Domestic abuse more prevalent among Anglican churchgoers, new report finds

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A landmark report has found the incidence of domestic abuse is greater amongst Anglicans in Australia than the general population.

The report, commissioned by the Anglican church, also found that perpetrators used Biblical teachings to justify abuse, and that those who attended church regularly were more likely to have been in an abusive relationship than those who didn’t.

Despite this, the research — which includes surveys on prevalence, clergy and survivors in Anglican communities — showed almost nine out of 10 victims of domestic violence did not seek help from their church.

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Indigenous Reconciliation and Faith: Walk Alongside to Build Religious Inclusivity and Acceptance

Indigenous CrucifixAt the Annual General Meeting of Religions for Peace Australia (6 June 2021), Indigenous Woman Dr Anne Patel-Gray gave one talk about her work Walk Alongside to Build Religious Inclusivity and Acceptance and – as a Christian theologian and Doctor of Theology – told that Australia is not longer exclusively a Christian country but is now a multicultural and multifaith nation. The road forward for religions in Australia is an Interfaith road. In this article, we bring you the video of Dr Anne Pattel-Gray’s talk, and an overview of her work,What is Walk Alongside?

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Vaccination for the Common Good

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Religions for Peace Australia gives one message about the Common Good and the need for vaccination, in order to protect the entire community we call home. We understand vaccine hesitancy. People have various reasons for being hesitant. However, for the Common Good of the Australian community, as your interfaith leaders we want to encourage you all to be vaccinated as soon as possible, each one of us. We urge all faith leaders to take action and promote the Common Good.

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Leading Faith Communities in Difficult Times

Leading Faith Communities in Difficult Times The Pandemic – and lockdown – have presented both religious leaders and faith communities with challenges, particularly with delivery of normal religious observances when faith communities were barred from meeting in common due Covid-Safe restrictions applied by the various states and territory administrations. Here, Religious for Peace Australia gives one video of leading faith communities in difficult times.

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Multifaith and Interfaith History of Australia

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Religions for Peace Australia presents an overview of the Multifaith and Interfaith History of Australia, delivered by Emeritus Professor Desmond P. Cahill, OAM. This presentation commences with the history of the Macassans visiting Australia and their interactions with indigenous peoples. Colonialisation and European settlement and the dismissal of indigenous presence and spirituality in this land is related.

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Mental Health and Covid-19

Religions for Peace LogoReligions for Peace Australia has produced a series of video outlining issues around Covid 19 and multifaith matters. In this video, Rev. Chris Parnell, Interfaith Minister, gives an overview of mental health issues, faith and spirituality addressing mental health and references a simple strategy and further resources for mental health.

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Racism in times of Covid-19

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Religions for Peace Australia presents Racism in times of Covid-19, an account of racism and extremism in times of pandemic. This video – delivered by Emeritus Professor Desmond Cahill, OAM, touches on many bases and causes of racism generally, in addition to addressing far-right extremism in Australia, which has undoubtedly contributed to this issue.

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Elder Abuse: Everyone’s business

World Elder Abuse Awareness DayWorld Elder Abuse Awareness Day is commemorated each year on 15 June to highlight one of the worst manifestations of ageism and inequality in our society, elder abuse. Elder abuse is any act which causes harm to an older person and is carried out by someone they know and trust such as a family member or friend. The abuse may be physical, social, financial, psychological or sexual and can include mistreatment and neglect.

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World Oceans Day

World Oceans DayJune 8 is International World Oceans Day, a UN observance. In this article, we look at the Law of the Sea, the Exclusive Economic Zone, sustainable practices regarding living aquatic resources, the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Future of the Ocean Agenda, overfishing and Fish or Plastic for Lunch?

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Book Launch: Religious Soft Diplomacy & the United Nations: Religious Engagement as Loyal Opposition

Book Launch: Religious Soft Diplomacy & the United Nations:Religious Engagement as Loyal Opposition

Rev. Prof. Dr. James T. Christie and Dr. Sherrie M. Steiner recently published a book with the title “Religious Soft Diplomacy and the United Nations – Religious Engagement as Loyal Opposition”. The engagement of religious diplomacy within the United Nations systems has become increasingly important for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The Launch will take place in New York on 24 June 2021 |from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm EST.

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Truth Telling in Australia

Pax Christi LogoPax Christi Australia – in collaboration with Religions for Peace Australia, will jointly present the June Agape session, “Truth Telling in Australia”. The guest speaker will be Sherry Balcombe, of Aboriginal Catholic Ministry. The session will occur at the Kildara Centre, Stanhope St, Malvern on Sunday 27 June at 1:00pm (for lunch), presentation commences at 2:00pm

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Australian Women join global effort to get more religious women on Wikipedia

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Australian women are playing a major part in a global effort to increase the number of biographical entries about religious women on Wikipedia. Currently, less than 20 per cent of Wikipedia’s biographical entries are about women and less than 10 per cent of its editors are women.

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Greenfaith: Our Ten Climate Demands

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June 5 is World Environment Day, and much must be done to protect the only Earth we have. Greenfaith – Interfaith Partners for Climate Action have a mission statement that tells, “Because the Earth and all people are sacred and at risk, GreenFaith is building a worldwide, multi-faith climate and environmental movement”.

Together our members create communities to transform ourselves, our spiritual institutions, and society to protect the planet and create a compassionate, loving and just world. Here, we bring you the Ten Climate Demands of Greenfaith, Interfaith Partners for Climate Action.

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Forest Restoration: Healing Tropical Forests for Spiritual Renewal

Interfaith Rainforest InitiativeThe Interfaith Rainforest Initiative has launched a new primer, ‘Forest Restoration: Healing Tropical Forests for Spiritual Renewal’. It outlines why forest restoration is an essential complement to forest protection and details how and why faith groups should participate in forest restoration projects that contribute to the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration.

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Virtual Symposium on Human Trafficking

Virtual Symposium on Human TraffickingReligions for Peace Asia is pleased to announce that Asia-Pacific Women of Faith Network and the Asian Conference on Religions for Peace will hold their second virtual symposium on Human Trafficking on June 22 and 23, 2021, at noon (Japan Standard Time).

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