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

Respect Victoria - 16 Days of Activism 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.   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

Melbourne Parliament of Religions Logo
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

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

Spain: Interfaith Dialogue for Hope and Action

Interfaith Dialogue in Madrid Spain - COP25 - for Climate ChangeRepresentatives from multiple faith and religious backgrounds came together in Madrid, Spain on 1 December to find common ground in preparation for the United Nations Conference of Parties (COP) 25 in Madrid, Spain.

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Thich Nhat Hanh travels to Thailand for health check-up

Thich Nhat Hanh in Vietnam in October 2018 via plumvillage.org

“We are grateful that Thay is so clear and engaged with respect to his medical care, which helps us make decisions to support his needs,” Plum Village writes in a new letter to students.

On November 28, Buddhist teacher Thich Nhat Hanh traveled from Huế, Vietnam to Thailand for a medical check-up at a hospital in Bangkok, a letter to his students from Plum Village reports.

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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

16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence – Day 7

Respect Campaign against Transgender Violence, 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.   I would love to see a world where pride wasn’t necessary, that we didn’t have to fight for our rights. I wish that everyone, regardless of gender, race, religion, beliefs or sexuality, had equal … Read more

16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence – Day 6

Respect Victoria - against transgender based violence

The 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence is a global initiative running from 25 November through 10 December, annually.   “When I came out as trans I was going to a Catholic school. The Catholic school promised me that they would have the utmost support. I soon found they didn’t when they wouldn’t let … Read more

16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence – Day 5

Respect for Women - Call it Out

The 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence is a global initiative running from 25 November through 10 December, annually.   In the early 1980s, shameful revelations of sexual, financial, and substance abuse by several respected Zen masters and other teachers of the dharma first came to light. These teachers were idolized by their communities. … Read more

Scanlon report: Taking Australia’s temperature on migration attitudes

Scanlon Monash Index - Mapping Social Cohesion 2019The Scanlon Foundation conducts an annual 90-question report to assess Australian community attitudes to migration over time. On the whole, Australians feel better about themselves than news bulletins might suggest.Positive attitudes towards immigration have continued to predominate. Most respondents agreed that “multiculturalism has been good for Australia”. Respondents have been equally divided on the question “Do you think the government is too harsh in its treatment of asylum seekers?”. Australians are most likely to feel uneasy about Muslim immigrants than other faith groups. Concern about the environment and climate change has almost doubled – the largest annual increase since the survey began.

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16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence – Day 4

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.   Guru Amar Das Sahib – the third Sikh Guru – lifted the status of women and gave them equality with men. He strictly prohibited practices such as sati (the burning of the wife on … Read more

Negative attitudes about Muslims in Australia remain high, survey finds

Members of the Muslim community at Lakemba Mosque The annual Scanlon Foundation report has found negative attitudes about Muslims remain high, while concerns about climate change have almost doubled. The vast majority of Australians agree multiculturalism has been good for Australia, but a significant minority still express negativity towards Muslims, according to a report released on Tuesday.

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16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence – Day 3

16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence - Day 3

The 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence is a global initiative running from 25 November through 10 December, annually.   Only through Love world peace can be achieved, non-violence can be practiced. Buddha said, non-violence is the supreme dharma . He did penance for six years. He approached elders and listened to their teachings, … Read more

16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence – Day 2

Activism 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.   Non-violence is the highest form of right living, the divine Law which is the highest of all virtues. The principle of non-violence means the promotion of mutual love along with achieving and maintaining goals … Read more

World Council of Churches says Climate Emergency is on us TODAY

World Council of Churches

The World Council of Churches Executive Committee, in a statement, said that the climate crisis is not a distant prospect, but is upon us today.

“Children, young people and ordinary citizens have made public demonstration of their outrage at the lack of any adequate response by governments to the gravity of this global crisis, and against the backsliding by some governments,” the statement reads. “The time for debate and disputation of established scientific facts is long over.”

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