Coalition’s religious discrimination bill condemned by state and territory commissions

ProtestersState and territory anti-discrimination commissions have revolted against the Coalition’s religious discrimination bill, warning it privileges religion over other rights and will cause “significant disruption” by overriding state laws.

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Aboriginal Theology and Anthropology and Just Ecological and Sustainable Peace

Pax Christi LogoPax Christi Victoria – International Christian Peace Movement – invites you to the October Agape, Aboriginal Theology and Anthropology and Just Ecological and Sustainable Peace led by Naomi Wolfe, Lecturer Faculty of Education and Arts, Australian Catholic University, on Sunday 20 October at 2pm.

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“Life is the most precious thing we have”

Helena Taliberti and Vagner Diniz, two very committed Brazilian parents with a passion for life and justice, want to feel connected to the world.  “We came here because we are sure that the World Council of Churches has a lot of connections,” they said. “The more we are together, the longer and farther we will go. Life is the most precious thing that we have.” The couple lost their children in a dam collapse in Brazil in January. World Council of Churches News met with them after a meeting with the WCC general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit in Geneva in early October. 

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Tasmania October 2019

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Greetings of peace and Shana Tova in honour of the Jewish High Holy Days and New Year! Our event for October will be to join Prof Cahill while he is here giving a presentation at the FECCA Conference (Federation of Ethnic Communities Councils of Australia. His presentation will be entitled Progressing the Multifaith Agenda in a Multicultural Australia. Tim Costello will also be giving a presentation in the same session.

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From Victims to Suspects: Muslim Women Since 9/11

Book Cover, from Victims to Suspects - Muslim Women after 9/11The so-called War on Terror, in its many incarnations, has always been a war with gender at its heart. Once regarded as helpless victims waiting to be rescued, Muslim women are now widely regarded by both Muslim and non-Muslim disciplinarians as a potential threat to be kept under control. How did this shift in attitudes come about? Read about the conversations with Australian women the author has undertaken.

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Queensland: Trust-building and the Vibrancy of Western Multicultural Societies: The Christian- Muslim experience

St Francis and the Muslim Sultan of Palestine, Syria, and Egypt: al-Malik al-KamilDave Hale and Adis Duderija will present talks on the topic on the occasion of celebrating the meeting 800 years ago between the Christian St Francis and Muslim Sultan of Palestine, Syria, and Egypt: al-Malik al-Kamil at the Multifaith Centre Griffith University, on October 17.

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Christians have moral duty to help migrants, refugees: Pope

Pope Francis unveils the statue "Angels Unaware"VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Christians have a moral obligation to show God’s care for all those who are marginalized, especially migrants and refugees, Pope Francis said. “This loving care for the less privileged is presented as a characteristic trait of the God of Israel and is likewise required, as a moral duty, of all those who would belong to his people,” the pope said in his homily Sept. 29 during an outdoor Mass for the 105th World Day of Migrants and Refugees.

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UN Plan of Action to Safeguard Religious Sites

United Nations Alliance of Civilisations LogoAmidst a global call by Secretary-General António Guterres to “reaffirm the sanctity” of religious sites and keep worshippers safe, the UN Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) on 12 September 2019 launched a new plan of action to “counter hate and violence around the globe”. The plan outlines a wide array of recommendations, such as for the UN to develop a global communications campaign to foster mutual respect and understanding; for States to create multi-disciplinary national plans anchored in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to prevent violent extremism; and for religious leaders to regularly engage in interfaith dialogue.

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Op Ed: It’s time to replace Religious Instruction with Worldviews Education in Australian schools

School studentsThe religion in schools debate is heating up again — this time with a group, Queensland Parents for Secular State Schools, calling for a parliamentary review of Religious Instruction (RI) in state schools.

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Faiths for Forests campaign gains traction at UN Climate Action Summit

Faiths for Forests at RfP World AssemblyUNITED NATIONS (Sept. 23, 2019) — Mobilizing communities through faith, ethics and values can help achieve the scale and speed of change needed to halt tropical deforestation, a senior U.N. envoy said at a recent gathering of more than 900 religious leaders in Germany.

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UN Plan of Action to Safeguard Religious Sites

United Nations Alliance of Civilisations LogoAmidst a global call by Secretary-General António Guterres to “reaffirm the sanctity” of religious sites and keep worshippers safe, the UN Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) on 12 September 2019 launched a new plan of action to “counter hate and violence around the globe”. The plan outlines a wide array of recommendations, such as for the UN to develop a global communications campaign to foster mutual respect and understanding; for States to create multi-disciplinary national plans anchored in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to prevent violent extremism; and for religious leaders to regularly engage in interfaith dialogue.

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