole-of-Community Approach


Countering violent extremism in Australia is a difficult task, fraught with political, cultural and religious sensitivities, exacerbated by social tensions and lack of understanding across various communities. One unintended consequence of the desire to secure our nation has been to heighten these tensions and divisions in many communities across Australia.

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Shepparton Multicultural Film Festival

Shepparton Multicultural Film Festival The first Shepparton Multicultural Film Festival will be take place at the Harder Auditorium, GOTAFE, with a formal launch on Friday 23 October at 6.30PM. There will be 5 sessions in the film festival, with screenings on Friday evening, Saturday 24 October at 1:30PM and 4PM and Sunday 25 October at 2PM and 4:30PM. ... Read more...

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Religion and Mental Health: Healthy Religion, Unhealthy Religion

In observance of Mental Health Week Shepparton Interfaith Network in collaboration with Voices for Harmony conducted a forum, Religion and Mental Health at GOTAFE on Friday, 9th October. In this report, Rev. Chris Parnell explored Healthy Religion, Unhealthy Religion, and mental illness. ... Read more...

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Christianity and Mental Health

In observance of Mental Health Week, Shepparton Interfaith Network in collaboration with Voices for Harmony conducted a forum, Religion and Mental Health at GOTAFE on Friday, 9th October. In this account, local psychologist Estela Hutchings gives an account of her experience as a Christian and psychologist, and the kinds of responses encountered in Christians she has worked with. ... Read more...

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Religion and Mental Health: The Migrant Experience

Frank Purcell In observance of Mental Health Week, Shepparton Interfaith Network in collaboration with Voices for Harmony conducted a forum, Religion and Mental Health at GOTAFE on Friday, 9th October. In this account, local president of the St Vincent de Paul North-East conference, Dr Frank Purcell, examines how religion was a bulwark, a support for those experiencing stress years past. Dr Purcell takes a look at migration to Shepparton by Italian, Greek and Albanian communities, and the challenges faced by those migrating from the Middle East in this day and age. ... Read more...

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Forum Observations: Religion and Mental Health

Mental Health Week 2015 In observance of Mental Health Week, Voices for Harmony in collaboration with Shepparton Interfaith Network conducted a forum, Religion and Mental Health at GOTAFE on Friday, 9th October. In this account, local identity, historian and well known book reviewer, Pat Crudden - who coordinates Socrates Cafe at the University of the Third Age - has kindly shared his thoughts about the speakers who presented at this forum. ... Read more...

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Sikh Holy Day (20th October): Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji

Guru Granth Sahib The Guru Granth Sahib Ji is truely unique among the world's great scriptures. It is considered the Supreme Spiritual Authority and Head of the Sikh religion, rather than any living person. It is also the only scripture of it's kind which not only contains the works of it's own religious founders but also writings of people from other faiths.

Sikhs celebrate the first installation of Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji on 1st September and the Conferment of title of “Guru” on Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji on 20th October each year.

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Lucky country needs all faiths standing up

Graham Ashton, Commissioner of Victorian PoliceVictorian Police Chief Commissioner Graham Ashton says it is time for Victorians of all faiths to stand together, and focus on the common bonds and values which unite us, not the points of difference on which ignorance can prosper and fuel division. Tolerance and multiculturalism are values which should be respected by all elements in our community, Commissioner Ashton writes. ... Read more...

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Is Islam a radicalising force?

What role Islam as a faith plays in jihadism and the radicalisation of young Muslims is something that is rarely addressed. This matter is of much concern given recent events in Australia. In this article, Dirk Baehr is a political scientist specialising in the areas of jihadism, Salafism, and Internet propaganda gives an account of young Muslims and their engagement in radicalisation. Sound knowledge of faith protects against radicalisation. ... Read more...

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Racism, Mental Health and Mindfulness

The Annual General Meeting of Shepparton Region Reconciliation Group was held on Monday 5 September at Sandhurst Catholic Care. Guest Speaker at the meeting was Terry James, who gave an overview of research into Perseverative Cognition and Aboriginal Australians. Ms James has undertaken collaborative research at Rumbalara and her work gives insights into the effects of racism on physical and mental health. ... Read more...

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