Pillars of Light, a multicultural celebration of Chanukah, will light up Fed Square in a show of unity and hope as our city reopens. Pillars of Light will take place at Federation Square, Melbourne, from 28 November to 5 December, 2021. This is a free event, and is also available online.
Rome — Pope Francis’ landmark 2019 document on “Human Fraternity for World Peace and Living Together” is widely considered a major advancement in the Catholic Church’s relationship with the Muslim world. The document, which was signed in Abu Dhabi when Francis became the first pope to visit the Arabian Peninsula, calls for a “culture of mutual respect” — and has been heralded by Islamic, Jewish and Christian leaders around the globe.
24 November every year is International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. The United Nations is marking the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-based Violence from 25 November to 10 December 2021, under the global theme set by the UN Secretary-General’s UNiTE campaign: “Orange the World: End Violence against Women Now!”
The Initiative for Peacebuilding is delivering the Peacebuilding Perspectives Conversation Series with Helen Bishop. Helen has been invited by the Initiative for Peacebuilding to share her thoughts and experience in conversations about how we can envision peacebuilding in Australia in ways that include how we can collectively approach deep cultural and structural forms of violence. Commencing Monday 29 November, this series will run on three Mondays to 13 December, 1.30pm-3.00pm AEDT.
For more than a decade, the Scanlon Foundation and the Scanlon Foundation Research Institute has been conducting and leading research on social cohesion in Australia via the Mapping Social Cohesion Research series. The Mapping Social Cohesion Report will be delivered online by the report author, Emeritus Professor Andrew Markus AO of Monash University, on 30 November 2021.
The ABC’s Soul Search has produced a program Much Ado About Religion. Shakespeare’s world was marked by social change, spiritual tumult and cosmic disorientation. We explore the religious landscape of Elizabethan-era England, and how the Bard grappled with emerging ideas about self, the supernatural, and humanity’s place in the cosmos.
WebPlatform4Dialogue will conduct an International Webinar on Non Violent Communication, 29th-30th Nov 2021. Topics will cover ‘Women and Non Violent Communication’ and ‘Non-Violent Communication and Structural Transformation’.
Victoria Police has launched new resources to help diverse Victorians understand how to report prejudice motivated crime. Prejudice motivated crime is any crime motivated by prejudice or hatred towards a person or a group because of a characteristic such as race, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability.
This guide is based on participatory consultations with faith groups and an in-depth review of international and Australian literature undertaken in 2018-2019, which explored the causes and reinforcing factors of family violence and violence against women in faith settings as well as what works to address these factors. The review also included an analysis of promising or emerging practices both locally and abroad that may effectively prevent and respond to family violence and violence against women in faith settings.
On November 14, the Laudato Si’ Action Platform was officially launched by the Vatican’s Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development, and their site is now open for enrolment. This much anticipated global project will help Catholic communities create environmental action plans and track their progress to help move our world in the direction of the Laudato Si’ goals.
Guru Nanak’s birth anniversary celebrations were marked with a ‘parkash’ of Sri Guru Granth Sahib inside the South Australia Parliament on Tuesday.
The Contemplative Studies Centre of the University of Melbourne will hold an online town hall event to share their forthcoming program and developments. The Centre invites all University of Melbourne staff and students, community groups, organisations and interest groups to attend. This event is open to the public on Wednesday 24 November 2021 from 2pm. This is an online event.
Bishop James Foley of Cairns says Catholic parishioners in Cairns are spreading vaccine misinformation based on “erroneous ideas”. The Cairns Local Government Area has recently surpassed the 70 per cent full vaccination rate. Bishop Foley says rumours that unvaccinated parishioners are not welcome at church are unfounded.
Pillars of Light, a multicultural celebration of Chanukah, will light up Meobourne’s Federation Square in a show of unity and hope as our city reopens. The festival of Chanukah runs from From Sunday 28 November to Sunday 5 December, and there will be festive events each evening along with lighting of the Menorah candle (large).
The Australian Human Rights Commission will launch Yajilarra nhingi, mindija warrma (from dreams, let’s make it reality), a beautiful animation which tells the story of First Nations women’s voices on Wednesday, 24th November 2021, from 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm AEDT. “Women are the social fabric of our communities and the glue that holds everything together. We are sovereign women. It is time to listen to our voices now.”
The Road to New Normal in Post COVID-19 Era: Collective Intelligence for Global Civil Community will be held in South Korea and online 20-21 November 2021 (KST,GMT+9) by the Interfaith Coalition Conference for Global Citizens 2021. Global Citizenship is a pathway to truly global peace. Faith-based action can make a sustainable and equitable world. Religious teaching and enlightenment can cultivate mind for global peace.