The Tasmanian Goverment seeks input from the community on the display of Nazi symbols. Proposed legislation is available to peruse, and submissions from the community are invited and may be received by 5pm on Monday, 13 February 2023.
Greetings of peace!
We hope everything is going peacefully for you, your families and your communities as we enter another season of holy days to end the old year (where did that year go?) and begin a new one full of possibilities.
Greetings of peace!
As we move towards the end of the year, opportunities to work for peace in ourselves and in our communities seem to be presenting themselves on every hand. I’m reminded of the old piece of graffiti on an old warehouse in Bathurst St, which said ‘If not us, then who? If not here, then where? If not now, then when?’ It was put up there 30 years ago or more, but still echoes in my mind.
Australian Religious Response to Climate Change, Oikoumene Pasifika and Religions for Peace Tasmania Branch invite you to participate in a Multifaith Sevice for Climate Justice and an all-night prayer and meditation vigil on October 13 commencing at 8pm.
Tasmania – September 2022
Greetings of peace and many good wishes for the month of September.
As an interfaith network, we join in the global commiserations on the death on 7 September of Queen Elizabeth as the titular head of the Church of England, a leader who embodied her faith.
September is also a special month because of the UN International Day of Peace coming up on 21 September 2022. There will be a special gathering to honour the Day of Peace.
Regional areas have long struggled to attract and retain professionals, especially those with culturally diverse backgrounds.
A new mosque in Launceston is encouraging Muslim migrants to lay down roots in the regions.
Australia’s Muslim population has almost doubled in the past decade.
Greetings of peace and Happy Passover because today is the last day of Pesach.
Yesterday was Earth Day, but given the urgency of our global situation, let’s make every day Earth Day.
As the sign on the Quaker Meeting House in Melbourne says, ‘Killing the Planet is Against our Religions’… our religions do not allow the destruction of the earth’…
We have entered the holy month of April in 2022 when all major faiths have special festivals as you will see below.
The month has come at a time of extraordinary conflict in the world and gives us an opportunity to pause and reflect on what peace means to us personally and in our faith traditions. This time is a blessed opportunity to make peace firstly within ourselves and then with all others as our faiths encourage us to do. If not us, as they say, then who?
Palm Sunday is also a time when refugees are remembered. The Melbourne Anglican community are going to make their Palm Sunday procession a reminder of the fate of refugees who have sought and are seeking asylum in Australia. But the support for this cause in Hobart is no less.
We know the thoughts and prayers of all of you are going out to everyone who is suffering in our wounded world just now, both internationally and here in Australia. The power of interfaith prayer is needed as much as ever to support all those facing loss and difficulties. Religions for Peace will be conducting online prayer in the near future.
Some of you may have been with us on Tuesday 1 February 2022, when members of Religions for Peace Australia (Victoria Branch, Tasmania Branch and the Multifaith Association of South Australia) hosted the annual UN World Interfaith Harmony Week Lecture – online..
The lecture was given by Professor Douglas Ezzy, Professor of Sociology, University of Tasmania. The topic addressed by Professor Ezzy was Religious freedom, discrimination, and living well together.
People from all over the world are taking part in the virtual version of a Tasmanian pilgrimage this weekend.
The Way to St James from Mountain River to Cygnet was inspired by Spain’s Camino de Santiago.
COVID-19 has moved the Tasmanian event online, but pilgrims from around the world are connecting to share the experience.
Professor Douglas Ezzy of University of Tasmania will deliver the 2022 World Interfaith Harmony Week lecture on Tuesday 1 February 2022, on the topic of Religious freedom, discrimination, and living well together. This will an online event, hosted by Religions for Peace Australia Victoria Branch, Tasmania Branch and the Multifaith Association of South Australia.
Greetings of peace! It’s hard to believe that we are nearly half-way through spring and well into October. We hope you are well in everyway and experiencing success in all you do.
This month members of Religions for Peace Tasmania Branch invite you to join them in a number of initiatives to support Climate Action in the lead up to COP26 in Glasgow.
Greetings of Peace! We wish our friends, family and community Muharram Mubarak and Shana Tova, with many blessings and a new year of filled with peace, good health, hope and wellbeing. Although we are currently facing many challenges calling for spiritual hope and courage, September is a month filled with much significance and many holy days in different faith traditions.
The twentieth anniversary of 9/11, tomorrow, also is a reminder to renew our commitment to peace. It is timely that 21 September every year commemorates the UN International Day of Peace. This year the theme of UNIDP is ‘Recovering better for an equitable and sustainable world’. RfP Tas will honour the day by meeting in person and by zoom (called ‘hybrid’ meetings these days) for silent meditation on Tuesday 21 September 21, beginning at 11.30am, finishing at 12noon to the sound of the Peace Bell, traditionally rung at that time in Japan.
The BAPS Swaminarayan Mandir in Hobart will take up several ceremonies of translation, installation and consecration of sacred images in its Hobart Mandir on Sunday 29 August from 9:30 am. The ceremonies will be broadcast live.
Greetings of peace! We hope that all of your families and friends here and overseas are well and safe as the world battles with COVID and all its variants. We continue to hold everyone in our thoughts and prayers… especially at such a time people of faith hold on to the light of spiritual hope, knowing that compassion and lovingkindness can be a powerful means of helping one another through all these difficulties.
In August, we commemorate Hiroshima Day and Religions for Peace Tasmania will join the gathering to be held at 11-12noon on 7 August on Parliament House Lawns in Hobart.
The Tasmanian Muslim Association estimates the state’s Muslim population has doubled since 2016. Launceston could have its first mosque by the end of the year. At present, there is no mosque in Launceston.
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.