Faith Based Urban Thinkers Campus

Urban Shalom Society LogoUN Habitat invites you to join in UN Habitat’s World Urban Campaign’s faith initiative, Faith and the Path Towards a Better Quality of City Life. UN Habitat together with World Evangelical Alliance (WEA), the Urban Shalom Society (USS) and a number of local partners are running a series of faith based Urban Thinkers Campuses, aimed at encouraging faith communities to work together on the creation of cities and urban environments where all can flourish.

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Australia: Time for Living the Change events

You’re invited to join celebrations in every state for Time for Living the Change. Each event will have its own unique flavour but, at each event, people will share some time for spiritual reflection, discuss their efforts to make climate-conserving lifestyle commitments and celebrate with delicious vegetarian and vegan food. The Australian Religious Response to Climate Change invites you – if you can, please come along to these free events near you.

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Brisbane: Safer Churches Conference 2019

National Council of Churches Safe Church Program logoThe 9th biennial Safer Churches Conference will be the first conference held by the National Council of Churches in Australia (NCCA) Safe Church Program since the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse recommendations were released in December 2017. The theme for the conference, “Transforming Cultures: Listening, Reflecting, Acting” will provide the framework across the two-day event, at the Mercure Hotel, Brisbane on 16-17 September 2019.

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September: Season of Creation

Season of Creation logoGlobal support continues to grow for the Season of Creation, an annual celebration of prayer and action to protect creation that is celebrated by tens of thousands of Christians of all traditions around the world. Running from 1 September to 4 October, the Season of Creation’s beginning and end dates are linked with the concern for creation in the Eastern and the Western traditions of Christianity, respectively.

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Victoria: Living the Change – 2019

Join us to celebrate LIVING THE CHANGE together at the Multicultural Hub, Melbourne, on Sunday 8 September 2019 where we will be working together towards creating a flourishing world for all. We gather as members of diverse faith communities and those who care for our planet to share our stories of change, transformation, and regeneration. Living the Change is brought to you by Australian Religious Response to Climate Change, Religions for Peace Australia and United Religions Initiative.

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UN day on violence victims stresses religious tolerance

World Council of ChurchesA group of United Nations experts together say that countries have an important role to play in promoting religious tolerance and cultural diversity and that they can do this by promoting and protecting human rights, including freedom of religion or belief.

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USCIRF Statement on International Day Commemorating the Victims of Acts of Violence Based on Religion or Belief

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WASHINGTON, DC – On the first “International Day Commemorating the Victims of Acts of Violence Based on Religion or Belief,” declared by the United Nations General Assembly for August 22nd to condemn continuing violence and acts of terrorism targeting individuals, including persons belonging to religious minorities, on the basis of or in the name of religion or belief, United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) Chair Tony Perkins and Vice Chair Gayle Manchin issued a statement:

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Caring for our Common Future – Advancing Shared Well-Being – Address by His Excellency Shaykh Abdullah Bin Bayyah

Religions for Peace 10th World Assembly logoH.E. Shaykh Abdallah Bin Bayyah President of the Forum for Promoting Peace in Muslim Societies based in Abu-Dhabi, Gave one address wherein he shared, “The destinies of nations are intertwined with one another: there is no future for some of us, if we do not care for the future of all. Such is the nature of the age in which we live. All of humankind is on one ship.

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Religions for Peace Announces New Secretary General: Prof. Azza Karam

Religions for Peace 10th World Assembly logo22 August 2019 | Lindau, Germany Prof. Azza Karam was joyously affirmed by acclamation as the new Secretary General of Religions for Peace on 21 August 2019 at a business meeting during the 10th World Assembly. She will proceed Dr. William F. Vendley, who has served RfP as Secretary General for 27 years.

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Tapping into the Potential of Women of Faith as Peacemakers

Religions for Peace 10th World Assembly logo(21 August 2019 | Lindau, Germany) Religions for Peace hosted a historic special session “MENA Women as Peacemakers” to highlight the crucial and irreplaceable role of women as agents of change and peace across the globe, with a specific focus on the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. With religious identity becoming a de facto fault line for both intra-national and cross-border hostilities, this new coalition brought together women of faith leaders from Sunni, Shia, Christian, Jewish and other traditions to serve as a high-level multi-religious mechanism for advocacy and action to resolve conflict, advance sustainable development and protect the environment in the region and internationally. The same cohort travelled to Amman, Jordan earlier this month symbolic common action before its official launch at the RfP 10th World Assembly. The delegation met with Syrian refugees and members of the host communities in the city of Zarqa to show their solidarity and support and their multi-religious commitment to action for the common good.

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Religious Leaders from 125 Countries Gather in Lindau to Promote Common Action for Positive Peace at the Religions for Peace 10th World Assembly

Religions for Peace 10th World Assembly logo(20 August 2019 | Lindau, Germany) The Religions for Peace 10th World Assembly, in partnership with Ring for Peace and generously supported by the German Federal Foreign Office and Bavarian State Ministry, formally commenced this morning with an opening address offered by German Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier and a multi-religious prayer lead by children of faith from across the globe.

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Elevating the Critical Role of Women and Youth as Peacemakers

Religions for Peace 10th World Assembly logo(19 August 2019 | Lindau, Germany) Religions for Peace (RfP) affirms that all human beings are equal in dignity and rights and recognizes that women and youth religious leaders are irreplaceable and co-equal partners in peacebuilding. Women of faith have been involved in RfP since its earliest beginnings at the first World Conference held in Kyoto Japan in 1970, when a women’s caucus was formed and recognized by the RfP governing body.

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Religions for Peace World Assembly convenes in Lindau, Germany

Religions for Peace 10th World Assembly logoThe 10th World Assembly of Religions for Peace is convening in Lindau, Germany, this week. The multi-religious gathering is being organised from 20-23 August in partnership with the Foundation Peace Dialogue of the World Religions and Civil Society.

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Golden Rule Day

Golden Rule Day imageThe Golden Rule is ancient and modern, secular and religious, personal and common. Golden Rule Day is an opportunity for all of us to reflect on and celebrate the universal principle of treating others the way that we want to be treated. It is a powerful tool for all of our relationships – with ourselves, others, animals, and the planet.

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New survey reveals which religions New Zealanders trust most – and least – after Christchurch shootings

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In a survey of 1000 New Zealanders, taken a month after the Christchurch mosque shootings of 15 March 2019, respondents were asked how much they trusted people from different religious groups living in New Zealand.

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