Tasmania October 2020

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We hope that everything is going well for you, your families and your communities! My apologies for the lateness and the abbreviation of this RfP Tas Newsletter.  I’ve only been able to include information which I’ve been able to receive.  My email is having issues, as they say, and bouncing everything back at the moment.  I’m very sorry if this has happened to emails from you.

Our event for Religions for Peace Tasmania branch in October will be to join in with the Religions for Peace Australia Prayers for the Nation, which will be held by Zoom on Sunday 18 October 2020 at 5.00pm.  Religious leaders from many faiths around Australia will be offering prayers. Kris Schaffer from Tasmania will be offering thoughts from our First Nation People’s perspective.

Greetings of Peace!

Our event for Religions for Peace Tasmania branch in October will be to join in with the Religions for Peace Australia Prayers for the Nation, which will be held by Zoom on Sunday 18 October 2020 at 5.00pm.  Religious leaders from many faiths around Australia will be offering prayers. Kris Schaffer from Tasmania will be offering thoughts from our First Nation People’s perspective.

Please feel welcome to join in the prayers for the welfare of our nation.   The Zoom link is

Meeting ID: 886 2283 4872
You will need the Passcode to get into the meeting: 328397
To phone in, the number is +61 3 7018 2005

More information about the service is found here: https://religionsforpeaceaustralia.org.au/?p=11449

Holy Days in October 2020

Date Event Faith/religion
3 – 9 October Sukkot Judaism
Feast of Tabernacles
9 October Birth of Guru Ram Das Sikhism
11 October Simchat Torah Judaism
Celebrating the Torah
17-26 October Navarathri Hinduism
Nine nights of the Divine Mother
19-20 October Twin Holy Birthdays Baha’I
Birth of the Bab
Birth of the Baha’u’llah
20 October Guru Granth Sahib Sikhism
Confernment of Guruship on the Guru Granth Sahib
24 October United Nations Day United Nations
75 Years of United Nations
25 October Dassera Hinduism
Vijaya Dashami: Victory over Evil by the Divine Mother
25-31 October International Spiritual Care Week Spiritual Carers
Collaborative Healthcare – Chaplains complete the picture!
29 October Mawlid an-nabi Islam
Birth of Prophet Muhammad

Shia Commemoration of the Martyrdom of Imam Husain

This is an invitation from the Shia Association of Tasmania to all communities to join us to commemorate the martyrdom of Imam Hussain. Imam Husain was killed in Karbala (a city of Iraq) because he stood up against injustice and the people in power.

We will gather in Parliament House gardens on Saturday 17 October 1.30-4.00pm and remember his sacrifice. 

We would be very happy to see people from all other communities as Imam Hussain did not sacrifice for Muslims only but for all humanity.

Best regards 
Jary Raza  0470 476 181 

Tasmanian Peace Trust Lecture

The Tasmanian Peace Trust presents the Annual Lecture by Dr Kerry Howells, entitled The Place of Gratitude in the Search for Deeper Peace.

It will be held in the Quaker Meeting House, Boa Vista Rd, New Town on Wednesday 21 October 2020 at 6.00pm.

Dr Kerry Howells is a thought leader, researcher and teacher educator. Her many publications and TED talk have been cited widely both in book and digital publications and are influencing thinking around the concept and application of gratitude in various fields, including Positive Psychology.

City of Hobart Australia Day Awards

We know that so many Multicultural and Faith Communities have been working very hard supporting their members during the difficulties of 2020. The Australia Day Awards are a wonderful opportunity for the mainstream community to learn about and acknowledge the activities of multicultural and faith communities.

Nominations for the Citizen of the Year, Young Citizen of the Year, and Community Event of the Year will close soon on Wednesday 28 October.

The Australia Day Awards are a great opportunity to recognise young people, adults, and/or groups who are making a difference to the Hobart community, inspiring and supporting others, and strengthening community.

It only takes one nomination for a person or group to be considered for the award. Please nominate and encourage your network to nominate too!

Please visit www.hobartcity.com.au/AusDayAwards for more information and to access an online nomination form or to print a downloadable one. Nomination forms can also be picked up from the Hobart Council Centre, 16 Elizabeth St.

Please spread the word and do not hesitate to contact me should you have any questions.

Boshra Yazahmeidi Community Development Officer – Multicultural and Inclusion | Community Life | Telephone (03) 6238 2495

Open Mosque Day

The Tasmanian Muslim Association (TMA) has the pleasure to cordially invite you to attend Hobart Mosque Open Day, as part of the annual National Mosque Open Day, on Saturday, October 31st at the Hobart Mosque, 166 Warwick St, West Hobart between 11am and 2pm.

Hobart Mosque Open Day is an initiative proudly supported by the Australian Government and organised jointly by the Tasmanian Muslim Association and Lebanese Muslim Association in Sydney. We aim to go some of the way to improving social cohesion and breaking down various misconceptions and misunderstandings, by providing an engaging opportunity for education and discourse between Muslims and non-Muslims.

The event will be community and family centred; there will be tours of the mosque, free Sausage Sizzle, Children activities, opportunities for engagement with local Muslims and Q&A with religious elders. 

It would be a pleasure to host you and your family on the day at Hobart Mosque. 

Faith Communities in Pandemic Times online webinar

Date: Sunday, 15th of November 2020
Time: 2:00-3:30pm (via zoom)

What challenges are faith communities facing during the COVID19 pandemic, and what important role can they play in this difficult time?
What is the end strategy for the COVID 19 pandemic? What is the likelihood of an ‘ethical’ vaccine and how will it be administered?

Join our Question & Answer forum for answers to these and many other questions with guest speaker Professor John Catford, who is currently a specialist health adviser to the Victorian Government.

Introduction: Rev Ian Smith, Secretary, Faith Communities Council of Victoria
Moderator: Norman Currie, Janssen Spirituality Centre
Free Registration: faithinpandemictimes.eventbrite.com.au
Facebook: www.facebook.com/events/2807882239501430/

Faith Communities Supporting Healthy Family Relationships online webinar

Date: Wednesday, 25th November 2020 
Time: 2:00-3:30pm  (via zoom)

Faith leaders play an influential role in shaping attitudes and behaviours amongst their faith communities and therefore are in a unique position to prevent violence against women.

Join our panel of experts as they discuss their challenges and successes in building the prevention and response capacity of faith leaders and their communities.
– Dr Cathy Vaughan, Melbourne University
– Robyn Andréo-Boosey, Anglican Diocese of Melbourne
– Anu Krishnan, Kulturbrille & Faith Communities Council of Victoria

Moderator: Monisha Sandhu, Multicultural Centre for Women’s Health
Free Registration: faith-safe.eventbrite.com.au
Facebook: www.facebook.com/events/3571947556226343/

Mental Health Support during COVID-19

From the Department of Health 

The Department of Health has published a list of Digital and telephone supports for mental health during COVID-19. Translations have beenpublished online.  

Please continue to visit the Tasmanian website with the latest updates on COVID: www.coronavirus.tas.gov.au


In peace,
Convenor RfP Tasmania Branch
Vice Chair, Religions for Peace Australia
Phone 6272 6521
e: jt.sussmilch@bigpond.com