Vesak is when Buddhists come together and recollect the Lord Buddha’s birth, enlightenment and passing. Vesak is an international celebration and listed among UN Observances. There will be a celebration of Vesak in Sakyamuni Buddhist Centre, Lyneham, ACT, on Sunday 7 May 2016.
On the occasion of World Interfaith Harmony Week, Parliamentary Friends of Multiculturalism in Partnership with the Canberra Interfaith Forum and Religions for Peace Australia commemorated UN Harmony Day on the Topic of Government, Leaders and Faith in Australian Politics at Australian Parliament House Canberra, on Wednesday 15 February 2017. Guest Speaker for the occasion was Emeritus Professor John Warhurst of Australian National University.
On the occasion of World Interfaith Harmony Week, Parliamentary Friends of Multiculturalism in Partnership with the Canberra Interfaith Forum and Religions for Peace Australia commemorated UN Harmony Day at Australian Parliament House Canberra, on Wednesday 15 February 2017. Speaker for the Canberra Interfaith Forum was Dean Sahu Khan, President of Canberra Interfaith Forum.
President of the Canberra Interfaith Forum Dean Sahu Khan and former secretary of the forum, Dr Willy Senanyake have shared the outstanding volunteer award at the 2016 Canberra Multicultural Awards.
International Day for Tolerance was observed in the ACT on 16 November 2015 at the Theo Notaras Multicultural Centre, Canberra. This event was organised by the Canberra Interfaith Forum and supported by the ACT Government.
Canberra’s Muslims include Turkish, Pakistani, Indonesian, Palestinian, Saudi, Iraqi, Iranian, Syrian, Egyptian, Afghan and African [Tunisian] worshippers,” the director of the ACT’s Islamic Bluestar Intercultural Centre has said. “We need to extend that openness to others to include the non-Muslim community.
A group fighting to prevent a mosque being built in Canberra’s north have had their challenge thrown out by the ACT Supreme Court, with the judge labelling the group a “busybody”. It is the second challenge the controversial group has lost after the court dismissed the initial challenge in July last year.
The Royal Australian Navy has marked the month of Ramadan with a special dinner in Canberra attended by the Grand Mufti of Australia, Dr Ibrahim Abu Mohamed. Chief of Navy Vice Admiral Tim Barrett hosted the inaugural ‘iftar’ dinner with serving sailors and officers at the Australian War Memorial on 23 June.
The 2015 Annual General Meeting of Religions for Peace Australia will be held at the Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture, Charles Sturt University, Canberra. Dr. Stephen Pickard will give a public address on Prospects for religious freedom in multifaith and secular Australia.
The co-convenors of the Parliamentary Friends of Multiculturalism, the Member for Calwell Maria Vamvakinou and the Member for McMillan Russell Broadbent commemorated the United Nations Interfaith Harmony Week with an interfaith dialogue in partnership with the Canberra Interfaith forum and Religions for Peace Australia in Parliament House Canberra, on Wednesday, 11 February 2015.