Rafah: Joint Statement by National Council of Churches, Act for Peace

National Council of Churches in Australia logoAct for Peace and the National Council of Churches in Australia have released a statement endorsing the plea for an instant ceasefire in Gaza, backing the Australian Government’s appeal for an immediate humanitarian ceasefire in the region. Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese has joined the Canadian, and New Zealand Prime Ministers urging a ceasefire. Over 1 million Palestinians have sought refuge in Rafah, a region that may face repercussions from Israel’s proposed military actions.

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UK: Interfaith charity to close after government funding pulled

Interfaith charity to close

A British charity set up nearly 40 years ago to improve understanding between faith groups has confirmed its closure after the government cut off funding.

The Inter Faith Network (IFN) says its board members met on Thursday and confirmed it was beginning the process to close the charity, though staff would continue working until mid-April.

Last month, Communities Secretary Michael Gove said he was “minded to withdraw” government funding, worth around £150,000, for the IFN after the appointment of Hassan Joudi, a former deputy secretary general of the Muslim Council of Britain (MCB), as a trustee.

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Urgent Call for Peace and a Letter of Thanks to Foreign Minister Penny Wong

Religions for Peace Australia


Religions for Peace Australia responds to the Foreign Minister’s warning to Israel “Do not go down this path“, as the prime ministers of the three countries said in a joint statement on Thursday that Israel “must listen to its friends”. Israel is urged not to proceed with its planned ground assault on Rafah. Religions for Peace Australia thanks the Foreign Minister for calling for an urgent Humanitarian ceasefire in Gaza.

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GAZA Ceasefire Pilgrimage – February 14 (Ash Wednesday)

GAZA Ceasefire Pilgrimage - February 14 (Ash Wednesday)

“This is a pilgrimage of solidarity and hope; we walk as witnesses and in love”. The plan is to walk the distance from Gaza City to Rafah, here in Naarm (Melbourne) – mirroring the walk Gazans are being forced to take. Participants can walk some or all of the route. Commencing at 6:30am, the walk will end at St Paul’s Cathedral, Melbourne, at 6PM.

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2024 World Interfaith Harmony Week Lecture

World Interfaith Harmony Week Logo - smallReligions for Peace Australia and Canberra Interfaith Forum will host the annual World Interfaith Harmony Week Lecture at Parliament House, Canberra. The Guest Speaker will be Dr. Pal Dhall, International speaker and presenter on Human Values with experience integrating ethics and human values of mankind’s religions to create harmony and peace in society and culture. This event will be available on Zoom, on Wednesday 28th February from 5pm.

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Beyond War and Toward Reconciliation: The Second Multi-Religious Peace Roundtable

Beyond War and Toward Reconciliation: The Second Multi-Religious Peace Roundtable

8 February 2024, New York City: Religions for Peace International and Religions for Peace Japan, with the support of the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC), proudly announce the convening of the second “Beyond War and Toward Reconciliation: Multi-Religious Peace Roundtables”, scheduled to take place from 19-21 February 2024, in Tokyo, Japan.

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The Enduring Revelation in Islam: Embracing Mystical and Collective Wisdom as Ongoing Revelation

The Enduring Revelation in IslamIn the present age, where the world is characterized by rapid change and diverse perspectives, the significance of collective revelation becomes even more apparent. As Muslims, we should recognize the transformative potential embedded within our mythology and reflectively embrace its wisdom, writes Dr. Adis Duderija.

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On International Day of Human Fraternity, eyes turn toward bridging divides

Zayed Award for Human Fraternity 2024At a virtual event organized by the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations and co-sponsored by the Permanent Missions of the United Arab Emirates and Egypt to the United Nations, Member States, religious leaders, faith actors, and civil society representatives gathered for a commemoration of the historic meeting on 4 February 2019, between His Holiness Pope Francis and His Eminence the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar, Ahmad al-Tayeb, in Abu Dhabi, UAE, which led to the signing of the “Document on Human Fraternity for World Peace and Living Together.”

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The Pope and the Muslims: An Interview

Pope Francis and Grand Sheikh Al-Tayyeb Will Pope Francis still be travelling to Riyadh? What will be the outcome of his planned visit to Indonesia? How important is his friendship with Grand Sheikh al-Tayyeb? Interview with Islamic scholar Felix Koerner, five years after the Abu Dhabi document "on human fraternity".

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