International Day of Yoga – 21 June

International Day of Yoga logoInternatoinal Day of Yoga celebrates the physical activity known as yoga practice in the Western world. Whereas it originated in India to enable flow of energy through meridians in the body – as part of spiritual practice and efficacy – yoga today is principally recognised for the asana poses that that those who go to yoga classes to practice. The theme of International Day of Yoga for 2020 is Yoga at Home and Yoga with Family.
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The Future is Cultural Equity

Arts Hub LogoMulticultural Arts Victoria CEO Veronica Pardo has written in Arts Hub on the importance of a recovery based on cultural equity, as a way of addressing the substantive under-representation of people of colour and culturally diverse people in the arts. More than that, however, and equitable, representative and inclusive sector has the power to shift the dial on racism, and how we see ourselves as Australia. This is a powerful call to the arts sector to commit to the fight for racial justice.
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On ‘Welcome’: Migration, First Nations and Refugee Communities

Wheeler Centre LogoWhat’s in a welcome? It’s a word we hear often in relation to Australia’s refugee movement – but in the context of hostile refugee policy and unceded sovereignty, what meanings can it hold? The Wheeler Centre will present an online exploration about Austalia’s “Welcome” in collaboration with the Refugee Council of Australia on Sunday 14 June 2020, 6.15pm-7.15pm at

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The Buddhist Pureland and Living Under Curfew

Daytime curfew and the police ... In Pureland Buddhism, we’re taught that the world is both a land of suffering and a wish-fulfilling jewel. Through the grace of Amida Buddha, and teachings like those found in the Meditation Sutra, we’re able to see beauty in the midst of our pain. Of course, this doesn’t mean that we no longer experience suffering.
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Dalai Lama: Only Genuine Compassion Will Do

Tenzin Gyatso - the 14th Dalai LamaIt’s not sufficient, says the Dalai Lama, to simply think that compassion is important. We must transform our thoughts and behaviour on a daily basis to cultivate compassion without attachment. Before we can generate compassion and love, it is important to have a clear understanding of what we understand compassion and love to be.
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World Environment Day

World Environment DayWorld Environment Day is celebrated on 5 June every year, and is the United Nations’ principal vehicle for encouraging awareness and action for the protection of our environment. This year the theme of World Environment Day 2020 is “Celebrate Biodiversity“. “With 1 million species facing extinction, there has never been a more important time to focus on biodiversity.”
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Looking after your mental health during coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic

In this togetherWhile it is a time of uncertainty and our lives have changed in a short period of time, it’s important to remember that we can do many things to feel better. Remember that these changes and your effort is helping to slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).
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Buddhism in the Age of #BlackLivesMatter

Buddhism in the Age of #BlackLivesMatter

Imagine Siddhartha is a person who has been protected by his loved ones from the reality of racism. He leaves his protected compound, perhaps a community gated specifically to separate itself from undesired people. He enters a place where he sees darker-skinned, unarmed people being shot dead by the police or perhaps by guards who serve to protect his enclosed community. Maybe he encounters darker-skinned people who are sicker and more malnourished than lighter-skinned people. What if Siddhartha saw that?

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Reconciliation as a pilgrimage to justice

Meredith Lake with Uncle Alf 'Boydie' Turner, in Shepparton.ABC Radio National program Soul Search features Dr Anne Pattel Gray – a globally recognized expert on Black theology, and the first Indigenous Australian to be awarded a doctorate in theology in the 1990s. The program also speaks with Uncle Alf ‘Boydie’ Turner, the grandson of the legendary Yorta Yorta leader William Cooper whose lifelong pursuit of justice remains remarkably relevant today.
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Tamandeep Singh live-streams Sikh services to thousands from his Shepparton home

Tamandeep Singh

Tamandeep Singh has not been able to attend Shepparton’s Sikh temple during the pandemic, but he has helped thousands bring the temple to their living rooms.

With his friend Avvi in Melbourne, he has organised religious services that broadcast each day on the Facebook page Virtual Kirtan Diwaans, hosted by Sikhs in their homes.

“It was started at the beginning of the pandemic, and we contacted people asking them to sing,” he said.

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Pope begs world leaders to provide coronavirus relief

Pope Francis prays the rosary for an end to coronavirus

Pope Francis begged world leaders on Saturday to act wisely and generously to provide social and economic relief for the many workers who have lost jobs, and called for the enormous sums of money used to grow and perfect armaments be instead used to fund research to prevent similar catastrophes in the future.

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International student who received help from Melbourne Sikh temple says it ‘changed my life’

Hoppers Crossing Sikh TempleRidden by financial hardship, Indian student Dhruv Dwivedi reached out to a gurdwara (Sikh temple) in Melbourne for help. Almost immediately, he says he received food, mentoring and immense love that has altered the course of his life.
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Covid -19 Public Webinar Series

Small University of Melbourne Logo WhiteThe University of Melbourne Department of Rural Health conducts the School of Rural Health in Shepparton. The Department of Rural Health is presenting a Public Webinar Series on the experience and response to Covid-19 in Regional and Rural Australia. There will be three online webinars, commencing Tuesday, June 2nd.

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Shepparton Climate Change, Water Availability and Community Resilience Forum

water - flood - and droughtThe impacts of water constraints on the Murray-Darling Basin are still being felt across our communities. Farmers for Climate Action is running the Shepparton Community Resilience forum to support communities and people still grappling with reduced water allocations and drought.
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Shavuot: Jewish Festival of the Giving of the Torah

studying the torah

The holiday of Shavuot is a two-day holiday, beginning at sundown of the 5th of Sivan and lasting until nightfall of the 7th of Sivan (May 28–30, 2020). In Israel it is a one-day holiday, ending at nightfall of the 6th of Sivan.

The word Shavuot (or Shavuos) means “weeks.” It celebrates the completion of the seven-week Omer counting period between Passover and Shavuot.

Shavuot, the feast of weeks, is celebrated seven weeks after the second Passover seder. Although Shavuot began as an ancient grain harvest festival, the holiday has been identified since biblical times with the giving of the Torah on Mount Sinai.

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National Sorry Day, National Reconciliation Week 2020

In this together - National Reconciliation WeekNational Reconciliation Week 27 May – 3 June 2020 National Reconciliation Week is an annual celebration and is a time for all Australians to reflect on our shared histories. National Sorry Day  is a nation-wide observance held on May 26 each year. Shepparton’s Sorry Day event – usually held in Monash Park – will be held online this year.

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Message of Grand Mufti of Australia on occasion of Eid-al-Fitr

Dr Ibrahim Abu MohammadDr Ibrahim Abu Mohammad – Grand Mufti of Australia – delivers a message to all Muslims in Australia that they support the Oneness of our Australian Community as well as the Oneness of God. Eid Ul-Fitr is the Muslim festival which marks the end of the month of Ramadan, the end of fasting and a celebration to mark the completion of a month of self-reflection. It falls on this Sunday 24 May 2020.
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