Adelaide Multifaith Service – Faiths 4 Climate Justice

Australian Religious Response to Climate Change logoAdelaide Prayers for Climate Justice on Thursday 13th October 2022 Join Australians of many faiths to stand in solidarity with Pacific and First Nations people in the struggle for climate justice on this Day of Prayer. Multifaith services are planned in Adelaide, Melbourne, Brisbane, Sydney, Perth and several regional towns across Australia. The details of the Adelaide Multifaith Service is given here.

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Letter of Support for Women and Religious Groups suffering Persecution in Iran

Religions for Peace Australia

In recent days Iran has seen deep public unrest, with demonstrations and protests taking place in some 80 cities, triggered by the tragic death of Mahsa Amini, who was detained by authorities in Tehran on 13 September and died, while in custody, three days later. Religions for Peace Australia and its affiliates voice their concerns about the deterioration of the rights of women – and religious groups – in Iran.

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How believers in China keep the faith under Xi Jinping’s watchful eye

Mother Chen

Under President Xi Jinping, China has tightened its control of religion.

Tibetan Buddhists have been arrested for displaying pictures of the Dalai Lama, The Vatican agreed to only appoint bishops who support the party, and online retailers are banned from selling the Bible.

In Xinjiang, thousands of mosques have reportedly been demolished, with documented crackdowns on the region’s Muslim Uyghur minority.

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Prayers and Meditation for COP27

Prayers and Meditation for COP27We encourage people of all faiths to offer their prayers and meditations towards a beneficial UN COP 27 (the next climate change conference). Our silent prayer and meditation around the world helped the outcome of the Glasgow COP26 through collaboration and inclusion.

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Multifaith Climate and Fossil Fuel Action: National Multifaith Services

The Australian Religious Response to Climate Change

On Thursday October 13th people of all faiths both in Australia and around the Pacific will come together to show our support for an open letter to Prime Minister Albanese that will be signed by senior faith leaders both from Australia and the Pacific calling on the Australian Government to:

  • Stop approving new coal and gas projects
  • End public subsidies for coal and gas projects
  • Actively participate in creating a Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty to phase out fossil fuels and support a just transition.

These issues are right at the top of the political agenda right now both domestically and when it comes to what Pacific nations have been calling on Australia to do.

In support of this open letter there will be multi-faith services in cathedrals and other iconic places of worship across both in Australia and the Pacific on the same day.

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Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty

Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation TreatyFaith leaders make the moral case for a global just transition away from coal, oil and gas: As leaders across diverse religious and spiritual communities around the globe, we call on governments to develop and implement a Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty.

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Buddhist friends launch Social Buddy

Buddhist friends launch Social BuddyA group of Buddhist friends including Daniel Troyak from Buddhist Counselling and Ada Lee from Dharma Drum Mountain Buddhist Association have joined together to address loneliness and social isolation in our community. This is by no means an easy feat, but this enthusiastic and committed group believe they can make changes through cooperation and empowerment.

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Future of Christianity in Jerusalem At Grave Risk, Jordanian Monarch Claims in UN General Assembly Address

Jordan’s King Abdullah II

On the first day of the UN General Assembly in New York on Tuesday, Jordan’s King Abdullah II asserted in his address that the Christian faith in Israel is in jeopardy.

“Today, the future of Jerusalem is an urgent concern,” Abdullah said. “As a Muslim leader, let me say clearly that we are committed to defending the rights, the precious heritage, and the historic identity of the Christian people of our region. Nowhere is this more important than in Jerusalem.”

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International Day of Non-Violence

International Day of Non-Violence

Since 2007, every year, on the 2nd of October, comes the International Day of Non-Violence. The 2nd of October is an occasion to push for non-violence through education and public awareness. It also marks Mahatma Gandhi’s birthday, who believed it was irrational to use violence to try and gain a peaceful society.

Gandhi was the leader of India’s independence movement, and a proponent of the philosophy and strategy of non-violence. His movement for change in society and politics has been followed by oppressed people across the world.

Achieving social change through non-violent means, such as civic resistance, non-compliance, and civil disobedience has been employed throughout history.

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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

Tasmania Logo

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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