2022 World Interfaith Harmony Week Lecture

World Interfaith Harmony Week Logo - smallProfessor Douglas Ezzy of University of Tasmania will deliver the 2022 World Interfaith Harmony Week lecture on Tuesday 1 February 2022, on the topic of Religious freedom, discrimination, and living well together. This will an online event, hosted by Religions for Peace Australia Victoria Branch, Tasmania Branch and the Multifaith Association of South Australia.

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Australia Day Reflection

Indigenous FlagsReligions for Peace Australia is currently in the throes of forming an Interreligous Council of Australia. It is the intention of Religions for Peace Australia to engage respectfully for the presence of First Nations on this Inter-religious Council.

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Religious leaders reiterate calls for closing prison at Guantanamo Bay

Guantanamo Bay

In an 11 January letter from, among more than two dozen others, the National Council of Churches (USA), T’ruah: The Rabbinic Call for Human Rights, and Islamic Society of North America, religious leaders called for President Biden to ensure that all of the people held at Guantanamo Bay are either released, agree to a plea deal, or receive a fair trial in a federal court.

“In the fullness of time we now know that many of the people sent to Guantanamo were never involved in terrorism in the first place,” the letter reads. “Even today, 20 years after the prison was opened, most of the prisoners have never been tried or convicted of any crime.”

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Pax Christi Conference: Where does Australia’s Security Lie?

Pax Christi LogoAUKUS has raised much debate. Do Defence Alliances make us truly secure? What value do we put on trust building and better relations with countries? How deft is our foreign policy towards China? What is the cost of not pursuing non-violent approaches to conflict prevention? This Conference is timely before a Federal Election. This conference will be held online, on February 19th, 2022.

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Multifaith Leaders urge immediate release of refugees and asylum seekers still in detention – including those in the Park Hotel

immediate release of refugees and asylum seekers still in detentionMultifaith leaders and faith communities in Australia have recognised the plight of those in long term detention – particularly those who have endured many years of enforced containment in detention centres and hotels. A plea for a merciful solution is raised for those who are held for more than 8 years in detention.

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Tasmanian Way to St James pilgrim walk attracts global audience as virtual event

Tasmanian Way to St James pilgrim walk
Pilgrims walk from the Huon Valley to St James Church, Cygnet, Tasmania

People from all over the world are taking part in the virtual version of a Tasmanian pilgrimage this weekend.

The Way to St James from Mountain River to Cygnet was inspired by Spain’s Camino de Santiago.

COVID-19 has moved the Tasmanian event online, but pilgrims from around the world are connecting to share the experience.

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Health and Freedom of Religion and Belief: promoting health and well-being for all

International Panel of Parliamentarians for Freedom of Religion The Covid-19 pandemic has exposed and exacerbated existing inequalities and discrimination. The world’s most vulnerable, including religious or belief minorities and indigenous peoples, have been disproportionately affected and left with even fewer possibilities for accessing preventative healthcare and treatment if they get sick. Health crises also often lead to an increase in harassment, discrimination and stigmatization of religious or belief communities, especially amongst women and girls. There will be an online discussion of this issue – with the lens of Freedom of Religion and Belief – online, on January 20, 2022

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Attorney general defends religious schools’ right to sack teachers for views on sexuality

Attorney General Michaelia Cash
Michaelia Cash’s department says religious discrimination bill does not affect the operation of the Sex Discrimination Act but that it ‘would allow a religious school to consider a person’s religious beliefs about issues such as sexuality’. Photograph: Mick Tsikas/AAP

The Attorney General’s department also says changes to Sex Discrimination Act protecting gay students will be delayed until after religious discrimination bill. Michaelia Cash’s department also says changes to Sex Discrimination Act protecting gay students will be delayed until after religious discrimination bill.

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Best of 2021: Religious discrimination laws coming to the boil

Scott Morrison
Scott Morrison introduces the Religious Discrimination Bill in the House of Representatives in November last year. NSW and Tasmania fear the bill would override their state anti-discrimination laws Photograph: Mick Tsikas/AAP

Father Frank Brennan – Jesuit and human rights lawyer was a member of the expert panel chaired by Philip Ruddock to report on whether Australian law adequately protected the human right to freedom of religion writes about the current environment on Freedom of Religion – given the Victorian Government’s Equal Opportunity (Religious Exceptions) Amendment Bill 2021 and the proposed Religious Discrimination Act which is widely expected to be introduced in the next session of the Australian Parliament.

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New eco-theology book combines diverse views with best practices

Contemporary Ecotheology, Climate Justice and Environmental Stewardship in World Religions

A new volume—“Contemporary ecotheology, climate justice and environmental stewardship in the world”—is the latest of the continued fruits of the 6th International Conference on Ecological theology and Environmental Ethics, or Ecothee, which took place in September 2019 at the Orthodox Academy of Crete in Kolymvari. This volume is available for full access and download.

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Interreligious Heroes – Role Models and Spiritual Exemplars for Interfaith Practice

interreligious Heroes - Role Models and Spiritual Exemplars for Interfaith Practice

The Elijah institute announces a new book in the Interreligious Reflections series, presenting inspirational leaders in Interreligious relations. This volume was conceived as a tribute to Elijah board member and contemporary interreligious hero, Rabbi David Rosen, on the occasion of his seventieth birthday.

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Care for Environment – Daoism

Dao Temple

Daoism has existed as a tradition in China for at least 2,500 years. It takes its name from the Dao or “The Way,” as described in the Dao De Jing, “The Classic of the Way and Its Power,” attributed to the legendary Laozi, which means simply “the Old Master.” This work of great depth and beauty is one of the most translated books in the world.

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