As the international interfaith movement grows, it is becoming more common to use sacred texts from several religious traditions in both individual and communal prayer. Multi-faith prayer services are one context that frequently features sacred writings from many religions. In addition, the Golden Rule may be used for a variety of meditations. Scarboro Missions have provided just such one resource.
Greetings of peace! This weekend the Annual General Meeting for Religions for Peace Australia is being held in Canberra and we send thoughts of blessing and empowerment to those involved and for their dialogue and deliberations. In June, Religions for Peace Tas will not so much have an event as an activity. On Monday 5 June, today, UN World Environment Day is celebrated and on Thursday 8 June, UN World Oceans Day is the celebration.
Religious believers are strongly committed to act to address the challenge of climate change. This commitment to act–shared across religions–is based upon a deep understanding of its scientific and–above all–moral and religious dimensions. As a result, many religious communities strongly supported the Paris Agreement that deals with greenhouse gas emissions mitigation, adaptation, and finance, signed in December 2015 by 195 countries.
Victoria: Asia-Pacific Catholicism and Globalization: Conference
The Institute for Religion, Politics and Society at the ACU will conduct a scholarly conference with outstanding international guests reflecting on Globalisation, Catholicism and Interreligious Dialogue in the Asia-Pacific region. It will be held at Australian Catholic University in Melbourne from 28 to 30 June 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, Sunday 11 June 2017 at 3pm. The theme of the service is Aboriginal Spirituality: “Let’s Take the Next Steps, Fostering Knowledge and Respect . This is an interspiritual inclusive service.
A CHAPTER of Australia’s little known military history will be revealed in a booklet to be published by the Australian Sikh Heritage Association later this year.
For 18 months, representatives of around 20 different faith groups have worked to form a Queensland network of faith communities committed to advancing interfaith understanding and collaboration and to making a positive contribution within society.
During this week the Islamic Women’s Association of Australia and JK Diversity Consultants held the first Queensland Women’s Interfaith forum about Domestic & Family Violence (DFV). The forum featured diverse speakers who shared their knowledge and experience within their faith communities.
This week six young Muslim Australians stood on the Murray Street mall in Perth wearing t-shirts which read: “I’m a Muslim, Ask Me Anything“. Lots of people took up the offer. They fielded questions for several hours.
The Islamic Council of Victoria’s senior policy advisor has prepared a submission to the Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defense and Trade, Inquiry into the Status of the human right to freedom of Religion or belief. The submission powerfully argues for the protection the human right of freedom of religion for Muslim-Victorians while highlighting cases and effects of breaches of this human right.