Sharing the Stories of Australian Muslims

Sharing Muslim StoriesThe Race Discrimination Commissioner is undertaking a project to listen to and share the stories of Australian Muslims. He is holding national consultations with members of the Australian Muslim community about their needs and experiences of discrimination, Islamophobia and hate speech and their right to safely practice their religion.

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Bendigo Mosque: Far-right extremist and convicted racist Blair Cottrell fails in Supreme Court appeal bid

Blair CottrellFar-right extremist Blair Cottrell has been knocked back in his bid to contest his racial vilification conviction in Victoria’s supreme court. The United Patriots Front leader, along with two of his supporters, were convicted of inciting hatred, contempt and ridicule of Muslims after making a video beheading a dummy in protest of a Bendigo mosque.

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Islamic Leaders Calling for Tolerance

Charter of Makkah

As tensions mount in the Middle East, it might be easy from the West to imagine the Islamic world locked in an internecine political struggle, with each side wielding threats of open conflict and the violent rhetoric of exclusion.

Beyond the testy politics, however, Islamic religious leaders are speaking in greater unison than ever before. The message we are advancing is one of moderate Islam, and the promotion of peace, tolerance and love.

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Australian Jewish News – Reflections on the Israel Folau case

Israel Folau at the Fair Work Commission late last month. Photo: AAP Image/Joel Carrett

ISRAEL Folau has dominated our headlines over the past weeks. And, like the State of Israel, he is likely to continue to attract attention, heat and passion for the foreseeable future, writes Rabbi Ralph Genende.

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Why Guru Purnima is unique to Hindu Dharma

Four gurus of HinduismMany religions honour their founder or great teacher in various ways. Hindu dharma is perhaps unique in honouring the guru or spiritual master as a principle in itself beyond any particular personality, philosophy or revelation.The true guru is a position of spiritual guidance, the illuminating presence of a higher awareness. The guru is not limited to any physical person, however exalted he or she may be.

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UN Habitat in Melbourne: Faith Based Urban Thinkers Campus.

UN Habitat logoUN Habitat invites you to join in UN Habitat’s World Urban Campaign’s faith initiative, Faith and the Path Towards a Better Quality of City Life. UN Habitat together with World Evangelical Alliance (WEA), the Urban Shalom Society (USS) and a number of local partners are running a series of faith based Urban Thinkers Campuses, aimed at encouraging faith communities to work together on the creation of cities and urban environments where all can flourish.

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South Australia: Dialogue with a Zoroastrian

farokhar, symbol of Zoroastrian religionHope’s Cafe Theme in July: The world’s oldest faith? Is Zoroastrianism – this is the oldest, continuing, faith system on Earth. Come and listen to Mr. Khodadad Mikhchi and Facilitator Ben Heywood. Come and share thoughts, questions and reflections about one of the oldest faiths in the world!

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Australian Religious Response to Climate Change (ARRCC) National Conference

ARRCC National ConferenceThe Australian Religious Response to Climate Change (ARRCC) warmly invites you to participate in our inaugural national Conference. The Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture, Canberra, 8-10 November 2019.

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NSW: Power of the Here and Now (interfaith dialogue)

Australian Association of Buddhist StudiesThe Nan Tien Institute is hosting an interfaith dialogue event, Power of the here and now: An interdisciplinary dialogue on walking the talk. Speakers include distinguished Buddhist scholar, Emeritus Professor Lewis Lancaster and Reverend Crews. 
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Tasmania July 2019

Tasmania LogoGreetings of peace! Religions for Peace Tasmania will have the fortune of holding our July meeting in the company of Lady Borton, a Quaker who has spent many years working in Viet Nam, and who will be visiting Hobart as a guest of the Quakers Annual Yearly Meeting this coming week at the Farrall Centre, North Hobart on Wednesday, 10 July at 1 PM.

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NSW: Buddhist – Christian Dialogue

Power of the Here and NowPower of the Here and Now: ‘An interdisciplinary dialogue on walking the talk’ Emeritus Professor Lewis Lancaster joins Reverend Bill Crews AM at the University of Sydney for an evening of insights and storytelling, as they share how their experiences and work have led to their own personal transformations.

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WCC hosts historic Sikh-Christian Dialogue in face of “growing need for lasting peace”

Sikh - Christian dialogueThe World Council of Churches (WCC) hosted a Sikh-Christian dialogue on 5 July with the theme “Pursuing Peace in a Pluralistic World” to commemorate the 550th birth Anniversary of Guru Nanak, the first guru of the Sikhs.

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Office of the Dalai Lama issues clarification on Dalai Lama’s controversial remarks on immigrants and female successor

XIV Dalai LamaIn a new interview, the Dalai Lama said Trump lacks moral principle, refugees should ultimately return to their homeland, and any future female Dalai Lama should be attractive.

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WCC trains students for interreligious dialogue

Interreligious Studies at Bossey Institute

Young students from all over the world were welcomed to the World Council of Churches (WCC)  Ecumenical Institute in Bossey, Switzerland on Tuesday for the Certificate of Advanced Studies in Interreligious Studies.

The theme of the 2018/2019 academic year is “Engaging for just and participatory societies – belongingness in Judaism, Christianity and Islam”. The distance learning component of the course started three weeks ago. It brings together students from the three Abrahamic religions to learn more about each other’s religions and enhance their understanding of today’s multicultural society.

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Season of Creation

Season of Creation logoGlobal support continues to grow for the Season of Creation, an annual celebration of prayer and action to protect creation that is celebrated by tens of thousands of Christians of all traditions around the world. Running from 1 September to 4 October, the Season of Creation’s beginning and end dates are linked with the concern for creation in the Eastern and the Western traditions of Christianity, respectively.

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Australian Religious Response to Climate Change: No Faith in Coal




More than 150 religious leaders have called on Scott Morrison to acknowledge the world faces a climate emergency and block all new coal and gas projects, including Adani’s Carmichael mine.

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