The 6th Buddhist-Christian Colloquium met recently in Taiwan. The circumstances of common everyday life was examined; on the basis of their respective religious convictions the participants decided they need to bring new hope to a shattered world by speaking of the love of Jesus and the compassion of the Buddha. This is done on the basis of a shared humanity.
The Hon. Justice Peter McClellan AM, Chair of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, addressed the Centre for Forensic Behavioural Science Seminar at Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne on Tuesday 14 November 2017.
In his remarks, Justice McClellan said, inter alia,
The sexual abuse of children has occurred in almost every type of institution where children reside or attend for some educational, recreational, sporting, religious or cultural activity. Some institutions have had multiple abusers who sexually abused multiple children. It is not a case of a few ‘rotten apples’. Society’s major institutions have seriously failed. In many cases those failings have been exacerbated by a manifestly inadequate response to the abused person. The problems have been so widespread, and the nature of the abuse so heinous, that it is difficult to comprehend.
The sexual abuse of a child is a terrible crime. It is the greatest of personal violations. It is perpetrated against the most vulnerable in our community. It is a fundamental breach of the trust which children are entitled to place in adults. It is one of the most traumatic and potentially damaging experiences a child could have.
Police forces failed in their duty to protect Australian children because they often refused to believe their complaints about sexual abuse. Child protection agencies also failed to listen to children, leaving them in situations of danger, Justice Peter McClellan said in some of his final remarks before the commission’s final sitting.
The 2017 Victorian Interfaith Networks Conference took place at Ulumbarra Theatre, Bendigo, on the afternoon of Sunday, 12 November. The conference was well attended with visitors coming from Melbourne, Geelong, Ballarat, Bendigo and Shepparton.
Participants in the November 8, 2017, 4th Catholic-Muslim Forum “noted with satisfaction significant convergences between their respective traditions,” according to the statement released November 10, 2017, following the conference. “Such convergences constitute a motive of hope not only for Christians and Muslims but for all, favouring a meaningful collaboration for the promotion of integral human development.”
(Bonn, November 10, 2017) Scores of religious leaders and people of diverse faiths and spiritualities on bicycles, some wearing traditional religious clothing, delivered a multi-faith statement to the UN Conference on Climate Change (COP23), pledging to adopt sustainable behaviours themselves and calling on their followers and world leaders to do the same. The delivery also marked the launch of a new international, multi-faith sustainable lifestyles initiative.
Religions for Peace International launch a new website. Secretary General William Vendley invites all the the new website and its contents – auspicing international multifaith efforts for world peace now.
The Victorian Council of Churches and the Faith Communities Council of Victoria invite you to a Bystander Intervention Workshop to Prevent Gender Violence at Causeway House, Little Collins St, Melbourne, on Monday 20 November 2017.
The Interfaith Centre of Melbourne conducts interfaith services at the Toorak Uniting Church as a recurring event. The next interfaith service will take place on Sunday, 12 November 2017 at 3pm. The theme of the service is Universal Worship Service in the tradition of the International Sufi Movement.
The Multifaith Centre at Griffith University will host Dr John Coles over two evenings as he presents different scenarios testing times and events recorded in biblical and other faith-documents which are undated. Part 1 will be presented on Thursday November 30, 2017 and Part 2 will be presented on Thursday December 7, 2017.
The Faith Communities Council of Victoria, in association with the Bendigo Interfaith Council and the City of Greater Bendigo, would like to invite you to the 2017 Victorian Interfaith Networks Conference.