Eased coronavirus restrictions in the NT allow for first Ramadan prayers

Darwin MosqueMohammad Waqas, the president of the NT’s Islamic Society, says being able to pray in public is a huge boost to morale in the community. On account of the relaxed lockdown restrictions in the Northern Territory, the Darwin Mosque opened its doors for Friday prayes and Taweed on 15 May 2020.

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Ethical aspects of Medical Education in the wake of the Covid-19 Pandemic

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In the wake of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, it is abundantly clear to all the necessity of studying the pathology and widespread health consequences associated with the virus. However, what is much less clear is the impact of COVID-19 on medical ethics and medical education.

This report summarizes a global panel discussion webinar in the wake of COVID-19 held on Sunday night (Melbourne time), 3rd. May, 2020 under the sponsorship of the Department of Education’s UNESCO Chair in Bioethics located at the University of Haifa which works to encourage the teaching of bioethics in medical and health sciences and law courses across the world. The topic was the ethical aspects of medical education, a topic close to the UNESCO Chair’s mission.

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Joint statement of Australian Faith Community representatives: Australia’s Response to the Covid19 pandemic so far, looking ahead now.

Religions in AustraliaAustralian Faith Community representatives have come together to discuss Australia’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic thus far, with compassion and concern for the vulnerable. A joint statement is given as Australia be the example of a multifaith place where compassionate, humble service is the national practice.

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eFriend peer service, for those who are feeling anxious, lonely, isolate or distressed

eFriend illustrationAs part of the Australian Government’s mental health response to COVID-19, Independent Community Living Australia has launched its new eFriend service for all Australians aged 18 and over. eFriend is a free, virtual peer support service that provides Australians with non-clinical, peer-based mental health support. eFriend connects people to a consistent, trained peer support worker via video call, borrowing from the ‘befriending’ model used in the UK to help combat loneliness.

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UN: “The Role of Religious Leaders in Addressing the Multiple Challenges of COVID-19”

UN Secretary General logoJoined by leaders from the Jewish, Christian and Muslim faiths, the UN Secretary General said that as the virus wreaks havoc and disruption on a scale not seen in generations, we see a dawning awareness that the differences that so often divide us pale in significance. He reminded the faith leaders in attendance that the actions of faith leaders influence people’s values, attitudes, behaviours, and actions and could lead to move positive outcomes.

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UN chief appeals to common humanity across all faiths, in tackling the coronavirus

hands in prayerAs the UN secretary-general shared a message on 12 May with religious leaders about how our shared vulnerability to the coronavirus pandemic reveals our common humanity, World Council of Churches leaders agreed that solidarity is a foundation of a meaningful global response. Joined by leaders from the Jewish, Christian and Muslim faiths, the UN chief cited previous public health crises, including HIV/AIDS and Ebola, noting how spiritual leadership had been a positive benefit in terms of community values, attitudes and actions.

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COVID-19, Science, and the Nonreligious

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Cherrypicking evidence for God and Religion in times of Coronavirus? Read all about it, from the non-religious. Of course, it’s perfectly OK to be non-religious, healthy, in fact. Cherrypicking your evidence to support your point of view could be fatal to your narrative: …

In pre-modern days if someone was sick they would commonly pray to the gods or visit a shaman or wisewoman to be healed; perform the correct ritual, take a potion or tonic, and say the right words or prayers. As the world entered the modern and enlightened age, scientific and technological advances alongside increased emphasis on reason and logic set the stage for a new approach to health. No longer did people need to pray to the gods or perform the proper ritual to be healed, they could see a doctor and take some medicine on their hopeful road to eventual recovery. The gods became less necessary.

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Ethics of Humanitarian and Social Aspects of the Public Health Emergency in the wake of the Covid-19 Pandemic

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The Covid-19 pandemic around the world is now a perfect storm. It challenges our ways of living, working and celebrating. Country by country, the impact has differed depending on geography, border controls, government leadership and decisions, and preparedness of public health systems.

These are testing times for all. In every case the worst affected are those who cannot socially isolate, who do not have water to wash, who have lost their jobs and so have no daily income, who return to their country as unemployed, hungry migrant workers, who do not have a government that looks out for them. For many the priority is to “flatten the curve” of hunger.

What follows is the second regional webinar of member bodies of Religions for Peace Asia and officers from UNICEF in discussing the Ethics of Humanitarian and Social Aspects of the Public Health Emergency held on 26 April 2020.

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Multifaith Prayers – International Nurses Day 2020

International Nurses Day LogoInternational Nurses Day is celebrated around the world every May 12, the anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s birth. Here we bring you multifaith prayers for nurses from the World’s Religions, along with the Nightingale Prayer, the flame of Florence Nightingale’s legacy.

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An Interfaith Earth Day message in times of Covid 19 and Climate Emergency

Friends World Committee for Consultation Friends World Committee for Consultation has issued a statement from the Interfaith Liaison Committee (ILC) with regards to the postponement of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change Conference of Parties Meeting 26 – COP26, the next big Climate Change meeting.

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