Tasmania – May 2021

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Greetings of Peace! Our gratitude continues for our great fortune in being (mostly) free from the ravages of the pandemic and our loving thoughts go to other countries in the world, especially India at the moment, where there is such suffering.

Greetings of Peace!

Our gratitude continues for our great fortune in being (mostly) free from the ravages of the pandemic and our loving thoughts go to other countries in the world, especially India at the moment, where there is such suffering. 

United Nations World Interfaith Harmony Week Lecture

There is a special event to be presented on Monday 10 May 6.00-8.00pm.  This year’s UN World Interfaith Harmony Lecture is entitled Reconciliation & multifaith: Aboriginal worldviews and the Australian Christian heritage, and will be delivered by Senator Patrick Dodson.  Although it isn’t well known, Senator Dodson was the first Aboriginal Catholic priest. 

The details are below, sent by the Secretary of Religions for Peace Australia, Dr Sue Ennis.  Hope you can join us!

The Parliamentary Friends of Multiculturalism in partnership with Religions for Peace Australia & Canberra Interfaith Forum present the UN World Interfaith Harmony Week Lecture for 2021. The topic is Reconciliation and Multifaith: Aboriginal Worldviews and the Christian Heritage.

Senator Patrick DodsonGUEST SPEAKER
Senator Patrick Dodson
Shadow Assistant Minister for Reconciliation
Shadow Assistant Minister for Constitutional Recognition of Indigenous Australians

Patrick Dodson is a Yawuru man from Broome in Western Australia. He has dedicated his life work to being an advocate for constructive relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples based on mutual respect, understanding and dialogue. He is a recipient of the Sydney International Peace prize.

Patrick has extensive experience in Aboriginal Affairs, previously as Director of the Central and Kimberley Land Councils and as a Commissioner in the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody. He also served as inaugural Chair of the Council for Aboriginal Reconciliation and as Co-Chair of the Expert Panel for Constitutional Recognition of Indigenous Australians.

Prior to his endorsement by the Australian Labor Party as a Western Australian Senator in March 2016, Patrick was a member of the ANU Council, Adjunct Professor at the University of Notre Dame (Broome) and Co-Chair of the National Referendum Council.

Since entering the Parliament in 2016 as Senator for Western Australia and Shadow Assistant Minister for Indigenous Affairs and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, Patrick has fought for justice for First Nations People and a fair go for remote and regional WA.

Senator Patrick Dodson currently the Co-Chair of the Joint Select Committee on Constitutional Recognition Relating to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples 2018. You may read Patrick’s First Speech:

Event Details:

Program: 2021 World Interfaith Harmony Week Lecture
Guest Speaker Senator Patrick Dodson
Date: Monday 10 May 2021
Time: 6PM
Bookings: online at Trybooking
Zoom::: A zoom link to the lecture will be sent to all who register prior to this event.
Youtube: This event will appear on the Religions for Peace Youtube Channel shortly

Russell Broadbent MP
Federal Member for McMillan
Maria Vamvakinou MP
Federal Member for Calwell


Holy Days in May 2021

Date Event Faith/religion
13 May Eid al-Fitr
(end of Ramadan)
17 May Shauvot Judaism
23 May Declaration of the Bab Baha’i
23 May Pentecost Christianity
25 May Birthday of Mahavira Jain
26 May National Sorry Day The Apology
26 May Vesak Buddhism
27 May Reconciliation Week Indigenous Australia
28 May Ascension of Baha’ullah  Baha’i

Symphony of Peace Prayers

15 May 11am – 1.00pm
Join us at The Spring Bay Mill to participate in our annual World Peace Flag Ceremony and the planting of a new Peace Pole at The Spring Bay Mill. You are invited to bring a picnic lunch (tea and coffee available) and gather at The Spring Bay Mill for the ceremony at 11am Please be prepared for all weather, as we will be outdoors for the Ceremony.

“Let our two worlds combine -yours and mine
The door between us is not locked – just ajar”
– Aunty Dawn Blazely

After lunch you are invited to The Village in 20 Melbourne Street, Triabunna to view the exhibition of botanical art “The Flora of Wind Song”. Tickets must be booked online through Spring Bay Mill: https://springbaymill.com/contact-us/ For more information or help to book online contact Tom Teniswood on 0418 995 319 or email windsong@skymesh.com.au

Australian Religious Response to Climate Change

The Australian Religious Response to Climate Change invites interested people to their finalised 2020 Annual Report. We hope you find it rewarding to see what we collectively achieved together in 2020, despite the challenges of COVID. Thank you all those involved for the enormous energy you put into climate action in Tasmania. It’s difficult work but much needed.

You may also be interested in a selection of photos and videos from our recent Global Multi-Faith Day of Action on 11th March here.

We would love you to attend our AGM via Zoom on Thursday, 20th May, 7 – 8.15 pm AEST.
Enquiries: chair@arrcc.org.au or phone 02 9150 9713.

ARRCC:  Align your Finances with your Faith to Protect the Planet

First Session:  Tuesday 25 May  7.30-9.00pm AEST

Second Session:  Tuesday 22 June  7.30-9.00pm AEST

Third Session:  Tuesday 27 July  7.30-9.00pm AEST

Booking required as spaces are limited: https://www.facebook.com/ARRCC/ or phone 02 9150 9713

Dances of Universal Peace:

Dancing will be on the 1st Tuesday of the month, led by Nicola. Start time is at 7.00pm so please arrive a little earlier to accommodate this.

The Hawker Centre, 339 Macquarie Street, South Hobart (behind All Saints Church & Jesse Tree Op Shop).

In addition we will be offering Dances one Saturday afternoon each month in North Hobart –  next one is 29th May 4 – 6.15pm . This will be led by Anahata and the trainees of the Dances of Universal Peace 15-month Training course. Location: Friends Meeting House, 5 Boa Vista Road, North Hobart

Parliament of the World’s Religions:

The 8th Parliament of the World’s Religions, hosted for the first time virtually in 2021, will bring together people of faith from around the world in an instant. The virtual Parliament is a safe way to gather the world’s global interfaith movement and celebrate the enduring spirit and work of religious and spiritual communities striving toward a more just, peaceful and sustainable world.

The Theme is Opening our Hearts to the World: Compassion in Action.

31 May is the deadline for the early bird registration at US$50.00 and is also the deadline if you are thinking of offering a program.

On Monday, May 31st the Call for Programs will come to a close. Considering a program? Want to feature a film? Interested in sharing a spiritual observance? It’s not too late.

When: October 17th -18th, 2021
Where: Virtually everywhere around the world
Enjoy access to our lowest rates by taking advantage of the Super Saver Rate, only available until May 31st.
Register for the Super Saver Rate (USD $50.00) here: https://parliamentofreligions.org/parliament/2021-virtual

Have questions about the 2021 Parliament of the World’s Religions? Connect with our team today at info@parliamentofreligions.org

Religious Society of Friends (Quakers)

NGUNE – Healing Country Festival (ticketed event)

In keeping with the 2021 NAIDOC theme of ‘Heal Country’ and the call to seek greater protections for our lands, waters, sacred sites and cultural heritage from exploitation, desecration, and destruction, the South East Tasmanian Aboriginal Corporation and weetapoona Aboriginal Corporation are hosting the NGUNE (fire) – Healing Country Festival.

The Festival will showcase Aboriginal knowledges, such as Fire Stick Burning and demonstrate our relationship with the land, developed over millennia. Festival goers will have the opportunity to learn about environmental issues impacting our landscape, flora and fauna and how Aboriginal practices can benefit our Nation.

Fire demonstrations, Story telling, bonfire, Aboriginal dancing, music entertainment – Not to be missed.

Sat, 3 Jul at 10:00 to Sun, 4 Jul at 13:30

Murrayfield Station, North Bruny Island, Tasmania

Register interest here

News Links

Indian community in Ballarat hoping to raise $90,000 to save lives for COVID-ravaged country (msn.com)

Turkey’s Christians Face Increasingly Dangerous Persecution | Opinion (msn.com)

France adopts tougher provisions for controversial Islam bill (msn.com)

Growing up a Sikh in the UK (msn.com)

‘Immunised’ Muslim pilgrims in Mecca as Ramadan begins (msn.com)

Coronavirus changing the way people worship (msn.com)

Church of England must shortlist minority ethnic candidates for bishop roles – report (msn.com)


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