William Cooper’s dreams of Indigenous representation in Parliament inch closer

Senator Patrick DodsonThe man leading the charge on enshrining a First Nations voice in the constitution says he’s often inspired by the work of Indigenous rights pioneer William Cooper says the Special envoy for the implementation of the Uluru Statement from the Heart, Senator Patrick Dodson.

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International Essay Contest for Young People

International Essay Contest for Young People
The Goi Peace Foundation, Under the auspices of The Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology of Japan conduct an essay competition for young people up to the age of 25. This annual essay contest is organized in an effort to harness the energy, creativity and initiative of the world’s youth in promoting a culture of peace and sustainable development. It also aims to inspire society to learn from the young minds and to think about how each of us can make a difference in the world. Submissions close June 15th.

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The Power of Silence

Buddha in the cloudsThere is noise, and the healthiest noise in the world is children playing. There is a healthy silence, the silence in which we access depths within ourselves, the silence wherein we restore and heal the body; and there is the ignoble silence, the silence of shame and oppression. The Buddha spoke in praise of silence; he also spoke about the times we need to speak out about the silence of oppression and shame.

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Rabbi David Rosen promotes interfaith, peace, justice, veganism

Rabbi David RosenRabbi David Rosen is a man dedicated to a myriad of missions: to further interfaith dialogue, to pursue justice and peace, and to promote veganism and healthy living. And because of his tenacity, he has greatly furthered these causes and influenced many people along the way. Capping a long career of interreligious involvement, Rosen has recently been involved in startling changes in Saudi Arabia related to interfaith relations, and the notable change in the religious orientation of the Kingdom.

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Protect our planet with your finances (Insurance Workshop)

Australian Religious Response to Climate Change logoAustralian Religious Response to Climate Change continues its sessions Align your finances with your faith to protect the planet. These new sessions will address how green are your Insurance suppliers?

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National Reconciliation Week 2022

National Reconciliation Week 2022National Reconciliation Week is from 27 May to 3 June. The National Reconciliation Week 2022 theme, “Be Brave. Make Change.” is a challenge to all Australians— individuals, families, communities, organisations and government—to Be Brave and tackle the unfinished business of reconciliation so we can Make Change for the benefit of all Australians. National Reconciliation Week is of significance to all Australians: it is the precursor to all Australians living in harmony, cooperation and understanding.

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Being spiritual in Australia: Complexity, contemplation and controversy

University of MelbourneThe Contemplative Studies Centre of Melbourne University presents Dr. Anna Halafoff – a well known researcher of spirituality, religion and interfaith matters – who will address Being spiritual in Australia: Complexity, contemplation and controversy. This session is offered online, on June 8, 12:00pm – 1:00pm. This webinar is free.

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Stockholm+50

Stockholm+50

Stockholm+50 will commemorate the 50th anniversary of the watershed UN Conference on the Human Environment, which took place in Stockholm in June 1972. Addressing intergenerational responsibility, implementation opportunities, and recognizing the interconnectivity among all relevant stakeholders and policy issues, this high-level meeting follows months of consultations and discussions with individuals, communities, organizations, and governments around the world, with a special focus on youth participation.

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Queensland brings legislation to ban hate symbols

Queensland brings legislation to ban hate symbols

On May 25 (local time), Hindu organisations and activists in Australia, including the Hindu Council of Australia, Australian Hindu Association Inc. and others, raised objections over Queensland MP Annastacia Palaszczuk’s proposal to ban ‘the public display of hate symbols such as swastikas’. After MP Palaszczuk announced the proposal, the Hindus strongly objected to it and urged the MP to change the language of the proposal.

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The Interfaith School: Interfaith Youth Movement in Facing Climate Change Challenges

The Interfaith School: Interfaith Youth Movement in Facing Climate Change ChallengesThe Interfaith School (SLI) is jointly organized by the Institute for Interfaith Dialogue in Indonesia, the Faculty of Theology, Duta Wacana Christian University (UKDW), the Theology Faculty, Sanata Dharma University and the Ushuluddin Faculty, State Islamic University, Yogyakarta. The theme of the Interfaith School XIII, “Religion and Climate Change” is becoming increasingly relevant and needs to be followed up with concrete actions. This will take place on Saturday, 21 May 2022.

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Belonging – Affirmations for Faith Leaders

World Council of Churches and Religions for PeaceIn April of 2021, Religions for Peace and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) launched the Multi-religious Council of Leaders to strengthen efforts to address conflict, displacement, support peace building, inclusivity and reconciliation. Today, Religions for Peace in partnership with the World Council of Churches (WCC), have released the Affirmations of Belonging for Faith Leaders. Religions for Peace is indebted to the co-stewardship of the WCC, a member of its governing board.

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The Kathmandu Statement

Faith and Positive Change for Children InitiativeAs a result of the Faith and Positive Change for Children Regional Faith Engagement Forum for South Asia, Religions for Peace and partners are proud to present the Kathmandu Statement which calls for collaboration to provide a better environment and promote well-being of children in South Asian along with sustaining relationships with faith actors in the region.

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WCC, United Nations Environment Programme, Muslim Council of Elders, NY Board of Rabbis sign joint appeal for climate-responsible finance as a moral imperative towards children

World Council of Churches logoThe World Council of Churches (WCC), United Nations Environment Programme, Muslim Council of Elders, and NY Board of Rabbis have signed a landmark joint appeal, “Climate-Responsible Finance – A moral imperative and responsibility to all children and the living world“.

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