‘For the sake of generations to come’: Faith leaders unite on climate change

Faith leaders from across the religious divide have gathered in Sydney to call on Prime Minister Scott Morrison to show moral leadership on climate change.

The joint press conference kicked off with Rabbi Johnathan Keren-Black blowing a ram’s horn to symbolise raising the alarm.

Environmental Advisor for the Council of Progressive Rabbis, Rabbi Keren-Black said the world is facing a “climate emergency”.

“We blow the horn to awake slumbers from their sleep and to sound the alarm, so we blow it to sound the alarm for the climate emergency, for the sake of the world, for the sake of generations to come,” he said.

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Kairos for Creation – Confessing Hope for the Earth

eco-theology course at BosseyAfter 52 participants from 22 countries from different confessional and faith traditions gathered 16-19 June in Wuppertal, Germany, they have released “Kairos for Creation – Confessing Hope for the Earth”. The conference in Wuppertal was planned and organized together by Protestant Association of Churches and Mission (EMW), Evangelical Church in Germany (EKD), United Evangelical Mission (UEM), Bread for the World, World Council of Churches.

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Back Your neighbour

Back your neighbourA key value in all religions is the Golden Rule. Another important value in religions – and in interfaith activity – is hospitality to the stranger. The government is withdrawing support services for people living in our communities who have fled war and persecution, including financial support and trauma counselling from victims of torture. Back your neighbour asks you to sign a petition for them, for when we back our neighbours, they give back.

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The Israel Folau crowdfunding saga is not about freedom of religion

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Photo: Israel Folau chose to prioritise his conscience over his career. (AAP: Dan Himbrechts)

Dr Simon Longstaff of The Ethics Centre writes about Israel Folau and the fallout from his sacking and the crowdfunding saga. Dr Simon Longstaff says, inter-alia, Religious freedom comes in four basic forms: freedom of belief, freedom of worship, freedom to act in good conscience (which includes freedom from coercion in matters of religion) and finally freedom to proselytise (which includes the right to educate one’s children in the faith). Folau’s case involves the third and fourth of these freedoms.

What Folau believes and how he worships have not been challenged. Rather, he has been sanctioned for what he has done and said — not as a believer, but in his role as an elite rugby player representing Australia. However, can the two roles of “believer” and “contracted player” be so easily separated? That is the question at the heart of this issue.

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“Green Reformation” conference explores ties between ecology, religion and education

Green ecological awarenessAn international consultation entitled “Green Reformation: Ecology, Religion, Education and the Future of the Ecumenical Movement” was held 12-15 May at the Bossey Ecumenical Institute.

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Faith actors call for global solidarity

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Religions for Peace was among 25 signatories on a statement released by the UN Refugee Agency entitled “Faith Actors call for Global Solidarity.” The statement was released on World Refugee Day, observed on 20 June.

“The diversity of origins and traditions which make humanity unique are being targeted by intolerance, sometimes by brutal violence, and refugees are often on the front line of this assault,” reads the statement. “Based on their religious teachings, as well as on the experience that some of their communities have of being targeted themselves, faith-based actors seek to address xenophobia as one of their special responsibilities.”

The number of displaced people in the world has eclipsed 70 million. Social media campaigns, including #RefugeeForum and #StepWithRefugees also supported solidarity with refugees.

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2019 Abraham Conference: Healing Memories, Making History

2019 Abraham ConferenceThe Abraham Conference this year is titled Healing Memories, Making History: Genuine encounters in the present will redeem our past for a different future. Our international keynote speaker is Rev Dr Diego Sarrio Cucarella, Rector of the Pontifical Institute for Arabic and Islamic Studies (PISAI) in Rome. The moderator will be broadcaster Mr John Cleary. The Conference will take place in the Parramatta Mission Fellowship Hall on Sunday 28th July, from 1:30 pm – 5:30 pm.

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Pope Francis backs carbon pricing and ‘radical energy transition’ to act against global warming

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Pope Francis says that carbon pricing is “essential” to stem global warming — his clearest statement yet in support of penalising polluters — and appealed to climate change deniers to listen to science.

In an address to energy executives at the end of a two-day meeting, he also called for “open, transparent, science-based and standardised” reporting of climate risk and a “radical energy transition” away from carbon to save the planet.

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Pope warns oil bosses of climate threat

The Pope has told oil company bosses that climate change threatens the future of the “human family”. The oil executives had been invited to the Vatican in Rome for an audience with the pontiff. Pope Francis said a radical energy transition is needed to save what he called “our common home“.

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Statement of the African Council of Religious Leaders on the Excessive Use of Force on Protesters in Sudan

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Nairobi, Kenya – 7th June 2019 – The African Council of Religious Leaders – Religions for Peace (ACRL-RfP) strongly condemns the violent response of the Transitional Military Council to the ongoing peaceful protests on the streets of Khartoum. The recent use of brutal force to disperse peaceful protesters by unarmed civilians in Khartoum, Sudan are indeed shocking and tragic.

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Tasmania: June 2019

Tasmania LogoGreetings of peace! This is the special time of Eid al Fitr and many of you will have celebrated Iftar Dinners, breaking the fast during the evenings of the holy month of Ramadan. At this time we give the good wishes of Eid Mubarak! to our Muslim friends. During June, Religions for Peace Tasmania Branch will join with Australian Response to Climate Change at its Annual General Meeting to honour the efforts of those who are attempting to live more sustainably and in accordance with the simplicity which is advised by their Faith traditions.

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NSW: Buddhist Studies June Seminar

Australian Association of Buddhist StudiesThe Australasian Association of Buddhist Studies notifies that its next seminar will take place on the evening Thursday 6 June in the Rogers Room (N397), John Wooley Building (A20), University of Sydney. The topic will be Nothing is pure enough for the pure. A note on the ‘Purification of the view’ (diṭṭhi-visuddhi).

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2019 International Conference on Comparative Theology

Australian Catholic University LogoThe Faculty of Theology and Philosophy at Australian Catholic University (ACU) is delighted to announce details of our International Conference on Comparative Theology. Framed by the concept of religious identities, the 2019 conference invites participants to explore the latest developments within, and challenges to, comparative theology and associated practices of interreligious learning. The Conference will take place at the Australian Catholic University, Melbourne Campus, 23-24 July, 2019.

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NSW: Common Dreams Conference 2019

Common Dreams Conference LogoThe theme of the Common Dreams Conference 2019 (A conference dedicated to progressive religious thought and action) is Sacred Earth: Original Blessing; Our Common Home and will take place at Newington College in Stanmore, Sydney, NSW and Pitt St Uniting Church, Sydney, NSW from 111-14 July 2019.

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Victoria: Ritual of healing for climate movement

BonfireRitual of healing for climate campaigners – on Sunday, June 2, 5 – 6.30 pm, at the Uniting Church, 85 Gillies St, Fairfield. It will be held outside the church in the garden by a bonfire. This reflective gathering is for all who put their heart and souls into the climate election, and are now grappling with the result. The ritual will be inclusive of people of all faiths and none, people of any age, belief, political affiliation, tradition, sexual identity or culture.

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