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.
The Vatican Message for Ramadan 2017 is to both Muslims and Christians and highlights caring for our common home. The message concludes with a prayer to care for all the members of the human family and for the whole of creation.
Every year, Muslims observe a month-long fast during the 9th month of the Islamic calendar. The first day of Ramadan 1438 (2017) will be Saturday 27th 2017. Religions for Peace Australia wishes Muslims a blessed and holy Ramadan.
Spirituality and Practice, an interfaith spirituality group, are offering an email course during the month of Ramadan with emails delivered on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, starting on May 29 through June 23 illustrating themes in the Qur’an. Interfaith Amigo Imam Jamal Rahman will be leading the course.
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.
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.
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.
The Buddhist magazine Lion’s Roar in partnership with the Buddhist Film Foundation will present an online Film Festival comprising six Buddhist films and six Buddhist (sangha) talks. The Online Film Festival will run from June 12 until July 23.