Victoria: Gillian Triggs to speak on Religious Freedom

Former head of Australia’s Human Rights Commission, Professor Gillian Triggs, will give an address on Religious Freedom in observance of World Interfaith Harmony Week 2019 – at Melbourne University – on 5 February 2019.

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Multifaith – Interfaith Australia: An Audit of Activities

wc-logoReligions for Peace Australia – through the offices of the National Secretary, Dr. Susan Ennis and oversight from the Chair, Professor Emeritus Desmond Cahill, has conducted an audit of mulitfaith and interfaith activity in each state along with the National Capital. The Audit results find skewed activities and significant variations in support of multifaith and interfaith activity. An overview of the report is given, and the document is available for reading.

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COP24: “Climate justice is at the heart of just transitions”

On 13 December, Rev. Henrik Grape, coordinator of the World Council of Churches’s Working Group on Climate Change, was the reader of a statement of the faith communities to the high level segment of the of 24thConference of the Parties (COP24) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

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Tasmania: December 2018

Tasmania LogoGreetings of peace and many blessings for this time of holy days! We hope that within the busyness of this time, we will all find time for quietness, inner peace and the reflection needed for inner transformation to face the challenges required by the times we are living in. Our next activities and newsletter will be in February 2019. However, there are some items which are important to note.

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COP24: “Time for reflection and deliberation is long gone”, says Ecumenical Patriarch

“We wonder when the leaders of our world will realise how late we have left our response to the climate crisis”, says Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew in a letter to the participants of the United Nations climate conference underway in Katowice, Poland.

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Harnessing the moral authority of the world’s religions to save rainforests


Tropical rainforests are an irreplaceable gift. Not only do they exhibit nature in its most exquisite beauty, they are planetary life support systems that provide billions of people with food, shelter, livelihoods, medicine and clean water.

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Buddhism and Climate Change: The World We Have

Only when we combine our concern for the planet with spiritual practice will we have the tools to make the profound personal transformations necessary to address the coming environmental crisis. Thich Nhat Hanh offers us the guiding principles for a new ecospirituality of mindful living.

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Victoria: Launch of ‘Our Stories- Empathy and Education Leading to Action.’

The launch event for ‘Our Stories’ features the stories of four refugees building a new life in Australia. Alpha, Shabnam, David and Aya each arrived in Australia at a different time and from different ethnic, cultural and religious backgrounds – will occur at the LaunchPad Hub, Richmond on the evening of 11 December.

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Victoria: Significant benefits of pastoral care confirmed in new report

A NEW report by researchers at ACU confirms the significant benefits of pastoral care to hospital patients and aged care residents. Almost all (99 per cent) of participants reported that that during their meetings with the pastoral practitioner they felt they were treated with dignity and respect.

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ACT: Faith, Science and Medical leaders in united call for Climate action in Parliament


Diverse faith and community leaders, climate scientists and doctors joined forces in the heart of Parliament House Canberra to provide an urgent climate briefing to politicians.

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Climate Change: Faith groups at COP24 advocate for just transitions

Faith-based groups gathered on 2 December, the eve of the opening of the United Nations climate conference, in Katowice, Poland, for an Interfaith Talanoa Dialogue to take stock of the collective global efforts to reduce the emissions of greenhouse gases.

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World Council of Churches: Statement on COP 24 and Just Transition to Sustainable Economy

Climate change is altering the Earth more rapidly than previously predicted. The latest research published by the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) reveals that global warming is likely to cross the 1.5°C threshold already between 2030 and 2052 if it continues to increase at the current rate.

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ACT: Writing in the sky says time to act on climate change is NOW

There was skywriting in Canberra, yesterday. It has now been confirmed that the message it was trying to deliver was an indication not to ignore the writing on the wall – or in this case, the sky. It has been confirmed that NOW is the time to act on Climate Change.

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Church leaders present Christmas statement on refugees and migrants to the European Parliament

Today’s world continues to experience the darkness of persecution, conflict and war. According to the UN almost 70 million people have been forced to flee their homes in search of sanctuary and livelihood. More than half of them are children. Here, the World Council of Churches presents a Christmas Statement on refugees and migrants to the European Parliament.

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Pakistani clerics who led violent protests over blasphemy acquittal are charged with terrorism

Leaders of a hard-line Islamist group that staged violent protests across Pakistan after a Christian woman was acquitted of blasphemy will face charges of terrorism, according to the Pakistan Government.

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NSW: Interfaith gathering calls for understanding against divisiveness and fear mongering


An interfaith gathering held at the NSW Parliament on Tuesday 27 November organised by the Indian Crescent Society of Australia and hosted by Mr Jihad Dib MP and Dr Geoff Lee MP has called for interfaith education and dialogue in schools

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Victoria: Commemoration of Genocide

In September 2015, the United Nations General Assembly established 9 December as the International Day of Commemoration and Dignity of the Victims of the Crime of Genocide and of the Prevention of this Crime. The Darebin Interfaith Network will conduct a two-stage commemoration on Sunday, 9 December 2018.

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