BEYOND THE DIVIDE – Spiritual Education across Faiths and Cultures

 Alphacrucis College, Australia and Centre for Religious Moderation and Diversity, State Islamic University, YogyakartaCentre for Intercultural Research and Engagement, Alphacrucis College, Australia and Centre for Religious Moderation and Diversity, State Islamic University, Yogyakarta, will present the Beyond the Divide Conference, an online event which presents a global online research conference into faith education across religions and cultures. The Conference will be online from 7-8 July 2021.

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Call for End to Systemic Racism

UNHCR LogoGENEVA (28 June 2021) – UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet on Monday issued an urgent call for States to adopt a “transformative agenda” to uproot systemic racism, as she published a report casting a spotlight on the litany of violations of economic, social, cultural, civil and political rights suffered by people of African descent – on a daily basis and across different States and jurisdictions.

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Youth Engagement with Religion & Faith in the 21st Century

Youth Engagement with Religion & Faith in the 21st Century

The Islamic Cooperation Youth Forum (ICYF) and Religions for Peace (RfP) in collaboration with the Statistical, Economic and Social Research and Training Centre for Islamic Countries (SESRIC); the International Islamic Fiqh Academy (IIFA); the Research Center for Islamic History, Art and Culture (IRCICA); the Pontifical and Royal University of Santo Tomas; Berkley Center for Religion, Peace and World Affairs, Georgetown University; and the Institute of Human Rights and Peace Studies, Mahidol University, are organizing a symposium on “Youth Engagement with Religion and Faith in the 21st Century,” scheduled for 28-29 July 2021, followed by a publication of research and presentations to be launched in October 2021.

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Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

Week of Prayer for Christian UnityAt least once a year, Christians are reminded of Jesus’ prayer for his disciples that “they may be one so that the world may believe” (see John 17.21). Hearts are touched and Christians come together to pray for their unity. Congregations and parishes all over the world exchange preachers or arrange special ecumenical celebrations and prayer services. The event that touches off this special experience is the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. Traditionally the week of prayer is celebrated between 18-25 January, between the feasts of St Peter and St Paul. In the southern hemisphere, where January is a vacation time, churches often find other days to celebrate it, for example around Pentecost, which is also a symbolic date for unity.

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Religions for Peace World Council Statement on World Rainforest Day

Religions for Peace World Council Statement on World Rainforest Day

Religions for Peace World Council gives one statement in support of the Amazon and its Indigenous Peoples on the occasion of the World Rainforest Day. The Interfaith Rainforest Initiative – which Religions for Peace fosters – is a pathway to a balanced future for our Earth – the only Earth we have. You are invited to read this statement.

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Beit Sefer Yalbalinga: Justice

Sydney Jewish Museum logoThis lecture (29 June) is one of a series of five lectures that will focus on the shared history of the Jewish and First Nations communities. These online lectures are hosted by the NSW Jewish Board of Deputies at the Sydney Jewish Museum.

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Myanmar: Timely support and action by Security Council ‘really paramount’, says UN Special Envoy

United Nations LogoThe UN Special Envoy for Myanmar said on Friday she has called for timely action from the Security Council in response to the ongoing crisis in the Southeast Asian country stemming from the military coup in February. Speaking to journalists following her closed-door briefing to the Council, Christine Schraner Burgener described the situation in Myanmar as “very worrisome” and “very bad”.

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Religious Soft Diplomacy & the United Nations: Religious Engagement as Loyal Opposition

Book Launch: Religious Soft Diplomacy & the United Nations:Religious Engagement as Loyal Opposition

Rev. Prof. Dr. James T. Christie and Dr. Sherrie M. Steiner recently published a book with the title “Religious Soft Diplomacy and the United Nations – Religious Engagement as Loyal Opposition”. The engagement of religious diplomacy within the United Nations systems has become increasingly important for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The Launch will take place in New York on 24 June 2021 |from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm EST. Two members of Religions for Peace Australia have made contributions to this book.

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Human Fraternity and Inclusive Citizenship: Interreligious Engagement in the Mediterranean

Interreligious Engagement in the MediterraneanPolarization and discrimination linked to religion have been increasing in many parts of the world, including on the two shores of the Mediterranean. Against this background, however, seeds of hope have emerged from a number of religious leaders who have called for a new narrative of human fraternity and inclusive citizenship.

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Peace in The Age of Chaos: The Best Solution for a Sustainable Future

Peace in The Age of Chaos Book CoverThe much-anticipated book by renowned businessman, global philanthropist and peacebuilder, Steve Killelea, A.M., offers a new and accessible understanding of peace: one that is measureable, resilient and above all, achievable in a time of chaos.

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International Day of Yoga – Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide

International Day of Yoga - United Nations LogoInternational Yoga Day is celebrated worldwide on 21 June of each year. Yoga is an ancient tradition which has many applications. Individuals practice yoga all over the world, and gain benefit the asana poses and excercises bestow. Other forms of yoga still the mind within, and grant inner peace and stillness. The United Nations proclaimed International Day of Yoga in 2014. The day is growing in popularity each year. This year there will be observances with social distancing in Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide

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“Anti-racist in Christ?” Online event will consider Christian repentance, action

Clergy against racismThe World Council of Churches and the Council for World Mission, from 14-17 June, will present online the ecumenical event “Anti-racist in Christ? Ecumenical Christian Repentance, Reflection and Action on Racial Discrimination and Xenophobia.”

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Interfidei (Indonesia) 30 years anniversary

Interfidei (Indonesia) 30 years anniversaryInterfidei invites you to their 30th Anniversary event, the Second Webinar Series “Sharing Interfaith Experiences” with the Indonesia Interfaith Network. Simultaneous Indonesian/English interpreters will be provided. This webinar will be held on Thursday, 17 June 2021 at 19:00 hrs Indonesian time.

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