Australian Quakers Presiding Clerk, Ann Zubrick, has written to the Prime Minister and Leader of the Opposition, to urge them to take an active role in supporting justice for the Rohingya people of Myanmar.
The 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.
Greetings 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.
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.
The 2020 Catholic Social Services National Conference at the Catholic Leadership Centre in East Melbourne aims to strengthen and advance our work in Catholic social services through a shared, critical, forward-looking focus on our mission and on the key issues of the day. The conference runs from Wednesday 26th – Friday 28th February 2020.
The 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.
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.
The Dialogue Australia Network will conduct its 2020 Conference at Melbourne Grammar School (Domain Intersection) on 27 – 29 March 2020. The focus of the conference will be the teaching of Ethics in schools and curriculum engagement.
Sydney 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.
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.
The 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?”
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.
There will be an observance of World Interfaith Harmony Week on Saturday 1 February 2020 at 2pm at the Brisbane Bahá’í Centre of Learning. The theme of the observance is Social Cohesion:Trustworthiness.
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.”
An 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.
There will be a special multifaith gathering on the steps of Parliament House on Tuesday, 4 February 2020, at 11.00am to acknowledge Victoria’s bushfire crisis.
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.
Distressing 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.