Australia – Roundup 4 April 2020

Religions in Australia

On this page, we seek to give account of how different faith communities in Australia – in many states – are providing devotional and spiritual activities for their adherents in this time of Coronavirus – when places of worship in Australia have been closed by the government. There is much information here, more is welcome. Use our contact page if you do not find your community listed, and you wish to have your community’s offerings listed here.

Update: There are a number of new links added for Christian worship in languages other than English.

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How coronavirus challenges Muslims’ faith and changes their lives

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Fortunately for Muslims, the closure of mosques does not mean they stop daily prayers altogether. In Islam, individual prayers and worship play a greater role than communal ones. Muslims can pray five times a day wherever they are, and often home is a place where most praying takes place.

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“In the Beginning was the Word”: Why Covid-19 Renders Words even more Powerful

writing and wordsWords have an impact on human consciousness, something scientists have long studied, and many researchers and health services are committed to. Articulation and eloquence have long defined culture. And ‘having a way with words’ is a way of either praising special capacity – or bemoaning ‘spin’. Words, and how they are used, is a large part of what many bemoan as ‘fake news’. So, we know that words matter. Now that we move into virtual communication for everything from trade to learning, from industry to worship, words will matter more than ever, writes Prof. Azza Karam is Secretary General, Religions for Peace International.

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Covid 19 and Immigration Detention

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The Department of Home Affairs oversights immigration detention, and programs associated with detention. These include the detention visitor program closure, visits by legal representatives and Consular Officials, oversight by scrutiny bodies, provision of ​Religious services, Excursions, Medical services, ​Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and suspected cases of COVID-19 in immigration detention.

Currently, there are no detected cases of Covid-19 in immigration detention. However, the two-person rule has come into effect, limiting access and contact with others who have concern and provide selfless service for those in detention.

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Tasmania – April 2020

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Greetings of peace, health and wellbeing in this challenging time!

This is such an important time for those of us who follow a faith tradition and those of good will to emerge the qualities and values our traditions teach us: peace, serenity, lovingkindness and compassion, to help to support not only our own individual communities, but mainstream communities locally and globally.

Our Chair, Prof. Des Cahill OAM, chaired a national meeting last Friday in concern over the effects on faith communities of the CoViD-19 virus.  Religions for Peace Australia is the largest multifaith organisation in Australia as it has links in every State and Territory as well as internationally. He has sent a statement to faith leaders as well as government leaders around the country.  You can read the statement here.

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Faith Communities Council of Victoria – response to Coronavirus

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The Faith Communities Council of Victoria has issued the following statement in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak:

The outbreak of the coronavirus (COVID-19) has created unprecedented challenges for Victoria’s faith communities.

Public religious gatherings have been cancelled, places of worship have been forced to close, and social distancing laws have made it difficult to assist the most vulnerable in our community.

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Australia Round-up – 29 March

Religions in Australia

On this page, we seek to give account of how different faith communities in Australia – in many states – are providing devotional and spiritual activities for their adherents in this time of Coronavirus – when places of worship in Australia have been closed by the government. There is much information here, more is welcome. Use our contact page if you do not find your community listed, and you wish to have your commumnity’s offerings listed here.

Update: There are a number of new links added for Christian worship in languages other than English.

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Covid-19 Crisis: An Interfaith Statement

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To Australia’s Religious, Political and Civic Leaders and to the People of Australia,

On Friday, March 20th, 2020, senior interfaith leaders from almost all Australian States and Territories met electronically. We decided to share this message with the Australian community.

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Religions for Peace Statements on Covid-19

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Religions for Peace International is a collaborative collective of religious leaders from many faiths – worldwide. Here, we present several statements on COVID-19 and the values that guide all peoples of faith.

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Empty spaces amid coronavirus

Stay Home Billboard, Cape TownAll over the world, places of gathering for the faithful for prayer, devotion, offering and morning puja – are silent and the faithful are urged to stay away during this time of coronavirus. Here, we bring a collection of photographs from Reuters “Photo of the Day” of different places of worship in many different nations. They are empty spaces amid coronavirus.

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Christian leaders pray for end to pandemic

Pray for the WorldJoined by Orthodox, Anglican and Protestant leaders and faithful from around the world, Pope Francis led the recitation of the Lord’s Prayer, imploring God’s mercy on humanity amid the coronavirus pandemic.

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Supporting children during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak

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With recent news and media coverage about the Coronavirus (COVID-19), following on from a difficult bushfire season, it is normal for children and adults to feel overwhelmed and stressed during this time.

This curated selection of resources will assist parents and carers to best to support their children and reduce worry and distress. It contains a video, factsheets and tips about what you can expect and how you can help children cope.

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