‘Christians and Hindus: Rekindling Positivity and Hope during the Covid-19 Pandemic and Beyond’

Divya lampThe Vatican greets Hindus on the occasion of Diwali, festival of light. The occasion of Diwali is celebrated by all Hindus, and is known as Deepavali, or the “row of oil lamps”. Symbolically based on ancient mythology, it represents the victory of truth over lies, of light over darkness, of life over death, and of good over evil. The actual celebration lasts three days, marking the beginning of a new year, family reconciliation, especially between brothers and sisters, and worship of God. This year the feast will be celebrated by many Hindus on Nov. 14, 2020. Here, we share the message from the Vatican to Hindus:
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NAIDOC Week Event ‘Cultural Burning’ Webinar

The University of Melbourne, Department of Rural Health

The University of Melbourne, Department of Rural Health invite you to their 2020 NAIDOC Event ‘Always Was, Always Will Be’ featuring a panel of speakers on Cultural Burning from 11:00 – 12:00pm Friday 13th November 2020.

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Land, water and fire: the science of a continuous culture

Land, water and fire: the science of a continuous culture

The Australian Academy of Science celebrates NAIDOC Week with a presentation on Land, water and fire: the science of a continuous culture online, on Monday 9 November at 5:30pm. You are invited to join in as they explain how Indigenous knowledge and science of land, water and fire can inform and improve the management of the natural world.

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Virtual NAIDOC Week 2020

NAIDOC Week 2020 - Aways was - Always will be

NAIDOC Week is an Australian observance lasting from the first Sunday in July until the following Sunday. The acronym NAIDOC stands for National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee. It has its roots in the 1938 Day of Mourning, becoming a week-long event in 1975.

Due restrictions for Coronavirus pandemic, Naidoc Week was deferred.

Due the Ring of Steel and numbers of people who can gather together – Victorian National NAIDOC Week 2020 celebrations will be held ONLINE from the 8-15 November. This will be a Virtual NAIDOC Week. This post has been updated (twice). Please click “read more” to see new events.

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French Catholics and Radical Islamists

Eric de Moulins-Beaufort, president of the French Bishops' ConferenceEric de Moulins-Beaufort, president of the French Bishops’ Conference, has called on Catholics to engage in a “spiritual battle” against radical Islamism. The Bishop said that the last terror attack in Nice demands not only more security, but also efforts to build interreligious solidarity!
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Faith Communities Supporting Healthy Family Relationships

Faith Communities Supporting Healthy Family RelationshipsViolence against women (and violence in families) has multiplied during the times of lockdown with people confronted with heretofore unseen and unknowmn stresses on their income, their relationships – even their meaning and purpose. The Faith Communities Council of Victoria will assemble and expert panel to discuss – and answer your questions – during an online session on Wednesday, 25t November 2020.

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Faith Communities in Pandemic Times

Faith Communities in Pandemic TimesWhat challenges are faith communities facing during the COVID19 pandemic, and what important role can they play in this difficult time? What is the end strategy for the COVID 19 pandemic? What is the likelihood of an ‘ethical’ vaccine and how will it be administered? Find out more at the Faith Communities Victoria online session on Sunday, 15 November 2020.
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Abraham Conference 2020

Abraham Conference 2020

The Abraham Conference plays an important role in bringing Jews, Christians and Muslims together to discuss contemporary issues of concern for the members of the three religions and for the wider society.

The theme of this year’s Abraham Conference is “Interfaith on the Frontlines“. In the style of TEDx Talks, Jewish, Christian and Muslim frontline workers will share their stories of hardship and hope in uncertain times.

The 2020 Abraham Conference will be held online (using Zoom) on Sunday 15th Nov 2020, 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm AEDT. Details and links will be available in the confirmation email.

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Uluru Statement: Invitation to walk from heart extended in 64 languages

Uluru Statement from the Heart in 64 languages

Young Lilia Tan moved to Australia from Singapore three years ago but she already understands that her school in Canberra is on Ngunnawal land.

The school’s welcome to country acknowledges its traditional owners, the Ngunnawal people, before ending with Always Was, Always Will Be, the theme of this year’s NAIDOC (National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee) week.

Coinciding with NAIDOC, the Uluru Statement of the Heart’s invitation to all Australians to walk with them for a better future has been translated into 64 languages ranging from French to Arabic, Armenian, Urdu, Rohinga, Hebrew and Mandarin.

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55 Years of Nostra Aetate

Rabbi Noam Marans shakes hands with Pope Francis

Fifty-five years ago, the Catholic church came out with a document that arguably did more not only to improve Jews’ relationships with Catholics, but also to make Jews physically safer and more at home in the world.

Nostra Aetate, which the Second Vatican Council passed by a 2,221-to-88 vote 55 years and one week ago, on October 28, 1965, redefined the church’s understanding of Jews by acknowledging, among other things, that all Jews are not responsible for the death of the Christian messiah.

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How one man is vitalising Bendigo’s Sikh community

Sikh cultural activities in Bendigo, Victoria Every first Sunday of the month, the burgeoning Sikh community members in Bendigo meet at the St Mary’s Anglican Church in Kangaroo Flat. It is a day when a priest from a Melbourne gurudwara comes with the holy book, the Guru Granth Sahib, conducts prayers and everyone revels in the langar or meal served. However, this is a pre COVID-19 story.
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Let There be Light: 2020 Kristallnacht Commemoration

Kristallnacht - The Night of Broken GlassThe International March of the Living, The Miller Center for Community Protection and Resilience at Rutgers University, and the Jüdischen Gemeinde Frankfurt are pleased to present a specially produced media event – LET THERE BE LIGHT – International March of the Living Kristallnacht Commemoration. The program will air on the anniversary of Kristallnacht – The Night of Broken Glass, on November 9th at 7:00PM EST, on the Jewish Broadcasting Service.
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How community leaders in Melbourne’s north helped drive down coronavirus outbreaks

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Experts say community leaders are key in curbing the coronavirus pandemic in the next few months

Combatting misinformation online and helping get health messages across language and cultural barriers have been major challenges

Engaging more culturally diverse communities could be a lesson learnt to avoid future outbreaks

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Under the Skeleton Tree

Under the skeleton tree

The year I was in the third grade might have been the last year we played dead beneath the Skeleton Tree. It was just before dinner — nearing dark. The tree stretched its bare, iron-limbed branches above us. There were rippled gray skies and golden leaves spinning on their stems. When it was over, we sat up to check in with each other: Did you die?

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Shepparton: Buddhist Meditation, October 2020

buddhist meditatioThe Buddhist Association of the Goulburn Valley in collaboration with the Shepparton Interfaith Network invites you to a FREE Meditation Session on Saturday, October 31 online using Zoom, at 10:00 am. All are welcome. The meditation is led by a Buddhist Monk.
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Baskets of Joy – for the City of Greater Shepparton 2020

Baskets of Joy – for the City of Greater Shepparton 2020

FamilyCare, Greater Shepparton City Council and the Greater Shepparton Foundation are pleased to launch a very different looking Baskets of Joy 2020. Like many other things this year, Baskets of Joy 2020 is going virtual. The aim however stays the same – the Christmas appeal benefits the children, young people, parents and carers assisted by FamilyCare and partner agencies through the year.

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Pope Joins Interfaith Clergy To Pray For Peace And End To Coronavirus Pandemic

Roma - City Hall

ROME (AP) — A masked Pope Francis welcomed religious leaders to a socially-distanced interfaith peace prayer Tuesday, appealing for a unified international effort to work for peace and an end to the coronavirus pandemic.

Christian, Muslim, Jewish, Buddhist, Sikh and Hindu leaders stood for a minute of silence to pray for all the victims of COVID-19 and a universally available vaccine, as the sun set on the piazza overlooking the Roman Forum.

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Kabbalah for Beginners: Why Study Jewish Mysticism?

Kabbalah and the humanWhile many Jews are familiar with the exoteric, or outer, part of Judaism (e.g. communal prayer, ritual, holiday observance, etc.), the esoteric – inner, deeper part of Judaism – is something that many know little to nothing about. However, thanks to an increased interest in spirituality, meditation, and life’s deeper meaning, many Jews have begun learning more about Kabbalah, Jewish mystical practice.
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The Church of QAnon: Will conspiracy theories form the basis of a new religious movement?

Qanon at a Trump RallyQAnon is a far-right conspiracy theory. It alleges that a cabal of Satan-worshiping pedophiles is running a global child sex-trafficking ring and plotting against US President Donald Trump, who is battling against the cabal.[2] The theory also commonly asserts that Trump is planning a day of reckoning known as “The Storm”, when thousands of members of the cabal will be arrested. No part of the theory is based on fact.
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Hindu Scriptures and Practical Living – four goals of life

The Swasti (svaasti in Sanskrit) was mis-appropirated by the Third Reich, turned on an angle, and the energy contained in a 6,000 year old sacred symbol eventually turned against Hitler and the Third Reich. It is the cause of their downfall. It will turn against anyone else who misappropriates it.

The swasti is an ancient symbol of well-being. Hindus and Buddhists have used this symbol for thousands of years. It has been taken to many nations in the unfolding history of Buddhism and Hinduism in other lands.

In this article, we refer to the four arms of the swasti representing the four goals of life, what are called purusharthas in Hinduism.

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