16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence – Day 16

The 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence is a global initiative running from 25 November through 10 December, annually.   Violence against women and racism have powerful impacts on the mental health of those who are on the receiving end. Next time you see someone being harassed because of their gender or race, say … Read more

16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence – Day 15

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The 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence is a global initiative running from 25 November through 10 December, annually.   Violence against women cannot be treated as ‘normal’, maintaining a culture of machismo blind to the leading role that women play in our communities. It is not right to look the other way and … Read more

16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence – Day 14

Respect Victoria - 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence, Veda and respect for women

The 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence is a global initiative running from 25 November through 10 December, annually.   “From ancient times, the feminine aspect of the Divine has been worshipped in various ways. The Veda declares that where women are honoured and esteemed, there divinity is present with all its potency. Unfortunately … Read more

The Fruits of the 2009 Parliament of the World’s Religions

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Petr Svoboda returned to Australia after working in Thailand, and joined the Melbourne organising team for the 2009 Parliament of the World’s Religions held in Melbourne, 3 – 9 December 2009. Here, Petr Svoboda reflects on the fruits born from the 2009 Parliament of the World’s Religions.

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16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence – Day 13

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The 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence is a global initiative running from 25 November through 10 December, annually.   Gender-based violence is an ancient sin that for thousands of years has harmed countless women, children and men. It is a sin that Christians need to recognize, understand and confront, for our religious history … Read more

The 2009 Parliament: Pre-Parliament Events

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In 2008, the Council for a Parliament of the World’s Religions invited cities around the world to join in the movement building up to the Parliament of the World’s Religions held in Melbourne, Australia from December 3 – 9, 2009. In the 18 months leading up to the 2009 Parliament over 90 regional interfaith celebrations were held in more than 60 cities around the world.

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Australian Government to return three stolen religious artefacts to India

Nagaraja statue When Prime Minister Scott Morrison visits India in January 2020, he will take with him three stolen artefacts (statues) from the National Gallery of Australia (Canberra). The National Gallery of Australia is voluntarily returning pieces procured unethically. These include a pair of dvarpalas (door guardians) from 15th century Tamil Nadu, and a statue of Nagaraja (serpent king), believed to be from 6th to 8th century Rajasthan or Madhya Pradesh.

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16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence – Day 12

Respect Victoria, Respect Victoria campaign against gender based violence

The 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence is a global initiative running from 25 November through 10 December, annually.   In Hinduism there is prevalent worship of God as Mother. Thus, each woman is considered a manifestation of the Divine Mother. In the words of Swami Vivekananda, “It is not possible for a bird … Read more

The 2009 Parliament: The Spirit within Australian Contemporary Art

Religious Scriptures and Symbols at the 2009 Parliament of the World's ReligionsAt the 2009 Parliament of the World’s Religions held in Melbourne, Australia, one of the events was an art exhibition titled “The Spirit within Australian Contemporary Art“. This was curated by by Rosemary Crumlin RSM and Helen Light and nobly assisted by the Parliament’s Art Committee – Rev. Helen Summers.

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16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence – Day 11

The 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence is a global initiative running from 25 November through 10 December, annually.   Muhammad was orphaned at an early age. He once remarked that, “Heaven lies at the feet of mothers.” As the father of four daughters in a society that prized sons, he told other fathers … Read more

The 2009 Parliament: Making a World of Difference

Melbourne Parliament of Religions LogoThe 2009 Parliament of the World’s Religions, held in Melbourne, Australia from December 3-9, 2009, brought together 6,500 participants representing over 2OO religions and spiritual traditions from over 80 countries.

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16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence – Day 10

Ven. Karma Lekshe Tsomo

The 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence is a global initiative running from 25 November through 10 December, annually.   Women Are Not Second-Class Buddhists   Gender inequality is difficult to rationalise in a tradition that supposedly proclaims enlightenment for all. When questioned by his faithful attendant Ananda, the Buddha assured him that women … Read more

Recalling the Message: Melbourne Parliament of Religions, December 2009

Melbourne Parliament of Religions LogoIn December of 2009, Rabbi David Saperstein – one of the keynote speakers at the Melbourne Parliament of Religions told – inter alia – “In a world in which you can do everything, what you should do – the moral question – is the fundamental challenge facing humanity. And on that question, the religious communities have urgent, profound, indispensable wisdom to offer.

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Progressing the Multifaith Agenda in Multicultural Australia

FECCA 2019 Conference LogoA Healthy society needs healthy religion. However, in order for health to exist, we need to be in a dialogue with one another, that we may understand what needs to be addressed. At the 2019 FECCA Conference in Hobart, Emeritus Professor Des Cahill, Chair, Religions for Peace Australia addressed the need to consider the white supremacist movement, the case for climate change and religious support, the need for quality religious leadership (particularly for newly arrived religious leaders in Australia) and chaplaincy and spiritual care for a multicultural Australia.

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16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence – Day 9

Respect Victoria campaign against gender based violence

The 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence is a global initiative running from 25 November through 10 December, annually.   Elder abuse is a form of family violence and it is unacceptable. Elder abuse is any act occurring within a relationship where there is an expectation of trust, which results in harm to an … Read more

10th Anniversary – 2009 Melbourne Parliament of the World’s Religions

Melbourne Parliament of Religions LogoFrom December 3rd upto December 9th 2009, Melbourne hosted the 2009 Parliament of the World’s Religions. Here, Emeritus Professor of Sociology, Monash University – Professor Gary Bouma – chair of the Board of Management of the Melbourne Parliament – looks back at the achievements of this momentous event.

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Looking Back – 2009 Parliament of the World’s Religions

Melbourne Parliament of Religions LogoFor a week (Dec. 3rd – 9th) in 2009, Melbourne was awash with religious diversity when an estimated 5,000 people from around the world plus thousands from interstate descended on Melbourne to attend the 2009 Parliament of the World’s Religions, the world’s most important interfaith gathering. Officers and volunteers from Religions for Peace (Australia) participated and facilitated this event and engaged in a leading role in winning this event for Melbourne.

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16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence – Day 8

Respect Victoria, Respect Victoria campaign against gender based violence

The 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence is a global initiative running from 25 November through 10 December, annually.   Zoroastrianism is a peace-loving and peace-supporting religion. Prophet Zarathushtra greatly opposed raids, oppression and all kinds of violent, hostile and wrongful behaviour. The Avestan Zoroastrian Creed explicitly says that supporting the “nidhasnaithishem” (non-violence) is … Read more