This Holy Season – Part III

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Upon examining the Interfaith Calendar we find some 26 Holy Days or observances during the month of April. The first full moon after the vernal equinox brings events for five religions in its wake. There are several observances after the Full Moon (which occurs on Easter Day). So we shall bring you a triptych – three panels in art (often depicting the Divine or saints) – three articles covering the events of this Holy Season of 2022. This third article covers events from Ridván to the Orthodox Pascha – Easter Day.

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Easter Messages from Australian Church Leaders 2022

Messages from our churches speak to our Australian and world context in this year’s Easter Sunday celebration of Jesus Christ’s resurrection or rising from the dead after being crucified or put to death on the day called Good Friday. This year, the Western Churches will celebrate Easter on Sunday 17 April and the Orthodox and Oriental Churches will celebrate Easter on Sunday 22 April. Easter marks the foundation of Christianity.

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Q&A with a Young Jewish Community Leader in Ukraine

Q&A with a Young Jewish Community Leader in Ukraine

As many Ukrainian Jews know this year, Passover will be different in 2022. We sat down with Ukrainian Jewish community leader Andy (he/him), 27, to discuss what the community and holiday will look like in the context of current events. Andy is currently working as a regional manager for a biobanking company and recently graduated from medical school. As a former Hillel leader and current resident of a Moishe House in central Kyiv, he is intimately connected to the Jewish community of Kyiv. Throughout the war, he has safely hosted events for young Jews in his shared apartment, such as Shabbat meals and programs to preserve a sense of community and act as a support-system during this very difficult time.

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Spirituality & Diversity Discussions – a reflective practice initiative for mental health sector workers

Victorian Transcultural Mental HealthThe pandemic has created hidden aspects of mental health. People without inner resources have had to endure lockdown and isolation from others. This can result in an (inadvertent) deterioration of mental health. The Victorian Transcultural Mental Health will offer a discussion seminar on spirituality and diversity. This session is offered for mental health workers and is available to all who work across CALD sectors (multicultural) and may be of interest to those working in the LGBTIQ culture – where mental health and spiritual health may be of interest.

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This Holy Season – Part II

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The Interfaith Calendar shows there are some 26 Holy Days or observances during the month of April. The first full moon after the vernal equinox brings events for five religions in its wake. There are observances before that full moon and after. We shall bring you a triptych – three panels in art (often depicting the Divine or saints) – three articles covering the events of this Holy Season of 2022. This second article covers events from Vaisakhi to the Orthodox Palm Sunday.

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First come floods, then domestic violence. We need to prepare for the next inevitable crisis

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We’ve known this for years.

Crisis (such as pandemics, floodings, bushfires, earthquakes, wars) is linked with violence, most often directed at women and children. When there is a crisis, domestic and family violence rates increase in rates and severity during but also after, having a long-term impact on individuals and society.

So, what can we do to prepare?

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A question to ask ourselves this Ramadan: Is my concept of God ethical?

Is my concept of God ethicalBelief in God is, naturally, the major and most consequential component in all theistic belief systems — including their sense of ethics. While theologians and lay people alike have expended considerable time and effort trying to understand the nature of God, one question that has, regrettably, often been overlooked or neglected is what kind of God is ethically worth believing in.
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This Holy Season – Part 1

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Upon examining the Interfaith Calendar, there are 26 events or observances during the month of April. The first full moon after the vernal equinox brings events for five faiths in its wake. There are observances before that full moon and after. So we shall bring you a triptych – three panels in art (often depicting the Divine or saints) – three articles covering the events of this Holy Season of 2022.

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Protect our planet with your finances (Gas and Electricity)

Australian Religious Response to Climate Change LogoAustralian Religious Response to Climate Change continues its sessions Align your finances with your faith to protect the planet. These new sessions will address how green are your gas and electricity suppliers?

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The Hallway Ritual

The Hallway Ritual

A few years ago, the New York Times ran an article on the subject of organ donation entitled “Rituals of Honor in Hospital Hallways.” The article described a moving ritual by hospital staff to honour a deceased person who intends to be an organ donor. In this particular hospital, when a donor is carefully wheeled down the hallway to the operating room, each available staff person (nurse, housekeeper, social worker, dietician, doctor, or volunteer) pauses and stands in silence, with quiet reverence, to honour a person who has chosen to be an organ donor. What follows is a Jewish commentary on rituals for life, and purity, and rituals we need today.

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Ramadan and the Australian workplace: challenges and opportunities

Live webinar - Ramadan and the Australian workplace: challenges and opportunities

From the evening of Saturday, 2 April 2022, Muslims around the world, as well as in Australia, begin to observe Ramadan. People will be abstaining from food and drink during the daylight for 30 consecutive days, until the evening of Sunday, 1 May 2022, when Eid al-Fitr marks the end of Ramadan.

In this webinar, we will talk with guests from different Muslim communities to learn more about Muslim culture and history, discover what Ramadan and Eid traditions mean to them, and to discuss the challenges and opportunities they’ve faced when observing Ramadan in the workplace. This webinar will take place on March 30

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Fossil fuels were always dangerous. Now they’re fueling war on my doorstep.

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A woman reacts in front of destroyed apartment buildings March 17 in Mariupol, Ukraine. (CNS/Reuters/Alexander Ermochenko)


Svitlana Romanko is zero fossil fuels campaign manager for the Laudato Si’ Movement and based in Ukraine. She has been an environmental lawyer for over 20 years and holds a Ph.D. in environmental, natural resources, land and agrarian law, and a doctorate on climate change law, climate governance and climate policy. She also worked for 350.org, and campaigned for a Just Green Recovery and Green Deal in Eastern Europe. Here, Svitlana writes about war in Ukraine and the move for faith based organisations to divest from fossil fuels.

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