Tasmania – March 2021

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Greetings of Peace! We hope everyone is breathing a sigh of relief, as we are, that the summer in Tasmania has been cool and we have been blessed that the bushfire season has been milder than it has been in recent years.

In connection with supporting Mother Earth, Religions for Peace Tasmania will be joining the International initiative of Greenfaith: Sacred People, Sacred Earth – GreenFaith.  We will join members of The Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) at 11am on Thursday 11 March 21 in the garden next to the Quaker Meeting House, Boa Vista Rd, New Town. 

Greetings of Peace!

Urgent Appeal from Religions for Peace:

Urgent Appeal from Religions for Peace International and Religions for Peace Myanmar to De-escalate Violence

Members of Religions for Peace Australia are offering prayers especially on Mondays for the de-escalation of violence in Myanmar in particular.

Holy Days in March 2021

Date Event Faith/religion
11 March Maha Shivaratri Hinduism
11 March Lailat al Miraj Islam
15 March Great Lent Orthodox Christianity
20 March Equinox Equal day and night
20 Marchy Naw Ruz Baha’i
28 March Pesach Judaism
28 March Palm Sunday Christianity
29 March Hola Mohallah Sikhism
2 April Good Friday Christianity
4 April Easter Day Christianity

Soul Food

Soul Food will be held at 3.00pm on Sunday 7 March and, as we are coming up to International Woman’s Day, the Soul Food team have chosen readings and quotes dedicated to the equality of women and men.   This year we have decided to put an emphasis on the equality of men as this should not be misinterpreted, as you will see in our choice of readings and quotes.  Man and Woman must be equal for the world to progress. The theme for the program is “Men and Women – Partners in Human Endeavour” and the music for this program will be the wonderfully talented Bryan family along with the Baha’i choir.  

We hope you and your friends can join us at the Baha’i Centre, 1 Tasman Highway (Behind the ABC), Hobart. 

* Refreshments will be served and all Covid 19 requirements adhered to. 

* If you require more information please call Val on 0404080768 or contact the Baha’i Centre on 62347654.

Parking is on 2 levels as we have an overflow parking area above as your proceed to leave the Centre on the left hand side.

Hobart Buddhist Meditation Centre

Tuesday evening meditation

We are starting up our Tuesday evening sessions again from the second Tuesday in February. Sessions will run from 6.30 pm.

Over our five weeks together we will be exploring fundamentals of embodied meditation and mindfulness practice as well as sharing the Four Thoughts that turn the Mind towards Dharma to deepen our enquiring hearts and minds.

This traditional exploration of the nature of reality seems more relevant than ever to live a life of true Wisdom and generate Compassion for ourselves and all beings.

Through the weeks we will explore these themes of Precious Human Life, Impermanence, Cause and Effect, The Truth of Suffering, and how they form our day to day reality.

Andy McIntosh will be leading these sessions via Zoom from New Zealand. 

We encourage you to come along to meet with us face to face for these sessions if you can. They will run from 6.30 pm. at the Golden Room, Kickstart Arts, St Johns Park, which is Covid safe, wheelchair accessible and ground level. Please bring your own cushion, however chairs are provided. Alternatively, you can attend via Zoom using the link below.

Zoom Meeting Time: 6.30 pmZoom Meeting ID: 937 472 284

For more information about our current program, please,
Email info@hobartbuddhistmeditationcentre.com
Website http://www.hobartbuddhistmeditationcentre.com

Dorje Ling Retreat Centre Autumn 2021 Newsletter is available here

Brahma Kumaris Meditation Centre

Seven wonders of the mind: discover the strength and beauty of your own mind

6.00-7.30pm on Wednesday 17 March 21

Elizabeth St Conference Centre (rear of Hobart Town Hall), 7 Elizabeth St, Hobart.

Speaker Maureen Chen began teaching Raja Yoga Meditation in 1977.  She has established BK meditation centres throughout Asia.  From 2010 she has organised dialogues internationally, bringing leaders from diverse fields together to explore The Future of Power.  In 2020 she published Mystic at the Edge: a western woman coloured by Asia, a book both entertaining and rich in deep insights.

The event is free of charge as a community service, but contributions are welcome to help cover costs.

Download a Flyer for this event

Brahma Kumaris Australia Virtual Centre

The Virtual Centre is hosting a Shiv Ratri program on Thursday 11 March, 6:30pm AEDT. It will be Shiv Ratri with a difference as it’s like an interfaith conversation.

Event Link (active at time event): http://tiny.cc/ShivRatri

Tasmanian Muslim Association

The Tasmanian Muslim Association invites all the young children of Hobart to participate in the Harmony Poster Competition event on the theme “Muslim History in Australia”. 

The Posters may be submitted by Monday 15th March and they will be displayed on Saturday 20th March at the Hobart Mosque premises from 12:00pm – 2:30pm. 

This is a Public Event.

More information: Kazi Sabbir, President, Tasmanian Muslim Association
Mob: 0421 413 327

Dances of Universal Peace

Dances of Universal Peace offer a 16 Month Musician and Leadership training for South Australia and Tasmania. Classes will be offered on the second weekend of each month in Adelaide Hills and the last weekend of each month in Hobart. See attached flyers here and here for more information. If you would like to contact Anahata about this, please email her on anahatara@mac.com

Sacred Conversations

Sacred Conversations will be having its third anniversary at our next meeting which will be held on Saturday 27th March at 2pm at the Baha’i Centre of Learning, 1 Tasman Hwy, Hobart. It is hard to believe that our first meeting took place three years ago! You are most welcome to join us as we celebrate with music, food, and sacred conversation around the theme “we are all family”.

For those who are unable to join us there in person, you can still have access to the meeting via a Zoom link. Here is the link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/6401673016

Sacred Conversations is an interfaith outreach and dialogue group that encourages people of different faiths and cultures to come together in a spirit of deep respect, understanding, peace, and love! We meet on the last Saturday of every month from 2pm to 4pm.

Please feel welcome to join us for respectful dialogue, prayer, meditation, music, friendship, and more.

All enquiries are welcome! Contact Julian  mob:  0401 673 016 or julianmcgarry@gmail.com 

St David’s Cathedral

The Hobart Orpheus Choir and Orchestra presents a Sunday afternoon concert of St John Passion by J.S. Bach at the glorious St David’s Cathedral.
Sung in English.

Conductor – Susan Reppion-Brooke
Soprano – Joanna Brooke
Alto – Jenny Duck-Chong
Evangelist – Richard Humphrey, Dean of Hobart
Continuo – Ivan James & Elizabeth Rockliff

General Admission Tickets – $25 +booking fee
On Sunday 28 March 2021 at 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM

St David’s Cathedral
23 Murray St, Hobart, TAS 7000
Bookings online at Trybooking

Pope Francis in Iraq

Pope Francis is currently visiting Iraq.  While he is there he plans to hold an interfaith prayer ceremony at the ruins of Ur, the traditional birthplace of Abraham.  The ceremony will be attended by  Christians, Muslims, Mandaean-Sabaeans, Yazidis, and other religious minorities in Iraq.


Light of Torah

The new Light of Torah website is now open: https://www.lightoftorah.net/ 

Some things to note:

  • It has a substantial Torah archive.
  • It offers a weekly blog: Weekly Insights https://www.lightoftorah.net/blog
  • It has a growing offering of reflections on Festivals.
  • It is working towards Teacher and Homily tips, as well as short explanations of the key church documents that address the Jewish-Christian relationship.
  • In place of the previous weekly E-Bulletin which ran from 2010-2016, there is a new weekly subscription called Weekly Insights .This offers short articles, just a 2-3 min read. Weekly Insights is free, and you can access it at the website without signing up. But if you would like a little prompt each week with those ‘drip feed’ Torah insights arriving in your email box, then subscribe here. Subscribers receive them (normally) once-a-week, and each carries a link to ‘unsubscribe’ at any time if you so wish.

Hindu Council of Australia

A paper giving reflections on Aboriginal spirituality and Hindu faith is available for your reading:
Aboriginal Spirituality and Hindu Faith

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In peace,
Convenor RfP Tasmania Branch
Vice Chair, Religions for Peace Australia
Phone 6272 6521