A single beige demountable fitted with not much more than an air conditioner, a few chairs, and a patchwork of woven mats turned to face Mecca has become an outback symbol of religious hope. The Good Shepherd Catholic church in the remote Queensland mining town of Mount Isa has offered space in its parish building to the local Islamic community for use as a prayer room.
The al-Ghazzali Centre of Brisbane in collaboration with Griffith Centre for Interfaith and Cultural Dialogue will host a two day educational event, Alchemy of Wellbeing – a 2 Day Counsel on the Ethical and Spritual Wellbeing of Body & Mind, Heart & Soul on the weekend of 5 – 6 November at Griffith University.
The alliance of religious progressives in Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific Common Dreams International Conference: Progressive Spirituality – New Directions in Brisbane, 16 – 19 September, 2016.
Creators of Peace is an international women’s initiative empowering women to be radical peacebuilders. It aims to engage women in their role as creators of peace at every level of society; to pre-empt violence and despair by addressing the roots of conflict in and around us; to encourage and connect existing ‘peace builders’ and to build just, caring and inclusive communities for all. An introduction to Creators of Peace Circles will be offered at Inala Community Hall on Saturday, July 23.
With the month of Ramadan now underway, we asked some of the burning questions you might have about the holy month.
What is Ramadan?
Ramadan is the fasting month for Muslims. It falls in the ninth month of the Islamic calendar and is one of the five pillars of Islam.
Participants fast during daylight, and generally eat a meal before sunrise and after sunset, called suhoor and iftar.
The end of Ramadan Eid ul Fitr is marked with a large celebration.
Toowoomba’s Mosque was badly burned last year by arsonists. Plans are afoot to rebuild the mosque and make it larger so it may accommodate more worshippers. These plans are welcomed by the community in Toowoomba.
Queensland Responds to Paris attacks The Islamic Council of Queensland (ICQ) extends its condolences to the victims of the mindless violence perpetrated on innocent people in Paris. We would like to express our sympathy to all the victims of terrorism across the world including the victims of attacks in Kabul and Beirut.
A National Day of Unity incorporating the National Mosque Open Day and Walk Together events took place in Brisbane on Saturday 31 October, designed to “celebrate diversity, encourage mutual respect and foster positive relationships between people of all faiths, ethnicities and backgrounds.
The Queensland Synod Interfaith Relationships Committee and the Pureland Buddhist Centre joined forces in Toowoomba at the Middle Ridge Uniting Church to present the work of two organisations working to enrich their communities.