USCIRF Releases New Factsheet on China’s Regulation of Religious Groups

United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF)Washington, DC – The United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) today released the following new factsheet on China’s regulation of religious groups: China Factsheet – On February 1, 2020, the Chinese government’s Administrative Measures for Religious Groups went into effect. This regulation requires religious groups to obtain government permission for nearly every aspect of their operations.

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Victoria: New Year Meditation Festival 2020

Tibetan Buddhist Temple, Yuroke, VictoriaThe Tibetan Buddhist Society will present one New Year Meditation Festival 2020 at the Yuroke Temple (north of Melbourne) on the weekend of 29 Feb – 1 March, 2020. This 2020 New Year Meditation Festival combines a wonderful celebration of Tibetan New Year, centred around the magnificent, traditional Tibetan temple and 10 acres of beautiful and colourful gardens, with a focus on meditation.

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Brisbane: WCC’s Commission of Churches on International Affairs meets

WCC Commission of Churches on International Affairs in BrisbaneThe 57th meeting of the WCC’s Members of the Commission of Churches on International Affairs (CCIA) gathered for the Prayer service in St. John’s Anglican Cathedral in Brisbane, Australia, opening the 57th CCIA meeting on 19 February 2020. Agenda of the meeting include impacts of the climate change and nuclear testing on the countries in the Pacific region.[/caption] (CCIA) has convened from 19 to 21 February in Brisbane, Australia focusing on the priority issues of Pacific region.

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Religious leaders appeal to Scott Morrison as ‘fellow person of faith’ for more climate action

PM MorrisonReligious leaders have appealed to Prime Minister Scott Morrison as a “fellow person of faith” to heed climate science following the country’s catastrophic bushfire season. The open letter – signed by 18 Christian, Hindu, Buddhist, Jewish, Muslim and other faith leaders – urges Mr Morrison to show leadership and urgently transition Australia away from fossil fuels.

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Victoria: 21st Century Peace and Harmony: An Interfaith Journey

Victoria: 21st Century Peace and Harmony: An Interfaith JourneyJoin Dr. Dino Patti Djalal and Rabbi Avraham Bart for a lecture on the 1000 Abrahamic Circles Project (1000AC), an independent and grassroots interfaith peace effort. They will explore how 1000AC brings together faith leaders from different countries to build understanding and mutual respect at Asialink, The University of Melbourne, on Tuesday 25 February 2020.

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Multi-faith Leaders Push Australian Government to Act on Climate Change

Members of the Peoples Climate AssemblyThe People’s Climate Assembly (PCA), co-hosted by multi-faith leaders from the Australian Religious Response to Climate Change (ARRCC), gathered outside Parliament House in Canberra on 4 February, calling on the Australian government to take action on climate change. As a part of the peaceful protest, Anglican priest Fr. Rod Bower led an interfaith mourning ritual for victims of the widespread bushfires that have razed large areas of Australia. The ceremony of mourning was organized by the Canberra Interfaith Forum and the Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture.

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The Female Peacemakers – 50 Years of Religions for Peace

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Religions for Peace (RfP) recognizes that women of faith in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) have a unique potential to build confidence and advance peace across the region.

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Coronavirus affects ‘one human family,’ : World Council of Churches

Passengers being checked as they disembark from a plane carrying French citizens flown out of the coronavirus hot-zone in Wuhan. The World Council of Churches (WCC) is urging people to share accurate information, practice prevention, and pray for people suffering from the COVID-19 (coronavirus disease 2019) outbreak.

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Hong Kong Catholics told to attend mass online as virus spreads

A man wearing a face maskThe Vatican has sent over 500,000 masks to areas of China affected by the Coronavirus. Catholics living in Hong Kong have been asked to attend mass online only as the Church takes action against the spread of Coronavirus on the Island city. So far, 56 people have been diagnosed with the virus in Hong Kong, with several more still in quarantine.

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Tibet: Losar Festivities Cancelled in Lhasa amid Coronavirus Alert

Large-scale Losar festivities have been curtailed in Lhasa. The local authorities in Tibet on Monday announced the suspension of “large-scale traditional religious activities” in celebration of Losar, the traditional Tibetan New Year, in Lhasa, citing the need to curtail the spread of the deadly novel coronavirus outbreak, now officially named COVID-19 by the World Health Organization.

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Adelaide Fringe: Hip Hop for moral growth

Adelaide Fringe: Hip Hop for moral growthHesh (Hibble) is an acclaimed hip hop artist from the Melbourne based hip hop group called the Brothahood, a conscious hip hop group which promote positivity and meaningful messages through their music for young people. Hesh is now bringing that vibe and more to a younger group of children. He will be performing at the Adelaide Fringe from 22 February to 8 March.

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Church leaders call for accurate information as well as prayers to overcome coronavirus

Scanning for CoronavirusAs a mass quarantine continued in Wuhan and surrounding provinces in China, church leaders from around the world called for accurate information and education, as well as a sense of solidarity related to the coronavirus outbreak. The death toll in China has surpassed 908, and the number of confirmed cases is now more than 40,171. There are also more than 200 cases of infection outside China.

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World Council of Churches launches Current Dialogue

Launch of Current DialogueA lively interchange on the rapidly changing landscape of interreligious encounter marked the  launch of a new journal at the Ecumenical Centre on Friday, 7 February. The occasion was the unveiling of the new incarnation of Current Dialogue, the pioneering World Council of Churches periodical on interreligious dialogue.

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Judaism: Teaching Consent to Our Kids: A Lesson in Kavod (Respect)

Parent and ChildAs a parent and a Jewish educator, there are a few topics about which I am especially passionate – those where my knowledge as an educator align closely with my experience as a parent raising young children in today’s world. For example, a few that I take very seriously are my job to use car seats safely, to read to my kids every day, and to coach social-emotional skills because I know how much each of those things matter in raising healthy adults.

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Canberra: Faithful speak out at People’s Climate Assembly after bushfires

Interfaith Mourning Ritual at Parliament House

Buddhists, Anglicans, Catholics, Muslims, Quakers and people of other faiths joined thousands of concerned Australians in Canberra during the first sitting week of Parliament to stand up for meaningful action on climate change.

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Disease Is Inevitable. Compassion Is a Choice.

violet stained Buddha statueBuddham Sharanam Gacchami: I surrender to the Buddha. Amid the coronavirus outbreak, a Buddhist practitioner visiting China reflects on how panic spreads and what we can do to open our hearts again. For, disease is inevitable. Compassion is a choice.

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Multifaith Gathering at Parliament House for those impacted by bushfires

Multifaith Gathering at Parliament House for those impacted by bushfiresThe Victorian Multicultural Commission, in conjunction with the Faith Communities Council of Victoria, hosted  a multifaith event at the steps of parliament to support the parliament in their efforts to lead the state, support the recovery efforts and show support for the bushfire victims and firefighters.

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