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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Interfaith Meeting, Euroa




During evening of Tuesday June 6, Shepparton Interfaith Network will present one interfaith meeting in Euroa at the Euroa Third Age Club 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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Sorry Day in Shepparton, 2017

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the tabling in the Federal Parliament of the Bringing Them Home Report — the report that identified the profound loss and trauma caused by the forcible removal of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children from their families. The report recommended: “That the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission, in consultation with the Council for Aboriginal Reconciliation, arrange for a national ‘Sorry Day’ to be celebrated each year to commemorate the history of forcible removals and its effects.” Here, we bring you an account of the Sorry Day Observance in Shepparton, 2017.

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Ramadan Message


Tonight at sunset, Muslims in Shepparton and all over Australia will mark the start of Ramadan. Ramadan is a sacred time of the year for the Muslim community, and commemorates the revealing of the Qur’an to Prophet Muhammad. Shepparton Interfaith Network wishes our neighbours and all Muslims, “Ramadan Mubarak!” (Blessed Ramadan).

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Reconciliation: Taking the next steps: Talking Together


National Reconciliation Week runs from Saturday 27 May –  Saturday 3 June, and is marked by two significant milestones in Australia’s reconciliation journey: the 1967 Referendum and the historic Mabo decision. 2017 marks 50 years since the ‘67 referendum, and 25 years since the Mabo decision. Shepparton Interfaith Network will mark National Reconciliation Week with a luncheon-discussion over “Let’s Take the Next Step” at the Connection on Friday, 2nd June.

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Goulburn Valley Interfaith Meetings




During June 2017, Shepparton Interfaith Network will conduct interfaith meetings in Euroa, Numurkah, Benalla and Cobram. 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. This program is called Believing, Bridging, Building and Bonding.

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National Sorry Day, Shepparton 2017




National Sorry Day is an Australia-wide observance held on May 26 each year. This day gives people the chance to come together and share the steps towards healing for the Stolen Generations, their families and communities. Stolen Generations refer to Aboriginal Australians who were forcibly removed from their families and communities. A Sorry Day observance will be held at Monash Park Shepparton, on Friday May 26, 2017 commencing at 10:15am

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The Women’s Balcony: Religious Women Are the Real Guardians of the Galaxy



There are those old-fashioned Jews who consider shul a central part of life; the first few minutes of The Women’s Balcony, a tremendously enjoyable Israeli film screening next week at the JCC in Manhattan and starting its theatrical run shortly thereafter, will give you as much of a rush as anything involving Vin Diesel. Here, the fast and the furious aren’t driving but marching down a narrow Jerusalem street, dressed in their finest and carrying refreshments. They’re headed to shul, to a bar mitzvah that’s so joyous you’d be tempted to write a check. As you watch them celebrate, you can’t help but think that here, at last, is religion the way you’d always imagined it should be practiced—together, loudly, and with love.

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