Creating a religiously harmonious society in Australia: issues and challenges

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Dr Ibrahim Abu Mohammed – Grand Mufti of Australia, the Chaldean Catholic Eparch of Australia and New Zealand, the Parliamentary Friends of Interfaith along with Members of Parliament met in Parliament House Canberra to hear talks on “Creating a religiously harmonious society in Australia: issues and challenges”. Here, we bring you the Speech by His Eminence the Grand Mufti of Australia at Parliament House.

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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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2016 Vesak Celebrations, Shepparton

vesak16Vesak is when Buddhists in Shepparton and across Australia and around the World observe and recollect together the Lord Buddha’s birth, enlightenment and passing away. Commemorated annually by the United Nations to acknowledge the contribution which Buddhism, one of the world’s oldest religions, has made for over 2600 years and continues to make to the spirituality of humanity and fostering of world peace. There will be a celebration of Vesak in Queens Gardens, Shepparton, on Saturday, 21 May 2016. ... Read more...

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Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) – Wangaratta



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 Wangaratta in second semester 2016, from 4 July to 22 November. The course will be conducted under the auspices of the Austin Health CPE Centre and sponsored by Northeast Health Wangaratta (NHW).

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Sign the Interfaith Statement on Climate Change

climateThe Interfaith Climate Change Statement to World Leaders (2016) outlines religious leaders and faith communities positive judgement of the adopted Paris Agreement and urges for its prompt signature and ratification by governments so that it can come into force as soon as possible. It also insists that there is a significant increase in the current levels of ambition relating to emission reductions, financial flows, adaptation, loss and damage and a swift phase out of fossil fuel subsidies - so as to keep temperatures within reach of 1.5C. ... Read more...

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Cup of Tea for Nepal

largehandHands for Nepal will hold a "Cup of Tea for Nepal this coming Sunday, 23 April 2016. Hands for Nepal tell, "You have helped a lot in making a difference in Nepal and this afternoon is to show you where you money raised has gone to, to hear more about what is happening in Nepal today - with visiting guests from Nepal sharing also, share in an afternoon of a short documentary film, afternoon tea, play the caramboard, see an exhibition, and share together. Join us at the African House at St Paul's Lutheran Church, Poplar Road, Shepparton.

 

 

 

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Passover 2016

passoverThe Jewish holiday of Passover starts Friday, April 22. That's confusing to those who usually get their spring breaks bracketed by the holidays of Passover and Easter. After all, they're connected in the Christian story - it was Passover that Jesus was celebrating when he had his last supper with his disciples. So why is the holiday a month after Easter this year? ... Read more...

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Sikh Community Festival – Vaisakhi

gurduaraThe Sikh Holiday of Vaisakhi falls on Wednesday 14 April 2016. Also frequently spelled Baisakhi, Vaisakhi has origins as a springtime festival in the Punjab region, but since 1699 has taken on a great deal of religious significance for Sikhs. On Vaisakhi in that year, Guru Gobind Singh created the Khalsa and established much of what is at the core of the Sikh faith today. ... Read more...

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Social Issues and Solutions: The problem of ICE

moor-iceSt Mary’s Parish Mooroopna will tackle a hidden issue in the community, the experienced effects of drug addiction, in particular, the effects of the drug ICE in the Community. An evening examining social issues and solutions will take place at St Marys School, Mooroopna, on evening of Tuesday, 19 April.
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Royal Commission Report into Family Violence – Section on Faith Communities

rcvOn Tuesday 29 March 2016, Australia’s first Royal Commission into Family Violence tabled its findings with a 1900 page report which includes 227 recommendations. The report includes a ten-page section on ‘Faith Communities’, highlighting the important role faith-based communities and organisations can play in the lives of Victorians affected by family violence.Read more…

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