Indigenous Reconciliation and Faith: Walk Alongside to Build Religious Inclusivity and Acceptance

Indigenous CrucifixAt the Annual General Meeting of Religions for Peace Australia (6 June 2021), Indigenous Woman Dr Anne Patel-Gray gave one talk about her work Walk Alongside to Build Religious Inclusivity and Acceptance and – as a Christian theologian and Doctor of Theology – told that Australia is not longer exclusively a Christian country but is now a multicultural and multifaith nation. The road forward for religions in Australia is an Interfaith road. In this article, we bring you the video of Dr Anne Pattel-Gray’s talk, and an overview of her work,What is Walk Alongside?

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Vaccination for the Common Good

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Religions for Peace Australia gives one message about the Common Good and the need for vaccination, in order to protect the entire community we call home. We understand vaccine hesitancy. People have various reasons for being hesitant. However, for the Common Good of the Australian community, as your interfaith leaders we want to encourage you all to be vaccinated as soon as possible, each one of us. We urge all faith leaders to take action and promote the Common Good.

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Leading Faith Communities in Difficult Times

Leading Faith Communities in Difficult Times The Pandemic – and lockdown – have presented both religious leaders and faith communities with challenges, particularly with delivery of normal religious observances when faith communities were barred from meeting in common due Covid-Safe restrictions applied by the various states and territory administrations. Here, Religious for Peace Australia gives one video of leading faith communities in difficult times.

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Multifaith and Interfaith History of Australia

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Religions for Peace Australia presents an overview of the Multifaith and Interfaith History of Australia, delivered by Emeritus Professor Desmond P. Cahill, OAM. This presentation commences with the history of the Macassans visiting Australia and their interactions with indigenous peoples. Colonialisation and European settlement and the dismissal of indigenous presence and spirituality in this land is related.

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Mental Health and Covid-19

Religions for Peace LogoReligions for Peace Australia has produced a series of video outlining issues around Covid 19 and multifaith matters. In this video, Rev. Chris Parnell, Interfaith Minister, gives an overview of mental health issues, faith and spirituality addressing mental health and references a simple strategy and further resources for mental health.

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Racism in times of Covid-19

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Religions for Peace Australia presents Racism in times of Covid-19, an account of racism and extremism in times of pandemic. This video – delivered by Emeritus Professor Desmond Cahill, OAM, touches on many bases and causes of racism generally, in addition to addressing far-right extremism in Australia, which has undoubtedly contributed to this issue.

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Tibetan Buddhist Email Spam (Scam)

SpamA group of disaffected Tibetan Buddhist followers are spamming religion and spirituality websites in Australia with a so-called TEDX talk by a geshe. The Office of the Dalai Lama has rebuffed the behaviour of this geshe. The email addresses are all spoofed, meaning the mails are sent via a contact form on a website and action cannot be taken against the sender for anti-social behaviour. Recipients are urged to take action against the senders.

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Peace in The Age of Chaos: The Best Solution for a Sustainable Future

Peace in The Age of Chaos Book CoverThe much-anticipated book by renowned businessman, global philanthropist and peacebuilder, Steve Killelea, A.M., offers a new and accessible understanding of peace: one that is measureable, resilient and above all, achievable in a time of chaos.

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Canberra: International Day of Yoga events

International Day of Yoga - United Nations LogoIntegrated Cultures ACT Inc. & High Commission of India, Canberra are organizing a series of weekly talks by Yoga practitioners and teachers. This week webinar talk is on ‘Yoga for Face, greater confidence’  by Ms.Elena Amani -Founder & Director of Yoga for Posture – 12th June 2021, 1:30pm. 19 June at 1pm, the talk will be on Yoga Marga. The role of practice in the path of Yoga, by Alan Goode.

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International Day of Yoga – Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide

International Day of Yoga - United Nations LogoInternational Yoga Day is celebrated worldwide on 21 June of each year. Yoga is an ancient tradition which has many applications. Individuals practice yoga all over the world, and gain benefit the asana poses and excercises bestow. Other forms of yoga still the mind within, and grant inner peace and stillness. The United Nations proclaimed International Day of Yoga in 2014. The day is growing in popularity each year. This year there will be observances with social distancing in Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide

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“Anti-racist in Christ?” Online event will consider Christian repentance, action

Clergy against racismThe World Council of Churches and the Council for World Mission, from 14-17 June, will present online the ecumenical event “Anti-racist in Christ? Ecumenical Christian Repentance, Reflection and Action on Racial Discrimination and Xenophobia.”

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Interfidei (Indonesia) 30 years anniversary

Interfidei (Indonesia) 30 years anniversaryInterfidei invites you to their 30th Anniversary event, the Second Webinar Series “Sharing Interfaith Experiences” with the Indonesia Interfaith Network. Simultaneous Indonesian/English interpreters will be provided. This webinar will be held on Thursday, 17 June 2021 at 19:00 hrs Indonesian time.

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Domestic abuse more prevalent among Anglican churchgoers, new report finds

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A landmark report has found the incidence of domestic abuse is greater amongst Anglicans in Australia than the general population.

The report, commissioned by the Anglican church, also found that perpetrators used Biblical teachings to justify abuse, and that those who attended church regularly were more likely to have been in an abusive relationship than those who didn’t.

Despite this, the research — which includes surveys on prevalence, clergy and survivors in Anglican communities — showed almost nine out of 10 victims of domestic violence did not seek help from their church.

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