3rd Nelson Mandela Lecture, Shepparton

Every year on 18 July — the day Nelson Mandela was born — the UN asks individuals around the world to mark Nelson Mandela International Day (18 July) by making a difference in their communities. In 2018, the 3rd Nelson Mandela Lecture, Shepparton will be delivered by former Premier Ted Ballieu, at the Latrobe University Campus.

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NAIDOC (National Aboriginal and Islander Day Observance Committee) Week is an Australian observance lasting from the first Sunday in July until the following Sunday. NAIDOC Week celebrates the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. The week is celebrated not just in the Indigenous communities but also in increasing numbers of government agencies, schools, local councils and workplaces. For 2018, NAIDOC WEEK will run from 8 – 15 July. Shepparton will celebrate NAIDOC Week 2018 with many local events.

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NAIDOC Week 2018

Naidoc Week 2018 Because of her we can

NAIDOC Week celebrations are held across Australia each July to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. NAIDOC is celebrated not only in Indigenous communities, but by Australians from all walks of life. The week is a great opportunity to participate in a range of activities and to support your local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community.

NAIDOC originally stood for ‘National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee’. This committee was once responsible for organising national activities during NAIDOC Week and its acronym has since become the name of the week itself. In 2018, NAIDOC Week will be observed from nationally from Sunday 8 July and continue through to Sunday 15 July. The theme of the 2018 NAIDOC Week is Because of Her, We Can!

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12 Things You May See at a Jewish Wedding

Even if you’ve never been to a Jewish wedding, you may have heard of (or seen in movies) the well-known rituals of breaking the glass and dancing the hora. Read on to learn more about these and other rituals that may be incorporated into the ceremony and celebration that unites two individuals – a man and a woman, two men, or two women – in marriage.
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Hinduism: Truth and God are One

Pranava, the OMThe faith of many religions is centred on a god or gods. Hindus believe in One God who takes many names and forms, for cultures are different, society is different, and the mind is shaped by culture and society. Thus do Hindus believe that different names and forms of the One reality to suit different society, cultures and nations.

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Buddhism: The Five Precepts

The five precepts constitute the basic code of ethics undertaken by upasaka and upasika (lay followers) of Buddhism. The precepts in all the traditions are essentially identical and are commitments to abstain from harming living beings, stealing, sexual misconduct, lying and intoxication. Undertaking the five precepts is part of both lay Buddhist initiation and regular lay Buddhist devotional practices.

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Shepparton: End of Life Care: Looking at what we would not want to

On Wednesday 20 June 2018, at Eastbank Centre in Shepparton, Council of the Ageing, and City of Greater Shepparton presented Unspoken: (What will become of me?); a full house presentation which explored themes of ageing, declining capacity, diminished autonomy. Those attending learned much about the Advanced Care Plan and heard of practical examples of the need for this plan.
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Ramadan and Eid Al Fitr: drawing closer to God through prayer and praise

When the World Council of Churches Assembly in 2013 called for a pilgrimage of justice and peace, it explicitly addressed not only Christians but invited people of good will everywhere to join. It recognized the gifts our interfaith partners have received from God and challenged them to engage them in transforming actions. That’s why, alongside our tradition of offering greetings to inter-religious partners during major festivals, we have started inviting scholars and believers from different traditions to reflect on those festivals from the perspective of justice and peace.

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21 June: International Day of Yoga

Yoga is an ancient physical, mental and spiritual practice that originated in India. The word ‘yoga’ derives from Sanskrit and means to join or to unite, symbolizing the union of body and consciousness.

Today it is practiced in various forms around the world and continues to grow in popularity.

Recognizing its universal appeal, on 11 December 2014, the United Nations proclaimed 21 June as the International Day of Yoga

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End of Life Care: “Unspoken: What will become of me?”

Unspoken: (What will become of me?) gently explores the themes of ageing, declining capacity, diminished autonomy and a sense of identity and uses humour to create a comfortable setting for everyone to engage. This is an event for all; from those who care about aging as well as those who care about the aged.

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Dungala Kaiela Oration: At home in Country, At home in the World

Hosted by Kaiela Institute and University of Melbourne, the 2018 Dungala Kaiela Oration will be delivered by Dr Moana Jackson, Director of Ngā Kaiwhakamārama i ngā Ture (the Maori Legal Service) and Lecturer at Te Wānanga o Raukawa, Ōtaki, at Rumbalara Football Netball Club on Tuesday, 24 July commencing at 5pm.
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Refugee Week: Benefits of Migrants and Refugees

Refugee Week will be celebrated from Sunday 17 June to Saturday 23 June 2018. #WithRefugees is the theme for Refugee Week 2018 in Australia. Looking to the positive contribution made by migrants and refugees and their settlement in the Goulburn Valley, the Shepparton Interfaith Network in collaboration with the Adult Migrant Education Program at GOTAFE – will present a seminar on Tuesday 19 June 2018 at the Harder Auditorium.

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Cummeragunja walk-off relived as residents unite to share history

Residents and supporters of the Reconciliation movement walked the floodplain between Shepparton and Mooroopna to relive an historic Cummeragunja walk-off. About 150 people left the Cummeragunja mission, in southern New South Wales, on February 4, 1939, to protest against the conditions and local government’s control over the area.

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Refugee Week 2018 in Shepparton

Refugee Week will be celebrated from Sunday 17 June to Saturday 23 June 2018. #WithRefugees is the theme for Refugee Week 2018 in Australia. In observance of Refugee Week, the Shepparton Interfaith Network in collaboration with AMEP at GOTAFE will present a seminar and discussion on Benefits of Refugee and Migrant Contributions to Australia at the Harder Auditorium on Tuesday 19 June, at from 11:00 – 12:30pm. There will be a launch of Refugee Week 2018 at Maude St Mall on Monday 18th of June, 2018, from 1:00pm – to 2:00pm

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