Ugadi: The Hindu New Year

KolamThe New Year is an event that happens when a culture celebrates the end of one year and the beginning of the next year. Cultures that measure yearly calendars all have New Year celebrations. On January 1, 1600 Scotland, was the first country to adopt January 1 as the first day of the New Year. Now, many countries celebrate the New Year on that day. The Panchang, the calendar used in India, uses a different reckoning to the Gregorian Calendar. This day is reckoned as the New Year in many states in India: it marks the entry of the Sun into Aries.
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The Aussie Camino

shrine dedicated to Australia's only saint, Mary MacKillop,

The Aussie Camino is a picturesque pilgrimage inspired by Australia’s only saint, Mary MacKillop. The Way is from Portland, Victoria to Penola in South Australia, places associated with St. Mary McKillop of the Cross.

The Camino de Santiago, or “The Way of St James”, is a network of routes across Western Europe leading to the resting place of the apostle Saint James the Great.

While Caminos traditionally lead travellers to a place of spiritual significance, many of their walkers are not religious. Most are, however, open to soul-searching.

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Yom HaShoah: What Holocaust Survivors Can Teach Us About Overcoming Trauma

Yom HaShoah - Holocaust Remembrance

Yom HaShoah is Holocaust Remembrance Day. It coincides with the 27th of Nisan (on the Hebrew calendar) to mark the beginning of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising of 1943, when Jewish resistance fighters defied the Nazis and fought for freedom and dignity.

In Israel, at 10:00, an air raid siren sounds throughout the country and Israelis are expected to observe two minutes of solemn reflection. Almost everyone stops what they are doing, including motorists who stop their cars in the middle of the road, standing beside their vehicles in silence as the siren is sounded.

The date was selected by the Knesset (Israeli Parliament) on April 12, 1951. The full name became formal in a law that was enacted by the on August 19, 1953. Although the date was established by the Israeli government, it has become a day commemorated by Jewish communities and individuals worldwide.

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Observing the Buddha: Buddha’s Birthday

Jewel in the LotusThere are different schools of Buddhism around the world, and new forms of Buddhist practice emerge. On this day, April 8, South-east Asian nations observe the Birthday of the Buddha. Here we give one small overview of this event, and share one reflection on the layers of the mind, in celebration of the Birthday of the One whom we call “Buddha”.
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8th Parliament of the World’s Religions, 2021

8th Parliament of the World's ReligionsThe 8th Parliament of the World’s Religions, hosted for the first time virtually, will bring together people of faith from around the world in an instant. The virtual Parliament is a safe way to gather the world’s global interfaith movement and celebrate the enduring spirit and work of religious and spiritual communities striving toward a more just, peaceful, and sustainable world.
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Indigenous Voice Consultations – Shepparton

Indigenous Voice Consultations Shepparton

The proposals for an Indigenous Voice would provide a way for Indigenous Australians to provide advice and input on matters that are important to improve their lives.

It could be made up of two parts – Local and Regional Voices and a National Voice.

Indigenous voice consultations will be held in Shepparton at 12:00 and 5pm on Wednesday 7 April at the Department of Rural Health, Graham Street, Shepparton.

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Easter: A time of many religious festivals

Easter Egg hunt!
The Full Moon after the Autumnal Equinox brings many religious festivals in its wake, as these festivals mostly follow a lunar Calendar. This time brings the Jewish Passover (Pesach), the Christian Easter, the Holi festival on Monday 29th, the Lailat al Bara’ah of Islam, and Monday, 29th March to Wednesday, 31st March is the Sikh festival of Hola Mohalla. For many children, the Easter Egg hunt!

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Care for Environment: Christianity

The Cross of ChristAs part of the Interfaith Call to Action auspiced by United Nations Environment Program and other multifaith organisations, we will, each month, present the view of one religion on the Environment and Care for the Environment. Religions to be covered include Indigenous Traditions, Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Zoroastrianism, the Bahá’í Faith, Hinduism, the Jain Religion, Buddhism, the Sikh Religion, Confucianism, Daoism, Shinto, and in summary, Environmental Ethics: Points of Agreement among the World’s Religions. This month, Care for the Environment features the teachings of Christianity.
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Passover Video

Passover Video
Covid-19 has prevented many religious communities from coming together. This year, the Union for Reform Judaism has collaborated with Reform leaders from North America and the UK along with our partners at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, the Central Conference of American Rabbis, and the American Conference of Cantors to provide a set of videos to accompany the Passover observances. Each video is 2-6 minutes long and contains blessings, songs, and insights that perfectly supplement any seder.

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Palm Sunday: Justice for Refugees

Palm Sunday: Justice for Refugees

Palm Sunday on 28 March 2021 is an important opportunity to raise awareness of the continuing injustice and cruelty experienced by refugees and people who are seeking asylum.

This year, organisers of the Palm Sunday events are aware of the need for COVID-safety. We recommend the wearing of masks and social distancing at all Palm Sunday actions and events.

There will be events and rallies in all states, and in many rural and regional areas on Sunday March 28th.

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High Commissioner’s Message on the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

UNHCR LogoRacism won’t end without work. We must #FightRacism daily. Read the UN High Commissioner’s statement on the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination and how the United Nations are working to end the scourge of racism.
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Muslims Endorse the Uluru Statement

ANIC logoThe Australian National Imams Council – a peak leadership body of Australian Muslims, attests that Before 1770, Muslims engaged with the Aboriginal people of this land. The Council supports the Uluru Statement from the Heart.
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‘A lot of uncertainty’: imams fighting Covid misinformation in Australia’s Muslim community

Muslim at Prayer

A fatwa pronounces both the Pfizer and AstraZeneca vaccines as halal for Muslims.

Ibrahim Dadoun, director of public relations at the Australian National Imams Council, says while the government had been working with the council, “we issued a verdict without any directives from the Department of Health or from the government in general.”

“We do work closely with the government, but our work to address these issues has been done independently of the government.”

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What do near-death experiences mean, and why do they fascinate us?

Near Death Experience

Near-death experiences are not a new phenomenon. Socrates had one, according to Plato; Pliny the Elder recorded another (in the first century); history is filled with examples of mountaineers falling from cliffs and experiencing bliss rather than terror. But we seem as enthralled now by their meaning as ever, and they continue to be sprinkled liberally across popular culture. Now read on as Dr Bruce Greyson talks about NDE and his book, After.

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The Buddha and Resilience:

Lord BuddhaWhen your mind is prey to what the Buddha called “unwholesome states” like fear and despair and you feel like you’re losing heart. Trust in the Buddha’s axiomatic teaching that “Everything that arises passes away.” The next time a powerful negative emotion arises in your mind, you’ll be more prepared to remember that “This storm is here now. I’m not afraid of it. I can move forward through the middle of it. It will pass.”

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Racism: Understanding Your Rights and Taking Action

Racism: Understanding Your Rights and Taking ActionThe Greater Shepparton City Council in collaboration with the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission have come together to run an online information session to educate and empower multicultural and multifaith communities about racism, understanding your rights and taking action on Monday 22nd March 2021. This will be an online event.
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Are you bogged mate? – Men’s BBQ and Ladies Picnic Lunch

Are you bogged mate?Are you bogged mate? is all about helping country blokes talk about mental health and suicide while spreading awareness about depression in the bush. Are You Bogged Mate is holding several events on Saturday 20th March in Cobram.
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