Armenian Church: Online Lecture Evening

Armenian Church: Online Lecture EveningThe Diocese of the Armenian Church of Australia and New Zealand invites you to an online lecture by His Grace Bishop Daniel. The topic for the Bishop’s talk is Historical Background of the Coptic Orthodox Church, Current Challenges & Its Relationship With The Armenian Apostolic Church. This online talk will take place on evening of Wednesday 28 September 2022, 7.00 pm

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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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Queen Elizabeth and Interfaith Activity

Queen with Sikhs

On this day – 22 September 2022 – when Australia pauses for the National Memorial Service to honour Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II – we look to the activity of Queen Elizabeth and other faiths.

Based on her Christian faith, the Queen encouraged dialogue and tolerance among different Christian churches and with other religions as well. This is especially true of the two oldest faiths in Great Britain: Catholicism and Judaism.

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Tasmania – September 2022

Tasmania – September 2022

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Greetings of peace and many good wishes for the month of September.

As an interfaith network, we join in the global commiserations on the death on 7 September of Queen Elizabeth as the titular head of the Church of England, a leader who embodied her faith.

September is also a special month because of the UN International Day of Peace coming up on 21 September 2022. There will be a special gathering to honour the Day of Peace.

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International Day of Peace ~ 21 September

2022 Theme: End racism. Build peace. Each year the International Day of Peace is observed around the world on 21 September. The UN General Assembly has declared this as a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, through observing 24 hours of non-violence and cease-fire.

But achieving true peace entails much more than laying down arms. It requires the building of societies where all members feel that they can flourish. It involves creating a world in which people are treated equally, regardless of their race.

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Tokyo Peace Roundtable, the first of a series

Rfp JapanReligions for Peace International and Religions for Peace Japan are pleased to share an invitation to join The Tokyo Peace Roundtable, the first in a series Beyond War and Towards Reconciliation: Convening Multi-Religious Peace Roundtables, bringing together faith leaders, policy makers, and representatives of civil society as part of an effort to expedite the cessation of violence, facilitate reconciliation, and restore peace in war-affected countries.

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Kazakhstan interreligious congress adopts declaration calling religious pluralism ‘God’s will’

Kazakhstan interreligious congress

The interreligious congress in which Pope Francis participated this week in Kazakhstan adopted a declaration calling religious pluralism an expression “of the wisdom of God’s will in creation.”

The 35-point declaration was “adopted by the majority of the delegates” of the Seventh Congress of the Leaders of World and Traditional Religions Sept. 15 in the capital city of Nur-Sultan.

Pope Francis participated in the opening and closing ceremonies of the interreligious summit during his Sept. 13–15 visit to the Central Asian country.

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Religion, Peace and the Moral Issues of Fully Autonomous Weapons

Australian QuakersAustralian Quakers – in collaboration with Safe Ground, Religions for Peace Australia, United Religions Initiative, Pax Christi, the Multifaith Assocation of South Australia and the Canberra Interfaith Forum – will host an event on 22 September 2022 (in person and online) presenting the Australian Interfaith Response to the use of autonomous weapons – otherwise known as Killer Robots.

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Indian-born Community may help create a cohesive multi-cultural and multi-faith society

Indian-born Community may help create a cohesive multi-cultural and multi-faith societyIn addressing the impact of Covid on International Students from India, Religions for Peace President Prof. Des Cahill said, “Indian born community and its leaders now have a greater responsibility for creating and continuing to create a cohesive multi-cultural and multi-faith society” at the Annual General Meeting of IndianCare on Sunday, 11 September 2022.

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Statement by the Archbishop of Canterbury on the Death of Her Majesty The Queen

Archbishop of Canterbury, Most Rev. Justin Welby with Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II
Archbishop of Canterbury, Most Rev. Justin Welby with Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Most Rev. Justin Welby, writes on occasion of the passing of Queen Elizabeth II.

It is with profound sadness that I join the nation, the Commonwealth and the world in mourning the death of Her Late Majesty The Queen. My prayers are with The King and the Royal Family. May God draw near them and comfort them in the days, weeks and months ahead.

As we grieve together, we know that, in losing our beloved Queen, we have lost the person whose steadfast loyalty, service and humility has helped us make sense of who we are through decades of extraordinary change in our world, nation and society.

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Cardinal Nichols recalls Christian faith of Queen Elizabeth II

Christian faith of Queen Elizabeth IIAs messages of condolence and remembrance on the death of Queen Elizabeth II continue to flood in from around the world, the Vatican News Service interviews Cardinal Vincent Nichols, the Archbishop of Westminster, drew attention to the Queen’s personal faith – an aspect of her life that is sometimes overlooked.

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Australian Bureau of Statistics to consult on religious classifications

The Australian Bureau of Statistics has started consultation on a major review of data it collects on religions.

 

The Religion Question

The ABS undertakes regular reviews of standards to ensure questions reflect the changing nature of Australian society. According to the ABS, Although the Australian Standard Classification of Religious Groups (ASCRG) was updated in 2016, it still reflects the original 1996 version based on the social environment in Australia at that time.

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USCIRF Condemns Crackdown on Religious Minorities in Iran

United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF)Washington, D.C. – The United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) today condemned the Iranian government’s increased crackdown on religious minorities in the country. In recent weeks, Iran has arrested scores of Baha’is and raided their homes and destroyed Baha’i houses in Mazandaran province.

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