Melbourne celebrates Vaisakhi


Thousands gathered in the heart of Melbourne to mark the festival of Vaisakhi – the celebration of the birth of Khalsa. The Sikh parade or the Nagar Kirtan event was held at such a large scale for the first time in the streets of Melbourne this Saturday, April 13.

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Geelong Interfaith Memorial Service For The Victims Of The Christchurch Terror Attack



The City of Greater Geelong, the Geelong Interfaith Network and the Islamic Society of Geelong invite you to the Memorial Service for the victims of the terror attack at the Christchurch mosques, New Zealand on 15 March, 2019.

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Tasmania: April 2019

Tasmania LogoGreetings of peace! During April we will combine with two events, one, the Walk for Friendship to be held on the 5 April leaving at 1.45pm from the Hobart Mosque, 166 Warwick St Hobart (more details are below) and the other, join the Palm Sunday Walk for Justice for Refugees, together with fellow Australians in other cities and towns. The gathering will be held on Parliament House lawns from 2.00-4.00pm on Sunday 14 April 2019.

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Social experiment exposes fear and racism in Perth man’s community

Amit Khaira is a teacher and Christian chaplain of Hindu background who normally gets around largely unnoticed in a t-shirt and jeans.

But in January 2018 he decided to begin a year-long social experiment in which he grew a beard, shaved his head and wore a kurta.

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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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Queensland: Nurturing Global Citizens through Interfaith Dialogue


The Centre for Interfaith and Believing Women in a Culture for Peace are please to present a special interfaith workshop by Professor Toh Swee-Hin and Dr Virginia Cawagas: “Nurturing Global Citizens through Interfaith Dialogue”.

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From heaven to earth: Changing perspectives of modern religion


The demise of religion has been prophesied ever since the beginning of modernity. The main argument has been that as the scientific view of the world spread, faith would diminish. What mythology and speculation had spent centuries trying to explain would become the domain of science. But even four hundred years later, we are still surrounded by religion. Why?

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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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Queensland: Buddhist Chaplaincy Course

This course is for anyone who performs helping work – as a volunteer – inside Buddhist communities or in the Australian or international community. This helping work may involve: caring for children and families; supporting people who are facing life difficulties (relationship problems, unemployment, bereavement etc.); teaching Buddhism to school children; caring for the sick, elderly and dying; providing pastoral care in universities, hospitals, hospices and prisons; teaching basic meditation skills and running meditation practice groups (for example in hospitals and workplaces); supporting community members in times of conflict or natural disaster.

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Parliament House Canberra: The Human Face of Climate Change

Diverse faith and community leaders, climate scientists and doctors joined forces in the heart of Parliament House to provide an urgent climate briefing to politicians.

The Human Face of Climate Change’ event, organised by the Multifaith Association of SA and co-sponsored by the nonpartisan Parliamentary Friends of Multiculturalism and Religions for Peace Australia, was held on the last sitting day before global UN climate talks begin today at COP24 in Katowice, Poland.

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Victoria: ARRCC Hold Funeral For Coal

Faith leaders have conducted interfaith ‘Funeral for Coal’ Vigils outside the offices of Opposition Leader, Bill Shorten, and Shadow Environment Minister Tony Burke. The leaders argue that the world cannot afford new coal mines, due to the contribution to climate change that this would involve. The Vigils were organised by the multi-faith grassroots organisation, the Australian Religious Response to Climate Change (ARRCC).

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