Tasmania, May 2016

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The sacred festival days continue as we move from April to May. While the eight day festival of Pesach or Passover is often close in time to ‘Western’ Easter, this year, Pesach does not begin till 23 April and ends on 30 April. The Eastern Rite, or Orthodox, Easter Sunday is 1 May 2016.

The Religions for Peace events for May will include participating in the Australian Religious Response to Climate Change and we will be hosting a gathering for Tasmanians for Reconciliation towards the end of May.

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The Ethics of Yoga Teaching

bendyYoga Australia, a professional association for yoga teachers, met on the Gold Coast to discuss the do’s and dont’s of yoga practice, which in some cases has resulted in abuse of vulnerable students by unscrupulous teachers. It’s no longer a taboo topic: people are speaking out about abuse within the teacher-student relationship in yoga practice writes Rachael Kohn, host of The Spirit of Things.

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Creating a religiously harmonious society in Australia: issues and challenges

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Dr Ibrahim Abu Mohammed – Grand Mufti of Australia, the Chaldean Catholic Eparch of Australia and New Zealand, the Parliamentary Friends of Interfaith along with Members of Parliament met in Parliament House Canberra to hear talks on “Creating a religiously harmonious society in Australia: issues and challenges”. In this post, we bring you the Speech by His Eminence the Grand Mufti of Australia at Parliament House.

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Harmony Week and Interfaith Dialogue: Parliament House Canberra

aphThe Grand Mufti of Australia, the Chaldean Catholic Eparch of Australia and New Zealand, the Parliamentary Friends of Interfaith along with Members of Parliament met in Parliament House Canberra to hear talks on “Creating a religiously harmonious society in Australia: issues and challenges”. This event was a collaboration of Religions for Peace Australia and the Canberra Interfaith Forum.

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Royal Commission to close registration for private sessions

Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse

The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse is closing registrations for private sessions on 30 September 2016. Private sessions allow survivors of child sexual abuse in an institution to share their story directly with a Commissioner in a private setting. The Hon. Justice Peter McClellan AM, Chair of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse said the strong demand from survivors to share their story has resulted in a queue of people waiting to meet with a Commissioner.

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Sign the Interfaith Statement on Climate Change

climateThe Interfaith Climate Change Statement to World Leaders (2016) outlines religious leaders and faith communities positive judgement of the adopted Paris Agreement and urges for its prompt signature and ratification by governments so that it can come into force as soon as possible. It also insists that there is a significant increase in the current levels of ambition relating to emission reductions, financial flows, adaptation, loss and damage and a swift phase out of fossil fuel subsidies – so as to keep temperatures within reach of 1.5C.

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Poverty Eradication and Sustainable Development

unlogoThe High-level Thematic Debate on Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) took place on Thursday, 21 April 2016, at UN Headquarters in New York. Following opening keynote speeches, plenary convened throughout the day for national statements on the theme “Action at All Levels: National Implementation.” In the morning, two panels took place on the theme “Financing poverty eradication and sustainable development,” addressing successful frameworks and strategies for financing SDGs and the paradigm shift towards low carbon societies, and enhancing international cooperation in tax and financial matters.

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