2nd Annual Australian Islamic Schooling Conference



The 2nd Islamic Schooling Conference was held at Mt Lofty on 11-12 July 2017. The focus of the Conference was on curriculum development following the Melbourne Declaration on the Educational needs of Young Australians and the work of ACARA, the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority. There was much in-depth examination of progress towards an Islamic school curriculum for Australia to suit primary and secondary education models, along with appropriate education in Arabic and integration of Islamic faith into the curriculum – the outcome of which is young Australians who contribute to the welfare of Australia by way of industry, productivity, and participation in Australian society.

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Religion is the new frontier in workplace discrimination

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Michael Wakelin, a consultant to UK businesses and associate at Cambridge University’s Interfaith Initiative – and speaker at the recent G20 Interfaith – says some people are “really hostile” to religion in the workplace. “Religion is now the biggest butt of jokes in the office. It’s replaced gender and race,” he says.

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Nations of the World Agree to ban Nuclear Weapons: Q and A



On 7 July, most of the world’s countries voted to ban nuclear weapons. None of them, however, actually have The Bomb. Countries that do – or rely on a nuclear weapons for defence – boycotted the vote. Despite this its backers argue that a treaty making nuclear weapons illegal is a long-overdue step towards nuclear disarmament, a process that has withered under existing treaties.

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Pope Supports International Climate Change Campaign



Following the 2nd Anniversary of his historic environmental encyclical, Pope Francis endorsed the Laudato Si’ Pledge campaign, which was also supported by many other Church leaders. Through the Pledge, the Global Catholic Climate Movement aims to mobilize at least 1 million Catholics to become directly engaged in turning Laudato Si into action to care for the planet.

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Victoria: JCCV’s August Plenum


The Jewish Community Council of Victoria invites you to its August Plenum. Speakers are Alan Sunderland, Editorial Director of the Australian Broadcasting Commission (ABC) and Miriam Bass, Vic President of the National Council of Jewish Women of Australia. The Plenum will occur on 7 August 2017, at 8pm at the NCJWA, Caulfield North.

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NSW: An Instrument of Peace: The Sultan and the Saint


Amid a growing climate of mistrust and misunderstanding in the media, the film The Sultan and the Saint reminds all peoples of faith of the need to reach out to others with an open heart as a means of nurturing peace. The key is to welcome the stranger, a tradition of respect found in all religions.

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Nuclear Ban Treaty references Work of Religious Leaders



(New York, 7 July 2017) On 7 July 2017, Religions for Peace (RfP) joined more than 120 UN member states, parliamentarians, mayors, and civil society organizations in celebrating the adoption of a legally binding treaty to prohibit nuclear weapons, leading towards their total elimination. The preamble of the new treaty highlights the role of religious leaders in raising public conscience on the principles of humanity.

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Royal Commission: Research finds misconceptions about memory may affect child sexual abuse prosecutions

Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse

The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has released a new research report about how memory affects child sexual abuse prosecutions.

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Victoria: Public Lecture on Catholic Social Teaching and Interreligious Dialogue



On Tuesday 18 July at Australian Catholic University participants will have the opportunity of hearing two Cardinals of the Catholic Church speaking about Catholic Social Teaching: Cardinal Turkson relating it to Integral Human Development and Cardinal Quevedo relating it to Interreligious Dialogue.

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Make Friends With Other Religions: Pope Francis Gives Witness



“It’s important, because my religious life was enriched by his explanations to him, it was extraordinarily enriched, and I suppose his with mine”: by these words, spoken in Spanish, on turning to his Argentine friend, Rabbi Abraham Skorka, who spoke just after him, Pope Francis witnesses in a worldwide video-message of religions, inviting the man and woman of the street to “to make friends” with all religions.

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Egypt: Continuation of Dialogue Between Vatican and Al-Azhar, Authority of Sunnite Islam


“Following the previous Agreement of May 28, 1998, and in the light of addresses of Pope Francis and of the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar, Ahmed Mohamed al-Tayyeb during the historic peace conference at Cairo last April 28, the common engagement is express to pursue the shared reflections, geared to promoting a fruitful and effective inter-religious dialogue, centered in particular on the promotion of peace and the building of a more just world.”

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