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

symbols of religions

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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Islamophobia increases in Australia

Islamophobia increases in Australia
The Islamophobia Register Australia (IRA) recorded a fourfold increase in reports of in person incidents of anti-Muslim hate, while reports of online incidents were 18 times higher in the two weeks after 15 March 2019, when an Australian white supremacist, Brenton Tarrant, murdered 51 people in an attack on two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand. The third report of its kind, Islamophobia in Australia III draws on verified incidents of anti-Muslim hate in Australia in 2018 and 2019.

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MCG opens a new Multi-Faith Prayer Room

MCG opens a new Multi-Faith Prayer RoomThe Melbourne Cricket Club (MCC), managers of the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) are delighted to today unveil the brand-new MCG Multi-Faith Prayer Room, open to the public ahead of all four matches of Round 1 of the 2022 AFL Premiership Season.

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Our Climate Safe Future

Our Climate Safe FutureOver the past 15 years, there has been signficant intervention from Interfaith groups on climate change. There are several Interfaith Declarations on Climate Change, the latest of which was given in Glasgow at COP26, the United Nations Climate Change Conference. You can read them here. Here, the City of Greater Shepparton asks you to contribute and guide Council in its response and creation of a climate safe future for all, including those who come after us, the generations yet to be born. We heartily recommend your participation.

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Atmasiddhi Shastra

Atmasiddhi Shashtra book coverAtmasiddhi Shastra (Six Spiritual Truths of the Soul) is the work of Srimad Rajchandra of India. It is a simple question-and answer work that engages a conversation between a doubter and a teacher (a guru) about the nature of the soul. Rajchandra was guru to Mahatma Gandhi. The book has forewords given by the XIV Dalai Lama and the Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi.
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