US College becomes first in nation to offer interfaith major

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Students at Elizabethtown College in Pennsylvania will be the first in the country to major in interfaith leadership studies. The major, which includes coursework in religion, as well as business, political science, sociology and biology, is aimed at attracting students interested in pursuing careers in ministry, as well as community development, government and service organizations.

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The Role of Religions and the Sustainable Development Goals

William F Vendley

Religious communities know that persons and communities are inseparable. This means that true sustainable development must engage both persons and their communities. We ignore this profound reciprocity at our peril. To nourish and strengthen vital communities, religions advance social virtues like trust, seeking the common good and an abiding sense of responsibility for others animated by unrestricted Love and Compassion. Again, these social virtues help generate what economist have begun to call the "social capital" essential for development, William F. Vendley said at the UN Special Event on World Interfaith Harmony: Multi-religious Partnership for Sustainable Development.

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What next for interfaith partnerships and human development?

Katherine Marshall at the United Nations

The interfaith movement is a rich mosaic of efforts, ranging from theological discourse to practical coalitions. Some interreligious harmony work is built on ethereal, ethical, and theological foundations. And some is grounded in an earthy, urgent common interest or in response to a crisis or threat, said Katherine Marshall to the UN Special Event on World Interfaith Harmony: Multi-religious Partnership for Sustainable Development.

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Queensland: Islam, Extremism and Australian Muslims

Assoc Prof Mohamad Abdalla was invited to present his views on the topic of the radicalization of Muslim youth to Queensland Government officials.

He told his audience that he was speaking to them as "a Muslim who loves his faith and community, an academic who is very familiar with the literature, a leader who knows his community very well, and an Australian who loves this country and its people, and who, since 9/11 has been engaged extensively in building bridges of understanding."

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Together For Humanity Report on 2014 Activity

Together for Humanity is a multi-faith not-for-profit organisation that is helping schools, organisations and communities to respond effectively to differences of culture and belief. We do this by bringing students, teachers and those in the community into contact with people from diverse backgrounds in an open, supportive and enjoyable setting – this inspires interest, empathy and understanding as well as questioning existing prejudices and encouraging greater appreciation of others as people.

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Special Religious Instruction Training

Religions for Peace Australia held compulsory training for SRI volunteers on 7, 8, 9 February and 3 March 2015, in accordance with the new requirements of the Department of Education and Training in regard to their accreditation.

Conducted by Prof Des Cahill, Chairperson of Religions for Peace Australia, the training covered the following areas: -

  • Ministerial Direction 141
  • Agreement for the accreditation of SRI trainers and volunteers and accompanying implementation policy, such as those relating to Human Rights and Responsibilities, diversity, supporting sexual diversity in schools, gender identity, duty of care, and policies in regard to volunteers and visitors, excursions and activities and social media.
  • Ethical responsibilities for the duty of care for students and the overall policy of the Victorian education department.

Seventy-four SRI volunteers attended from the Baha’i, Buddhist, Greek Orthodox, Hindu and Sikh communities.

Religions for Peace

Religions for Peace

2015 Parliament of Religions

parliament of the world's religions 2015

The 2015 Parliament of the World's Religions will be held in Salt Lake City, Utah, October 15 - 19th. Click here to read more.

Multifaith Education Australia

SRI Victoria

The Recent Victorian Education Department Ministerial Direction №141 requires the posting of instruction program materials for Special Religious Instruction in Victoria to the public domain so that parents may overview the instruction program. Program materials will be posted to Multifaith Education Australia, the new website for Special Religious Instruction (and multifaith education) in Australia. This website is administered by Religions for Peace Australia under its contractural requirements with the Victorian Department of Education and Early Childhood Development. SRI Instruction Program Content is found on this website here

The Golden Rule

Golden Rule, Australian Version

An Australian Version of the Golden Rule Poster is available

Multifaith Australia - Reimaging our Common Future

Reimagining Our Common Future

Religions for Peace Australia, with RMIT Chaplaincy, present Multifaith Australia – Reimagining Our Common Future public lecture by Religions for Peace for World Interfaith Harmony Week. Watch a video of this lecture by Prof. Joe Camillerie and the response by Maria Vamvakinou, MP.

Offer a Meal Movement

Offer a Meal

Religions for Peace Australia invites you to join the worldwide Offer a Meal Movement – a movement which skips a meal a couple of times a month in solidarity with–and prayer for –those suffering from hunger, extreme poverty or violent conflict.

G20 Interfaith Summit: Religious Freedom and Economic Development

G20 Interfaith Summit

Griffith University Centre for Interfaith & Cultural Dialogue held the first G20 Interfaith Summit on the Gold Coast during the weekend of November 16 - 18. This Interfaith Summit explored Religious Freedom and Economic Development.

An archive of all presentations at the G20 Interfaith Summit can be found here.

Interaction

Interaction

Affliated with Religions for Peace Australia, InterAction is Interfaith Youth building a generation-wide movement of young people. Inspired by individual spiritual traditions, InterAction works together to build a better world. Visit Interaction

Anti Racism

Racism, it stops with Me

Religions for Peace has partnered with the Australian Human Rights Commission Anti Racism Strategy

9th World Assembly

Religions for Peace

The 9th World Assembly of Religions for Peace was held in Vienna during November, 2013. Theme Papers and Resources are available.