United Nations Day of Peace Event

Calm in the City - Virtual Peace Day event Each year the International Day of Peace is observed around the world on 21 September. The 2021 theme for the International Day of Peace is “Recovering better for an equitable and sustainable world”. You are invited to participate in a virtual peace day event held online on Tuesday, 21 September 2021.
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2021 Dungala Kaiela Oration


The 2021 Dungala Kaiela Oration will be delivered online by the Chair of the Australian Sports Commission, Ms Josephine Sukkar AM, on Wednesday 29 September 2021, at 6:00 PM. The Dungala Kaiela Oration is co-hosted by the Kaiela Institute and the University of Melbourne.

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The Covenants of Prophet Muhammad: From Shared Historical Memory to Peaceful Co-Existence

The Covenants of Prophet Muhammad: From Shared Historical Memory to Peaceful Co-ExistenceISRA Australia is offering an online session understanding the covenants of the Prophet Muhammed in monasteries and patriarchates which were under the rule of Islam. This session will take place online (Zoom) on evening of Tuesday 14 September from 6:00pm. This is a free session.
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Trafficking in humans

Trafficking in humansHuman trafficking can take place in many hidden and subtle forms across the globe and within our own communities. Over the past two decades the fight against human trafficking has become a popular global cause. The cause taps into our intuition that economic life should serve people, not come at their expense.
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2021 Abraham Conference to highlight the role of women in the Abrahamic traditions

2021 Abraham Conference to highlight the role of women in the Abrahamic traditions

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 the 2021 Abraham Conference is Women Leaders in the Abrahamic Traditions: Role Models for Our Time. Our context is the continuing strong impact and significance of the Me Too and Black Lives Matter movements and the revelations of abuse in our federal parliament, all of which brought thousands of women onto the streets in protest.

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Joint statement on climate change by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Pope Francis and Ecumenical Patriarch

Joint statement on climate change by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Pope Francis and Ecumenical PatriarchPope Francis, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew and the Archbishop of Canterbury join together for the first time in urgent appeal for the future of the planet. For the first time, the leaders of the Roman Catholic Church, the Eastern Orthodox Church and the Anglican Communion have jointly warned of the urgency of environmental sustainability, its impact on poverty, and the importance of global cooperation.
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September 7: World Clean Air Day

UNEP logoSeptember 7 is World Day of Clean Air. The 2021 theme for the International Day of Clean Air for blue skies is “Healthy Air, Healthy Planet” which emphasizes the health aspects of air pollution, especially considering the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Align your finances with your faith – Superannuation Divestment Workshop

Australian Religious Response to Climate Change logoThe Australian Religious Response to Climate Change is running a session on aligning your finances with your faith. Do you have UniSuper? Are you with NGS, Catholic Super or ACSRF? Or just want to know more about aligning your finances with your faith to protect the planet? The Australian Religious Response to Climate Change is presenting an information session via zoom on September 9th.

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Shepparton’s Sikh community bands together to serve free meals and grocery kits as COVID cluster grows

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A Sikh volunteer helping community members to deliver free food in Shepparton, Victoria. Source: Supplied by Guru Nanak Sikh Society

Members of the Sikh community in Victoria’s regional town of Shepparton have stepped up to serve free meals and grocery kits after nearly one-third of its population has been forced into COVID-induced isolation as the list of exposure sites continues to grow.

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Community Information Session – TONIGHT – 27 August

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Goulburn Valley Health, in partnership with the Victorian Government and the Greater Shepparton City Council, invites you to an online community information session this evening, Friday August 27 between 6-7pm. 

The intention of this forum is to keep you informed relating to:

  • The current situation in the Greater Shepparton region
  • Emergency relief available to you and your family

Speakers from Emergency Management Victoria, the local Public Health Unit and local community organisations will be present to provide this information, answer questions and respond to key issues faced by the local community.

Please join us on our Goulburn Valley Health Facebook page from 6pm.

Auslan interpreters will be present.

Thank you for your efforts to help keep Victoria COVIDSafe.

 

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Explainer: what is shariah law and what version of it is the Taliban likely to implement?

Explainer: what is shariah law and what version of it is the Taliban likely to implement?


With the world still in shock over the Taliban’s lightning-fast takeover of Afghanistan, Afghan people, especially women, wonder what kind of life awaits the nation. When pressed about preserving the rights of women, a Taliban spokesperson said the Taliban would not discriminate against women and would give them their rights “within the bounds of shariah”.

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Sign the Call – Christians United for Afghanistan

Sign the Call - Christians United for AfghanistanSign the Call is a petition from Christian Churches united in compassion for Afghanistan and seeks to join other calls for support for Afghanistan. Any person of faith, any person with human values and respect for life may sign the call.
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Sacred sapling from Buddhist bodhi tree in Australian quarantine ahead of Bendigo planting

Tree sapling ceremony

A Sapling from the famous bodhi tree in Sri Lanka is currently in Australian quarantine waiting to be planted in Bendigo.

The specimen is a direct descendent of the tree under which Buddha achieved enlightenment.

That tree is the oldest tree known to have been planted by humans some 2,300 years ago.

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Food Delivery Help Needed; Volunteers Sought

GV Cares - Support during lockdownGoulburn Valley Lighthouse – in collaboration with other agencies – seeks to provide families with support during lockdown. Our community needs to pull together more than ever to support the many left vulnerable by Covid. Lighthouse is putting together a small pool of volunteers to help drive community assistance for those in need, starting immediately.
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Getting Covid jab is an ‘act of love’, says Pope Francis

Pope Francis in vaccination video

Pope Francis has urged people to get vaccinated against Covid-19, describing doing so as “an act of love”. The pontiff made his appeal in a video produced by the Vatican and the Ad Council, a non-profit US group that has previously made videos promoting vaccination against Covid. He praised the work of scientists for producing safe and effective vaccines.

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Narali Purnima (Coconut Day)

Coconut for Narali PurnimaNarali Purnima festival also known as Coconut Day is an important festival dedicated to the Hindu God of the Sea – Varuna. The festival of Narali Purnima or the Coconut festival is celebrated with great fervour and in a jubilant manner by fisher-folk community of the western coastal regions of India. It is observed on the ‘Purnima’ (full moon day) in the month of ‘Shravana’ in the Hindu calendar and therefore referred to as ‘Shravana Purnima’. This year Narali Purnima falls on August 22, 2021.

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