Victoria: The Spirituality of Unity in End of Life Care

New Humanity logoNew Humanity (focolare) will present a Health Symposium on The Spirituality of Unity in End of Life Care at the Australian Catholic University – Mercy Lecture Theatre, Fitzroy, on Sunday 24 November 2019 – 1pm – 5pm.

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SBS: A new manual has been launched to debunk Australia’s misconceptions about Islam

Board of Imams Victoria manualYoung Australian Muslims are increasingly turning to the internet to understand Islam, where they are often feed inaccurate or unreliable information, according to the Board of Imams Victoria. To combat that, and attempt to delegitimise extremist views propagated online, the board has helped launch a 12-page manual.

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NSW: New LGBTIQ Buddhist group Rainbodhi launches in November

A Rainbow BuddhaRainbodhi is a new community group for LGBTIQ Buddhists living in Sydney launching in late November at the Erskineville Town Hall. Rainbodhi aims to bring Sydney’s queer and trans Buddhist communities together to develop spiritual friendships and share their experiences of being LGBTIQ and Buddhist.

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South Australia: Grounding in Faith

Grounding in FaithThe Multifaith Association of South Australia, the Australian Religious Response to Climate Change and the Uniting Church Environment Action Group warmly invite you to join an online webinar from 11am on Wednesday, 6 November, via Zoom.  Grounding in Faith is new approach to exploring our relationship with climate change, focusing on air travel. Developed by US climate psychologist Dr. Renee Lertzman and her team, it provides new perspectives, concrete tools and guidance for aligning our spiritual and worldly lives. 

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NSW: Divine Steps Festival

Divine Steps Festival LogoOn Sunday 10 November 2019 (9am to 4pm) at Pyrmont Bay Park, Pyrmont, the multifaith community of Sydney shall join together for NSW’s first ever Divine Music Festival to celebrate unity, faith and humanity, in honour of the legacy of Guru Nanak Dev Ji, the first Guru of the Sikh faith.

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Annual General Meeting: Jewish Muslim Christian Association of Australia

Jewish Muslim Christian Association of Australia LogoThe Jewish Muslim Christian Assocation of Australia (JCMA) will conduct their AGM, at which there will be a presentation given by participants in the 2019 JCMA Women’s Joint Journey to Jerusalem. The meeting will be held at 7pm at the Cardinal Knox Centre on Thursday 14 November.

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Multifaith Network’s Letter to the Prime Minister

City of Port Phillip Multifaith Network LogoThe Multifaith Network of the City of Port Phillip – joined by other faith-based organisations and interfaith networks – has written to the Prime Minister of Australia about the need to respond to climate change in a manner which ensures human flourishing for our future generations.

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Vatican: Abrahamic Religions Celebrate Anniversary of Nostra Aetate

"Gathering on the Anniversary of Nostra AetatteOn the anniversary of the promulgation of Nostra Aetate, leaders and representatives of the three main Abrahamic religions were received at the Vatican City, Apostolic Palace, by Pope Francis to commend the joint statement regarding the Preservation of the Sanctity of Human Life convened by the President of the Pontifical Academy for Life, Msgr. Vincenzo Paglia.

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Showing Up: Bystander Intervention Program

Bystander TrainingAs part of the Anti-Racism and Anti-Discrimination Action Plan, the Victorian Government is supporting key organisations to deliver community-led responses to Islamophobia and Antisemitism. This project is a collaborative initiative by the Jewish Community Council of Victoria (JCCV), Australian Intercultural Society (AIS), Australian Union of Jewish Students (AUJS) and Benevolence Australia who have formed a united body aimed at addressing these issues. The final program in this series will be at Brimbank Community Centre on Wednesday 30 October, 2019.

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Religions for Peace and Partners Officially Launch Faith and Positive Change for Children Initiative

Faith and Positive Change for Children InitiativeReligions for Peace (RfP) leadership participated in the official launch of the joint initiative of RfP, UNICEF and Joint Learning Initiative on Faith and Local Communities (JLI): Faith and Positive Change for Children: Global Initiative on Social and Behaviour Change (FPCC) in Washington, DC on 16 October 2019.

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The Catholic Response to “The Church: Towards a Common Vision”

On 18 October 2019, the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity (PCPCU) presented the official Catholic Response to The Church: Towards a Common Vision (TCTCV), Faith and Order Paper No.214, published in 2013. Passing through many intermediate stages, the TCTCV is the result of two decades of intense theological work prepared by Orthodox, Anglican, Protestant, Evangelical, Pentecostal and Roman Catholic theologians.

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Religious Leaders’ Plea to Member States: Honour Your Commitment to the UN

Religious Leaders of Religions for Peace International

18 OCT 2019 |PARIS, JERUSALEM, BEIRUT, NEW DELHI, TOKYO – IPS) On the 8th of October, the United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres warned that the organisation is running out of money by the end of October – “member States have paid only 70 percent of the total amount needed for [our] regular budget”.

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