Lockdown: Lakemba Mosque, Sydney, NSW

Lockdown: Lakemba Mosque, Sydney, NSWIn Australia, religious communities were one part of society expressly impacted by the ‘lockdown’ directives introduced to stem the spread of the virus. On 29 March all places of religious worship were effectively closed by the restrictions that limited non-essential indoor gatherings to two people. In Victoria, lockdown came again on 9th of July, with border closures. Here, we look to faith community experiences in time of lockdown. On this page, we look to the experience of the members of the Muslim community at Lakemba Mosque, Auburn, Sydney, NSW.

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Crimestoppers Podcast – International Students Experience

Crime Stoppers LogoCrime Stoppers Victoria have today released a two-episode podcast series focusing on international students and their feelings towards safety and crime here in Melbourne. Titled ‘A Home Away From Home’, the podcast explores several aspects to the international student experience, ranging from choosing Australia as a study destination, safety, reporting crime and racism following the outbreak of Covid-19.

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Victoria: Advice on Wearing a Mask

Victoria’s Chief Health Officer has updated his advice to recommend anyone living in metro Melbourne or Mitchell Shire to wear a face covering or cloth mask when leaving home for one of the four permitted reasons – where it is not possible to maintain a distance of at least 1.5 metres from other people.

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Christian Leaders write to G20 Finance Ministers

World Council of ChurchesFour global organizations representing some 500 million Christians have written an urgent letter to G20 leaders, calling for them to leave behind the current broken financial architecture and promote a truly just and sustainable recovery.

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NSW: Makkah to Madina Exhibition – A journey of a lifetime

makkah-medinaSadly, this year, the pilgrimage to Makkah has been cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic. Relive the journey of a lifetime with Australia’s largest Islamic Exhibition. For the first time ever in Sydney, experience the migration of the prophet from Makkah to Madina. Featuring intricate 3D models, guided tours and a large 3D scaled model of the Ka’bah. Walk in the cave of Hira model and witness the real size of the Cave of Thawr. Sessions are at Padstow, 24 and 25 July 2020.

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Use chocolate to be more mindful

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Mindfulness is a practice in Buddhism. Mindfulness can be applied to any activity we engage in. Here, Diane Gehart takes us through the steps of mindful eating of chocolate. We keep in mind that this activity can be extended to eating of foods in general, and lead to the example for the rest of the population – currently in an obesity epidemic – to follow. Such is the path of human excellence found in Buddhist practice and self-discipline.

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Turkey’s President makes Hagia Sophia a mosque

Hagia SophiaTurkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has formally reconverted Istanbul’s sixth-century iconic Hagia Sophia into a mosque and declared it open to Muslim worship, hours after a high court annulled a 1934 decision that had turned it into a museum.

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Lockdown: St Andrew’s Uniting Church, Gardiner, Melbourne

St Andrew’s Uniting Church, Gardiner, MelbourneIn Australia, religious communities were one part of society expressly impacted by the ‘lockdown’ directives introduced to stem the spread of the virus. On 29 March all places of religious worship were effectively closed by the restrictions that limited non-essential indoor gatherings to two people. In Victoria, lockdown came again on 9th of July, with border closures. Here, we look to faith community experiences in time of lockdown. On this page, we look to the experience of the members of the Christian community at St Andrew’s Uniting Church, Gardiner, Melbourne, Australia.

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Buddhist Life Stories, Australia

Australian Buddhist Life StoriesBuddhism is Australia’s second largest religion, and has a long history dating back to at least the 1850s Gold Rush period, yet the life stories of prominent Buddhists in Australia have remained largely undocumented until now. A new initiative, Buddhist Life Stories, records the personal narratives of contemporary Australian Buddhists.

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Lockdown: Glen Osmond Gurdwara, Adelaide South Australia

Glen Osmond Gurdwara, Adelaide South Australia In Australia, religious communities were one part of society expressly impacted by the ‘lockdown’ directives introduced to stem the spread of the virus. On 29 March all places of religious worship were effectively closed by the restrictions that limited non-essential indoor gatherings to two people. In Victoria, lockdown came again on 9th of July, with border closures. Here, we look to faith community experiences in time of lockdown. On this page, we look to the experience of the members of the Sikh community at Glen Osmond Gurdwara, Adelaide South Australia.

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Statement from Victoria Police

Victoria Police

Victoria Police is aware of recent media reporting and online community discussions suggesting that certain communities are to blame for the latest rise in confirmed coronavirus cases. We know this may cause many people to feel that they are being unfairly targeted. We want the community to know that we stand by you. If you … Read more

Victoria: Statement on Islamophobia

Islamic Council of VictoriaThe Islamic Centre of Victoria has recently produced a Statement on Islamophobia. The statement explains Islamophobia, violent extremism and countering violent extremism. The statement has significant support from public leaders and the religious communities of Victoria. We provide a truncated summary of this document.

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Interfaith Prayers for Coronavirus Lockdown

Interfaith Prayers for LockdownWhen the government and community leaders seek to provide protection for the community, and isolate some – or all – of a community, there comes a time when people begin to have strong feelings and need support. While those giving support are blessed and appreciated, here, we bring you prayers and meditations from many different religions for your engagement and reflection during this time of isolation and lockdown.

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