Statement on Christchurch Attacks: Islamic Society of South Australia:

The Multifaith Association of South Australia shares our deep sorrow and send our condolences to the Muslim community of Christchurch who have lost loved ones in prayers today. We at Multifaith SA hold firm to our commitment to interfaith harmony and stand in solidarity with the community of Christchurch. Here is the Media Release from our friends at the Islamic Society of South Australia:

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Statement on Christchurch shootings

The Executive Council of Australian Jewry, the peak representative body of the Australian Jewish community is shocked and deeply saddened by the killing of worshippers at mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand. From the information available to the public, it appears that the murderer or murderers were motivated by white supremacist, neo-Nazi ideology. To kill unarmed … Read more

Bendigo Zinda Festival – Annual Interfaith Dinner and Forum

As part of the 2018 Bendigo Zinda Festival, Bendigo Interfaith Council will hold a Forum and Dinner at the All Seasons Conservatory on Thursday, March 21 at 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM. Guest speaker will be Sherene Hassan OAM, Education Director of the Islamic Museum of Australia.

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Victorian Open Mosque Day – Geelong

The Islamic Council of Victoria will conduct their third Open Mosque Day on Sunday, March 17th from 10:00 – 4:00pm. 20 participating mosques will open their doors to visitors and guests, provide mosque tours and a warm welcome. Geelong Mosque, at 45-47 Bostock Ave, Manifold Heights, will also be open.

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Victoria: The Changing Shape of Religious Diversity in Australia: How Gen Z Leads the Way

The Council of Christians and Jews (Victoria) will host Prof. Gary Bouma on The Changing Shape of Religious Diversity in Australia: How Gen Z Leads the Way at St kevin’s College, Watgerford Campus, Richmond on Sunday, 31 March 2019

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Bishop Stålsett briefs Pope Francis, Religious Leaders and Development Experts on Interfaith Rainforest Initiative



(8 March 2019 | Vatican City) Bishop Gunnar J. Stålsett [Honorary President of Religions for Peace] addressed religious leaders and international development experts at the recent convening called by H.H. Pope Francis, “Religions and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): Listening to the cry of the earth and the poor.”

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International conference in Rome focuses on religions, Sustainable Development Goals

The International Conference on Religions and the Sustainable Development Goals, held in Vatican City from 7-9 March, was jointly organised by the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue and the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development (Roman Catholic Church).

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Many yet One? Multiple Religious Belonging

Religions are often thought of as distinct and competing traditions, but the phenomenon of people belonging to multiple religious traditions is widespread, according to a World Council of Churches (WCC) publication presented during the European Academy of Religion in Bologna, Italy.

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NSW: 2019 Master Sheng Yen Lecture in Chinese Buddhism

The 2019 Master Sheng Yen Lecture in Chinese Buddhism will be given by Robert Sharf (University of California, Berkeley) on Monday 25 March, 6:00-7:30pm at New Law School Lecture Theatre (LT024), New Law Annexe F10A, University of Sydney. The lecture is presented by the University of Sydney School of Languages and Cultures.

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Victoria: “Aged Care Crisis ? Ethics in our Modern Day Practice”

A royal commission into Australia’s Aged Care service providers is looking to address systemic issues that are corrupting the noble service. Recent reports (Feb 2019) state there were more than 3,700 assaults, either physical or mental on both residents or staff, in Australian nursing homes this past financial year. What should our carers be mindful of when looking after our elderly ? What ethical considerations need emphasis during training ? How can our elderly find the comfort and solace they so desperately seek to find whilst in other’s care ?     

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Responsible Leadership in Politics & Religion: Diverse Communities in an Age of Anxiety



Political instability in various parts of the developing world are giving rise to mass migration of people mainly fleeing poverty, political conflict or religious persecution. Listen to this issue with Prof Simon Robinson (Leeds Beckett University, UK), Prof Emeritus Gary Bouma (Monash University, Australia). Moderated by Prof Michele Grossman (Deakin University, Australia).

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Role of the faith in tackling environmental challenges expounded at UN Environment Assembly

On the sidelines of the UN Environment Assembly in Nairobi, top UN officials, religious leaders and environmental experts underlined the role of faith communities in tackling climate change, a phenomenon that threatens to annihilate humanity. The assembly opened on 11 March against the dark shadow of the Ethiopian Airline plane crash. The plane crashed soon after take-off from Addis Ababa, killing all 157 persons on board, including Rev. Norman Tendis, a World Council of Churches (WCC) consultant. He was traveling to Nairobi to participate in an event at the assembly titled “Faith for Earth Dialogue.”

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