Do Polls equal “Lies, damned lies, and statistics”?

salatThere has been much conversation, interaction and discussion in multifaith and interfaith circles along with formal responses to an Essential Opinion poll about Muslim immigration. Professor Andrew Markus of the Monash – Scanlon Index of Social Cohesion examines the poll, the various methods of polling, and what results certain types of polling deliver. Due his nation-building work on social cohesion, we reproduce (with permission) this examination of this poll by Prof. Andrew Markus.

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Victoria: Eid Breakfast with Father Rod Bower

bower2The ICV hosted its first Eid Breakfast on Monday 19th September 2016 with Keynote Speaker Fr Rod Bower, from the Gosford Anglican Church. Fr Bower is internationally recognised for his interfaith dialogue. Guests also heard speeches from ICV President Bayram Aktepe, ICV Imam Sheikh Abdinur Weli and MC’ed by Br Junaid Cheema.

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Royal Commission: Submissions on best practice when responding to complaints of institutional child sexual abuse

Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse
The Royal Commission has published 35 submissions received from a range of organisations and individuals in response to its consultation paper: Best practice principles in responding to complaints of child sexual abuse in institutional contexts. The Commission received submissions from sector peak bodies, government agencies, survivor advocacy and support groups, religious institutions and other interested parties.

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Wake Up for Peace – celebrating UN International Day of Peace 2016

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On the morning of 21st September, the Melbourne community and it’s leaders will come together to wake up for peace and proactively support the UN International Day of Peace, along with millions around the world.

​You are invited to join this event and create silent, powerful intentions of peace and goodwill – on one day, for one purpose – and as one community at Deakin Edge, Federation Square, 7.45-8.30am.

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Pope’s Address to “America in Dialogue: Our Common Home” Interfaith Symposium

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On Thursday, Pope Francis received in audience the participants in a Symposium  promoted by the Organization of American States and the Institute of Inter-Religious dialogue of Buenos Aires on the theme: “America in Dialogue: Our Common Home” (Augustinianum, Rome, September 7-8).

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Darwin: Indigenous Spirituality and Justice

indigenous“We worship in different languages and cultures, yet all one in Christ. This is an immensely enriching experience,” said Dr Jude Long, principal of Nungalinya College, in Darwin (Northern Territory), Australia, as she explored spirituality with indigenous people from across the world this week. Long helped lead prayers and biblical reflections along with Australian indigenous staff and students at the college as part of a World Council of Churches (WCC) Indigenous Spirituality and Theology Consultation on 27-31 August.

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