Australian Religious Response to Climate Change – Inaugural National Conference

ARRCC organisers are excited to offer this rare opportunity for people of faith to be empowered to respond more effectively to the climate crisis. The first national ARRCC Conference is being held on 8 – 10 November at the Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture in Canberra.

The hope is that you will draw strength from solidarity with like-minded others, and feel less isolated. It’s not easy being so concerned about climate change when many in your own faith community are not especially switched on to the issues.

The second important reason to come along is to become more effective as a change-maker in your own area. Conference participants will share and learn with the help of inspirational campaigners, school climate strikers, faith leaders and experts in their fields. The aim is that you return to your own setting with more insight, skills and confidence to organise action at a local level.

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Gillian Triggs appointed UNHCR’s Assistant High Commissioner for Protection

UNHCR LogoUN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi has today welcomed the appointment of Ms. Gillian Triggs as Assistant High Commissioner for Protection to oversee the agency’s international protection work for millions of refugees, internally displaced, stateless and other people of concern.

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ABC Australia: What’s the point of interfaith dialogue?

religious booksPeaceful solutions to the world’s problems are hard to find — and religious tensions are part of the problem. What needs to happen so we can all share in the bounty of peace? The ABC Australia’s James Carleton joins a panel of three people who have made interfaith dialogue their life’s work.

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USCIRF Applauds Announced Changes to Saudi Male Guardianship System

USCIRF LogoWASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) today welcomed changes to Saudi Arabia’s laws that decrease restrictions imposed on women by the religiously-grounded male guardianship system. The changes allow women to travel without a guardian’s permission, maintain legal guardianship over their children, and register marriages, births, and divorces.

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How should Buddhists respond to the gun violence epidemic?

gun with a knotThe Buddha was one of the first great teachers to recognise that in the human realm things happen for a reason. Even the most heinous perpetrators of violent acts are still human beings, acting out of desperation, rage, ideological fervor, or mental illness. While we cannot and should not excuse them, as Buddhists we should avoid dehumanizing or vilifying them to the point that we respond in kind.

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Bangladesh Religious Leaders Commit to People-to-People Dialogue with Myanmar on the Rohingya Crisis

Religions for Peace meeting Bangladesh
(August 5, 2019 | Chittagong, Bangladesh) As the political impasse between Bangladesh and Myanmar over the Rohingya crisis deepens and tensions between local communities and Rohingya refugees are escalating, over 70 Muslim, Buddhist, Hindu and Christian leaders, women of faith and youth leaders in Bangladesh convened a National Consultation for the RfP 10th World Assembly in Chittagong, Bangladesh on 3 August 2019.

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“Gun Violence Must End Now:” World Council of Churches stands in solidarity with USA churches

Fake tombstonesThe World Council of Churches (WCC) is standing in solidarity with the National Council of Churches of Christ in the USA and WCC member churches in the USA as they demand an end to gun violence, racist rhetoric, and white supremacy.

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National Survey: Sharing Muslim Stories

Sharing Muslim StoriesThe Race Discrimination Commissioner is undertaking a project to listen to and share the stories of Australian Muslims. He is holding national consultations with members of the Australian Muslim community about their needs and experiences of discrimination, Islamophobia and hate speech and their right to safely practice their religion. An online survey has been provided to record stories – different languages may be used to tell stories.

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Briefing Paper: Government’s Plans for Freedom of Religion Legislation (July 2019)

Freedom for Faith logoFreedom for Faith supplies a briefing paper is to explain to ministers of religion and other religious leaders what is currently happening in terms of new legislation on religious freedom, and what will need to happen further into this term of Government.

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Earth Overshoot Day – 29 July 2019

Earth Overshoot Day 2019Earth Overshoot Day marks the date when humanity’s demand for ecological resources and services in a given year exceeds what Earth can regenerate in that year. We maintain this deficit by liquidating stocks of ecological resources and accumulating waste, primarily carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. Earth Overshoot Day is hosted and calculated by Global Footprint Network, an international research organisation that provides decision-makers with a menu of tools to help the human economy operate within Earth’s ecological limits. in 2019, Earth Overshoot Day will be July 29th.

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Sharing the Stories of Australian Muslims

Sharing Muslim StoriesThe Race Discrimination Commissioner is undertaking a project to listen to and share the stories of Australian Muslims. He is holding national consultations with members of the Australian Muslim community about their needs and experiences of discrimination, Islamophobia and hate speech and their right to safely practice their religion.

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Islamic Leaders Calling for Tolerance

Charter of Makkah

As tensions mount in the Middle East, it might be easy from the West to imagine the Islamic world locked in an internecine political struggle, with each side wielding threats of open conflict and the violent rhetoric of exclusion.

Beyond the testy politics, however, Islamic religious leaders are speaking in greater unison than ever before. The message we are advancing is one of moderate Islam, and the promotion of peace, tolerance and love.

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Australian Jewish News – Reflections on the Israel Folau case

Israel Folau at the Fair Work Commission late last month. Photo: AAP Image/Joel Carrett

ISRAEL Folau has dominated our headlines over the past weeks. And, like the State of Israel, he is likely to continue to attract attention, heat and passion for the foreseeable future, writes Rabbi Ralph Genende.

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