Tasmania July 2019

Tasmania LogoGreetings of peace! Religions for Peace Tasmania will have the fortune of holding our July meeting in the company of Lady Borton, a Quaker who has spent many years working in Viet Nam, and who will be visiting Hobart as a guest of the Quakers Annual Yearly Meeting this coming week at the Farrall Centre, North Hobart on Wednesday, 10 July at 1 PM.

Greetings of peace!
Religions for Peace Tas will have the fortune of holding our July meeting in the company of Lady Borton, a Quaker who has spent many years working in Viet Nam, and who will be visiting Hobart as a guest of the Quakers Annual Yearly Meeting this coming week. The date is Wednesday, 10 July 2019 1.30pm. As a special bonus, Religions for Peace Australia Secretary, Sue Ennis, will also be in Hobart at the same time and we hope she can join our gathering. Hope to see you there!

Venue:  Farrall Centre  (meet in the foyer) See map of the Friends School Campus, Boa Vista Rd., North Hobart:  Map 


Holy Days and Festivals in July

DateFestivalReligion, etc
1 July 2019Coming of the Light Christian (Torres Strait Islands)
10 July 2019Martyrdom of the BabBaha'i
13-15 July 2019ObonBuddhist/Shinto
16 July 2019Ashala Puja/Dharma DayBuddhism
16 July 2019Guru PournimaHinduism
17-19 July 2019Dafha rabbaMandaean
18 July 2019International Nelson Mandela DayUN Observance
23 July 2019Guru Har Krishen BirthdaySikhism
11 AugustTisha B’av Judaism


Society of Friends (Quakers)
2019 James Backhouse Lecture
The James Backhouse Lecture Series offers new insights into Quaker faith and practice and into contemporary concerns.

Animating Freedom: accompanying the West Papuan struggle will be presented by Jason McLeod on Monday 8 July 7.15pm at the Farrall Centre, The Friends School, Hobart.

In 1991, Jason McLeod travelled to occupied West Papua.  That visit changed his life.  Eight years later, in 1999, Jason made a thirty-year commitment to journey in solidarity with West Papuans as they searched for non-violent ways out of occupation.  Since then he has been travelling regularly inside the country.  He has walked alongside Papuan leaders as they travelled from West Papua to Washington, Port Moresby to Vila.  It is a journey that has taken him deep into the mountains and forests of West Papua, from the halls of power to the inside of police interrogation rooms.


Hobart Buddhist Meditation Centre
Tuesday evening meditation for July

The four contemplations are also known as the four thoughts that turn the mind towards Dharma.

We will be covering  one of each of these four contemplations each Tuesday evening this coming month.  These four are preliminary practices for mind training (also known as Lojong) and they assist in getting a good framework of understanding from which to springboard our regular practice.  They are:

  • the preciousness of human life
  • the inevitability of death: impermanence
  • Karma, or actions and their consequences
  • suffering (conditioned reality), the problem of cyclic existence

Meditation and discussion 7.30-9.00pm every Tuesday. Entry $5.00 suggested donation.
Location:73 Liverpool St (Goulds Building, down the laneway to the right of the building, in the door between the bamboo pots and up the stairs to the 2nd floor).
Email: info@hobartbuddhistmeditationcentre.com
Website:  www.hobartbuddhistmeditationcentre.com


Brahma Kumaris Meditation Centre:
Shining a Light on Death. Shining a Light on Life
at: Hotel Grand Chancellor Hobart, Saturday 13 July 2019, 10.00am-4.00pm

It’s our pleasure to invite you to a remarkable program presented by very high calibre professionals volunteering their time as a community service and supported by the City of Hobart.

Presenters will be: Prof Michael Ashby, Clinical Director, Sub-acute Services, RHH; Dr Kerry Howells, Senior lecturer and Gratitude researcher at UTAS; Dr Roger Cole, Oncologist and Palliative Care Physician, Illawarra NSW; Maree Cole, Palliative Care Nurse, Illawarra NSW; Terry Sussmilch, Student and Teacher of Meditation as taught by the Brahma Kumaris and Mary Dwyer, Director, CEO of Impact Solutions International and author of The Final Act of Grace.

As a society we have taken death out of our lives. We have become ‘death-denying’ and know very little about the dying process. It has been said that people are dying every day, but we live as though we are immortal. As part of this attitude, about three quarters of us make no provision for when we die and very few make decisions about our end-of-life care, leaving those decisions to grieving loved ones.

There is general anxiety about death and the emotions of fear, sadness, loss, anger and grief are normally associated with it. But it can also be a time of wholeness, healing, love, compassion, acceptance, deep peace, contentment and gratitude. Can we plan to create this kind of environment at our lives’ end? How?

This program hopes to explore aspects of dying, death and grief in an empathetic, supportive way. The program aims to provide individuals with information and choices enabling them to maximise their independence and control over their lives, especially when they are at their most vulnerable. It aims to support social connectedness and interaction on a sensitive and important issue, explore the emotional/psychological/spiritual impact of death and dying on our lives and provide opportunities for healing emotions of grief and loss associated with death and dying.

As we know, Tasmania is an aging community and its aging population is very diverse. This program will look at the topic in a way that will be inclusive of multicultural and multifaith beliefs.

The venue has been chosen to allow flexible seating so that participants will be able to sit in larger and smaller circles to allow for a sense of equality and intimacy. The event will be programmed to allow discussion at every level to ensure that each participant feels valued, listened to and empowered. The venue has also been chosen to provide ease of access for people with disabilities or impaired mobility.

The program will be in the form of a large-scale facilitated community enquiry and dialogues. It is anticipated that whole of group conversation will be supported by small intimate group discussion and time for deeply personal reflection as well. The intended outcome is that every participant leaves the program with a desire to facilitate this conversation within their own family circles.

For further information about the program, including presenters, please see the attached flier.
As the program is being offered free of charge, we are inviting people to bring their own lunch.
Enquiries: Alice 6278 3788 or hobart@au.brahmakumaris/org
Bookings (essential): https://www.trybooking.com/508476

Download a Flyer for this event
This program is being supported by the City of Hobart, The Brahma Kumaris and Impact Solutions International   


Hindu Society of Tasmania
Lectures by Acharya Ashish Darshanaacharya in Hobart on 1st to 6th  August 2019 (See attached flier)

Aryasamaj in association with the Hindu Society of Tasmania is organizing lectures by Acharya Ashish Darshanaacharya (Graduate of Darshan Shastras) in Hobart.  The venue for the lectures will be at  Bharat Bhavan, 7 Lodge St., Glenorchy.  The indicative topics and dates for the program are as outlined in the attached flier.

Please come with an open mind.  There will be an opportunity to ask questions after each of these lectures.  It is a rare opportunity to meet and interact with a scholar of Darshana Shastras, who is also a graduate in Engineering.  There is opportunity for voluntary contribution.  Admission is free and all are welcome.   If you are interested please contact or sms Mrs Gloria Smith (0409214170) or Ajit Ramadas (0411300630).  

The next satsang for the group discussion of the Vivekachudamani of Shankara will be held on Monday 5 August from 6.30-.8.00pm at the UTAS Multifaith Centre, TUU Building, Churchill Ave., Sandy Bay.

The Vivekachudamani is a group of poetical couplets authored by Shankara around the eighth century and examines non-dualism, one of the classical orthodox philosophies of Hinduism.  Everyone is welcome!  

Enquiries to Sree at njeyasreedharan@gmail.com or 0413 936 936

Guru Pournima: an important festival of the immortal Gurus’ of humanity will be celebrated at the Sri Ganesha Cultural Centre, Bridgewater, on Tuesday 16 July from 6:30pm to 8:30pm. Limited transport from UTAS is available. For contact, etc, see the attached flyer


Dances of Universal Peace
Dances for Universal Peace will start on Tuesday July 2 at 7.00pm.

Attached is the flyer for our Winter Retreat with the wonderful Wendy Hodder from New Zealand co-leading with Nicola. This year we will start at 6pm Friday evening 2nd August and finish at 4pm on Sunday 4th August (as the retreat is not on a Long Weekend). It will be held at the Orana Girl Guide Camp, Roches Beach.

Please pass the news on to friends who may be interested. Download the retreat flyer here.

Hope to see you there! Phone Chando on 0419553717 or email us for more details or any queries.
Enquiries: peacedancetas@gmail.com


Josephite Sisters:
Hildegard of Bingen: a woman for our time   (See attached flier)
Presented by Moya Unthank RSJ

Hildegard is an inspiration for us in her passion for God and sincere Gospel living, her courage, her visionary artistic and musical gifts and especially in her ability to discover the exuberant Spirit of the Divine alive in all creation.

Dates: August 10 and 11, 9.30am-3.30pm
Venue: Josephite Missionary and History Centre, 67 Clare St., New Town 7008
BYO Lunch, tea and coffee provided.  Cost $50.00
RSVP by 2 August 2019     email: josephite.mission@sosj.org.au    Phone: 6228 1628


Pace e Bene (Melbourne)
Peace Education Symposium Teaching the Theology and Practice of Peace and Nonviolence
14th – 16th August 2019
St Joseph’s Centre
Edmund Rice Education Australia
9 The Vaucluse, Richmond Victoria 312

Join passionate educators from around Australia to learn the fundamentals of peace and nonviolence education and ways to embed these principles into your curriculum and teaching practice.Symposium participants will have the opportunity to:

  • learn about peace and nonviolence education
  • reflect on how the Gospel inspires work for nonviolence
  • network with other teachers and educators
  • explore and share resources and experiences to assist with embedding nonviolence principles in curriculum and practice.

Learn more here (opens in a new tab)


Earth at Peace

Terry attended the Earth@Peace Symposium in Melbourne.
Read more here (Interesting)


From Faith Communities’ Council of Victoria:

Open Letter on Climate Change from Faith Leaders to PM



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How Melbourne celebrated International Day of Yoga (in pics)



From Uniting Church in Australia website:

From The Hindu:

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