Refugee Week 2015 in Shepparton

Refugee Week 2015 was celebrated in Shepparton with many events. There was a launch event in Maude Street Mall, a display of traditional costumes from different cultures, a free movie night, Conversational English classes and intercultural story telling. The theme was With Courage Let Us Combine, and this was highlighted by the many organisations who combined to present Refugee Week in Shepparton. ... Read more...

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Australian Citizenship Test

FECCA, the Federation of Ethnic Community Councils of Australia has made a submission to the Australian Government consultation on Australian Citizenship. The unnecessary proposed changes to the citizenship test, pledge and eligibility criteria which are included in the Government’s citizenship discussion paper. Changes to the Citizenship Test are challenging and largely unfair to those who are language-deprived for many reasons and seek Australian Citizenship.

The Shepparton Interfaith Network regards the FECCA submission as a balanced, thoughtful contribution. In particular, the Shepparton Interfaith Network welcomes the FECCA proposal that a pre-citizenship course on Australian values and democracy be part of the process.

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Love and Marriage in Kabul

The Greater Shepparton Women's Charter Alliance Advisory Committee, in conjunction with GOTAFE, the Ethnic Council of Shepparton and District, and Shepparton Interfaith Network, is holding a FREE screening of 'Love and Marriage in Kabul' at the Harder Auditorium on Tuesday 14th of July, 2015, at 6:30pm ... Read more...

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Victoria examines Islam and the Media

The Australian Prime Minister can be a rhetorical wrecking ball, but in no case has his lack of subtlety been more damaging than his remarks about Muslims. The media doesn’t deserve to be let off the hook, either. Journalists have to cover this story, but at times parts of the media have inflamed fear and mistrust. In turn, many Muslims have come to mistrust and fear the media. ... Read more...

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A Ramadan guide for non-Muslims

The Islamic Communities of Shepparton and the Goulburn Valley have commenced a month long period of fasting. The Shepparton Interfaith Network greets the Muslims of our community with Ramadam Kareem - may the month of Ramadan be full of goodness and Blessings. In this article, we bring a guide to Ramadan for non-Muslims in order that there be understanding and respect. ... Read more...

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Lit Up in Purple for Elder Abuse Day

The Mooroopna Water Tower and the big gum tree in Monash Park, Shepparton, were lit up in purple, in observance of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, 2015. Elder abuse is any act which causes harm to an older person and is carried out by someone they know and trust. Elder abuse also extends to abuse of Power of Attorney. ... Read more...

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#Hands4Nepal Earthquake Relief Fundraiser

The #Hands4Nepal fundraiser, which is a community collaboration between Sikhs Engaging in Welfare Activities together with the Al Kasem Youth Organisation, Punjabi Youth Club, members of the Nepalese community and others, will bring the community together to enjoy world music, multicultural food, performances, children’s activities and provide the community with a chance to purchase a hand to write a message to those affected by the earthquake and raise much needed emergency relief funding.

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National Sorry Day, Shepparton, 2015

National Sorry Day is an Australia-wide observance held on May 26 each year. This day gives people the chance to come together and share the steps towards healing for the Stolen Generations, their families and communities. Stolen Generations refer to Aboriginal Australians who were forcibly removed from their families and communities. On 26 May 2015, a large crowd gathered at Monash Park, Shepparton, to commemorate Sorry Day. ... Read more...

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BumbleBee Foundation and Nepal Aid

The BumbleBee Foundation - NGO - has been in partnership with SADP - a sustainable agricultural development project in Nepal for some time. The BumbleBee Foundation has friends in the Goulburn Valley. The SADP has turned its attention to aid for survivors of the Nepal earthquake of 25 April and BumbleBee Foundation is providing assistance which goes directly to those survivors - in this case, tin to put roofs on houses and sheds before the WET season arrives. ... Read more...

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St Brendan’s Day

Each year, the 15th of May marks the Feast of St Brendan in the Christian Church. St Brendan’s Day will be celebrated at St Brendan’s Church, 121 Knight St, Shepparton, at the 11AM Mass service. Festivities will follow on the parish lawn after Mass. Shepparton Interfaith Network extends well-wishes to all who find their faith nourished at St Brendans. Read more…

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Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) – Shepparton

Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) is a programme of education and formation for the ministry of pastoral care. The programme’s methodology utilises the action reflection model of learning. A part-time Unit of CPE will be conducted in Shepparton in second semester 2015, from 13 July to 1 December.

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Vesak Celebrations at Queens Park, Shepparton

A large crowd assembled at Queens Park on Sunday 3 May to celebrate Vesak Day with prayers, hanging of lanterns and talks. Vesak Day marks the birth, enlightenment and passing of the Buddha; it is the most important day in the Buddhist calendar of events. This is celebrated annually on the day of the first full moon in the month of May.Read more…

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Seva Is More Than Service

The following are the prepared remarks of Simran Jeet Singh at the Pentagon’s second-ever commemoration of the Sikh faith on May 1, 2015. Singh spoke alongside Valarie Kaur and Inni Kaur on “Seva” – selfless service in the Sikh religion. Hosted by the Pentagon Chaplain on Vaisakhi, the program was organized by Major Kamal Singh Kalsi and the Sikh Coalition, an organization leading the campaign for turbaned Sikhs and other people of faith to be allowed to serve in the U.S. military.

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