The Abraham Conference this year is titled Healing Memories, Making History: Genuine encounters in the present will redeem our past for a different future. Our international keynote speaker is Rev Dr Diego Sarrio Cucarella, Rector of the Pontifical Institute for Arabic and Islamic Studies (PISAI) in Rome. The moderator will be broadcaster Mr John Cleary. The Conference will take place in the Parramatta Mission Fellowship Hall on Sunday 28th July, from 1:30 pm – 5:30 pm.
The Australasian Association of Buddhist Studies notifies that its next seminar will take place on the evening Thursday 6 June in the Rogers Room (N397), John Wooley Building (A20), University of Sydney. The topic will be Nothing is pure enough for the pure. A note on the ‘Purification of the view’ (diṭṭhi-visuddhi).
The theme of the Common Dreams Conference 2019 (A conference dedicated to progressive religious thought and action) is Sacred Earth: Original Blessing; Our Common Home and will take place at Newington College in Stanmore, Sydney, NSW and Pitt St Uniting Church, Sydney, NSW from 111-14 July 2019.
The Australasian Association for Buddhist Studies notifies that its next seminar will take place on the evening Thursday 9 May in the Rogers Room (N397), John Wooley Building (A20), University of Sydney. The topic will be Women’s Joy and Praise in the Lalitavistara.
In an expression of support for Christians after the bombing attacks on Easter Sunday in Sri Lanka, the Grand Mufti of Australia, Dr Ibrahim Abu Mohamed and fellow Muslim leaders and representatives visited Bishop Vincent, Fr Chris and their congregation at St Patrick’s Cathedral in Parramatta on Tuesday, 30 April.
Nan Tien Institute (Unanderra 2526) is offering 10 scholarships for their pioneering Humanistic Buddhism Program worth over $5000 each. The scholarships cover tuition, accommodation (with conditions) as well as vegetarian meals.
‘Qi’ roughly translates to ‘Vital energies’ and ‘Gong’ to ‘Cultivation’ and is more simply described as a Chinese style of gentle yoga. Medical Qigong is one of the 5 types of Chinese medicine and is over 2000 years old. In this morning class, we will be learning a series of transformative healing movements to nourish your body, calm your mind and energise your spirit!
An interfaith vigil was held for the victims of the Sri Lankan bombings in the Sydney suburb of Blacktown. A candlelit vigil was held in Blacktown to remember the victims of the Sri Lankan terror attacks on Tuesday, 23 April.
The Australian Bahá’í Community will conduct a special service Fostering Peace & Unity, Christchurch Memorial Service on Sunday, 14 April 2018.
The annual Christian-Muslim interfaith celebration for the Feast of the Annunciation to Mary, hosted by the Interfaith Council for the Annunciation and Bishop Antoine-Charbel Tarabay, Maronite Bishop of Australia at 7.00pm, Sunday 24 March 2019 at the Gleeson Auditorium, Australian Catholic University, 250A Barker Road, Strathfield.
Archbishop of Sydney Anthony Fisher OP has called upon people to dedicate themselves to compassion and service rather than ego and ideology at an interfaith service at St Mary’s Cathedral following the terror attack in New Zealand.
The archbishop welcomed Australia’s Grand Mufti Dr Ibrahim Abu Mohammed and Prime Minister Scott Morrison to the remembrance ceremony on 17 March for those who lost their lives and to pray for the injured.
The 2019 Master Sheng Yen Lecture in Chinese Buddhism will be given by Robert Sharf (University of California, Berkeley) on Monday 25 March, 6:00-7:30pm at New Law School Lecture Theatre (LT024), New Law Annexe F10A, University of Sydney. The lecture is presented by the University of Sydney School of Languages and Cultures.
Another constructive and informative meeting of Religions for Peace took place at NSW Parliament House on February 11, 2019. Chaired in her inimitable style by Josie Lacey, historical retrospective by The Ven Gayatripani, discussion of research in to Interfaith dialogue. There was unanimous disgust at swastika graffiti in Sydney on the weekend. Many faiths, one group of friends.
This Sunday 27 January, the world commemorates International Holocaust Remembrance Day and the 74th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz.
The Australian Museum, William St, Sydney, offers the opportunity to participate in Aboriginal Meditation. Partake in an Aboriginal meditation circle ceremony guided by Aboriginal cultural practitioners Milan Dhiiyaan.
Nur Ashki Jerrahi will conduct a Sufi Zhikr (devotional activity) at the Leela Centre, Darlinghurt on Friday, February 1, 2019 at 7:30 PM.
The Sydney Social Sciences and Humanities Advanced Research Centre will host a Public Lecture by Dr. Peter Malinowski, Liverpool John Moores University on the Psychological Science of Meditation: The state of the art and some Tibetan Buddhist Perspectives.
Special prayers will be uttered for the anniversary of the signing of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights during Solemn Mass, St Mary’s Cathedral, Sydney on Sunday 16 December 2018.