Tasmania: April 2019

Tasmania LogoGreetings 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.

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Hobart Vigil for Christchurch Terrorist Attack

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

Tasmania: March 2019

Tasmania LogoGreetings 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.

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Tasmania: February 2018

Tasmania LogoGreetings 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.

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Tasmania: December 2018

Tasmania LogoGreetings 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.

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Tasmania, November 2018

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.

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Tasmania: October 2018

Tasmania LogoReligions 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

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Tasmania: September 2018

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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

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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: August 2018

Tasmania: August 2018

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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.

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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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