Vilification on the grounds of religion is now illegal and in serious cases could result in a criminal conviction with a fine of up to $7500, under laws passed by the ACT parliament on Thursday.
Over the last few decades, the number of people who answer the census question about religion with ‘no religion’ or ‘not specified’ has been on the rise. But just because someone doesn’t subscribe to organised religion doesn’t mean they’re not spiritual. Unlike in France and the United States, the Australian census contains a question about religion. This year, for the first time, ‘no religion’ will be the first option.
The alliance of religious progressives in Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific Common Dreams International Conference: Progressive Spirituality – New Directions in Brisbane, 16 – 19 September, 2016.
The Columbian Mission Institute – along with its volunteers from many religions – will conduct a Youth Parliament of World Religions (PoWR) at Monte Sant Angelo Mercy College, North Sydney on Saturday, 3 September 2016.
Aboriginal Catholic Ministry in collaboration with Amberley Centre, invite you to experience and explore Aboriginal spirituality and connection to land by walking with Mutthi Mutthi woman Vicki Clark in the footsteps of her ancestors at Lake Mungo and Balranald.
The Buddhist Council of Victoria and the Interfaith Centre of Melbourne would like to invite you a day seminar considering the impact of Climate Change. The seminar is Global Citizenship and You, Embracing Earth’s Challenge at East Brunswick, on Saturday 27 August 2016.
The Buddhist Council of Victoria and the ARRRC – an interfaith group active on climate change issues in Australia – will be jointly launching the Buddhist Climate Change Action Kit on Wednesday, 17 August.
Join Women’s Melbourne Network for a frank and fearless of discussion with women of faith and feminism. Inspirational women from faith communities and backgrounds will discuss religion, gender and feminism.
The gathering for Religions for Peace for this month will be held on Wednesday evening 10 August from 6.00-7.00pm at the Brahma Kumaris Centre, 51 Risdon Rd., New Town. We’ll share a skype call with Thea Ormerod, the Chair of Australian Religious Response to Climate Change, who is hoping to discuss her proposed visit to Hobart on Saturday 19 November to conduct a workshop for interested participants. This will be an opportunity not only to discuss Thea’s proposed visit but the content of her workshop as well.
The Council of Christians and Jews (Victoria) will conduct a seminar on Religious Response to Family Violence From a Jewish and a Christian Perspective at St Peter’s Church Hall, East Melbourne on Sunday 14 August 2016.
Pope Francis said on Sunday that it was wrong to identify Islam with violence and that social injustice and idolatry of money were among the prime causes of terrorism. “I think it is not right to identity Islam with violence,” he told reporters aboard the plane taking him back to Rome after a five-day trip to Poland. “This is not right and this is not true.”
The Canterbury Bankstown Harmony Group event was held at Punchbowl Community Centre last Wednesday night. The Grand Mufti of Australia, Dr Ibrahim Abu Mohammed, was present as well other religious leaders and politicians including Lakemba Uniting Church minister Reverend Graeme Watkins and Watson MP Tony Burke.
United 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).
The Australian Catholic University will conduct a four-session short course on Inter-Faith Perspectives on Mercy as part of the Short Courses in Theology series at the Lecture Theatre, Victoria Parade Campus of ACU in Fitzroy, Melbourne.
The Jewish Christian Muslim Association of Australia has released a statement addressing the killing of Fr Hamel in France this week. Father Hamel was a member of the Normandy Interfaith Committee and was well respected.
Two men pledging allegiance to Islamic State attacked a Roman Catholic church during Mass on Tuesday, killing a priest and gravely injuring another person in the first assault on a church amid a string of recent terror attacks on Western Europe. The priest, Father Hamel, was a member of the Normandy Interfaith Committee and was well respected.
The Religions for Peace gathering for this month will be held on Sunday 31 July 2016 from 3.00pm-4.00pm at the UTAS Multifaith Centre, TUU Building, Churchill Ave, Sandy Bay. Our guest will be Mr Usman Rana from the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community. His topic will be An Introduction to Islam and the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community.
The Council of Christians and Jews (Victoria) will conduct a brief session enabling Faith Communities to dealth with Pressure Currently Facing Muslim Communities at Our Lady of Sion College, Box Hill on Sunday 31 July, at 3PM.