Interfaith leader joins the Queen for lunch

qe2The deputy director of the UK’s Council of Christians and Jews has joined the Queen and Prince Philip for an exclusive lunch at Buckingham Palace. Elizabeth Harris-Sawczenko was one of just eight guests from all walks of life selected by the Royals to join the special event, where she gifted Her Majesty with artwork by Vetta Alexis. It depicts the traditional Jewish prayer recited on meeting a member of the Royal Family.

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Syria: “Our World Needs a Revolution Against Violence”

asyriaFather Jacques Mourad was prior of the Mar Elian monastery, a pilgrimage centre near the city of al-Qaryatayn that was briefly occupied by ISIS, which destroyed the monastery and kidnapped the monk in November 2015. He was held for five months, before he managed to escape. Now based in Europe, he spoke Oct. 17, 2016, with international Catholic charity Aid to the Church about the situation in Syria.

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Tasmania: October 2016

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TThe Religions for Peace Tasmania Branch gathering for October will be held on Sunday 9 October 2016 from 3.00-4.30pm at the UTAS Multifaith Centre, TUU Building, Churchill Ave, Sandy Bay. It is entitled ‘Promoting Equality and Respect: an interfaith collaboration on preventing family violence‘. An introductory presentation to the project will be given by Jill Shanti, who was a member of the Interfaith Working Group of the resource produced by the Greater Dandenong Interfaith Network.

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Victoria: Lecture on Future of Jewish-Catholic relations

schutThe Ecumenical and Interfaith Commission would like to invite you to a public lecture, “Nothing substantively new“? … The latest Vatican document “The gifts and calling of God are irrevocable” and the Future of Jewish-Catholic relations at East Melbourne on 30 October.

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Victoria: PathWays Annual General Meeting

pathwaysPathWays for Diversity Education works for educational purposes in order to promote mutual respect and social cohesion across the diversity of belief in Australian society, including both faith and freethought worldviews. This educational work is carried out in two main settings, first in the training of young adult presenters, second among senior high school students, usually Year 10. Pathways invites you to their first Annual General Meeting with Guest Speaker Helen Kapalos, new chair of the Victorian Multicultural Commission.

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Introducing a temporary visa for parents

The Australian public is invited to provide their views on the development of a new visa for parents of Australians. The ​Australian Government is seeking community input to help shape the development of the visa. More >> A discussion paper about developing the new visa titled Introducing a temporary visa for parents: Discussion paper (September … Read more

Do Polls equal “Lies, damned lies, and statistics”?

salatThere has been much conversation, interaction and discussion in multifaith and interfaith circles along with formal responses to an Essential Opinion poll about Muslim immigration. Professor Andrew Markus of the Monash – Scanlon Index of Social Cohesion examines the poll, the various methods of polling, and what results certain types of polling deliver. Due his nation-building work on social cohesion, we reproduce (with permission) this examination of this poll by Prof. Andrew Markus.

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Victoria: Eid Breakfast with Father Rod Bower

bower2The ICV hosted its first Eid Breakfast on Monday 19th September 2016 with Keynote Speaker Fr Rod Bower, from the Gosford Anglican Church. Fr Bower is internationally recognised for his interfaith dialogue. Guests also heard speeches from ICV President Bayram Aktepe, ICV Imam Sheikh Abdinur Weli and MC’ed by Br Junaid Cheema.

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Wake Up for Peace – celebrating UN International Day of Peace 2016

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On the morning of 21st September, the Melbourne community and it’s leaders will come together to wake up for peace and proactively support the UN International Day of Peace, along with millions around the world.

​You are invited to join this event and create silent, powerful intentions of peace and goodwill – on one day, for one purpose – and as one community at Deakin Edge, Federation Square, 7.45-8.30am.

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Pope’s Address to “America in Dialogue: Our Common Home” Interfaith Symposium

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On Thursday, Pope Francis received in audience the participants in a Symposium  promoted by the Organization of American States and the Institute of Inter-Religious dialogue of Buenos Aires on the theme: “America in Dialogue: Our Common Home” (Augustinianum, Rome, September 7-8).

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UPDATED: Bendigo: War, Faith and Peace

fromellesUnited Religions Initiative, in collaboration with Bendigo Interfaith Council, Bendigo TAFE and Cultural Infusion will deliver a Public Forum on War, Faith and Peace at the Bendigo College of TAFE on Friday, August 26. The Forum will be followed by free conflict resolution training for young people (open for those aged 18-30).

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Multi-religious, Multi-stakeholder and Inter-generational Action to Eliminate Nuclear Weapons

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A Special Session of the RfP International Standing Commission on Disarmament and Security at the United Nations University on the occasion of the 20th Anniversary of the Advisory Opinion of the International Court of Justice (ICJ).

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