Sikhs in Australia – a surprising history

A new YouTube documentary produced by SBS traces one of the most little known but extraordinary stories of migrant settlement in Australia. The documentary tells the story of the Sikhs of Woolgoolga, a small NSW town 550 kilometres north of Sydney. The community there forms one of the early chapters of Indian migration to Australia.
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With Courage Let Us All Combine

I am 87 years old and within my lifetime a marvellous thing has happened to my country. It has become a multicultural nation. The migrant people who have come to my country, many of them refugees escaping pain beyond my experience or comprehension, have brought with them the gifts and talents they needed to make new lives in a foreign country. Soon it was no longer a foreign country. It was their home, their country, a place where they were welcome and secure. They became its citizens in a ceremony which affirmed their welcome. They adopted, sometimes easily and quickly, sometimes with difficulty and slowly, the lifestyle of their new country. They enriched it by their culture and willingness to work towards a future filled with hope and happiness. They built strong bonds with us and helped us to reshape the values not only of our nation but of our common humanity.

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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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Interfaith Meeting, Cobram

On the evening of Monday, June 26, Shepparton Interfaith Network will present one interfaith meeting in Cobram at the Cobram Community House commencing at 7:30PM. 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.
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Refugee Week in Shepparton

refugeeweekRefugee Week runs from Sunday, 18 June to Saturday, 24 June, 2017. To contribute to Refugee Week, the Shepparton Interfaith Network in collaboration with GOTAFE Multicultural Education Centre gave a seminar and discussion on Australia’s Migration and Australia’s Welcome at the Harder Auditorium on Tuesday 20 June. Particpants responded enthusiastically.

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Refugee Week 2017: Australia’s Migration and Australia’s Welcome

Refugee Week will be celebrated from Sunday, 18 June to Saturday, 24 June, 2017. In observance of Refugee Week, the Shepparton Interfaith Network in collaboration with GOTAFE Multicultural Education Centre will present a seminar and discussion on Australia’s Migration and Australia’s Welcome at the Harder Auditorium on Tuesday 20 June, at 9:30am.

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Interfaith Meeting: Benalla

On the evening of Tuesday June 20, Shepparton Interfaith Network will present one interfaith meeting in Benalla at the Senior Citizens Centre commencing at 7:30PM. 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.
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Tariq Ramadan writes: Ramadan is a time for Self-Criticism

The first Ramadan began with a man climbing a rocky mountain and retreating into a tiny cave. He sat there, alone, for a month of fasting, meditation, reflection and prayer, as he had many times before. He was trying to distil the mysteries of the universe, compassion and the knowledge of God.

Somewhere during the last ten days of that month, the angel Gabriel – the same angel that visited Mary in the Gospels – appeared to this man in his cave and had an exchange with him that would change his life, revolutionise his society and affect the world forever.

It was also an exchange that gives us profound lessons about the nature of our physicality, and the connection between our bodies and divine inspiration – lessons that have resonated through every Ramadan since.

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Interfaith Meeting: Numurkah

On the evening of Tuesday June 13, Shepparton Interfaith Network will present one interfaith meeting in Numurkah at the Numurkah Town Hall commencing at 7:00PM. 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.

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Interfaith at Euroa: Christianity and Australian Society

Road Sign, Euroa
A small group came together in the comfort and warmth of the Third Age Club at Euroa on the evening of Tuesday June 6 for what turned into an engaging interfaith meet with many questions. Theologian and scholar Dr Frank Purcell gave one talk on Christianity and Australian Society.

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Talking Together – The Connection



Shepparton Region Reconciliation Group in conjunction with the Shepparton Interfaith Network observed National Reconciliation Week 2017 talking together at The Connection, on Friday June 2nd. Some 35 peoples from many organisations and communities in Shepparton region attended.

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