The Daily Telegraph condemned for provocative headline



The Daily Telegraph, a Sydney based tabloid newspaper published by Nationwide News Pty Ltd has been widely condemned for its Islamophobic headline “ALLAH AK BARRED!” appearing against a background of flag waving ISIS gunmen on its front page published on Thursday 9 August 2018, while reporting on “Five Aussie terrorists stripped of their citizenship.

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International: G20 Interfaith, Argentina, 26-28 September 2018

The 2018 G20 Interfaith Forum will take place 26-28 September in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Meetings will be held in the Auditorio Manuel Belgrano in the historic Palacio San Martín of Argentina’s Cancillería, the Ministry of Foreign and Religious Affairs, and the nearby conference hotel, the Sheraton Buenos Aires Hotel and Convention Center. This is the fifth annual event in a series of G20 Interfaith Forums held in relation to the meetings of the international “Group of Twenty” (G20) Economic Summit. The G20 Interfaith Forum is pleased this year to partner with meetings of the Argentinian project Ética y Economía, an ongoing dialogue on religiously- and ethically-informed dimensions of the economy, development, and society.

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South Australia: ‘Faith Matters’ Service Project

Smiles were wide as young adults from different religious backgrounds in Adelaide came together for the third annual ‘Faith Matters’ service project event on Saturday 14 July.

About one hundred young adults (aged 18-30) from LDS, Muslim, Sikh and Catholic communities, together with their faith leaders, took up the invitation from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to work together in assembling birthing kits in aid of Birthing Kit Foundation Australia.

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Thou shalt not put politics ahead of religion

Senior figures, including the Prime Minister and Opposition Leader among others, have been discussing their religious beliefs in a new book on faith without the usual deer-in-headlights reaction that occurs whenever a politician spots a godless and cynical journalist looking for a gotcha moment.

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Why America’s ‘nones’ don’t identify with a religion


Six-in-ten religiously unaffiliated Americans – adults who describe their religious identity as atheist, agnostic or “nothing in particular” – say the questioning of religious teachings is a very important reason for their lack of affiliation.

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How to Read the Bible and Still be a Christian

Does the Bible offer us a singular vision of God and Jesus or is the text a far more complex beast of contrasting authorial visions and motivations? Rodney Eivers reviews John Dominic Crossan’s book How to Read the Bible and Still be a Christian to explore how we read the Good Book and what we should take from it. 

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Queensland: Faith and Climate Change

faith-climateJoin the Griffith Climate Change Response Program for a seminar on Tuesday 21 August from 1:30 pm at the Griffith University Gold Coast campus with our special guest Professor Patrick Nunn, Associate Director, Sustainability Research Centre, University of Sunshine Coast explores: Improving the Effectiveness and Sustainability of Climate-Change Adaptation Outcomes in the Pacific Islands: A Role for Faith-Engaged Approaches?

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Queensland Atlas of Religion Community Forums

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The Queensland Atlas of Religion (QAR) is a new research project currently commencing at The University of Queensland. Drawing on the expertise of researchers in history and studies in religion, the Atlas aims to document and interpret issues of religious faith, migration, community and identity in the Queensland context.

The Queensland Atlas of Religion Project will conduct community forums at Queensland Atlas of Logan, Toowoomba, Townsville, the State Library of Queensland, and Gladstone during August of 2018.

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Brahma Kumaris: Sister Shivani to tour Australia

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World-renowned empowerment speaker Sister Shivani is coming to Australia for a national speaking tour. The tour is being promoted by Brahma Kumaris Australia and will take in all capital cities plus the Gold Coast. Sister Shivani has been a practitioner and teacher of Raja Yoga Meditation with The Brahma Kumaris since 1996.

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Malala Yousafzai is coming to Australia to share her remarkable story

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Nobel Peace Prize recipient Malala Yousafzai will be making her first trip to Australia later this year.

She’ll be speaking at events in Melbourne and Sydney in December, organised by the The Growth Faculty, headed up by Karen Beattie.

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Pope Francis changes Church Teaching to say death penalty ‘inadmissible’

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Pope Francis has given a new stance on death penalty, which now reads that, “the death penalty is inadmissible because it is an attack on the inviolability and dignity of the person”.

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Victoria: A Faith Response to the Social Cost of Gambling Harm



The Faith Communities Council of Victoria (FCCV) has issued a statement on the Social Cost of Gambling Harm. Gambling is normalised in our society and marketed as entertainment but it can result in significant harm for the gambler and those close to them.

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Australia: Military chaplains could be atheists if discrimination complaint upheld

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​The requirement for military chaplains to belong to a recognised religious denomination is discriminatory, according to a complaint to the Australian Human Rights Commission brought by a humanist chaplain.

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#YouCanTalk

#YouCanTalk is a joint national suicide prevention campaign aimed at giving people the confidence to respond to friends and family when they need help and guide them to the right support services.

The campaign is a collaborative effort by beyondblue, Black Dog Institute, Everymind, headspace, Lifeline, ReachOut and R U OK?, which aims to empower and increase confidence when it comes to talking about suicide.

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NSW: 2018 Abraham Conference ~ Pillars of Peace

The interreligious Abraham Conference is an annual event that brings together Jewish, Christian and Muslim believers to discuss contemporary topics. This year the theme of the Conference will be Pillars of Peace: Jews, Christians & Muslims Working Together. The Conference takes place on Sunday 5 August at the Western Sydney University, Parramatta.

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