We Cannot Ignore Buddhist Extremism

Blindfold: does it mean ignoring issues?Asserting the neutrality of Buddhism will not make alt-right and extremist Buddhist worldviews go away. What is needed instead is for there to be dialogue amongst Buddhist communities to acknowledge the values they wish to uphold—and, importantly, to clarify the values that go against the Buddha’s teachings.

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From Hiroshima, UN chief calls for global nuclear disarmament

UN Secretary-General António Guterres

It is totally unacceptable for states in possession of nuclear weapons to admit the possibility of a nuclear war, António Guterres underscored early on Saturday in Japan at a ceremony marking the 77th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima.

Nuclear weapons are nonsense. Three-quarters of a century later, we must ask what we’ve learned from the mushroom cloud that swelled above this city in 1945”, he urged during the solemn event at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park attended by dozens of people, including hibakusha, young peace activists, Japan’s Prime Minister and other local authorities.

The UN Secretary-General warned that a new arms race is picking up speed and world leaders are enhancing stockpiles at a cost of hundreds of billions of dollars with almost 13,000 nuclear weapons currently held in arsenals around the world.

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Tackling Human-Trafficking in Asia: Challenges and Best Practices

Tackling Human-Trafficking in AsiaThe Asia Pacific Women of Faith Network has been attending the issue of human trafficking as one of its program objectives. Human trafficking is at its highest in Asia and Oceania regions. An online seminar examining this issue will be held on Thursday, September 29th, 2022. There will be plenary and breakout sessions.

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Remembering Hiroshima

Antonio Gueterres at Hiroshima Day 2022“Nuclear weapons are nonsense. Three-quarters of a century later, we must ask what we’ve learned from the mushroom cloud that swelled above this city in 1945”, the United Nations Secretary General Antonio Gueterres urged during the solemn event at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park attended by dozens of people, including hibakusha, young peace activists, Japan’s Prime Minister and other local authorities.

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South Australia: Hiroshima and Nagasaki Memorial

Genbaku DomeThe Peace Foundation and the Romero Community of Adelaide conducted a Hiroshima and Nagasaki Memorial in the Peace Park, War Memorial Drive, Adelaide, on Hiroshima Day 2022. Religions for Peace Chair / President, Multifaith Assoc. South Australia Philippa Rowland participated and led two prayers at this event.

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Joint Interfaith Statement to the Tenth Review Conference of the Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT)

RfPA Green LogoReligions for Peace Australia has endorsed the Joint Interfaith Statement to the Tenth Review Conference of the Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT). The statement will also be read at an interfaith vigil coordinated by the URI Voices for a World Free of Nuclear Weapons on Friday, 5 August at 2pm EDT. It will take place at the Tillman Chapel at the Church Center for the UN, and also via zoom.

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Canberra: Ancient Wisdom, Modern Solutions

Brahma Kumaris Australia

Charlie Hogg, National Director of Brahma Kumaris Australia will give one talk on how the ancient wisdom from India can help us find solutions to modern problems at the Larry Sitsky Recital Hall, ANU, on evening of 5 August 2022 from 6:00pm.

This programme has been postponed.”Ancient Wisdom Modern Solutions” lead performer for this programme has COVID and so we are postponing this programme. We will let you know the details about this programme in future which is likely to be in warmer months.

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NUCLEAR PRAYER DAY ~ AUGUST 6, 2022

United Religions Initiative

On August 6, 1945, at 8:15 AM, the first atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima, Japan. Since then, the potential for nuclear catastrophe has grown to an unimaginable scale.

This August 6th, the 77th anniversary of that horrific tragedy, people around the world will be joining with Voices – United Religions Initiativeworldwide – in prayer for a future free from the threat of nuclear weapons. Many will be praying on August 6th, but also all weekend long.

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Statement to the Tenth Review Conference of Parties to the Treaty on the Non-proliferation of Nuclear Weapons

United Nations / United Nations Platform for Nuclear-Weapon-Free ZonesReligions for Peace Australia actively seeks peace in Australia and worlwide: peace between faith communities and religions, and peace between nations. We believe that preventing – and seeking prevention of – multiplying and construction of nuclear weapons is critical to the well-being of all people who live on our only home – Planet Earth. With this purpose – central to our Religions for Peace purpose – we have signed the Statement to the Tenth Review Conference of Parties to the Treaty on the Non-proliferation of Nuclear Weapons.

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Faith Communities Supporting Healthy Family Relationships

Faith Communities Supporting Healthy Family Relationships

From 2018-20, Multicultural Centre for Women’s Health was proud to partner with University of Melbourne to deliver a Participatory Action Research project called ‘Faith Communities Supporting Healthy Family Relationships.’

The project was established by the Multifaith Advisory Group (MAG) based on recommendations 163 and 165 of the Victorian Royal Commission into Family Violence, and funded by the Department of Premier and Cabinet’s Multicultural Affairs Unit.

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A new mosque in northern Tasmania is helping attract young professionals to the region

Israa Abdalla

Regional areas have long struggled to attract and retain professionals, especially those with culturally diverse backgrounds.

A new mosque in Launceston is encouraging Muslim migrants to lay down roots in the regions.

Australia’s Muslim population has almost doubled in the past decade.

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Protect our planet with your superannuation

Australian Religious Response to Climate Change logoIs your Superannuation fuelling global warming by funding coal, oil & gas projects? Come and share, learn and discuss what actions we can take. You are invited to attend our free multifaith groups by registering for one of these free 90-minute online Australian Religious Response to Climate Change workshops about SUPERANNUATION on Thursday 11th August 2022.

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Australians reject discrimination that is based on religious belief

No right to discriminateAnalysis of the recent census results on religion and religous observance in Australia, new understandings have arisen regarding discrimination based on religious belief. The Australian Cooperative Election Survey (ACES) is a collaborative project involving Australian universities that used YouGov panel data and methodologies to study the 2022 federal election, has provided an analysis of the data, published in The Conversation.

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Vatican commits to Paris Agreement

Vatican commits to Paris AgreementThe news that the Holy See will be joining the Paris Agreement indicates that the Vatican will be stepping up its climate diplomacy. The Holy See has announced that, on 6 July, its Permanent Observer at the United Nations ‘deposited before the Secretary-General of the United Nations the Instrument with which the Holy See, in the name and on behalf of Vatican City State, accesses to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)’. The announcement continued that the Holy See would be acceding to the Paris Agreement as soon as that treaty’s ‘legal requirements’ allow.

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Christians in Jerusalem

President Joseph BidenAfter being received by representatives of the churches managing the Church of Nativity in Bethlehem on 15 July, President Joseph Biden was accompanied on a short tour to the site of the birth of Christ, where he was awaited by Patriarch Theophilos III, the Custos Father Patton, and the Armenian Orthodox Patriarch Norahan Manugian, all of whom took Biden on a tour and exchanged discussion with him in the presence of a number of Palestinian officials.

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