Greetings of peace! For our gathering this month, Religions for Peace will join the Australian Religious Response to Climate Change at Declaration Day, 8 August 12.00 noon till 1.00pm at the Parliament House lawns, Salamanca Place, Hobart. The event will be the first, peaceful, family-friendly action organised by the Tasmanian Branch of Extinction Rebellion. Hope to see you there under the ARRCC banner.
Greetings 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.
Greetings of peace! This is the special time of Eid al Fitr and many of you will have celebrated Iftar Dinners, breaking the fast during the evenings of the holy month of Ramadan. At this time we give the good wishes of Eid Mubarak! to our Muslim friends. During June, Religions for Peace Tasmania Branch will join with Australian Response to Climate Change at its Annual General Meeting to honour the efforts of those who are attempting to live more sustainably and in accordance with the simplicity which is advised by their Faith traditions.
Greetings of peace! The world has watched in horror over the last few weeks as, one after another, places of worship have been violated by terrorists during times of worship, two of them targeted on specially holy days. We have all mourned together and held each other in prayers and in light and supported each other with love and compassion, so that through the tragedies, closeness and understanding may be fostered. For our gathering this month we will join with Tom Teniswood and Byakko Shinko Kai in the Symphony of Peace Prayers.
Greetings of peace! During April we will combine with two events, one, the Walk for Friendship to be held on the 5 April leaving at 1.45pm from the Hobart Mosque, 166 Warwick St Hobart (more details are below) and the other, join the Palm Sunday Walk for Justice for Refugees, together with fellow Australians in other cities and towns. The gathering will be held on Parliament House lawns from 2.00-4.00pm on Sunday 14 April 2019.
The latest census shows Tasmania’s Muslim population has significantly increased — 46 per cent between 2011 and 2016. Hobart has only one Mosque and worshippers are spilling out into the car park to pray on Fridays.
There will be a vigil in support of those affected by yesterday’s Christchurch terrorist attack. The vigil will be held tomorrow evening, Sunday 17 March at 6.00pm in Franklin Square, Hobart. The City of Hobart is working with the Multicultural Council of Tasmania, Hobart Mosque, Tasmanian University Muslim Society and Tasmanian University Pakistan Society, to … Read more
Greetings of peace! Our March gathering to honour Harmony Week will feature a long-time member of Religions for Peace Tasmania participant, Rev Rosalind Terry from the Uniting Church. The topic is A Mystery Pilgrimage: how a Christian minister found herself in India studying Buddhist philosophy.
Greetings of peace! UN World Interfaith Harmony Week is being held throughout the world this week 1-7 February 19. For one week each year— World Interfaith Harmony Week mobilizes interfaith groups and peoples of goodwill to celebrate the beauty of the world when neighbours of diverse religious and spiritual traditions come together to understand, support, and uplift one another.
Greetings of peace and many blessings for this time of holy days! We hope that within the busyness of this time, we will all find time for quietness, inner peace and the reflection needed for inner transformation to face the challenges required by the times we are living in. Our next activities and newsletter will be in February 2019. However, there are some items which are important to note.
Hobart will celebrate Diwali (Deepavali) on Friday 9 November from 4:00pm – 9:00pm at Franklin Square. Diwali is a festival of victory of light over darkness; it is observed in Hinduism, Jainism, Buddhism and the Sikh religion. The word ‘Deepavali’ literally means ‘rows of lamps’. The lamp is not merely the symbol of knowledge of Truth, but also of the one Spirit that shines in all.
Religions for Peace and Australian Religious Response to Climate Change are joining in a partnership to launch the international multifaith sustainability project Living the Change in Australia. In Tasmania, the launch will be held at the UTAS Multifaith Centre, TUU Building, Churchill Ave., Sandy Bay on Sunday 14 October 2018 from 3.00-5.30pm
Welcome to Interfaith September, a time of many Interfaith peace activities including United Nations International Day of Peace. As part of the festivals occurring this month, the Jewish High Holy Days begin today with the New Year, Rosh Hashanah. Religions for Peace Tasmania Branch will be celebrating UN International Day of Peace on Sunday 23 September from 3.00-4.30pm at UTAS Multifaith Centre, TUU Building, Churchill Ave, Sandy Bay
When his grandfather died in the emergency department of a Hobart hospital, Andreas was by his side. “I was really frightened.” It was Andreas’s first experience of being with a dying person and it made him anxious.
“As his breathing slowed down and he was taking less and less breaths, I was worried about how I was going to feel when he didn’t take any more,” he says. “And then he had one final really deep inhale and exhale, and it was fine. “I wasn’t panicked at all. I thought ‘Oh, it’s not weird’.
Tasmania: August 2018
Monday 6 August 2018 marks the 73rd vigil for Hiroshima and Nagasaki. This month, as our practice for peace, we are proposing as much as possible on that day to put some time aside to pray or meditate for peace, to speak words and to perform acts of peace as gifts of peace to the world.
Buddha-Heart Fellowship conducts meditation, compassion and healing every Sunday at 1:00pm at Zen House Studio, 100 Main Road, Penguin.
Greetings of peace!
This month Religions for Peace Australia will be holding our AGM in Canberra on 25 June, from 9.15-10.30am and our national Annual Gathering in the same place from 11am-4.00pm. As part of the Gathering, Dr Brian Adams of the Griffith University Intercultural and Interfaith Centre will give a presentation on the Interfaith Forums he organised at the G20 and Commonwealth Games. We are hoping to be able to hold a hub in Hobart to join in the meeting by Zoom
Greetings of peace!
Religions for Peace Tasmania will be specially supporting two events this month, the AGM of the Australian Religious Response to Climate Change AGM (Please note the correction to the date!) and the Symphony of Peace Prayers at Windsong, initiated by Byakko Shinko Kai.