Although our planned gathering for March, to support the official opening of the UTAS Multifaith Centre and planting of a Peace Pole at UTAS has been postponed till later in the year. In the meantime, there are many events happening this month, which you may like to know about.
There are many sacred festivals coming up during March: Christian Holy Week begins on Palm Sunday 20 March, with Good Friday on 25 March and Easter Sunday on 27 March, the Baha’i festival of Naw Ruz on 20 March, the Hindu festival of Holi on 23 March (see the invitation below from Ramesh). While the eight day festival of Pesach or Passover is often close in time to Easter, this year, Pesach does not begin till 23 April.
Looking forward to seeing you in April to support a special event led by Cheryl Maddock, and listed below.
Sancturary in Churches
Although I don’t usually pass on news from GetUp in this newsletter, the following may be interesting to some of you, given the news last month that Christian Churches are reviving the ancient custom of Sanctuary to support asylum seekers:
What are you prepared to do to prevent the Australian Government from deporting 267 men, women, and children to Nauru?
This Sunday 13 March, hundreds of people around the country will take part in national ‘Let Them Stay’ anti-deportation trainings, to show Prime Minister Turnbull they’re ready to stand up to prevent people being deported to harm.
Will you be there? Click on the following to let the organisers know:
What: National ‘Let them Stay’ trainings – an introductory session to learn about different techniques used to prevent deportations of people seeking asylum
When: 12pm, Sunday 13 March (the session won’t run any longer than two hours)
Where: St David’s Anglican Cathedral, 23 Murray St, Hobart
From Hobart Buddhist Meditation Centre:
Tuesday evening meditation and discussion
Our Tuesday evening meditation and discussion group at Hobart Buddhist Meditation Centre will continue through March.
As well as practising meditation, we will be continuing our study of the book “A Treasury of Dharma” by Geshe Loden.
The sessions this month will be led by Kate MacNicol and Charles Chadwick.
About Hobart Buddhist Meditation Centre
Meditation and Discussion 7.30-9 pm, every Tuesday. Entry by $5 suggested donation.
71-3 Liverpool St [Goulds building, down the laneway to the right of the building, in the door between the bamboo pots and up the stairs to the 2nd floor]
Easter Gathering At Sanctuary of the Soul
Sharing The Gifts We Are Round 4 Autumn Bliss
*Easter Gathering At Sanctuary of the Soul
*135 Whaymans Rd Great Bay Bruny Is
*From 9 am Good Friday 25th March to Monday 28th 4pm
*Program will be made up from who comes and offers their gifts
*Dances of Universal Peace
*Full moon Sing /Chanting
*Labyrinth Making and Workshops
*Deep Ecology workshops
*Men’s and Women’s business
*Heart and Sharing Circles
*Spontaneous Acts of Pure Joy in any moment
Labyrinth walks, playing, bike riding, beach combing, hugging, massaging, gardening and some work on the land.
Living as community eating, sharing, living together As One. Kids most welcome and elder folks.
Some bunk house accommodation 10 beds are available or bring your tents and campers.
Bring you own food to cook and share together and a we drink for after the evenings events.
A donation of $100 per adult for the 4 days to the space for holding us is most appreciated and will go into further developments.
Book early as we can only accommodate 40 people .Please pay a $50 deposit to hold your place to BSB 633-000.A/C 156707424 Mark Healy and tag your name.
Any inquiries to Mark 0407 042 405 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bookings to jenny 0400 375 204 email@example.com
Hindu Society Of Tasmania
HOLI is our most colorful holiday! The fun-filled ‘Festival of Colours” is being celebrated on APRIL 3rd Sunday – literally has a lot of colour to add to your life!
Venue: Tolosa Park Hut No. 5, Glenorchy, Hobart, Tasmania.
Date and Time: Sunday 3rd APRIL, 11am to 2pm
Fee : $10
Colours and Light Lunch provided.
Soul Food Session at the Baha’i Centre
Soul Food is a unique monthly event hosted in the Bahá’í Centre of Learning, Hobart.
This month’s program “Lights of Divine Revelation”. Reflect on the Manifestations of God and role of rejuvenation and transformation play in our spiritual development as expressed in the Divine Teachings.
This is designed to encourage us to cherish the love we share with our fellow man you will discover how these quotes and readings can profoundly impact unity and peace in our community as expressed in the divine teachings.
The music for this program will be delightful with a young violinist, Emily Shephard
Soul Food is a unique, monthly event featuring live music, audio-visual pieces and readings from faiths and philosophers, authors, leaders and indigenous cultures from all around the world specially chosen to inspire us towards understanding and unity of nations, commencing in our homes, our communities, States and Countries.
Soul Food provides an opportunity to be inspired, Uplifted and to celebrate our humanity and oneness in a spirit of friendship and unity. This pleasant meditative afternoon is a free Community inspired event and welcomes all. Love to share this with YOU.
Where: The Bahá’í Centre of Learning, 1 Tasman Highway, (Behind the A.B.C. building)
When: Sunday APRIL 3rd
** Great refreshments served.
For more information please call 6234 7654
Spiritual Care Australia:
Spirituality and Social Transformation, An interactive workshop presented by Dr Chris Kavelin
Dr Chris Kavelin has a PhD in law on the protection of Indigenous medical knowledge. He grew up on Native American reservations in the US and works with Indigenous communities in Australia, the Pacific and Africa, and on invitation also works alongside Heads of State to assist with development work. He has taught Law, Indigenous leadership, business communication, cultural studies, theology and religious studies, and spirituality and social transformation at Macquarie University for 10 years.
He was a keynote speaker at the National Spiritual Care Australia Conference, April 2015, Hobart
* How do we discover our purpose in life?
* How do we honour each other’s cultural and religious spiritual gifts?
* What is the value of Indigenous cultures?
* Is our discernment of spiritual reality a key to solving the environmental crisis?
* Sponsored by ‘Spiritual Care Australia ‘ (Tas Branch) a national professional association for pastoral / spiritual carers and chaplains
Explore these questions and others in this interactive workshop.
Transform your own vision. Create a profound difference in your life work and in the lives of others.
When: Thursday 14th April 2016 (9:30am – 4:30pm)
Where: Clarence Uniting Church (Cnr York and Cambridge Streets -Bellerive Tas)
Cost: SCA members: $60 (waged) $45 (unwaged) Non members: $90
BRING YOUR OWN LUNCH, A NOTEBOOK AND WEAR COMFORTABLE CLOTHES
Tiffin Morning and Afternoon Tea Provided
Please register by Tuesday 12th April 2016
Information: Carmel Fader : 03 6225 2746 / 043 993 1166 / Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
TCC Emergencies Ministry:
Hello and greetings from the TCC Emergencies Ministry. The attached pdf details the next training course for initial training and refresher training, to be held on April 14 and 15 in Launceston. Please note that the refresher training is now two days, and also there have been changes to the costs (the initial training is cheaper than it was, and the refresher has increased to cover the two days).
We have scheduled this course in the school holidays in the hope that there might be some teachers from various faith communities keen to volunteer.
Please sign up if you’re willing and able, and circulate this information, particularly amongst relevant people in or near Launceston.
Australian Centre for Shamanic Studies
You are invited to hold sacred space at The Springs on Mt Wellington/kunanyi on Saturday 23 April at 10am with the intention of joining in a Soul Retrieval for the collective souls of the Earth.
I hope that as many of you are able to come! It should be a fantastic experience to be part of such a gathering.
You are welcome to invite those you feel would hold sacred space & have the same intent with heart, they don’t have to be practicing shamanism.
Thank you all for being part of the JOURNEY.
Australian Centre for Shamanic Studies
0408 816 879
From Hobart Buddhist Meditation Centre:
Hobart Buddhist Meditation Centre is forwarding the below message from Satyamo who is organising a retreat at Dorje Ling Retreat Centre.
Sound & Silence Retreat
When: APRIL 23 – 25 (Anzac Day long weekend)
Where: Dorje Ling retreat centre, Lorinna www.tashicholing.net
Fee: $275 early-bird / concession (by April 1st); $325 full fee
Includes: simple vegetarian meals, single & double accommodation
Program: mantra, music, sound meditation & mouna (silence), asana & pranayama, deep relaxation, creativity & free time
Contact: Satyamo Roberts 6265 7587 email@example.com or Jera Conan 6224 8759
Faith Communities Council of Victoria:
The first ever opening of the Legal Year in Victoria with Multifaith prayers was held recently:
Harvard has launched a free online course in Religious Literacy: http://www.huffingtonpost.com.au/entry/harvard-world-religions-online-class_us_56c76b55e4b041136f16dd0a?mc_cid=04c18b6d3b&mc_eid=84aea74198§ion=australia
The 50th anniversary of the signing of Nostra Aetate between Christians and Jews will be honoured on 16 March 2016: http://justiceandpeace.org.au/events/launch-of-nostra-aetate-joint-statement/
Fire, Water, Life: as it was in the beginning, is now and ever, Life on Earth.
Convenor RfP Tasmania Branch
Religions for Peace Tasmania