English Language Studies for Pastoral Ministry

 English Language Studies for Pastoral Ministry


The English Language Studies for Pastoral Ministry (ELSPM) aims to train pastoral workers and theological students who speak a language other than English as their first language. Its objective is to develop skills in English in a Christian and theological environment and to improve communication to a level which will enable them to participate effectively in a pastoral ministry of the contemporary Church.

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Can Climate Apocalypse be Averted? Glasgow November 2021: A Date with Destiny

Can Climate Apocalypse be Averted? Glasgow November 2021: A Date with Destiny

Will the Glasgow Summit usher in a just, free carbon economy? If not, what next? Will governments deliver on their promises? What if they don’t? Conversation at the Crossroads invites you to join them on Thursday 11th November 2021 as we address these questions at an online international forum with leading thinkers and passionate advocates.

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Care for Environment – Sikhism

The Golden Temple - Amritsar

The Sikh religion was founded in the late 15th century in the Punjab by Guru Nanak (1469-1539) and takes its name from the word “sikh” meaning “disciple.” It is founded on faith in one Supreme Being and meditation on the divine Name with devotion, while living a householder life of virtue, honest work, and selfless service while seeking to establish justice in the world. As part of that justice in the world, EcoSikh has been active in the area of climate mitigation for more than a decade.

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Lego issues Cop26 handbook by children on how to tackle climate crisis

Build the Change

Lego is touting it as its most ambitious build to date, but rather than many pages of instructions, the toymaker’s latest handbook offers only 10 steps.

The booklet is not for a physical model, however. Instead it offers “building instructions for a better world” ahead of the crucial Cop26 climate talks that start in Glasgow this Sunday.

The “10 requests” of policymakers are based on research and workshops conducted with more than 6,000 children aged eight to 18 from around the world.

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Pope Francis explains the Interfaith Declaration on Climate Change

Pope Francis - the Joint Appeal (Interfaith Declaration on Climate Change)The Interfaith Declaration on Climate Change for COP 26 – called the Joint Appeal – was signed by over 40 religious leaders of the World’s Religions in the Vatican on October 4, 2021. At this event, Pope Francis gave a short talk wherein he identified our common humanity living on our common home. Pope Francis took up three themes in his address: openness to interdependence and sharing, the dynamism of love and the call to respect.

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Worldwide Faiths 4 Climate Justice Event

Worldwide Faiths 4 Climate Justice Event

Last Sunday and Monday, communities of faith and spirit rose up around the world, calling for climate justice in the biggest faith-based day of distributed climate action we’ve ever seen. In Indonesia, youth-led actions called for the end of coal mining and deforestation.

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International Freedom of Religion and Belief Day

International Freedom of Religion and Belief Day

International Freedom of Religion or Belief Day occurs every 27 October and highlights that 83% of the world’s population live in countries where religious freedom is threatened.

International Freedom of Religion or Belief Day (October 27) promotes coexistence and respect between people of different cultures and religions, to foster stable and prosperous societies. It is a cause that has been taken up at the highest levels.

The US has an Ambassador-at-Large for Freedom of Religion and Belief, Sam Brownback. The United Kingdom has the Special Envoy for Freedom of Religion or Belief, Rehman Chishti.

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Invest-Divest 2021: A Decade of Progress Towards a Just Climate Future

Invest-Divest 2021: A Decade of Progress Towards a Just Climate Future

The movement to divest pension funds, universities and colleges, faith organizations and foundations from fossil fuels, and invest in climate solutions, has reached new heights in the fight for meaningful, ambitious climate action.

In the lead up to COP26, join a global coalition of organizations to announce a historic slate of groundbreaking divest/invest commitments, unveil a new “state of the D/I movement” report, including an update of assets under management committed to divestment, and celebrate major victories. Join us on Tuesday October 26th at 11am EST for this monumental event.

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UBEF Visiting Professorship in Buddhist Studies – Lecture Series

The Australasian Association for Buddhist Studies notifies that the UBEF Visiting Professorship in Buddhist Studies Professor John Powers of Deakin University will conduct a lecture series, a two session workshop and a Public Talk on Indian-Tibetan Buddhism – Online – commencing 28 October 2021

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Walk the Talk

Economy of Life and Ecological Justice

Walk the Talk is a Toolkit to Accompany the “Roadmap for Congregations, Communities and Churches for an Economy of Life and Ecological Justice.”

“Walk the Talk” is an invitation to discuss a 5-step programme to change the way we deal with the economy and our ecological surroundings.

“We invite congregations, communities, and churches to join a pilgrimage for an Economy of Life and climate justice, to commit to make changes in the way we live, to share successful ideas, and to encourage one another.”

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Asian Conference of Religions for Peace – 9th General Assembly

Asian Conference of Religions for Peace - 9th General Assembly

With its 21 member nations comprising more than half of humanity, the Asian Conference of Religions for Peace (ACRP), now generally known as Religions for Peace Asia, will hold its Ninth General Assembly in Tokyo on 19 – 22 October 2021 online. This will be preceded by the Youth Pre-Assembly and the Women’s Pre-Assembly events. We give one overivew of the Ninth General Assembly.

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Joint Interfaith Statement for World Food Day

World Council of ChurchesAs people of faith, we join in committing to pray and act against hunger at this time when 811m people worldwide go to bed hungry each night, hunger has increased globally by 25% since 2019, and across the globe more than 41m people–around half of them children–are at risk of falling into famine in 43 countries.

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Grand Imam Al-Tayeb: “Fratelli tutti” important for Muslims too

Grand Imam Al-Tayeb: "Fratelli tutti" important for Muslims too


The Grand Imam of Al-Azhar speaks to Vatican Media about his relationship with Pope Francis: “From the first minute of our meeting I had confirmation that he is a man of peace and humanity. The encyclical is an appeal to create a true fraternity where there is no room for discrimination on the basis of differences of religion, race, gender, or other forms of intolerance.”

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WHO and Religions for Peace global conference

WHO and Religions for Peace global conference on strengthening national responses to health emergencies

The World Health Organisation along with Religions for Peace and EPI-WIN Faith Communities of Practice will conduct a global conference on strengthening national responses to health emergencies. The sessions of the conference will feature innovative responses in the areas of (i) Spiritual care during times of crisis, (ii) Country collaboration between WHO, faith partners and national governments, (iii) Trust and health histories, and (iv) Communication and advocacy for vaccine equity, access, and uptake.

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Lecture: Embracing Cultural Diversity in Australia

Lecture: Embracing Cultural Diversity in Australia

The Australian Human Rights Commission invites you to the Annual Kep Enderby Memorial Lecture, delivered by writer Alice Pung on the theme, Embracing Cultural Diversity in Australia. This event (free) will be held online on Friday 29 October at 12pm.

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