Easter Messages from Australian Church Leaders 2022

Messages from our churches speak to our Australian and world context in this year’s Easter Sunday celebration of Jesus Christ’s resurrection or rising from the dead after being crucified or put to death on the day called Good Friday. This year, the Western Churches will celebrate Easter on Sunday 17 April and the Orthodox and Oriental Churches will celebrate Easter on Sunday 22 April. Easter marks the foundation of Christianity.

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Q&A with a Young Jewish Community Leader in Ukraine

Q&A with a Young Jewish Community Leader in Ukraine

As many Ukrainian Jews know this year, Passover will be different in 2022. We sat down with Ukrainian Jewish community leader Andy (he/him), 27, to discuss what the community and holiday will look like in the context of current events. Andy is currently working as a regional manager for a biobanking company and recently graduated from medical school. As a former Hillel leader and current resident of a Moishe House in central Kyiv, he is intimately connected to the Jewish community of Kyiv. Throughout the war, he has safely hosted events for young Jews in his shared apartment, such as Shabbat meals and programs to preserve a sense of community and act as a support-system during this very difficult time.

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Religious Australians are pushing for climate action, and want church leaders and politicians to get on board

Bushfires at Mallacoota, Vic


Most religions believe the universe and everything in it is a creation of God or gods, and most demand that we nurture God’s creation. So for many religious people in Australia today — particularly among younger generations — it makes sense for religious leaders to encourage care for the environment.

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Darwin Muslims welcome traditional return of Ramadan after years of COVID restrictions

Imam at Darwin masjidThe holy month of Ramadan began last weekend across the world. During the month Muslims are required to fast from dawn to dusk, abstaining from food and drink. The Darwin Mosque hosts around 400 Muslims every night.

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Victoria: 2022 Yom HaShoah Commemoration

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The Jewish Community Council of Victoria will be hosting an inclusive virtual community commemoration for Yom Hashoah on Wednesday, April 27 at 7.30 pm. The event will be an online commemoration with poignant testimonies, the participation of a range of Jewish students, and messages of support from communal members, leaders, and affiliates.

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Russian War causes food crisis during Ramadan

Lunar calendar and RamadanThe Russian war on Ukraine has cast a pall over Ramadan with skyrocketing food prices in the Middle East. The Muslim holy month of Ramadan – when the faithful fast from dawn to dusk – began at sunrise on Saturday in much of the Middle East, where Russia’s invasion of Ukrane has sent energy and food prices soaring. The conflict cast a pall over Ramadan, when large gatherings over meals and family celebrations are a tradition.

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Paganism: myths, magic, and nature conservation

Paganism: myths, magic, and nature conservation
Contemporary Paganism is one of the few spiritual movements attracting a growing number of followers, particularly young people, each year. For some, Paganism is about connecting with and protecting their environment, for others it’s about regaining control of their world. On God Forbid, James Carleton and the panel explore contemporary Paganism; from myth busting and magic, to advocacy and climate change.

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A question to ask ourselves this Ramadan: Is my concept of God ethical?

Is my concept of God ethicalBelief in God is, naturally, the major and most consequential component in all theistic belief systems — including their sense of ethics. While theologians and lay people alike have expended considerable time and effort trying to understand the nature of God, one question that has, regrettably, often been overlooked or neglected is what kind of God is ethically worth believing in.

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The Value of Understanding the Role of Value Systems in Violent Conflicts

The Value of Understanding the Role of Value Systems in Violent Conflicts


The Center for Security Studies (CSS) at ETH Zürich recently released a new report examining the role of value systems—both religious and secular—in conflict and peacebuilding. The report argues that the importance of value systems should be right-sized, rather than over-emphasized or under-emphasized, in relation to the more tangible drivers of violent conflict.

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