Following on with the success of "A Common Word between Us and You" is A Common Word Among Youth. This is a program fostered by the Right Start Foundation International which offers placements for youth between 18 - 35 to participate in training for initiating change and translating international issues into local community activities.
The globe’s largest and oldest interfaith gathering, Parliament of the World’s Religions will be held in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA, in 15 - 19 October 2015.
The Australian Multicultural Council was commissioned by the Australian Government to examine aspects of Social Cohesion in Australia, and the role of interfaith dialogue in building and maintaining social cohesion. This report examines social cohesion, religion, national engagement in Interfaith Dialogue, and opportunities for strengthening interfaith dialogue. The various topics of roundtable discussion were - inter alia - Interfaith sector and social cohesion, Interfaith and anti-racism, Interfaith education and Inclusion in interfaith dialogue.
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.
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.
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: -
Seventy-four SRI volunteers attended from the Baha’i, Buddhist, Greek Orthodox, Hindu and Sikh communities.
It may not be something we like to think about but new government data reveals what our leading causes of death are.
For people over 45 years it remains chronic disease, but suicide is the biggest killer of Australians aged between 15 and 44.
Lifeline says the stigma around suicide remains the biggest challenge for support services.
The next SoFiA Conference will be held at Twin Towns Resort, Coolangatta, over the weekend 22 to 24 May 2015. The conference theme will be 'Religion in Education: Children, Ethics, Faith and Meaning’.