International Day of Peace ~ 21 September

2022 Theme: End racism. Build peace. Each year the International Day of Peace is observed around the world on 21 September. The UN General Assembly has declared this as a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, through observing 24 hours of non-violence and cease-fire.

But achieving true peace entails much more than laying down arms. It requires the building of societies where all members feel that they can flourish. It involves creating a world in which people are treated equally, regardless of their race.

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The King’s remarks to Faith Leaders

The King's remarks to Faith Leaders
King Charles III has said he has a personal “duty to protect the diversity of our country” in a speech to more than 30 faith leaders from various religions at a reception in Buckingham Palace.
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Blue Mosque in Mazar-I-Sharif, Afghanistan: A Shrine of Renowned Beauty

Blue Mosque in Mazar-I-Sharif, Afghanistan: A Shrine of Renowned Beauty

Afghanistan is these days often associated with war and tragedy. However, it has a long history and has been an important cultural center for many centuries. The Asian country has numerous spectacular buildings and one of the most beautiful is the Blue Mosque, often known as the Shrine of Ali in Mazar-i-Sharif. This remarkable place of worship has been fortunate to escape the many wars and conflicts that have ravaged Afghanistan in modern times.

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Uncle Jack Charles: Yorta Yorta elder

Uncle Jack Charles: Yorta Yorta elder

Indigenous actor, musician, artist and activist Uncle Jack Charles has died at the age of 79.

His publicist confirmed on Tuesday morning Charles had suffered a stroke and died at Royal Melbourne hospital.

The beloved Boon Wurrung, Dja Dja Wurrung, Woiwurrung and Yorta Yorta elder was farewelled by family with a smoking ceremony at the hospital.

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Rabbi to the Queen for 12 Years

Rabbi Mark Winer Rabbi Mark Winer was the officially designated rabbi and representative of British Jews in Westminster Abbey and St. Paul’s Cathedral on many state occasions and celebrations. Here, Rabbi Winer tells of how he was Rabbi to the Queen for 12 Years
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Passing of Queen Elizabeth II

Queen Elizabeth at Church
Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II passes the choir as she leaves after attending the Commonwealth Day service at Westminster Abbey in London, March 14, 2016. Organized by the Royal Commonwealth Society, the service is the largest annual interfaith gathering in the United Kingdom.
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Australian Bureau of Statistics to consult on religious classifications

The Australian Bureau of Statistics has started consultation on a major review of data it collects on religions.

 

The Religion Question

The ABS undertakes regular reviews of standards to ensure questions reflect the changing nature of Australian society. According to the ABS, Although the Australian Standard Classification of Religious Groups (ASCRG) was updated in 2016, it still reflects the original 1996 version based on the social environment in Australia at that time.

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Dungala Kaiela Oration draws comparisons between Australian and New Zealand Indigenous experiences

rofessor Wiremu Doherty, chief executive of Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi

The Dungala Kaiela Oration has been held in front a live audience for the first time in two years, with the speech drawing comparisons between the Australian Indigenous and Maōri educational experiences.

The 14th oration was delivered on Wednesday, August 31 on Yorta Yorta Country at the the Rumbalara Football Netball Club by Professor Wiremu Doherty, chief executive of Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi, a Māori tertiary organisation in New Zealand.

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United Nations International Day of Peace – Calm in the City

United Nations International Day of Peace - Calm in the CityEach year the International Day of Peace is observed around the world on 21 September. The 2022 theme for the International Day of Peace is “End Racism – Build Peace”. This year’s theme is, once again, an invitation to reflect and act on the kind of world we want to live in now and to create for our future generations – a world where compassion, kindness, empathy and respect are the ruling forces. You are invited to join this half-hour4 peace-filled event on Wednesday, 21 September 2022, online.
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Nostra Aetate: Interfaith – Understanding & Welcoming

Nostra Aetate: Interfaith – Understanding & Welcoming In the spirit of Nostra Aetate, Garratt Publishing – in conjunction with Yarra Theological Union – invite you to a 4-week webinar series exploring other religious traditions from a Catholic perspective. The online webinar will be conducted on Monday Evenings – 5 & 12 September, 3 & 10 October. Religions examined will be Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism and Islam – all from a Catholic perspective.
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Child Protection Week – Poverty and Child Safety and Wellbeing

Child Protection Week - Poverty and Child Safety and WellbeingNational Child Protection Week is a campaign held annually across Australia to raise awareness of child abuse prevention. Join David Tennant, CEO of FamilyCare as he talks about Poverty and Child Safety and Wellbeing on Tuesday 6 September at 11:00am.
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World Council of Churches: Pilgrimage of Justice and Peace Publications

World Council of Churches logo
The World Council of Churches and Globethics.net have co-published four new books on different facets of the Pilgrimage of Justice and Peace. Harvesting the insights from the Pilgrimage of Justice and Peace process and visits from the WCC 10th Assembly in Busan, this series focuses on a number of geographic and thematic areas.
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Prayer and Reflection Exhibition: Shepparton and Euroa

Prayer and Reflection

Shepparton Interfaith Network in collaboration with Liz Arcus Photography invites you to the exhibition of ‘Prayer and Reflection’ in Shepparton and Euroa.

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Dungala Kaiela Oration 2022

Dungala Kaiela Oration 2022

Professor Wiremu Doherty, Chief Executive at Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi in Aotearoa/New Zealand will give the 2022 Dungala Kaiela Oration at Rumbalara Football Netball Club, Shepparton on Wednesday 31 August 2022, commencing at 4:30pm. Professor Wiremu Doherty will speak to Indigenous knowledges, prosperity, and productivity.

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Respect: Confronting Violence and Abuse

Respect: Confronting Violence and Abuse
The Australian Catholic Bishops Conference Social Justice Statement 2022-23 points out that the roots of domestic and family violence “lie in the abuse of power to control and dominate others” and that “this stands in contrast to the relationships to which God calls us”.
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Australian Churches Refugee Taskforce

Australian Churches Refugee Taskforce

Local church communities anywhere in Australia can now sponsor and welcome a refugee family from overseas. Finally, everyday Australians can help refugees in a practical, meaningful and satisfying way, through a new national ‘community sponsorship’ program. Based on the popular 40-year-old Canadian model, locals form a group to welcome and support a refugee household through this federal government-backed program.

They meet the new arrivals at the airport and help them settle into their new home and community. Ongoing support might include help with navigating Centrelink, driving lessons or or introducing them to a local business that you know is looking for staff.

Church congregations and faith groups have long been at the forefront of welcoming refugees to Australia. Now your congregation can take the next step and welcome refugees referred by the UNHCR into their hearts and lives.

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Public Display of Nazi Symbols Banned in NSW

Nazi Symbol called Hakenkreutz

A new law has passed in the NSW Parliament making it a criminal offence to knowingly display a Nazi symbol in public without reasonable excuse. The new offence, Crimes Amendment (Prohibition on Display of Nazi Symbols) Bill 2022, falls under the Crimes Act 1900.

The NSW government’s decision to criminalise the use of Nazi symbols echoes the Victorian government’s decision made at the end of June.

The offence carries a maximum penalty of 12 months imprisonment or an $11,000 fine, or both, for an individual. It carries a fine of $55,000 for a corporation.

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