Looking Back – 2009 Parliament of the World’s Religions

Melbourne Parliament of Religions LogoFor a week (Dec. 3rd – 9th) in 2009, Melbourne was awash with religious diversity when an estimated 5,000 people from around the world plus thousands from interstate descended on Melbourne to attend the 2009 Parliament of the World’s Religions, the world’s most important interfaith gathering. Officers and volunteers from Religions for Peace (Australia) participated and facilitated this event and engaged in a leading role in winning this event for Melbourne.

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16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence – Day 8

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The 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence is a global initiative running from 25 November through 10 December, annually.   Zoroastrianism is a peace-loving and peace-supporting religion. Prophet Zarathushtra greatly opposed raids, oppression and all kinds of violent, hostile and wrongful behaviour. The Avestan Zoroastrian Creed explicitly says that supporting the “nidhasnaithishem” (non-violence) is … Read more

16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence – Day 7

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The 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence is a global initiative running from 25 November through 10 December, annually.   I would love to see a world where pride wasn’t necessary, that we didn’t have to fight for our rights. I wish that everyone, regardless of gender, race, religion, beliefs or sexuality, had equal … Read more

16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence – Day 6

Respect Victoria - against transgender based violence

The 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence is a global initiative running from 25 November through 10 December, annually.   “When I came out as trans I was going to a Catholic school. The Catholic school promised me that they would have the utmost support. I soon found they didn’t when they wouldn’t let … Read more

Australia: Living the Change

Australian Religious Response to Climate Change LogoHundreds of people of faith have gathered in capital cities around the nation this month, attending workshops to discover how to lower their carbon footprint and live more sustainably. The workshops, run by the Australian Religious Response to Climate Change (ARRCC), are entitled ‘Living the Change’.

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Supporting the Climate Strike: Australia

Global Climate StrikeReligions for Peace Australia supports the climate strike on Friday, 20 September 2019. As people of spirit and faith, we are joining the youth climate strikers to call for sweeping, urgent climate action and to make sure that our response is grounded in the core values shared by all our traditions: love, justice, and compassion.

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Religious discrimination bill could legalise race hate speech, Law Council warns

Law Council of Australia logoThe expression of religious beliefs that offend, insult or humiliate people based on their race could be effectively legalised by the Coalition’s religious discrimination bill, the Law Council of Australia has warned.

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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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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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Building Earth Ethics in Australia: Pathways and Challenges

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The Centre for Interfaith & Cultural Dialogue is proudly co-sponsoring the Building Earth Ethics in Australia: Pathways and Challenges conference. This thought-provoking two-day conference will focus on how Earth-centered ethics can be nurtured and built in a time of global ecological crisis. 

This conference will take place at Australia Catholic University, 115 Victoria Parade, Fitzroy, Victoria 3065 on the Thursday 28th and Friday 29th November 2019. 

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Australian National Imams Council visits Sri Lanka Consul General

ANIC visits Sri Lanka Consul GeneralThe Australian National Imams Council (ANIC), The Grand Mufti of Australia and Muslim Community leaders visit to the Consulate General of Sri Lanka in Sydney in support and standing in solidarity with the people of Sri Lanka after the recent terrorist attacks last week that left over 250 dead and 500 injured.

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Mythbusting with the Grand Mufti: Australia’s Muslim leader answers your questions

You asked, he answered. The Grand Mufti of Australia and New Zealand Ibrahim Abu Mohamed answers some of the most commonly asked questions about Islam, including views on homosexuality and Jihad. Here, SBS Reporter Fares Hassan sat down with the Grand Mufti to address what he calls “misconceptions” associated with the religion of Islam. The questions were some of the most commonly asked by commenters on the SBS Arabic24 Facebook page.

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The Domestic Experience of Freedom of Religion or Belief

On Tuesday, 29 November 2016 the Minister for Foreign Affairs, the Hon Julie Bishop MP, asked the House of Representatives Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade to inquire into and report on The status of the human right to freedom of religion or belief. That Committee has a Human Rights Sub-Committee which conducted the inquiry.

An interim report of the committee was issued in November, 2017. On Wednesday, 3 April 2019, the Sub-Committee tabled its second interim report for the Inquiry into the status of the human right to freedom of religion or belief. In this article, we select excerpts of the domestic experience of freedom of religion or belief as expressed by various religious communities in the report.

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Second Report: Inquiry into the status of the human right to freedom of religion or belief

On Tuesday, 29 November 2016 the Minister for Foreign Affairs, the Hon Julie Bishop MP, asked the Committee to inquire into and report on The status of the human right to freedom of religion or belief. An interim report of the committee was issued in November, 2017. On Wednesday, 3 April 2019, the Committe tabled its second interim report for the Inquiry into the status of the human right to freedom of religion or belief.

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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