Updated: Interfaith Prayers for Australia

Interfaith Prayers for Australia


Religions for Peace Australia will conduct Interfaith Prayers for Australia online, on Sunday 18 October 2020 at 5PM AEDT. Religious leaders from many faiths will be presenting prayers. All are welcome to attend. A zoom link is given below for this event. All are welcome and join in the prayers for the welfare of our nation.

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Week of Action on Food creates path to “Grow, Nourish, Sustain Together”

Churches' Week of Action on FoodChurches around the world will be observing Churches’ Week of Action on Food from 11-17 October as hunger is a stark reality for 26.4 percent of the world’s population. The theme of the World Food Day, which falls on 16 October this year, is “Grow, Nourish, Sustain Together.”

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FAITH FOR NATURE: Multi-faith action

FAITH FOR NATURE: Multi-faith action

Faith for Nature: Multi-Faith Action is a global event designed to lay the foundation for inter-faith collaboration for sustainable and regenerative development to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.

The concept and objectives of this conference will be in support of the fifth United Nations Environment Assembly to be held in February 2021 in Nairobi with the overall theme “ Strengthening Actions for Nature to Achieve the Sustainable Development Goals”. The Faith for Nature Conference will have the following objectives and outcomes:

A) Identify the relevance and way forward in mobilising values, ethics, spirituality and faith-based action to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.

B) Empower faith-based organisations in taking action for the Sustainable Development Goals and to cooperate for sustainable and regenerative development, with a view to endorsing the establishment of a global Faith for Earth Coalition. Religions for Peace Australia will be participating in this event, giving Report from the Asia and Australia Hub.

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Kep Enderby Memorial Lecture: Racial Equality in the Time of Coronavirus

Racial Equality in the Time of CoronavirusThe Australian Human Rights Commission presents the Kep Enderby Memorial Lecture: Racial Equality in the Time of Coronavirus online, on Friday 30th Oct 2020, 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm. This online lecture is free. The 2020 Kep Enderby Memorial Lecture is sponsored by the European Union Delegation to Australia

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Dalai Lama: Global Vision Summit

XIV Dalai LamaLion’s Roar Magazine and Tibet House US are delighted to announce a first-of-its-kind event: The Dalai Lama Global Vision Summit. With the personal endorsement of the Dalai Lama himself, this historic 6-day global summit offers an unprecedented opportunity to experience the Dalai Lama’s example of wisdom, compassion, and visionary insight from an extraordinary panel of 22 Buddhist teachers, spiritual leaders, scientists, and devoted students.

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Pilgrims return to Mecca as Saudi Arabia eases COVID restrictions

Pilgrims return to Mecca

A limited number of people circled Islam’s holiest site in Mecca on Sunday after Saudi Arabia lifted coronavirus restrictions that had been in place for months.

The kingdom took the rare step of suspending the Umrah – the smaller pilgrimage that draws millions all year round from around the world – in early March as the coronavirus morphed into a global pandemic and prompted countries to impose lockdowns and curfews to slow down transmission.

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Religions, Ecology, & Our Environment

Yale Forum on Religion and EcologyReligions for Peace and the Yale Forum on Religion and Ecology recognise the critical need to generate energy around spiritually inspired environmental protection and sustainability. Thus, they are partnering to engage youth in the exploration of how religious, spiritual, or ethical approaches to environmental issues can complement approaches from science, policy, law, economics, or technology. The webinar – online – will take place on 2 October 2020.

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10th International Conference Buddhism and Australia

10th International Conference Buddhism & AustraliaThe International Conference on Buddhism and Australia invites submissions for the 10th international conference Buddhism & Australia. Due to the pandemic situation, only scholarly articles for publishing will be expected. In addition to the abstract and paper submission, authors will be able to submit their virtual presentations to provide more visibility to their paper.

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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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Faith Communities in Pandemic Times

Faith Communities in Pandemic TimesThe Faith Communities Council of Victoria will present the online event, Faith Communities in Pandemic Times, online, on Sunday 15 November 2020, from 2pm to 3:30pm. This is a Q & A forum with Professor John Catford, who is currently a specialist health adviser to the Victorian Government.

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Deep Listening to the Natural World: Insights from Science and Faith

The Faith Ecology NetworkThe Faith Ecology Network invites you to share in their Deep Listening event led by Andrew Skeoch: science and faith in an interactive dialogue, including Jewish, Baha’i, Buddhist, Muslim, Christian, Brahma Kumaris and Traditional Aboriginan responses to the topic and breakout room discussions on Monday 12 October 2020.

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What it means to be a “progressive Islamist”

Muslims at Prayer

The Muslim intellectual tradition is full of instances of contestation over the meaning and implications of many of its major concepts — such as sunna (custom or habit), salafism, īmān (belief or faith), tawhīd (oneness or unity), and jihad (struggle), to name but the most prominent few.

It is little wonder, then, that these and other major concepts in the Muslim intellectual tradition have been appropriated throughout Muslim history by various religious and/or political actors, with various degrees of success. Hence certain groups or actors were able to monopolise some of these concepts and came to be regarded — or, indeed, simply to regard themselves — as their most faithful, if not the only legitimate, interpreters.

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UN International Day of Peace

Shaping peace together21st of September every year is the World Day of Peace, as established in 1981 by the United Nations General Assembly. This year, the theme for International Day of Peace is Shaping Peace Together. The Covid-19 crisis has placed many challenges before nations, and calls for joint efforts to provide well-being and peace for citizens of every nation, every continent, our world. Religions for Peace Australia is an active participant in the 2020 United Nations World Day of Peace – Shaping Peace Together.

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Rosh Hashannah (Jewish New Year) and Covid 19

Rosh Hashannah and Covid 19This year, Rosh Hashanah – the Jewish New Year – will look a little different. We know it’s difficult to be apart from our communities on these important days, but staying home is the best way to keep ourselves and our loved ones safe from coronavirus (COVID-19). This year has served as a reminder of our shared fate. As nations large and soul struggle to maintain life, dignity, and continuity, the truth that what we have in common outweighs that which divides us should serve as a guiding light.

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Citizenship Test to Change

Australan Citizenship Test17 September (today) is Australian Citizenship Day. The Minister for Immigration has announced that new Australians will need to correctly answer questions about domestic violence, equal opportunity and freedom of speech under changes to the citizenship test. The changes to the citizenship test will include a religious values question.

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