Meditation Matters

Meditation Matters

Religions for Peace Australia is supporting and participating in the Meditation Matters event on August 7.

An initiative of the Buddhist Council of Victoria Interfaith, Meditation Matters is a one day, multi-faith collaboration of 15 renowned presenters sharing their insights and knowledge on meditation.

Prepare to immerse yourself in vast cultural and faith diversity!

This free event, supported by the Victorian Multicultural Commission, will be an unforgettable and rewarding experience in meditation.

For More information, visit Meditation Matters

Source: Mediation Matters

Photo Credit: Buddhist Council of Victoria (Interfaith)

Festival of Refugees

The 2011 Festival of Refugees will be held on Sunday August 21st at the St Kilda Town Hall. Religions for Peace Australia are collaborating in providing this event. Book your tickets now through the VCC Office. 9650 4511. Download the Flyer. This is one of the best events on the calendar for supporters of refugees and asylum seekers. It brings together the energy and joy of refugees and the organising skills of the Victorian Council of Churches and Act for Peace.

May 2011

14th May 2011

Dear RfP Members,

Greetings! I trust that this message of our 2010-11 activities finds you all well.

This past year has, as in previous years, been a very busy one for the Religions for Peace Australia (RfP Australia) with some significant achievements as the Australian interfaith movement has grown and diversified since the 2009 Melbourne Parliament of the World’s Religions. A pleasing feature has been the re-invigoration of our executive committee with some younger, talented and committed members – Dr. Anna Halafoff has become our deputy chairperson, recently completing her Ph.D. thesis on the world interfaith movement, Netpeace: Multifaith Movements and Common Security while our new secretary, Sue Ennis, who has almost completed her doctoral thesis on Religion, Spirituality and the Refugee Experience, has become our hardworking secretary.

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April, 2010

28th April, 2010

Dear RfP Members,

Greetings again! The Parliament of the World’s Religions is over! Four years of hard work by many, many people in Melbourne, in Chicago and across the world have been completed. It is fair to say that everyone who attended, even if for only a day, came away enthused, inspired and informed. It is also fair to say that the end of the Parliament left many people tired – it took a lot out of most people, including myself. Only now are we really beginning to focus on the future.

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April 2008

30th April, 2008

Dear Members,

Greetings! Since my last communication with you, we have very much become an electronic network. I hope that you are getting all the emails that our hard-working secretary, Jo Elvins, has been forwarding to you, particularly those from our New York headquarters. They reflect the scope of WCRP’s work and the various statements made by religious leaders in response to global and local issues. If you are not receiving these emails, please let Jo know.

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Worldwide Links

Religions for Peace

The website of World Conference of Religions for Peace


Religions for Peace is the largest international coalition of representatives from the world’s great religions dedicated to promoting peace.

Respecting religious differences while celebrating our common humanity, Religions for Peace is active on every continent and in some of the most troubled areas of the world, creating multi-religious partnerships to confront our most dire issues: stopping war, ending poverty, and protecting the earth.

Religious communities are the largest and best-organized civil institutions in the world, claiming the allegiance of billions across race, class, and national divides. These communities have particular cultural understandings, infrastructures, and resources to get help where it is needed most.

Religions for Peace – Restoring Dignity!

Restoring Dignity, an initiative of Religions for Peace


Restoring Dignity is a global initiative of Religions for Peace designed to introduce the issue of violence against women as a fundamental challenge of peace making. The new website offers users interactive ways to engage in the initiative, including signing a pledge, sending an e-card, making a donations, designing a poster and/or an e-card, as well as resources for offline actions and activities such as holding an interfaith retreat and supporting survivors. To learn more about the initiative, or take action please visit .

Religions for Peace – Arms Down!

The Arms Down! website of World Conference of Religions for Peace


Religions for Peace – Arms Down! is a world-wide campaign for shared security, promoting the abolitioin of nuclear and conventional weapons. There is a signatory, and over 20 million signatures have been collected to date.

Religions for Peace – Relief

The Relief website of World Conference of Religions for Peace


Religions for Peace – Relief is an emergency appeal website for disaster affected regions around the world. The Secretary-General, Dr William F. Vendley explains the many relief efforts undertaken by Religions for Peace Worldwide.

Religions for Peace – USA

The USA website of World Conference of Religions for Peace


Religions for Peace – USA is the largest representative interreligious collaboration in the United States. At RFP-USA, we seek to translate deeply held and widely shared values into concrete multi-religious action through programming initiatives with three foci:

  • Championing diversity
  • Building community
  • Mentoring emerging leaders

For RFP-USA, peace and justice are the motivation, process, and outcome of our efforts. As an educational, information-gathering organization, RFP-USA brings leaders together, facilitating the development of new relationships between communities while strengthening the connections that already exist. RFP-USA is trusted advisor: a collaborative organization with a body of knowledge it is eager to share—ready to serve as a consultant and guide for corporations, agencies, and civic organizations working on matters of diversity and inclusion.

Religions for Peace – European Council of Religious Leaders

The European Council of Religious Leaders Website of World Conference of Religions for Peace


Religions for Peace – European Council of Religious Leaders is one of five regional Interreligious Councils (IRCs) within the Religions for Peace network. The European Council of Religious Leaders brings together senior religious leaders from Europe’s historical religions: Judaism, Christianity and Islam together with Buddhists, Hindus, Sikhs and Zoroastrians. The Council was founded in Oslo in 2002.

Religions for Peace – UK

The UK Website of World Conference of Religions for Peace


Religions for Peace – UK envisions ~

a world of justice,
a world at peace,
a world in harmony.
We seek a world where people of distinct religious communities live together in respect, acceptance and mutual support, creating paths to peace. We are working to help prevent conflict and war and to help create justice, peace and harmony, here in the UK, in Europe, and across the world.
You can help build a better world.

Religione per la Pace – sezione italiana

The Italian Website of World Conference of Religions for Peace


Religione per la Pace – sezione italiana informs you that the goals the Conference has, are: In addition to international organizations, along with many other movements, it takes up work to promote, within our humanity, a peaceful and fair co-existence based on mutual respect and a better distribution of resources of the earth, through a commitment to peace education and dialogue, the dissemination of the ideals of brotherhood and reconciliation, along with promoting disarmament and cooperation between peoples.

(Italian language website)

Religions for Peace – Deutschland

The German Website of World Conference of Religions for Peace


Religions for Peace – Deutschland informs you about the interfaith work in the framework of the German Department of the (World Conference), Religions for Peace. Situated in 13 different cities in Germany with local groups participating in inter-religious dialogue with full respect for the autonomy of individual religions and their members. The foundation of the peace work of the RFP is awareness of each other, understanding each other and dialogue.

(German language website)

CMRP – France

The France Website of World Conference of Religions for Peace


Conférence Mondiale Religions pour la Paix is an association created in 1986, bringing together members of major religious traditions established in France and whose goal is to work on the encounter between religions, and to collaborate with other actors of civil society , with the objective of peace, solidarity, living together and mutual knowledge.

(French language website)

WCRP Belgium

The Belgium Website of World Conference of Religions for Peace


Belgian Conference WCRP has Belgian and Dutch content and an extensive listing of both the Belgian Women of Faith and the European Women of Faith Networks. Dual language site, Dutch and French.

Religions for Peace – Asia

The Arms Down! websiteof World Conference of Religions for Peace


Religions for Peace – Asia declares Asia accounts for one third of the world continent and half of the global population and is the home of many outstanding civilizations, including those of ancient Mesopotamia, and the Indus and Yellow river valley. Judaism, Hinduism, Buddhism, Christianity and Islam all originated in Asia. ACRP has the mission of using Asia’s spiritual talent to serve as model in showing the rest of the world what it means to live in harmony, and to bring out the best of our human nature.

The aims and aspirations of ACRP are to re-vitalize Asian religious heritage and to promote a creative and critical awareness of religious people in Asia in pursuit of peace, justice and human dignity; and, to motivate the people of Asia and the Pacific region to make concerted efforts in promoting peace.

Religions for Peace – Asia-Pacific Youth Network

The Arms Down! website of World Conference of Religions for Peace


Religions for Peace – Asia-Pacific Youth Network embraces unique opportunities for conflict transformation and peacebuilding in that it is one of our world’s most diverse multi-religious regions. With populations that embrace Buddhism, Confucianism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Indigenous spiritual traditions, Sikhism, and Taoism, this diversity offers possibilities to align its strengths in progress towards peace. In each zone of conflict in Asia, there exist religious communities playing needed roles in conflict transformation at various stages of conflict. Religion’s ability to unite communities and bring people together must be tapped if we are to move towards a sustainable future and transcend violent conflict. With sustained efforts, intractable conflicts can be transformed into areas of cooperative coexistence.

Religions for Peace – Philippines

The Arms Down! website of World Conference of Religions for Peace


Religions for Peace -Philippines seeks to engage the multireligious leaders at the various levels of peace building issues and action; to vitalize the diverse cultural and religious Filipino heritage in pursuit of peace; to provide capacity building programs on healing and reconciliation to various peace stake holders; and, to implement global and local programs and activities of Religions for Peace

Indonesian Conference on Religion and Peace

The Indoensian Conference on Religion and Peace Website


Indonesian Conference on Religion and Peace (ICRP) is a legally incorporated foundation which is non-sectarian, non-profit, non-governmental, independent and engaged in interfaith dialogue of religions. Founded and led by interfaith leaders, ICRP is trying to spread the tradition of dialogue in the development of religious activity in and the humanist and pluralist homeland of Indonesia.

(Bahasya Indonesia and English text website)


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