The Executive Council of Australian Jewry in collaboration with the National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples, the United Indian Association, Australian Hellenic Council, Chinese Australian Services Society, the Arab Council of Australia and the Armenian National Committee of Australia, have issued a joint media statment expressing disappointment at the announcement by the Federal government of its intention to amend section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act.
During his speech at the National Press Club on 15 March 2017, Greens Leader Richard Di Natale invited Nada, an inspiring young Muslim woman, to tell the country her story in her own words – hear it for yourself:
NADA: LET’S BRING PEOPLE TOGETHER
“I don’t think there has been a single month where someone has not made an obvious point that they don’t think that I’m welcome in this country”
“Being born and brought up in Australia and for someone to come and point fingers at you to tell you to go back to where you came from – so for me that’s Essendon district hospital”
“In my personal experience, my right to exist as a Muslim woman in this country is questioned daily. I am a regular victim of casual and impersonal racism – on public transport, in the supermarket, walking down the street – and it hurts no less each time.”
Faith-based groups across Australia are uniting to call on the Australian Government to participate and support the United Nations negotiations for a treaty banning nuclear weapons this year.
“Religious values and the value of religion” was the theme of a national interfaith forum attended by 100 Australians from diverse faith backgrounds at NSW Parliament House on Wednesday 22 February.
The Australian National Imams Council (ANIC) called upon all Imams across Australia “to unite firmly against the extremist group ISIS and their deviant understanding of Islam.” and to be “to be the best practising examples of what it means to be an Australian Muslim.”
World Interfaith Harmony Week (WIHW) couldn’t have come at a better time. With the recent US travel bans against countries that are predominantly Muslim and persecution of faith groups including Christians at an all-time high; it sometimes feels like there is a war on religion as a whole.
World Interfaith Harmony Week is an annual event in the first week of February each year. This is an activity supported by member-states of the United Nations. This year, 2017, there are many events in Australia and Oceania celebrating World Interfaith Harmony Week. Religions for Peace Australia will be conducting several events in observance of World Interfaith Harmony Week
The Australian Council of Christians and Jews invite you to join for a unique experience where Christians, Jews and Muslims will explore Israel together while learning about the common roots of their respective faiths. The proposal is for a tour on around the following dates: October 24 – November 3, 2017.
In a letter to John Lochowiak, Chairperson of the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Catholic Council, Pope Francis has recalled John Paul II’s words to indigenous Australians, urging them to never lose their identity nor tradition.
President of Uniting Church in Australia, Stuart McMillan, is the latest faith leader to sign the COP 22 Interfaith Climate Statement, which urges the reduction of emissions and increased investment of renewable energy.