Victoria: Buddha’s Day & Multicultural Festival

Victoria: Buddha's Day & Multicultural FestivalFo Guang Shan Melbourne and BLIAV (Buddha’s Light International Association of Victoria) are pleased to present the annual Buddha’s Day & Multicultural Festival returns to Federation Square on Saturday 15 May and Sunday 16 May 2021 with an explosion of culture, entertainment, traditional Buddhist ceremonies, meditation, lion dances, children’s activities and so much more!

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Gesher 2020 – Religion & Ecology: Community in a Time of Crisis

Gesher 2020

Gesher is the official journal of The Council of Christians and Jews (Victoria) Inc. The Annual journal Gesher 2020, Issue 3, Religion & Ecology: Community in a Time of Crisis is now online, along with the other issues from earlier this year and previous editions.

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Hanukkah – Pillars of Light

Magen DawooThe eight-day Jewish celebration known as Hanukkah or Chanukah commemorates the rededication during the second century B.C. of the Second Temple in Jerusalem, where according to legend Jews had risen up against their Greek-Syrian oppressors in the Maccabean Revolt. The Atrium at Federation Square, Melbourne, will be live-streaming the Menorah lighting each evening commencing Thursday, 10 December from 7:30pm.

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Victoria: Spirit Harmony Multicultural Festival Australia

Victoria: Spirit Harmony Multicultural Festival Australia

Sangam Kala Group Australia Inc in association with Victorian Multicultural Commission, State Govt of Victoria & City of Kingston presents a Virtual Spirit Harmony Multicultural Festival Australia which will be broadcasted via multiple social media channels from 4th-6th December. Enjoy cross-cultural diverse stage performances, fun & acts by Australian, Indian & all singers, dancers, actors, musicians and health lovers.

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Overview: Faith Communities Supporting Healthy Family Relationships

Faith Communities Supporting Healthy Family RelationshipsFaith Communities Supporting Healthy Family Relationships‘ is a Participatory Action Research project established by the Multifaith Advisory Group based on recommendations 163 and 165 of the Victorian Royal Commission into Family Violence. It is funded by Multicultural Affairs within the Department of Premier and Cabinet and is being implemented in partnership between University of Melbourne and the Multicultural Centre for Women’s Health.

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Sikh community celebrates first anniversary of the installation of ‘Ik Onkar’ sculpture in Victoria

Ik Onkar in BendigoMembers of the Sikh community gathered in a small town in regional Victoria on Sunday to mark the completion of one year since the historic installation of the ‘Ik Onkar’ sculpture in a public space in Australia. The sculpture was installed in November 2019 to mark the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak. The sculpture was made to order by artist Iqbal Singh Gill from Punjab in India.

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Victoria, Tasmania: Living the Change

Join us to celebrate LIVING THE CHANGE on Sunday 6 December 2020 where we will be working together towards creating a flourishing world for all. We gather as members of diverse faith communities and those who care for our planet to share our stories of change, transformation, and regeneration. Living the Change is brought to you by Australian Religious Response to Climate Change, Religions for Peace Australia, Cultural Infusion and United Religions Initiative.

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Faith Communities Supporting Healthy Family Relationships

Faith Communities Supporting Healthy Family RelationshipsViolence against women (and violence in families) has multiplied during the times of lockdown with people confronted with heretofore unseen and unknowmn stresses on their income, their relationships – even their meaning and purpose. The Faith Communities Council of Victoria will assemble and expert panel to discuss – and answer your questions – during an online session on Wednesday, 25t November 2020.

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Victoria: Faith Communities in Pandemic Times

Faith Communities in Pandemic TimesWhat challenges are faith communities facing during the COVID19 pandemic, and what important role can they play in this difficult time? What is the end strategy for the COVID 19 pandemic? What is the likelihood of an ‘ethical’ vaccine and how will it be administered? Find out more at the Faith Communities Victoria online session on Sunday, 15 November 2020.

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Buddhist volunteers feeding Melbourne’s worst affected determined to see out the pandemic

Quang Minh Buddhist TempleSince the second wave of coronavirus infections began in Victoria, volunteers from the Quang Minh Buddhist Temple have provided nearly 900 vegan meals to people in the Melbourne suburbs of Footscray and Braybrook. They’re now determined to see out the pandemic.

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Covid-Safe: Changes to Attendance at Places of Worship

Burwood Presbyterian ChurchNew South Wales has made changes to the numbers allowed to populate a place of worship, excluding Weddings and Funerals. In Victoria, Premier Dan Andrews has hinted at futher exemptions being made available from Sunday, 25 October 2020.

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Book Launch: Towards a Just and Ecologically Sustainable Peace

Book Cover: Towards a Just and Ecologically Sustainable PeaceThis book addresses the need to develop a holistic approach to countering violence that integrates notions of peace, justice and care of the Earth. It will be launched online on Tuesday, 27 Oct 2020, 6:00 PM AEDT. You are invited to join the release of this important book, to be launched by Dr Vandana Shiva and Prof Richard Falk.

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Keep calm and kosher: Melbourne Jews spending Yom Kippur in lockdown

Melbourne Jews spending Yom Kippur in lockdown

Yom Kippur is traditionally observed with a 25-hour fast, followed by a prayer, synagogue services, and a feast with extended family. This year, Melbourne Jews are spending their High Holidays ~ and Yom Kippur in lockdown.

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