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

NSW: Josie Lacey receives the inaugural President’s Award

Josie LaceyThe inaugural The New South Wales Jewish Board of Deputies President’s Award has been awarded to community stalwart Josie Lacey.

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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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16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence – Day 1

Respect Victoria announces 16 Days of Activism

The 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence is a global initiative running from 25 November through 10 December, annually.   What God loves more are the flowers blossoming on the tree of man’s own life, fed and fostered by his own skill and sincerity. They are the flowers of his virtues grown in the … Read more

Pope Francis urges abolition of nuclear weapons during maiden visit to Japan

Pope Francis wearing papal robes bows his head, closes eyes, clasps hands in prayer in front of white wreath.Pope Francis has urged for the abolition of nuclear weapons, saying their mere possession is perverse and indefensible. On his maiden visit to Japan, the Pope spoke on Sunday (local time) at Nagasaki’s Atomic Bomb Hypocenter Park, ground zero of the bomb the United States dropped on August 9, 1945, instantly killing 27,000 people.

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Pope’s cousin takes star turn in Thailand as papal whisperer

Pope Francis with his cousin, Sr. Ana Rosa Sivori of the Salesian Order

BANGKOK (AP) — She made him wait for her while she chatted with Thailand’s king and queen. She chided him for only visiting Bangkok and not the “real Thailand.” And she got a chuckle out of “Jorge” when she took her time translating his off-the-cuff Spanish for local priests and nuns to understand.

Sister Ana Rosa Sivori has taken something of a star turn during her second cousin’s visit to Thailand, assuming an unprecedented role for a woman as papal whisperer and translator, who doesn’t seem fazed that her charge is Pope Francis.

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ACT: Australian Religious Response to Climate Change – Inaugural Conference

Australian Religious Response to Climate Change LogoThe Australian Religious Response to Climate Change conducted its inaugural conference at the Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture, Charles Sturt University, ACT, from November 8 – 10, 2019.

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