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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Why Pope Francis’s historic trip to Iraq was a mission of peace over politics

Pope Francis in IraqPope Francis’s historic trip to Iraq, including visits to the war-torn north, has been deeply significant. It is one that needs to be seen in the context of peace rather than politics. The pope, as a de facto religious “father” recognised around the world, offers consolation for all people, not just Christians. His visit brought the triple significance of hope, courage and peace to those in need.
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#WhenWillSheBeRight

UN Women Logo Australian’s say, “she’ll be right” to dismiss problems we think will fix themselves with time. It’s a cultural complacency that issues will sort themselves out, at some point. But for global gender equality, at the current pace of change, that point is still 100 years away. On International Day of Women, we present the UN Women Australia video, “When will she be right?“.
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31 Days of Prayer for Incarcerated Women

31 Days of Prayer for Incarcerated WomenPathways to prison are paved with economic deficits such as food insecurity, inadequate education, poor housing and insufficient social services. Women are being jailed simply because they are poor, can’t pay the bills and struggle to get their children a home, security, love of family and education. Women in Service Everywhere (WISE) explores issues fuelling an increase in the mass incarceration of women and girls globally, and invites you to join in their 31 days Prayer for Incarcerated Women.
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Pope Francis visits war-ravaged northern Iraq, inspects churches damaged by Islamic State

Pope Francis in Iraq

Pope Francis toured an area that was occupied by Islamic State from 2014 to 2017.

Many of Mosul’s churches and mosques have been destroyed by war.

The Pope stressed the need for religious tolerance on his first trip to Iraq.

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Congregations come together for World Day of Prayer

World Day of PrayerThe World Day of Prayer is a global ecumenical movement led by Christian women who welcome you to join in prayer and action for peace and justice. It is run under the motto “Informed Prayer and Prayerful Action,” and is celebrated annually in over 170 countries on the first Friday in March. The movement aims to bring together people of various races, cultures and traditions in a yearly common Day of Prayer, as well as in closer fellowship, understanding and action throughout the year.
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‘A door has opened’: Pope Francis appoints first woman to senior synod post

Pope FrancisBreaking with tradition, Pope Francis has appointed Frenchwoman Nathalie Becquart as an undersecretary of the synod of bishops, the first woman to hold the post and have voting rights.
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International Women’s Day: Pray for Women around the World

International Women’s Day: Pray for Women around the World

International Women’s Day is held on March 8 each year to honour and celebrate the achievements of women and highlight challenges and the need for action to reach gender equality. The day has been commemorated for well over a century. This year’s international theme is #ChoosetoChallenge.

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Impacts of COVID-19 in our region – Local research findings from the Department of Rural Health

University of Melbourne logoThe University of Melbourne, Department of Rural Health invite you to our first Public Webinar for 2021 titled, Impacts of COVID-19 in our Region Local research findings from the Department of Rural Health online at 5:30pm – 6:30pm Tuesday 23rd March, 2021.

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