Karen Armstrong on adjusting to ‘aloneness’

Karen ArmstrongKaren Armstrong is a British author and commentator of Irish Catholic descent known for her books on comparative religion. Here, Karen Armstrong tells Christiane Amanpour about the impact social distancing is having on religious communities around the world. Video, source: CNN

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Australia-wide Jewish Responses to Coronavirus

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Jewish community organisations and leaders across Australia have rallied together to manage the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on Jewish institutions, families, individuals and, most especially, the elderly and vulnerable.   The intense work done by the Jewish community roof bodies in each State, the Crisis Management Teams of the Community Security Groups, shules, the Day Schools, the aged care sector, the welfare sector and volunteers, all working in unison, has been nothing short of inspiring.   We are deeply indebted to all of them.  

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Australian Baha’i Community Advice on Coronavirus

tralian Bahai CommunityThe Australian Baha’i Community’s national governing body, the National Spiritual Assembly of the Baha’is of Australia, has been closely following the situation regarding the coronavirus and its implications for Australian society. They have issued advice for the Australian Baha’i Community and shared the activities of the Baha’i Community in Italy where there has been a national lockdown and quarantine in place.

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Ecumenical Patriarchate orders churches to halt services until end-March

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ISTANBUL (Reuters) – The spiritual head of Orthodox Christians worldwide has ordered churches to halt services and rites until the end of March in response to the spread of the coronavirus, the Ecumenical Patriarchate said.

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Spiritual Health Association – Pastoral Care and Covid-19

Spiritual Health Association The Spiritual Health Association has provided guidance about visits by volunteers or external faith/belief representatives in Hospitals and Hospices, and noted arrangements for sacred spaces in health agencies and hospitals. The the Australian Health Sector Emergency Response Plan for Novel Coronavirus is noted, The Victorian Coronavirus response is detailed, the Allied Health Professionals of Australia’s daily advice is linked to and Chaplaincy Innovation Lab Coronavirus response for Chaplains is also advised. An excellent resource page.

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Lourdes Now Closed – Rest of World Follows Suit to Halt Coronavirus Contagion

Lourdes, France: Our Lady of Lourdes, Site of Healing and HopeFor the first time the Shrine at Lourdes (in Southern France) will now be closed to the public. “For the first time in its history, the Shrine will close for some time,” announced the Rector of the Marian Shrine in the French Pyrenees said, as he follows the measures adopted in France to halt the spread of the Coronavirus.

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South Australia – Hope’s Cafe (Interfaith Matters) Cancelled

Following the sad news that meetings should be stalled until we know how to avoid the virus/vaccine is found we cancel the March meeting, which was due at the Baha’i centre. Next Interfaith meet (depending on health advise) is scheduled for 29 April (this time the 5th week in April – not the 4th week as is traditionally the case).

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Live Darshan From Hindu Temples In India During Coronavirus

Temple in IndiaSeveral Hindu Temples in India are offering daily live darshan and avoid travelling during coronavirus and have darshan from home. Majority of the temples have live webcasting during the arati period and important puja periods. Here is a list of temples and links to the live darshan. Notices are also given for darshan with Mother Meera in Germany, and a notice from the Mata Amritanandamayi Math is also given.

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Quakers Australia: Update for Friends during the Coronavirus Disruption

Australian Yearly MeetingQuakers Australia are posting here ongoing updates on decisions and resources to support Friends and their local meetings in caring for one another and their neighbours during this health crisis.

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Hinduism: COVID 19 and the Herd Instinct

Seed sproutDr Robert Svoboda, well-known speaker and author, Ayurvedic practitioner and guide to Hinduism, writes about the Mind and keeping calm in this time of “catching” emotions and thoughts from others. In this climate of uncertainty however many people are freaking out, and acting in ways that will ultimately benefit neither them nor their loved ones, in particular buying up everything they can.

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Coronavirus Response: Melbourne Buddhist Centre

Melbourne Buddhist CentreThe Melbourne Buddhist Centre encourages people to continue their practice – within the parameters of the State of Emergency for Victoria declared by the Premier. Buddhist Practitioners are encouraged to be self-aware and take care of themselves – especially if vulnerable – and to care for others whom they practice with.

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Coronavirus: Rabbinical Council of Australia and New Zealand and UPJ

The Rabbinical Council of Australia and New ZealandThe Rabbinical Council of Australia and New Zealand and the Union for Progressive Judaism both give advice to Jewish Australians on davening in a Minyan and congregating in Shules (attendance at worship). There is also advice for UIA Progressive Appeal, and a notice on live streaming of one event at Temple Beth Israel.

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Victoria: Jewish Community Response to Coronavirus

Jewish Community Council of VictoriaThe Jewish Community Council of Victoria, the Rabbinical Council of Victoria, Progressive Judaism Victoria, and the Council of Orthodox Synagogues Victoria have formed a covid-crisis-response group to provide Shules, Schools and community organisations with advice and guidance on the current Coronavirus emergency.

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