2018 Victorian Interfaith Networks Conference

The Faith Communities Council of Victoria, in association with the Brimbank and Maribyrnong Interfaith Network and the City of Brimbank, would like to invite you to the 2018 Victorian Interfaith Networks Conference on Sunday, November 18th 2018 @ St. Albans Community Centre

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Victoria: Delegation visits Melbourne

A delegation from the Vatican Pontifical Council for Interfaith Dialogue (PCID) is currently in Australia, visiting Sydney, Canberra and Melbourne to meet members from Australia’s interreligious communities. The delegation includes Bishop Miguel Angel Ayuso Guixot MCCJ, the Council Secretary and an expert in Islam; Monsignor Indunil Kodithuwakku, who follows relations with the Buddhists, Shinto and Confucianists; Monsignor Santiago Michael, who follows relations with the Hindus, Sikhs and Jains; and Fr Markus Solo SVD, who follows relations with Muslims in Asia and Pacific.

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The Time to Act is Now: A Buddhist Declaration on Climate Change

Together, with over 5000 Buddhist practitioners, and significant leaders such as the Dalai Lama, the Karmarpa, and Thich Nhat Hanh, we are presenting The Time to Act is Now, A Buddhist Declaration on Climate Change, co-authored by David Loy, Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi and John Stanley. The declaration, authored in 2009 and updated in 2015, represents a global Buddhist statement and will be presented under the name, “Global Buddhist Climate Change Collective” on November 28th in Paris when there will a ceremony of all faith based petitions. The total number of signatures may be in the millions.

UPDATE ON THIS DECLARATION

Fifteen of the world´s most senior Buddhists leaders have issued a landmark call to all nations to adopt an effective climate change agreement at the UN negotiations in Paris starting 30 November. This new statement serves as an endorsement of the Declaration below and is signed by His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh, His Holiness the 17th Karmapa. It is also signed by Supreme Heads of Buddhism in Bangladesh, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Vietnam, Secretary General of the International Buddhist Confederation (IBC), President of the Buddhist Association of the USA, President of the UBF (l’Union Bouddhiste de France) and Her Royal Highness Princess Ashi Kesang Wangmo Wangchuk of Bhutan. This is the first time so many Buddhist luminaries have come together on any global issue to speak with one voice.

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Victoria: Meditation and Compassionate Social Action

A COLLOQUIUM on Meditation and Compassionate Social Action with presentations from Ayya Yeshe, Dr Roger Coles, Sister Brigid Arthur, Simon Moyle and Rhys Aconley-Jones will be presented by Confluence and The Contemplary at North Fitzroy Library Community Room on Sat. 27 October 2018.

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Queensland: Alleged appointment as Grand Mufti: Sheik Hilaly

“In the presence of the president of the Logan Mosque, in the presence of Imam Sheikh Abdul Quoodos and in the presence of the Chairman of the Australian International Islamic College of Durack, and all the doctors we do hereby declare that as from now Sheikh Taj El-din Hilali is the Grand Mufti of Australia, New Zealand and South Pacific”

Sheik Taj El-Din Hilaly could be back as Australia’s highest-ranking Muslim.

The controversial cleric was anointed Grand Mufti by Queensland’s long serving Imam Abdul Taub Raza at Logan Mosque in Brisbane yesterday in front of fellow Imams and a large crowd of community leaders and worshippers.

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Buddhism: Pema Chödrön apologizes for dismissing allegation of sexual assault from young woman

On Saturday, famed Buddhist teacher Pema Chödrön released a statement responding to an allegation that she once dismissed a woman’s report that she was raped by a Shambhala Center director.

Chödrön is a Buddhist nun, best-selling author, and senior teacher in the Shambhala community. She is a member of Shambhala’s “Transition Task Force,” the temporary committee appointed to appoint a new Shambhala board after the previous board resigned after allegations of sexual misconduct by leaders in the community.

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Victoria: The Decline of Western Influence in the Global Order


The Australian Institute of International Affairs invites you to a talk by Dr Ian Fry on The Decline of Western Influence in the Global Order. The talk will be held at Dyason House, East Melbourne on evening of Wednesday 10 October, 2018.

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Queensland: Islam and Muslims in the West: Major Issues and Debates

The Centre for Interfaith & Cultural Dialogue invites you to the book launch of Islam and Muslims in the West: Major Issues and Debates at the Centre for Interfaith & Intercultural Dialogue on Tuesday, 4 October 2018.

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Pope Francis dialogues with Christian leaders on combating racism

Pope Francis met on 20 September with leaders of different Christian churches who have been taking part in a Rome meeting on combating racism and xenophobia, saying he hoped their encounter would give rise to many other such shared initiatives.

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Australians speak on Living The Change

Across Australia, Australian Religious Response to Climate Change supporters – and fellow travellers of good will – will have the opportunity to attend Week of Living the Change celebrations in the week of October 7 – 14. Here, we bring you video of Australians from different faiths and religious traditions on why they are Living the Change.

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Human Rights Council: Human dignity should be main focus among climate change and foreign debt concerns

Climate change and foreign debt are intersecting human rights issues, and faith communities can contribute to better understanding and addressing these concerns, agreed many who attended a side event held on the occasion of the 39th Human Rights Council at Palais des Nations in Geneva on 18 September.

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Religious leaders from diverse traditions share candid thoughts on xenophobia

At a global conference on xenophobia in Rome, a panel of four religious leaders from, respectively, Buddhist, Christian, Hindu and Islamic traditions, spoke candidly about how xenophobia can sometimes be woven deeply into the fabric of these traditions.

The World Conference on Xenophobia, Racism, and Populist Nationalism in the Context of Global Migration is running 18-20 September.

The world conference is organized by the World Council of Churches and the Vatican’s Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development in collaboration with the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity (PCPCU)

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Victoria: Jewish-Indian Communities Friendship Dinner



Jewish Community Council of Victoria will conduct a Jewish-Indian Communities Friendship Dinner on October 7, 2018. Guest Speaker is H.E. Mark Sofer, Israel Ambassador to Australia, former Israel Ambassador to India. The event marks the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Haifa.

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