Bendigo Nagar Kirtan (Sikh)

Sri Gur Singh Sabha Bendigo LogoBendigo’s Sikh community has organised the first ever Nagar Kirtan in Bendigo on Suday 20 October commencing from Ullambara Theatre, Park Road, and going to Rosalind Park. There will be activities for chilren and festive events. This parade is organised to celebrate the 550th Birth anniversary of Guru Nanak – The founder of Sikhism.
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Bendigo: Bicentenary of The Bab (Baha’i)

In 2019 Australian Baha’is are joining in worldwide celebrations to mark the 200th anniversary of the birth of the Bab, the Herald of the Baha’i Faith. The Baha’i community of Greater Bendigo invites you to celebrate the Birth of the Bab at the Latrobe Arts Institute on the evening of October 29, 2019.
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Respect and Resilience: creating community cohesion and reducing violence

people in workshop sessionThe Greater Shepparton Community Safety Networks will deliver two sessions on Respect and Resilience during Community Safety Month – October 2019. The sessions will be delivered on Tuesday 22 October and Thursday 24 October.
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New reports give insights into the lives of Catholics

Profiles of CatholicsDrawing on Australian Bureau of Statistics data from the 2016 Census, the national Catholic social profiles provide insights into the demographics of the Catholic population in all 28 geographical locations (dioceses). The reports show that the lives of Catholics, individually and collectively, can vary widely in different parts of the country. There is a link to the profile of Catholics in the region administered for Shepparton.
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Modern slavery and people smuggling form backdrop to South-East Asia-set Australian film Buoyancy

Umbrella films - BuoyancyThe bleak world of South-East Asian people-smuggling might seem unlikely terrain for a coming-of-age adventure on the pirate fishing seas, but Australian director Rodd Rathjen has taken up the challenge — and attendant cultural risk — for his absorbing feature film debut, Buoyancy.
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The Jewish New Year – Rosh HaShanah

Happy Rosh Hashanah

Rosh Hashanah 2019 will begin in the evening of Sunday, 29 September and ends in the evening of Tuesday, 1 October 2019

Rosh Hashanah, literally meaning the “beginning [of] the year” is the Jewish New Year.

What greetings are appropriate on Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur?

On Rosh HaShanah, we can say “Shanah tovah um’tukah,” which means “May you have a good and sweet new year.” The greeting can be shortened to “Shanah tovah” (“A good year”). As on any happy holiday or festival, we can say “Chag sameach!” (“Happy holiday!”).

Another traditional greeting for both Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur is a Yiddish greeting, “Gut yontif,” which means “Wishing you a good holiday.”

Special greetings on Yom Kippur include “G’mar chatima tovah,” which means, “May you be inscribed (or sealed) for good [in the Book of Life],” and “tzom kal,” which is used to wish others an “easy fast.”

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Navaratri – the Nine Days of the Goddess

Durga slaying the demonNavaratri, or the nine nights, is the Indian festival of nine holy nights which celebrates the victory of the goddess Shakti over evil. The days fall on the nine auspicious days as per the lunar calendar of Hinduism. The principal forms of the Goddess are known as Durga, Lakshmi and Saraswati. This is a most popular festival in Hinduism that celebrates the victory of good over evil. Navaratri 2019 will begin on Sunday, 29 September and ends on Tuesday, 8 October 2019.
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Global Climate Strike: Shepparton

Global Climate StrikeShepparton Interfaith Network supports the climate strike on Friday, 20 September 2019, in Maude Street Mall. As people of spirit and faith, we are joining the youth climate strikers to call for sweeping, urgent climate action and to make sure that our response is grounded in the core values shared by all our traditions: love, justice, and compassion.
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First Do No Harm

First, do no harm

Sometimes it seems like Buddhism doesn’t have much relevance to environmental problems. Can Buddhist philosophy solve climate change? Can meditation bring back lost species? I think about these things much of the time, trying to find my way in a world of plummeting ecosystem health. Every semester my students say, “But what can one person do?” If I don’t have some good answers, they won’t be able to move forward with the important work of saving the planet.

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With hajj under threat, it’s time Muslims joined the climate movement

kaaba at MeccaAccording to research published last week by US scientists, hajj is set to become a danger zone. As soon as next year, they say, summer days in Mecca could exceed the “extreme danger” heat-stress threshold. The news comes just weeks after over 2 million people completed their journey of a lifetime. The environmental threat to the holy pilgrimage is a panic button for British Muslims like me, signaling that the climate crisis is endangering an age-old sacred rite.
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UN International Day of Peace

UN International Day of Peace LogoUN International Day of Peace this year occurs on Saturday 21 September 2019. This year’s theme draws attention to the importance of combating climate change as a way to protect and promote peace throughout the world. In the lead up to the International Day of Peace on 21 September, the United Nations calls upon all to take action to tackle climate change. Every human is part of the solution – from turning off the lights to taking public transport, to organising an awareness raising campaign in your community. The Theme is Climate Action for World Peace
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Creating inclusive multi-faith workplaces

Steps to creating multifaith inclusive workplacesCreating inclusive multi-faith workplaces is a new resource for DCA members to help workplaces move away from simply ‘accommodating’ the needs of their multi-faith employees, towards making workplaces inclusive for everyone in Australia’s increasingly religiously diverse workplaces.
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Lay community key to reforming Catholicism

Book Cover - Getting Back on MissionOne of the most extraordinary recent examples of commitment is the loyalty shown by many post-Vatican II Catholics to the church. Despite their steadfast support for the emphases of that Council, these lay Catholics, supported by many priests, are often seen as a ‘nuisance’ by senior church leaders whose real focus has been protecting their own positions and clericalist ideology. Their commitment has been further tested by the sexual abuse scandals and the abject failure of many bishops in dealing with them.
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