Asian Conference of Religions for Peace in Action: Its Vision, Mission and Flagship Projects

Asian Conference of Religions for Peace LogoThe Asian Conference of Religions for Peace, also known as Religions for Peace Asia, is the world’s largest regional body of religiously-inspired people working for peace, harmony and the well-being of people in their own countries, in the Asian-Pacific region. What follows is an account of the works of the Asian Conference of Religions for Peace.

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Tasmania – February 2020

Tasmania LogoGreetings of Peace! Tomorrow (Feb 1st) is the beginning of the UN World Interfaith Harmony Week and this important time gives us an opportunity to be a powerful example of how the world’s religions can work together in difficult times.  You can find in this newsletter how some of the remarkable efforts that Faith Communities are making to support the bushfire victims on the mainland.

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UN Human Rights Body Supports Asylum for Climate Change Refugees

Kiribati

The UN Human Rights Committee issued its first ruling on a request for asylum from the effects of climate change, finding that countries may not deport individuals facing “climate change-induced conditions that violate the right to life”.

Ioane Teitiota’s case argued that Kiribati had become uninhabitable for all residents because of the rise in sea level and other climate change effects.

The ruling also accepts Teitiota’s claim that sea-level rise is likely to render Kiribati uninhabitable within ten or 15 years.

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Australian Baha’i Community: Creating an Inclusive Narrative Project

tralian Bahai CommunityThe Australian Baha’i Community will conduct community roundtable discussions on social cohesion in Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra, Brisbane and Darwin. These roundtables are an integral aspect of a national project being facilitated by the Australian Baha’i Community to collectively ‘Create an Inclusive Narrative’ for our country. The roundtables will take place in February, March and April of 2020.

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Western Australia: 9th International conference Buddhism & Australia

9th International conference Buddhism & Australia
The International Conference for Buddhism & Australia invites submissions for the 9th International conference Buddhism & Australia that will be held on 6-8 February 2020 in Perth, Western Australia.

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NSW: Hindu Temple razed in bushfires

Sri Om Temple in flamesSydney has a large Hindu population and there are about 30 Hindu temples, spiritual centres and senior citizen service centres to cater for their religious, spiritual and social needs. Sri Om community in Sydney had purchased land and installed their deities with regular worship by the community.

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Climate Change Adaptation in the Pacific Islands: Opportunities for Faith-Engaged Approaches

Pacific Islands and Climate Change

The Pacific Islands face uncertain futures and are in need of adaptation solutions that are both effective and sustainable. A publication seeks faith based approaches to this adaptation.

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South Australia: The Multifaith Association of SA

Multifaith Association of South Australia LogoThe Multifaith Association of South Australia will hold its Annual General Meeting on Sunday, 23 February, 2019 at the Al-Salam Community Centre, Parkholme. Prof. Rick Sarre UniSA will give an address on “What does the Religious Discrimination Bill mean for all Australians from an Interfaith perspective?”

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Creating the Tools Governments Need to Promote Freedom of Religion and Belief for All

Freedom of Religion and Belief Learning Platform


An overview of the Online Freedom of Religion and Belief site, and an interview with Katherine Cash on the training policymakers need on issues of freedom of religion or belief.

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January 27: International Holocaust Remembrance Day

January 27 - Holocaust Remembrance Day

People of all faiths around the world mark January 27 as Holocaust Remembrance Day, an annual time to remember the murder of more than six million Jews and others in Nazi Death Camps during World War II.

“Never again! Never again… In front of this appalling tragedy, indifference is inadmissible, and remembrance is a duty.”

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South Australia: Interfaith Prayer Service: Bushfire Recovery and Resilience

Bushfire PrayersAn interfaith service to pray together with people from all faiths for all affected by the fire will be held at St Peter’s Cathedral, 26 King William Road, North Adelaide on Sunday 26 January, 2020, 3 – 4.30pm.

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Religions can be part of the solution for peace, not the problem, faith leaders say

Jerusalem

VATICAN CITY (Religion News Service) — When John Lennon wrote his hit song “Imagine,” eliminating religions and the divisions they entail was in his view a necessary condition for “living life in peace.” A meeting of religious representatives in Rome this week made the case for shifting that paradigm.

The Abrahamic Faiths Initiative group united 25 religious leaders representing millions of Christian, Muslim and Jewish faithful to discuss practical ways of promoting peace and fraternity at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome Jan. 14-16.

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Symbols of hate cause very real harm to Victoria’s Jewish community

JewDistressing news reports emerged earlier this week about a Nazi flag flying above a house in regional Victoria. The symbols on that flag are more than just lines and colours – they represent hate and trauma for so many people around the world, including the members of Victoria’s Jewish community.

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