Tasmania May 2024

Tasmania LogoGreetings of peace! The most beautiful gift we can give one another is the gift of peaceful thoughts, words and actions, especially at a time when peaceful interactions may not be the norm. Peaceful interactions build social cohesion, creating the glue that holds our communities together.

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Victoria: Peace Kitchen at Asian Heritage Week

Victoria: Peace Kitchen at Asian Heritage Week

Join Peace Kitchen for a facilitated dinner at Yum Sing House where we will dive deep into how it feels being a migrant in Australia. This Peace Kitchen event will be on Wednesday 5 June, from 6:30pm. Come by yourself or with friends/family/colleagues for good food and meaningful conversations about identity, cultural heritage, and navigating feelings of imposter syndrome.

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Religions for Peace Australia 2024 Annual General Meeting

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Religions for Peace Australia will conduct the 2024 Annual General Meeting in Canberra on Wednesday 12 June 2024. The Guest Speaker is Ms Anthea Hancocks of the Scanlon Foundation. The Scanlon Foundation partners with Monash University to deliver the annual Social Cohesion survey results. Ms Anthea Hancocks will give an address on Social Cohesion and Faith Communities.

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Nurturing Critical Parenting Skills in Religious Instruction: Safeguarding Our Youths’ and Children’s Future

Dr. Adis DuderijaDr Adis Duderija of Griffith University, writing in New Age Islam tells that while religion can provide a moral compass and a sense of purpose, it can also be misused to promote harmful ideologies and perpetuate dogma. there are many cases of youth becoming radicalised and carrying out acts of terrorism in the name of religion.

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Harmony in the Home

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Religions for Peace Australia has a mission statement. In that statement is the task to work through its networks for the well-being of vulnerable groups, including women and young people, and the well-being of the environment. In light of the current environment that is against the peace and well-being of women, Religions for Peace Australia gives one address toward the needs of our nation, this day, this age. We begin with Gandhi:

Where there is righteousness in the heart, There will be beauty in character;
Where there is beauty in character, there will be harmony in the home;
Where there is harmony in the home, there will be order in the nation;
Where there is order in the nation, there will be peace in the world. (M.K. Gandhi)

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Embracing Spiritual Diversity: A Path to Personal and Collective Growth

New Age Islam Dr Adis Duderija of Religions for Peace Australia, writing in New Age Islam tells that spirituality, at its essence, is not a call for homogeneity but an invitation to embrace the diversity within ourselves and in others. It is through this acceptance and celebration of diversity that personal and collective growth flourishes.

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Syncretism in Religion and Rituals: Embracing Diversity and Unity

Adis DuderijaOne fascinating aspect of religious development is the phenomenon of syncretism, which refers to the merging or blending of different religious beliefs, practices, and rituals. The concept of syncretism challenges the notion of religion as a rigid and exclusive system, instead emphasizing the fluidity and adaptability of human spirituality, writes Dr Adis Duderija of the Griffith University Multifaith Centre.

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Immigration: Changes to the Minister of Religion Labour Agreement

Department of Home Affairs LogoChanges to the Minister of Religion Labour Agreement (MORLA) settings now allow religious institutions to sponsor overseas workers under the occupation Religious Assistant (ANZSCO 451816). This new initiative broadens visa sponsorship options that were formerly limited to the occupation of ‘Minister of Religion’.

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Religions for Peace Statement on Assyrian Church Stabbing

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The leadership team of Religions for Peace Australia (comprised of Buddhist, Christian, Quaker, Hindu, Muslim, Brahma Kumaris and Jewish faith leaders) have come together to consider the needs of our nation and the strengthening of social cohesion. Many issues have been exposed by this event. In faithful response, Religions for Peace Australia issues a call addressing faith community needs along with steps towards harmony and protection of the community.

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Sydney church stabbing

Sydney church stabbing

Bishop Mar Mari Emmanuel was stabbed repeatedly at a mass at the Assyrian Christ the Good Shepherd church in Wakeley just after 7pm on Monday.

A live stream of the mass on the church’s website showed a person approaching the altar who then appeared to stab toward the bishop’s head multiple times.

The 16-year-old perpetrator is in police custody. He made reference to “his religion’ which causes authorities to declare this was a terrorist event

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