Tasmania – June 2021

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Greetings of Peace! We hope that everyone is taking special care for their wellbeing as we move into wintry weather and we’d like to pass on an encouraging reminder to book your COVID vaccination (1800 671 738) to ensure that we all stay safe, as far as we can.  Faith leaders have been encouraging their communities to do this.

Greetings of Peace!

We hope that everyone is taking special care for their wellbeing as we move into wintry weather and we’d like to pass on an encouraging reminder to book your COVID vaccination (1800 671 738) to ensure that we all stay safe, as far as we can.  Faith leaders have been encouraging their communities to do this.

Religions for Peace Australia

Religions for Peace Australia will hold its AGM and annual Discussion on the coming weekend:

The Annual General Meeting will take place on Sunday 6th June 7-8.30 pm AEST (5pm Perth, 6.30 pm Adelaide/ Darwin)
The Annual Discussion (and planning) will take place on 10 -1pm AEST Monday 7 June   (8am Perth, 9.30 am Adelaide/ Darwin)

All welcome. Terry is happy to pass on the Zoom link to anyone who is interested in joining in.

We are delighted our AGM Guest speaker on Sunday night will be Dr Anne Pattel-Gray who will be Zooming from Qld and give an address entitled  Walk Alongside to Build Religious Inclusivity and Acceptance.

Synopsis: As a multicultural society, how do we build an Australia that embraces our religious difference as a value and strength which recognises Australian First Nations’ Spirituality, values and beliefs to build unity and peace.


United Nations World Interfaith Harmony Week Lecture

Senator Patrick Dodson’s UN Interfaith Harmony Lecture entitled Reconciliation and multifaith: Aboriginal worldviews and the Australian Christian heritage, was delivered in Canberra on 10 May 21.

This talk is now available on the website of Religions for Peace Australia  https://religionsforpeaceaustralia.org.au/?p=12939 and available to watch directly on youtube:  https://youtu.be/61F0xKaCANUI


Videos on the Pandemic by Religions for Peace Australia

There are several other videos recently made by Religions for Peace Australia now available for viewing on their website:

Racism in times of Covid 19: https://religionsforpeaceaustralia.org.au/?p=12998
Multifaith and Interfaith History of Australia: https://religionsforpeaceaustralia.org.au/?p=12990
Mental Health and Covid 19: https://religionsforpeaceaustralia.org.au/?p=12969
Leading Faith Communities in Difficult Times: https://religionsforpeaceaustralia.org.au/?p=12927
Hope you can join us in our continuing prayers and loving thoughts for all our sisters and brothers suffering in so many ways around the world.


Holy Days in June 2021

Date Event Faith/religion
6 June World Environment Day United Nations Observance
16 June  Martyrdom of Guru Arjun Dev Ji  Sikhism
21 June International Day of Yoga United Nations Observance
21 June Winter Solstice Astronomy
4 July NAIDOC Week Indigenous Australia
9 July Martyrdom of the Bab  Baha’i

Soul Food

Soul Food will be held on Sunday 6th June 3 pm Baha’i Centre, 1 Tasman Highway Hobart (behind the ABC).

The theme for June’s program will be”Trustees of the Earth” with readings and quotes directed to encourage us to cherish the natural wonders of the earth as we celebrate World Environment  Day. The music will be the amazing Toby Stratton and Rebecca Manarel. Refreshments will be served.  See www.soulfood.com.au 

Australian Religious Response to Climate Change

The Australian Religious Response to Climate Change Living the Change event is a sequential series of three small group monthly sessions in which participants share, learn and discuss within a multifaith group issues surrounding aligning your finances and faith to protect the planet by divesting from fossil fuels.

Session 1: Banks & Insurance
Session 2: Superannuation & Shares
Session 3: Shareholder actions & next steps

Sessions are 90 minutes on zoom.
Book online at TryBooking

Book your first session for Tuesday 8 June 2021 7:45 PM – 9:15 PM AEST (Melbourne/Sydney/Brisbane), 7:15 PM (Adelaide), 5:45 PM (Perth). Details of the second and third sessions (7:30 PM – 9:00 PM AEST on Tuesday 22 June and Tuesday 27 July) will be sent to participants in the first session. This is an online event and times shown are AEST (Melbourne/Sydney/Brisbane).

There is much work we can do to ensure that our big financial institutions – banks, insurance companies and superannuation companies – are divesting from fossil fuel industries, and investing into renewable sources on the path to a reducing emissions.

Recent participants in the sequence of three sessions said:

“I looked into one of my super funds … and found it rates very badly in terms of fossil fuel investment. I am now thinking about what to do about it”

“It was very useful for me to learn about the role that insurance plays”

Location: The link to the online event to be provided by the event organiser

Contact Details: Contact the Organiser

Your Faith - Your Divestment

Disclaimer: The organisers are not financial advisors and the information provided in these sessions does not constitute financial product advice. The information is of a general nature only and does not take into account your individual objectives, financial situation or needs. It should not be used, relied upon, or treated as a substitute for specific professional advice. We recommend that you obtain your own independent professional advice before making any decision in relation to your particular requirements or circumstances.

Brahma Kumaris

Let’s celebrate International Day of Yoga 2021

Live Rajyoga meditation for self-healing and recharging

Brahma Kumaris Australia invites you to tune in live to charge up your week and celebrate International Day of Yoga with our young yogis giving live guided meditations from around Australia.  These will be live-streamed on FaceBook twice a week starting from the first week of June.

Tuesday evenings – 1st, 8th, and 15 June from 7.00-7.20pm (AEST)

Sunday mornings – 6th, 13th, and 20th from 8.00-8.20am

Special sessions on Monday 21 June Morning 7.15-7.35am and evening 7.00-7.20pm (AEST)

Tune in at https://www.facebook.com/BKAustralia

Raja Yoga Meditation

Hobart Buddhist Meditation Centre

For our Tuesday evening meditation/discussion, we are continuing our study of the “Lam Rim” or Graduated Path to Enlightenment. 

1 June: Suffering and its causes (with Maria Grist)

8 June: Twelve Links of Interdependent Origination (with Tony Were)

15 and 22 June: Entering the Great Path (with Andy McIntosh)

29 June and 6 July: How to develop Bodhicitta (with Ven. Shih Jingang)

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 Direct link

Zoom Meeting Time: 6.30 pmZoom Meeting ID: 937 472 284
Monday evening meditation (Zoom only) Meeting time: 5.30-6.15 pm

Meeting ID: 843 3802 6421, Passcode: 789858


St David’s Cathedral

St George’s presents theologian and social commentator Michael Jensen delivering the second Henry Baldwin Lecture.

Why is saying sorry so difficult? To say sorry is one of the first things we are taught to do as children, and yet adults find attempting to apologise ties us in knots. From fallen politicians to errant YouTubers, we see failed apologies that make things worse. This is not just a matter for personal ethics – it has political ramifications as well. How can an institution or a nation successfully apologise for its historic crimes? Theologian and public commentator Michael Jensen will probe the problems but also present the possibilities of saying sorry.

Tue 22 June 2021 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm.

Taking Wrongs Seriously: the possibility of pain and apology  Rev Dr Michael Jensen
Book online at Eventbrite

Morning prayers are live streamed every morning at 8.00am from the Cathedral’s FB page: https://www.facebook.com/cathedralhobart/

Religions and Peace Online Course

Religions and Peace Online CourseThe Institute for Economics & Peace, together with Religions for Peace, has produced a free, two-hour online course. The course includes five modules, including one that explores the relationships between religion and peace—and the value of inter-religious cooperation for peace.

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Religions and Peace Online CourseOver the course of 5 modules, you will learn about the history of peace and the centrality of ‘Positive Peace’ to sustaining peace in human societies. The IEP Peace Academy also affords you an unparalleled opportunity to become acquainted with some of IEP’s most influential publications – whether it’s the Global Peace Index, Positive Peace Report, Ecological Threat Register, Global Terrorism Index, or IEP’s research into COVID-19 and peace.

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Religions and Peace Online Course

Parliament of the World’s Religions:

We are 141 days away from the 8th global Convening of the Parliament of the World’s Religions. The2021 Parliament of the World’s Religionsaddressing the theme, Opening Our Hearts to the World: Compassion in Action, will join the ranks of historic interfaith Convenings bringing together peoples of faith and conscience around the world in a common mission of justice, peace and sustainability on October 17-18th.

As a special thank you for your continued support, the Parliament has extended the Super Saver Rate until June 15th! 

In addition, we wish to extend a heartfelt thank you to all who have already joined us in counting down to the 2021 Parliament of the World’s Religions by registering to attend and proposing a program. Due to some unexpected website maintenance, the Parliament has decided to extend the deadline for the Call for Programs.The new deadline for programs is Wednesday, June 30th.

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

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/webform/2021-parliament-worlds-religions-registration?cid1={contact.contact_id}&{contact.checksum}

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

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