New South Wales has made changes to the numbers allowed to populate a place of worship, excluding Weddings and Funerals. In Victoria, Premier Dan Andrews has hinted at futher exemptions being made available from Sunday, 25 October 2020.
A former editor of Christianity Today writes about the unfolding cult by name QAnon. Among QAnon’s most troubling aspects are its misuse of the Bible to disguise its deception and its increasing function as a syncretic cult of semi-Christian heresy.
We hope that everything is going well for you, your families and your communities! My apologies for the lateness and the abbreviation of this RfP Tas Newsletter. I’ve only been able to include information which I’ve been able to receive. My email is having issues, as they say, and bouncing everything back at the moment. I’m very sorry if this has happened to emails from you.
Our event for Religions for Peace Tasmania branch in October will be to join in with the Religions for Peace Australia Prayers for the Nation, which will be held by Zoom on Sunday 18 October 2020 at 5.00pm. Religious leaders from many faiths around Australia will be offering prayers. Kris Schaffer from Tasmania will be offering thoughts from our First Nation People’s perspective.
The Asian Conference of Religions for Peace (RfPA is an affiliate of this group) program for Asia-Pacific Consultation on Women, Faith, and Diplomacy starts 12 noon -15.30 Tokyo time October 23rd Friday and 24th Saturday. This means it starts at 2 pm in Melbourne, Sydney and Adelaide. The program is open to anyone to attend.
This book addresses the need to develop a holistic approach to countering violence that integrates notions of peace, justice and care of the Earth. It will be launched online on Tuesday, 27 Oct 2020, 6:00 PM AEDT. You are invited to join the release of this important book, to be launched by Dr Vandana Shiva and Prof Richard Falk.
Religions for Peace is partnering with the Foundation Peace Dialogue of the World Religions and Civil Society (Ring for Peace) to deliver the first international Assembly on Women, Faith and Diplomacy, which will be convened from 10-13 November 2020.
The Council of Christians and Jews (Vic) presents the Annual Sr. Shirley Sedawie Oration, which will be delivered by the Dr. Debbie Weissman on the topic of Reflections on Living Through Difficult Times Online, on Sunday 18 October from 4:00PM AEDT.
For individual Christians and other people of faith in Australia concerned about the environmental impact of their investments, and who would like find out more about how the banks and Super funds invest their funds, assistance is available from Market Forces, an affiliate project of the Friends of the Earth Australia.
VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Pope Francis on Saturday urged people to pull investments from companies that are not committed to protecting the environment, adding his voice to calls for the economic model that emerges from the coronavirus pandemic to be a sustainable one.
The Womens International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) Tasmanian Branch invites you, your family and friends, to a Soup and Sandwich luncheon on Friday 4 December 2020 (12.30-2.30 pm) to celebrate the Centenary of our Branch of WILPF Australia and Human Right’s Week.
On May 26 2017, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander delegates presented the Uluru Statement from the Heart to the Australian people. This followed 13 First Nations Regional Dialogues that deliberated on the proposals put forward by the Referendum Council and the four-day First Nations National Constitutional Convention at Uluru.
The Uluru Statement from the Heart represents a historic consensus of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in seeking constitutional change to enable a Voice to Parliament in the Constitution.
From the Heart is a campaign to engage Australians about why an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Voice to Parliament enabled by the Constitution is a fair and practical change, and how it will unify our nation.
Religions for Peace is forming a partnership with FaithInvest. FaithInvest is an international non-profit organisation that assists faith groups to invest in line with their beliefs and values. The organisation’s aim is to support the rapidly developing movement of faiths actively using their investments to create a better world – for people and planet.
The goal of this new partnership is to share ways of developing environmental aid, and one of the ways to support the achievement of Religions for Peace’s strategic priorities 2020-2025 can be through FaithInvest’s Faith Long-term Plans. The collaboration will drive multi-faith investment for multi-faith efforts, and to grow the scale and impact of faith-consistent investment. This partnership advances Religions for Peace’s strategic plan 2020-2025 and actively supports the United Nations’s COP26 efforts
Faith for Earth – A Call for Action was launched at the Faith for Nature: Multi-Faith Action Conference 5-8 October 2020, which was hosted by the Government of Iceland. This book is an interfaith collaboration that offers an introduction to the magnitude of the task we now face and to the faith communities that are becoming a force for the global environmental future.
The 2020 G20 Interfaith Forum will take place online from 13th to 17th October 2020 prior to the G20 Leaders’ Summit in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Co-organized by the International Dialogue Centre (KAICIID), the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC), the G20 Interfaith Forum Association, and the National Committee for Interfaith and Intercultural Dialogue in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the G20 Interfaith Forum offers an annual platform where networks of religiously linked and faith-inspired actors engage on global agendas, within the broad framework of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the G20 host country’s agenda. This year, G20 countries and policy makers are at the centre of global action to address the social, economic, and political consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic, an effort in which religious actors continue to offer crucial partnership and creative solutions.
Queensland Churches Together and the Brisbane Roman Catholic Council for Ecumenism and Inter Religious Relations will this year present the annual Bishop Michael Putney Memorial Lecture via Zoom on evening of 20 October 2020
On Gender, Leadership, and COVID-19 is an upcoming webinar, co-hosted by Religions for Peace and the Centre of Theological Inquiry, which will take place virtually on Tuesday, 13 October 2020 between 8:00 am – 10:00 am ET. Use timeanddate.com to convert this New York time to your own time zone.
Religions for Peace and the Centre of Theological Inquiry convene once again to discuss the intricacies of leadership in and beyond the coronavirus pandemic. Panellists will explore a gendered dimension of leadership, looking toward examples of women of faith in formal and informal structures of leadership, who are often at the forefront of humanitarian responses.
Sacred People, Sacred Earth – Sounding the Alarm is available in Arabic, Bahasa, Danish, English, French, German, Japanese, Kiswahili, Mandarin, Portuguese, Spanish. This is an Interfaith Statement calling for a just compassionate recovery from Covid and Climate.
Religions for Peace Australia is a member of the Asian Conference of Religions for Peace. The Deputy Convenor is Prof. Des Cahill, who is the Australian Chair of Religions for Peace. Prof. Cahill was involved in activities and negotiations with Religions for Peace Myanmar. Here, we consider the report of the United States International Committee on Religious Freedom Factsheet on Rohingya Refugees in Southeast Asia.