Queensland: Women’s Interfaith forum about Domestic & Family Violence

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.

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Submission: Freedom of Religion Inquiry

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.

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Faith Over Fear

Today Religions for Peace, UNICEF and a global coalition of religious leaders are launching #FaithOverFear. Faith Over Fear is a global campaign to inspire people of all faiths to welcome and help refugees. The campaign will share a series of stories about families of faith from around the world who have opened their hearts, homes, and communities to refugees. By lifting up these heartwarming examples, Religions for Peace hopes to contribute to a more welcoming environment for refugees around the globe.

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The “Buddhist pop song” that took sixth at Eurovision

On Saturday, an Italian song about the emptiness of Western consumer culture came sixth at Europe’s wildly popular song competition, Eurovision. Occidentali’s Karma, by Francesco Gabbani, was Italy’s entry to the contest, and while the song (which is flush with Buddhist references) didn’t win, it was a hit with critics. The song was the most watched music video of the contest and was chosen as a favourite by fans and the press.

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NSW Branch Meeting

The NSW Branch of Religions for Peace met at Parliament House, Sydney, today (22 May 2017). As part of a series on the organisations of different faiths, the Christian, Jewish, Muslim and Hindu participants discussed the Australian Jewish community, with some history, anecdotes, observations and a little bit of theological questioning. Thanks to the Hon Walt Secord for hosting and Josie Lacey for chairing.