ABC Life: How to sit with someone who’s dying

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’.

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Tasmania: June/July 2018

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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

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Tasmania: May 2018

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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.

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Tasmania: April 2018

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Greetings of peace!

Our gathering for April will be to honour Yom HaShoah, the Holocaust, by a visit to the Hobart Synagogue, 59 Argyle St, Hobart. Although Yom HaShoah is commemorated on Thursday 12 April, our visit will be held on Sunday 15 April at 3.00pm. We are meeting outside the Synagogue at 2.55pm and Daniel Albert, whom many of us know, will be our guide.

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Tasmania: March 2018

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Greetings of peace!

Happy UN International Women’s Day! Spare a thought for all the contributions given to the faith traditions by women and for the safety of women everywhere. It was not so long ago that the UN statistics showed that soldiers in a theatre of war were safer than ordinary women in their own houses and neighbourhoods around the world.

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Tasmania, February 2018

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Greetings of peace!

UN World Interfaith Harmony Week occurs this week. We hope that you can come and celebrate it with us!

As part of honouring the week, Religions for Peace Tas and the Multicultural Council of Tasmania have combined resources to bring a young couple from Melbourne to share their experience and their expertise with us. Nivy Balachandran, Regional Coordinator of United Religions Initiative and Executive Member of Religions for Peace Australia, is a recognised young leader of interfaith and intercultural affairs and works in the area of conflict transformation and cross cultural communication. She will be joined by her husband, Tal Meretz. Nivy belongs to the Hindu faith and her husband is from the Jewish faith tradition.

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Tasmania: January 2018

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Greetings of peace!

Many good wishes for a peaceful, happy and successful new year in 2018!

UN World Interfaith Harmony Week will occur in the first week of February 2018. As part of honouring the week, Religions for Peace Tas and the Multicultural Council of Tasmania have combined resources to bring a young couple from Melbourne to share their experience and their expertise with us. Nivy Balachandran, Regional Coordinator of United Religions Initiative and Executive Member of Religions for Peace Australia, is a recognised young leader of interfaith and intercultural affairs and works in the area of conflict transformation and cross cultural communication. She will be joined by her husband, Tal Meretz. Nivy belongs to the Hindu faith and her husband is from the Jewish faith tradition.

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Tasmania: December 2017/January 2018

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For our event in December, we will join The Religious Society of Friends as they open the Peace Garden, noia poweena, and dedicate a Peace Pole on Monday 11th of December at 11am in front of The Friends’ Meeting House, Boa Vista Rd, North Hobart.

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Tasmania, October 2017

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In October, members of Religions for Peace Tas are invited to join the Australian Walk Together event: https://www.walktogether.com.au/     In Hobart, Walk Together will be held at Parliament House lawns at 11am on Saturday 21 October 2017. We will meet at the venue.

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Tasmania, September 2017

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Greetings of peace! Many good wishes for this special month of September in which there are many significant Religious festivals. It is also the month of UN International Day of Peace on 21 September, the same day as Rosh HasHannah, the Jewish New Year and Navaratri, the Hindu festival to honour the feminine Divine.  

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Tasmania, June 2017

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Greetings of peace! This weekend the Annual General Meeting for Religions for Peace Australia is being held in Canberra and we send thoughts of blessing and empowerment to those involved and for their dialogue and deliberations. In June, Religions for Peace Tas will not so much have an event as an activity.  On Monday 5 June, today, UN World Environment Day is celebrated and on Thursday 8 June, UN World Oceans Day is the celebration.

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Tasmania, May 2017

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Greetings of peace! Religions for Peace Tasmania Branch are collaborating with three interfaith organisations during May: the Australian Religious Response to Climate Change, the Symphony of Peace Prayers and Recognise. Religions for Peace Tasmania Branch together with Brahma Kumaris Meditation Centre in Hobart are hosting the ARRCC AGM as the Tasmanian hub of the national meeting.  The gathering will be held on Thursday 11 May. 

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Tasmania: March/April 2017

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Greetings of peace! In April, the Religions for Peace gathering will be a Silence meditation to honour Earth Day Saturday 22 April 2017 3.00-4.00pm at Kris’ property 94 Morphetts Rd, Neika.  Come and join us and people from the other 192 countries around the world in sending vibrations of peace and healing to the Earth and all living creatures.   

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Tasmania, February 2017

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Greetings of peace! At the moment we are celebrating UN World Interfaith Harmony Week, at a time when we are facing many challenges to the Interfaith movement.  As you will see from the items in this newsletter, however, there is great enthusiasm to meet those challenges. Our gathering for February will be in collaboration with the Multicultural Council of Tasmania on the evening of 23 February 2017. 

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Tasmania: November 2016

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Greetings of peace and many congratulations for a happy Diwali!

The Religions for Peace Tas branch gathering for this month will be held on Saturday 19 November 2016 from 10am-4.00pm at the UTAS Multifaith Centre, TUU Building, Churchill Ave, Sandy Bay. Rev John Carroll, Secretary of Australian Religious Response to Climate Change at the headquarters in Sydney, will facilitate a workshop entitled Spirituality and Climate Activism.

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