Queensland: Inspiring Earth Ethics: Linking Values and Action Conference

Australian Earth Laws Alliance invites you to join their two day conference in Brisbane, on Thursday 23rd and Friday 24th November 2017 at the Griffith Centre for Interfaith and Cultural Dialogue. This conference will bring together people from many disciplines – including environmental education, ethics, environmental psychology, indigenous knowledge systems, the arts, deep ecology, science, business and law – to address a central question: how do we inspire and build Earth ethics in Australian society?

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Baha’i Celebrations

Spiritual celebrations are now coming to a peak across Australia as thousands of families, individuals and communities mark a special anniversary. From Tasmania to Thursday Island, from Sydney to Broome, members of the Australian Baha’i community are holding festivities to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the birth of Baha’u’llah (1817-1892), the Prophet-Founder of the Baha’i Faith. Religions for Peace Australia extends greetings all Baha’i followers on the occasion of this anniversary.

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Victoria: Greetings to Hindus for Diwali

The Vatican, through the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, sends a special message to Hindus every year on the occasion of their festival of Diwali. The Melbourne Ecumenical and Interfaith Commission also sends a local greeting on behalf of the Catholic Archdiocese to accompany the distribution of this message. Below is the Greeting from to members of the Hindu community in Melbourne from the Episcopal Vicar, Fr Denis Stanley.

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Artificial Intelligence: An AI God is already under development

Anthony Levandowski, the founder of self-driving Google cars and Otto trucks wants to “promote the realisation of a Godhead based on artificial intelligence. Levandowski has established “Way of the Future”, a non-profit religious corporation that worships this Godhead. A friend said that Levandowski “had this very weird motivation about robots taking over the world—like actually taking over, in a military sense. It was like [he wanted] to be able to control the world.” Artificial intelligence is feared by scientists and technology gurus like Stephen Hawking and Elon Musk. Silicon Valley sees the singularity – when robots or AI surpass human intelligence – to be not too far off.

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Holy See at United Nations Urges Dialogue


On October 13, the Permanent Observer Mission of the Holy See to the UN sponsored a side event entitled “The Other is a Good for Me: The role of interreligious and intercultural dialogue in addressing violence, conflict and building lasting peace in the world today.” The title is based on a subtitle taken from the book Disarming Beauty by Fr. Julián Carrón, President of Communion and Liberation, which co-sponsored the event. The event – as well as the book – aimed to address the root causes of prevalent social issues, as well as to promote dialogue and the culture of encounter necessary to resolve them.

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Tasmania, October 2017

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In October, members of Religions for Peace Tas are invited to join the Australian Walk Together event: https://www.walktogether.com.au/     In Hobart, Walk Together will be held at Parliament House lawns at 11am on Saturday 21 October 2017. We will meet at the venue.

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