Struggling to make sense of silent prayer in a noisy cosmopolitan city

Nishat Bagh Mughal Gardens in the SrinagaLittle is known of consecrated, religious life and prolonged silent prayer. Praying for several hours per day goes by unrecognised in this noisy world of vehicles, pollution, social media, struggle and exhaustion. What brings peace, that inner reservoir we may return to at any time, within? Here, the reflections of a consecrated woman on her experience of silent, prolonged prayer.
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Joint Interfaith Statement ~ Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons

Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons - UNA Joint Interfaith Statement – signed by 115 faith bodies and organisations – has been provided addressing the issues of nuclear weapons, their economic and planetary life impact on all, and the works taken up by people of faith. We know that there is no true safety, security and peace for any of us until there is safety, security and peace for all of us.

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Seventh Buddhist-Christian Colloquium in Thailand

Seventh Buddhist-Christian Colloquium in Thailand
The Seventh Buddhist-Christian Colloquium in Thailand Calls for Compassion and Joint Action. Approximately 150 Christian and Buddhist representatives from 12 Asian nations, the United Kingdom, and the Holy See assembled in Bangkok from 13–16 November for the seventh Buddhist-Christian Colloquium. The theme of the Colloquium was Karuṇā and Agape in Dialogue for Healing a Wounded Humanity and the Earth.

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Samoan Community – Candlelight Prayer Service

World Peace Day: Lighting a Candle for AfghanistanIn the wake of the tragic car accident in Mansfield where four young Samoan men, working with Flavorite in the PALM Scheme, were killed when the car hit a tree and was burnt out – there will be a Candlelight Prayer Service at the Shepparton Uniting Church on Saturday 25 November from 4PM. Anyone may attend.
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Supporting Victoria’s Jewish And Islamic Communities

Victoria state government logoThe Victorian Government is investing in the safety of Victorian faith communities, with new support to combat antisemitism and Islamophobia to make sure communities feel safe, welcomed and celebrated.
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Vatican’s Diwali message to Hindus advocates interreligious collaboration for building peace

Diwali LampsThe Vatican has called on Christians and Hindus to avoid giving in to “contempt for human dignity”, the “curtailment of the fundamental rights and freedoms of citizens, including religious rights” and “aggression” against those who are different and instead collaborate using religion to build peace.
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Pope Francis to attend Climate Change Conference in Dubai

Pope Francis will attend COP 28In the sacred corridors of the Vatican, Pope Francis, the 266th Supreme Pontiff of the Roman Catholic Church, has become an unlikely champion of environmental preservation. This December, he will add another milestone to his papacy by attending the 28th annual Conference of the Parties (COP28) on climate change in Dubai. This journey to the Arabian Peninsula will be the first of its kind for any Pope since the inception of the COP meetings in 1995.
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2023 Victorian Interfaith Networks Festival



The Faith Communities Council of Victoria, in partnership with Merri-bek Interfaith Network and City of Merri-bek, would like to invite you to the 2023 Victorian Interfaith Networks Festival on Sunday, November 19 2023 at the Coburg Town Hall.

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Some things change, some things stay the same

William Cooper and the LeagueThe other day, Mum shared a story about her grandmother. Irene Burdeu was her name. Born and bred in Essendon, she was one of eight siblings. Her elder brother was Arthur Burdeu, a trade unionist. But what caught my attention was that Arthur shared a close bond with William Cooper, a prominent elder and activist from the Yorta Yorta community.

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Candlelight vigil to commemorate flood anniversary

Monsignor Peter Jeffrey and Fr Simon RobinsonThe combined churches of Mooroopna will host a candlelight vigil on Saturday, October 14, at 7.30 pm to mark the first anniversary of the October 2022 flood event. The gathering is set to take place at Rodney Place, at the intersection of McLennan and Young/Morrell Sts.

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My Word | The road to respect and decency

Early polling place, Shepparton
Opinion: A Voice to Parliament might not bring immediate justice and equality for all of Australia’s First Nations people, but it is a careful and significant step on the road to doing so. Photo by Megan Fisher


John Lewis, former editor of the Shepparton News, has written about the Voice to Parliament.

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Laudate Deum – Pope Francis renews his call to protect our common home

Laudate Deum – Pope Francis renews his call to protect our common homeOn the feast of St. Francis of Assisi (October 4), Pope Francis has released his new document on the Climate and Environment Laudate Deum, that completes his encyclical Laudato si’ published in May 2015, and is addressed “to all people of good will on the climate crisis.” The world is not moving fast enough to mitigate the devastating effects of climate change, Pope Francis wrote.
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7 rules for a respectful and worthwhile Voice referendum

7 rules for a respectful and worthwhile Voice referendumThere is much ado and fuss about the forthcoming Referendum about the Voice to Parliament. Here in Shepparton, we acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of Country of the Dungala (Murray) – Kaiela (Goulburn) Valleys, the clans of the Yorta Yorta Nation; Bangerang, Kaieltheban, Kwat Kwat, Moira, Ulupna, Wollithiga, and Yalaba Yalaba and the Ngurai Illum Wurrung. With respect to the abovementioned landowners, we reproduce – from The Conversation, 7 rules for a respectful and worthwhile Voice referendum.
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Walking for YES in Shepparton

Walking for YES in SheppartonThis coming Sunday, people all across the country will be Walking for Yes – in cities and towns, in every State and Territory. All walking together for a better future – all a part of this amazing opportunity for us all to make history together. There will be a Walk for YES at Victoria Park Lake on Sunday 17 September commencing at 12:00. The Walk will depart from the Welsford St Entrance to Victoria Park Lake.

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Petition to Pope to make St. Joseph Vaz a Patron Saint of Interreligious Relations

Petition to Pope to make St. Joseph Vaz a Patron SaintSt. Joseph (Naik) Vaz was canonized in 2015 by Pope Francis.  In 2021 Pope Francis was petitioned to make him Patron Saint of First Responders for washing the sores and nursing the abandoned victims of a smallpox epidemic in the Buddhist Kingdom of Kandy at the risk of getting infected himself.  This resonated with our humanitarian needs during the Covid crisis. Now, there is a new petition to Pope Francis to make St. Joseph (Naik) Vaz Patron Saint of Interreligious Relations.
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UN International Day of Peace – Calm in the City

UN International Day of Peace Logo 2023

The theme of this year’s UN Peace Day is “Actions for Peace”. Calm in the City invite you to join them on the morning of International Day of Peace, 21 September 2023. Two other events – on this international day – are notified, one by the Charter for Compassion Australia, and one by Brahma Kumaris.

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Nostra Aetate: Interfaith Conversations for Today

Nostra Aetate: Interfaith Conversations for Today

In the spirit of Nostra Aetate, Garratt Publishing – in conjunction with Yarra Theological Union – invites you to a new four-session webinar series exploring other religious traditions from a Catholic perspective.

This new series features Catholic scholars in conversation with a leader from the Hindu, Buddhist, Jewish, and Islamic traditions.

The webinar sessions will occur on Monday Evenings – 4, 11, 18 September, and 9 October, 2023.

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