After allegations, Sogyal Rinpoche retires from Rigpa

Following discussion of allegations of abuse, Sogyal Rinpoche, Buddhist teacher and author of The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying, “has decided, with immediate effect, to retire as spiritual director from all the organizations that bear the name of Rigpa in different countries around the world,” according to a press release from the organization dated today.

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Religions for Peace Co-President On Charlottesville

Racist, anti-Semitic, and xenophobic views have no place in a society that cherishes freedom and liberty for all. The right to speak and to hold repugnant views is not a right to circumscribe the ability of others to live in peace and security.” – Rabbi Rick Jacobs, Co-President of Religions for Peace.

Responding to the violence in Charlottesville, Rabbi Rick Jacobs has turned to all people of goodwill to delegitimize racial hatred and reaffirm civil unity in the United States.

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Victoria: School’s ‘turban ban’ displays common misunderstanding of equality

Can a school impose a uniform policy that does not take into account a student’s religious or cultural beliefs and practices? This issue is being considered by the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT).

Sagardeep Singh Arora, on behalf of his five-year-old son Sidhak Singh Arora, is challenging Melton Christian College’s decision not to enrol his son unless he agrees not to wear his patka, a Sikh head covering.

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‘Religion Belongs to the Nature of Man,’ Stresses Cardinal Tauran

Cardinal Tauran is the President of the Pontifical Council for Inter-religious Dialogue, the Vatican’s Interfaith Bureaux. Here, in the Italian edition of L’Osservatore Romano on August 9, 2017, Cardinal Tauran publishes an oration on how religion is con-sanguine with man.

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Victoria: Joyce Rebeiro Memorial Lecture

The Joyce Rebeiro Memorial Lecture celebrates the life of Joyce Rebiro, who had strong social justice convictions with regard to Human Trafficking. She was also a pioneer of Interfaith in Victoria and was more recently engaged in multifaith education. The memorial lecture will be held at the St Paul Apostle Parish Church, Endeavour Hills on evening of 26 September 2017.

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Victoria: Lectures at St Michael’s: Make Australia Great Again ….



How do we see the future? What are the main challenges facing Australia as we try and reconcile our history and our geography? How do we see our place at a time of mounting international, not to say, planetary, turbulence? Back by popular demand, Professor Joseph Camilleri OAM will present this two-part lecture series on 5th and 12th of September at St Michael’s Church, Collins Street, Melbourne.

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Victoria: Freedom of Religion in a Multi-religious Society: the Contribution of Migration.

The Australian Catholic Migrant and Refugee Office and Australian Catholic University will present the Annual Bishop Joe Grech Colloquium, Freedom of Religion in a Multi-religious Society: the Contribution of Migration at the ACU Campus Brunswick St, Fitzroy on evening of 24 August 2017 at 7pm.

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