Refugee Week Movie: Desert Flower

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Desert Flower: The Extraordinary Journey of a Desert Nomad is an autobiographical book written by Waris Dirie and Cathleen Miller, published in 1998 about the life of Somali model, Waris Dirie. In 2009, a german movie adapation was made. This movie will be screened free during Refugee Week 2015, and is sponsored by the Greater Shepparton Women’s Charter Alliance Advisory Committee.

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INTERVIEW: Humans Become God? Yes, It’s Catholic Theology

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A new book, Called to Be the Children of God: The Catholic Theology of Human Deification, offers essays from more than a dozen Catholic scholars and theologians to examine what this process of “deification” means in their respective areas of study. ZENIT asked editor Fr. David Meconi, S.J., to tell us about this doctrine, which might sound anything but Catholic, and about the book.

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Work and Faith – a (free) lunchtime conversation series

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Lunchtime Conversations: These are Conversations with business leaders from different faiths – towards understanding the different faiths in the workplace. The conversation will take place over lunch with guest speakers and opportunity for Q&A. Hear from local Buddhist, Muslim, Christian and Hindu speakers talk about their work and the faith dimension.

  • Dates:
  • Thur, 19 May, 12 – 1, Million Chilli Restaurant
  • Friday 20 May, 12 – 1, Aloi Thai Restaurant
  • Friday 27 May, 12 – 1, Phillipines House
  • Cost: Free!
  • Limited to 20 places
  • More Information:
  • Chris Parnell:5821 3483
  • Sam Atukorala:5831 2395

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Learning from Buddhist Meditation

meditatioThere’s no shortage of press touting the benefits of mindfulness and meditation. It’s increasingly popular in clinical therapy and for managing everyday stress. But what does science say about the centuries-old spiritual practice? And equally, what can the ancient Buddhist tradition teach neuroscientists about the brain? In an effort to find out, a group of meditation practitioners, psychologists and neuroscientists gathered together for a weekend Zen retreat in rural New South Wales.

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Interview with the Islamic theologian Hamideh Mohagheghi


MohagheghiWith the recent rise in Islamophobia across German – and the wider European – society, the Islamic theologian Hamideh Mohagheghi warns against retreating from the debate. Now is the time for Muslims to practise their faith in confidence, step forward and speak out. Interview by Canan Topcu of Qantara.de
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Australian – Indian History Exhibition at Sikh Temple

auindianThe Australian Indian History Association will stage a photography exhibition at the Sikh Gurduara Sahib Temple, 240 Doyles Road, Shepparton on Sunday 15 May from 10:00AM. Showcased in this exhibition will be the influence early Indian settlers had on Australia.
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Vatican to Buddhists: We Agree ‘Eco-Crisis’ Is an ‘Ego-Crisis’

ego-crisisThe Vatican has sent a message for the Buddhist Feast of Vesakh (Wesak), saying both religions recognize that the ‘eco-crisis’ is an ‘ego-crisis.’ Vesakh is the most important holiday for Buddhists, for it commemorates the principal events of the life of Buddha, and is celebrated on different dates, according to different traditions, in the various countries of Buddhist culture. This year, the festival is celebrated in some countries on May 14, while in others between 20 and 21 May.

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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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