Shekinah is the focus of an event hosted by the Quakers. Shekinah is a Hebrew word meaning “dwelling” or “settling” and denotes the presence of God. This exploration of Shekinah will be held on Thursday 7 December 2023, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm at the Victorian Quaker Centre, 484 William St, Melbourne.
In the Gippsland region, almost 130 church members participated in workshops raising awareness of domestic and family violence. A report says the sessions improved their understanding, but called for further education. Victoria’s Minister for Prevention of Family Violence says it’s important faith leaders take an active role in prevention.
The Victorian Government is investing in the safety of Victorian faith communities, with new support to combat antisemitism and Islamophobia to make sure communities feel safe, welcomed and celebrated.
The Board of Multicultural Arts Victoria acknowledge the distress that the growing conflict in the Middle East is having overseas and locally. The crisis in Gaza and Israel is affecting many in our communities and our hearts are with those who are suffering or grieving the profound loss of friends and loved ones in the region.
The Faith Communities Council of Victoria, in partnership with Merri-bek Interfaith Network and City of Merri-bek, would like to invite you to the 2023 Victorian Interfaith Networks Festival on Sunday, November 19 2023 at the Coburg Town Hall.
In the spirit of Nostra Aetate, Garratt Publishing – in conjunction with Yarra Theological Union – invites you to a new four-session webinar series exploring other religious traditions from a Catholic perspective.
This new series features Catholic scholars in conversation with a leader from the Hindu, Buddhist, Jewish, and Islamic traditions.
The webinar sessions will occur on Monday Evenings – 4, 11, 18 September, and 9 October, 2023.
Sharing Voices is presented by the Port Phillip Multifaith Network. This free event marks the celebration of Welcoming Week, the International Day of Peace and the Season of Creation. Sharing Voices is bursting with insightful guest speakers and engaging activities, related to the themes of power of place and spirituality. Sharing Voices will take place from 3pm to 5.30 pm, Sunday 10 September 2023 at the St Kilda Town Hall.
The Nazi Hakenkreuz symbol is the most widely known Nazi symbol. The distorted version of the Swastika, the Nazi Hakenkreuz symbol, has become a symbol of the Nazi party and its heinous crimes against humanity. Neo-Nazi groups still use this Nazi symbol to intimidate and incite hatred and violence against the Jewish community and other diverse groups. This is fundamentally incompatible with Victoria’s multicultural and multifaith society, which is why as of December 29 2022, it is a criminal offence to publicly display the Nazi Hakenkreuz symbol in Victoria. More information and exceptions to this rule are given herein.
The Victorian Anti Semitism Report examines the key incidents, trends and ideologies driving the growth in antisemitism, which is becoming more threatening and visible, and also reviews the key far-left and far-right groups operating in Victoria, the impact of Covid-19 on these organisations and their leaders in Victoria and nationally. Finally, the report describes, in general terms, the state of rising antisemitism globally to provide the direction in which Australian and Victorian antisemitism may be heading.
Social justice campaigner and “people’s priest” Father Bob Maguire has died aged 88.
The media personality and Roman Catholic priest dedicated his life to standing up for the poor and marginalised and clashed with church hierarchy over his forced retirement.
The Father Bob Maguire Foundation confirmed he died on Wednesday morning at Cabrini Hospital in Melbourne.
The sacred seasons of the Christian Lent and the Islamic Ramadan offer much in common in building humility, self-discipline, self-sacrifice and harmony in diversity. The is unity in difference in the social outcomes of these festivals that care for the poor, those who are in need, and creating a future for the generations to come.
The Victorian Multicultural Commission (VMC), Multifaith Advisory Group (MAG) and leaders of Melbourne’s Sikh and Hindu communities have organised a meditation and prayer service at Federation Square from 6-7pm on Monday, 20 March. The service, which will be held in the name of peace, unity and social cohesion, is a direct response to recent conversations between the VMC, MAG and faith leaders following incidents of vandalism at places of worship.