Bangladesh Religious Leaders Commit to People-to-People Dialogue with Myanmar on the Rohingya Crisis

Religions for Peace meeting Bangladesh
(August 5, 2019 | Chittagong, Bangladesh) As the political impasse between Bangladesh and Myanmar over the Rohingya crisis deepens and tensions between local communities and Rohingya refugees are escalating, over 70 Muslim, Buddhist, Hindu and Christian leaders, women of faith and youth leaders in Bangladesh convened a National Consultation for the RfP 10th World Assembly in Chittagong, Bangladesh on 3 August 2019.

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“Gun Violence Must End Now:” World Council of Churches stands in solidarity with USA churches

Fake tombstonesThe World Council of Churches (WCC) is standing in solidarity with the National Council of Churches of Christ in the USA and WCC member churches in the USA as they demand an end to gun violence, racist rhetoric, and white supremacy.

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National Survey: Sharing Muslim Stories

Sharing Muslim StoriesThe Race Discrimination Commissioner is undertaking a project to listen to and share the stories of Australian Muslims. He is holding national consultations with members of the Australian Muslim community about their needs and experiences of discrimination, Islamophobia and hate speech and their right to safely practice their religion. An online survey has been provided to record stories – different languages may be used to tell stories.

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Briefing Paper: Government’s Plans for Freedom of Religion Legislation (July 2019)

Freedom for Faith logoFreedom for Faith supplies a briefing paper is to explain to ministers of religion and other religious leaders what is currently happening in terms of new legislation on religious freedom, and what will need to happen further into this term of Government.

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Earth Overshoot Day – 29 July 2019

Earth Overshoot Day 2019Earth Overshoot Day marks the date when humanity’s demand for ecological resources and services in a given year exceeds what Earth can regenerate in that year. We maintain this deficit by liquidating stocks of ecological resources and accumulating waste, primarily carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. Earth Overshoot Day is hosted and calculated by Global Footprint Network, an international research organisation that provides decision-makers with a menu of tools to help the human economy operate within Earth’s ecological limits. in 2019, Earth Overshoot Day will be July 29th.

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Sharing the Stories of Australian Muslims

Sharing Muslim StoriesThe Race Discrimination Commissioner is undertaking a project to listen to and share the stories of Australian Muslims. He is holding national consultations with members of the Australian Muslim community about their needs and experiences of discrimination, Islamophobia and hate speech and their right to safely practice their religion.

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Islamic Leaders Calling for Tolerance

Charter of Makkah

As tensions mount in the Middle East, it might be easy from the West to imagine the Islamic world locked in an internecine political struggle, with each side wielding threats of open conflict and the violent rhetoric of exclusion.

Beyond the testy politics, however, Islamic religious leaders are speaking in greater unison than ever before. The message we are advancing is one of moderate Islam, and the promotion of peace, tolerance and love.

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Australian Jewish News – Reflections on the Israel Folau case

Israel Folau at the Fair Work Commission late last month. Photo: AAP Image/Joel Carrett

ISRAEL Folau has dominated our headlines over the past weeks. And, like the State of Israel, he is likely to continue to attract attention, heat and passion for the foreseeable future, writes Rabbi Ralph Genende.

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Why Guru Purnima is unique to Hindu Dharma

Four gurus of HinduismMany religions honour their founder or great teacher in various ways. Hindu dharma is perhaps unique in honouring the guru or spiritual master as a principle in itself beyond any particular personality, philosophy or revelation.The true guru is a position of spiritual guidance, the illuminating presence of a higher awareness. The guru is not limited to any physical person, however exalted he or she may be.

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UN Habitat in Melbourne: Faith Based Urban Thinkers Campus.

UN Habitat 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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Australian Religious Response to Climate Change (ARRCC) National Conference

ARRCC National ConferenceThe Australian Religious Response to Climate Change (ARRCC) warmly invites you to participate in our inaugural national Conference. The Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture, Canberra, 8-10 November 2019.

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WCC hosts historic Sikh-Christian Dialogue in face of “growing need for lasting peace”

Sikh - Christian dialogueThe World Council of Churches (WCC) hosted a Sikh-Christian dialogue on 5 July with the theme “Pursuing Peace in a Pluralistic World” to commemorate the 550th birth Anniversary of Guru Nanak, the first guru of the Sikhs.

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Office of the Dalai Lama issues clarification on Dalai Lama’s controversial remarks on immigrants and female successor

XIV Dalai LamaIn a new interview, the Dalai Lama said Trump lacks moral principle, refugees should ultimately return to their homeland, and any future female Dalai Lama should be attractive.

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WCC trains students for interreligious dialogue

Interreligious Studies at Bossey Institute

Young students from all over the world were welcomed to the World Council of Churches (WCC)  Ecumenical Institute in Bossey, Switzerland on Tuesday for the Certificate of Advanced Studies in Interreligious Studies.

The theme of the 2018/2019 academic year is “Engaging for just and participatory societies – belongingness in Judaism, Christianity and Islam”. The distance learning component of the course started three weeks ago. It brings together students from the three Abrahamic religions to learn more about each other’s religions and enhance their understanding of today’s multicultural society.

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