Quarantined Faith

Quarantined FaithDuring the COVID-19 quarantine in Italy, religious gatherings are suspended. How do Catholic, Jewish, Muslim, Protestant and Buddhist Romans cope with losing connection with their communities and traditions at a time they need them most? Featuring interviews with religious leaders and laypeople who explain how their communities “virtually” observed Passover, Easter, and Ramadan this year in Rome, this documentary is a testament to how they maintain resilience and connectedness, and how the crisis has called them to draw more deeply on their spiritual resources.

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ACT: Celebrate International Day of Yoga

Celebrate International Day of YogaIntegrated Cultures ACT Inc. (ICACT) (Connect, Collaborate, Celebrate) and Integrated Women’s Network (IWN) invite you to a series of weekly talks by Yoga practitioners and teachers from 12.55pm for 1 pm start in the lead up to International Day of Yoga on 21 June 2021.

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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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Care for Environment: Islam

Kaaba at MeccaAccording to Islamic law, the basic elements of nature – land, water, fire, forest, and light – belong to all living things, not just human beings. Allah commands human beings to avoid doing mischief and wasting resources as these acts cause degradation of the environment. Here we bring you excerpts from the Qur’an and Hadith on care for the Environment, the Statement on fossil fuel divestment by the Fiqh Council of North America and the Green Ramadan movement.

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Meditate in May

Meditate in MayThe Art of Living is offering 31 days of free meditations during the month of May, 2021. This will be 31 Days of free live guided Meditations. You will meditate with expert meditation teachers, learn simple breathing techniques and receive Community Support to get you started on your meditation journey and with three meditation slots per day, you can join in whenever and wherever you are.

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History of Yoga Films

Vishuddi FilmsIn the lead up to International Day of Yoga, Vishuddi Films have prepared a series of video on the History of Yoga in four languages. History is traced from the times of Harappa civilisation. The story moves to explore the elements of Yoga in the times of Veda, Jainism, Buddhism, and several other doctrines. It takes you through the delightful journey of 3000 years of developmental history of Yoga up to the medieval ages.

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Facebook accused of not removing hate speech in complaint under Australia’s racial discrimination laws

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The Australian Muslim Advocacy Network alleges the social media giant allows ‘anti-Islam’ pages to host hateful content about Middle Eastern, African, South Asian and Asian people

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Buddhism in the Sea of Islands webinar series

The Humanistic Buddhism Centre, Nan Tien Institute, together with colleagues from Deakin and Western Sydney universities, are hosting a series of webinars to explore Buddhism in Pacific contexts. The webinars will run from June through to October 2021.

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Afghanistan War Crimes – Australian Quakers

Quakers Australia logoThe Presiding Clerk of Australian Quakers has written to the Prime Minister relating to the Brereton Report and alleged war crimes by Australian soldiers in Afghanistan. Given the significant involvement of Australia in Afghanistan over many years, Quakers Australia believe a thorough and strong response is warranted. The people of Afghanistan deserve nothing less after the suffering they have endured.

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2021 World Interfaith Harmony Week Lecture

World Interfaith Harmony Week Logo - smallThe Parliamentary Friends of Multiculturalism in partnership with Religions for Peace Australia and the Canberra Interfaith Forum present the 2021 World Interfaith Harmony Week Lecture at the Theo Notaras Centre, Canberra on Monday 10 May, 2021. Speaker will be Sen. Patrick Dodson, and the topic will be Reconciliation and Multifaith: Aboriginal Worldviews and the Christian Heritage.

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German theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer, executed 9 April 1945…

Dietrich BonhoefferIn this blog post – transcluded from the World Council of Churches, Presbyterian Minister Theodore Gill pens a remembrance of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, of the German Confessing Church, who was executed on 9 April 1945. The poem begins with the question all humans must ask: Who am I? in order that they might know who they are before the Divine.

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Ramadan is a time of restraint and renewal, of emptying-out and filling-up

Sighting the Moon

The first Ramadan began with a man climbing a rocky mountain and retreating into a tiny cave. He sat there, alone, for a month of fasting, meditation, reflection, and prayer, as he had many times before. He was trying to distil the mysteries of the universe, compassion, and the knowledge of God.

Somewhere during the last ten days of that month, the angel Gabriel — the same angel that visited Mary in the Gospels — appeared to this man in his cave and had an exchange with him that would change his life, revolutionise his society and affect the world forever. It was also an exchange that gives us profound lessons about the nature of our physicality, and the connection between our bodies and divine inspiration — lessons that have resonated through every Ramadan since.

When the angel Gabriel (Jibreel in Arabic) first spoke to Muhammad, he ordered him to “Recite!” Muhammad, understandably terrified at the sudden appearance of a supernatural being, replied he neither knew how to recite nor what to recite, which indeed was true. While public oral poetry was very popular and highly prized during his time, he, an illiterate man, was not known to have ever come up with as much as a single line of verse in his life.

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What do the 5 great religions say about the existence of the soul?

Three Candles

A recent survey found almost 70% of Australians believed in or were open to the existence of the soul — meaning they believe we are more than the stuff out of which our bodies are made.

The soul can be defined as the spiritual or non-material part of us that survives death.

Western pop culture is currently bewitched by what happens to us after death with TV shows such as The Good Place and Miracle Workers set largely in the afterlife. And the Disney film Soul depicts the soul of a jazz pianist separating from his earthly body to journey into the afterlife.

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Mind and Life: Science and Wisdom of Emotions Summit

Science and Wisdom of Emotions Summit

The Mind & Life Institute is honoured to announce the Science & Wisdom of Emotions Summit, co-produced with The Awake Network. The free online program runs May 2-5.

Join His Holiness the Dalai Lama and 30+ leading scientists and world renowned teachers in exploring how to cultivate emotional well-being, work with challenging emotions, increase our capacity to love and care for others, and participate in the creation of a more interconnected and compassionate world. Speakers include Eve Ekman, Dan Goleman, Jon Kabat-Zinn, Resmaa Menakem and Sebene Selassie.

Twenty years ago the Mind & Life Institute held the seminal “Destructive Emotions” Dialogue with the Dalai Lama that focused on how we can overcome our negative emotions and cultivate our best human qualities. That gathering proved to be a catalyst for a revolution in the western conception of emotions and helped springboard the study of compassion.

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YMCA: “Name gender-based violence for what it is”

HardenReligions for Peace Australia endorses the Thursdays in Black campaign. The World Council of Churches and Religions for Peace International have taken up Thursdays in Black and Naming Gender-based-violence in a practical manner with video, webinar and ongoing interviews. There is the series of interviews with Thursdays in Black ambassadors which highlights those who are playing a vital role in increasing the impact of our collective call for a world without rape and violence. Casey Harden is general secretary of the World YWCA.

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