Tasmania – March 2015

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Religions for Peace Tasmania Branch Interfaith Gathering for this March 2015 is entitled ‘Sharing Story and Ceremony‘ is in honour of International Women’s Day. It will be held on the East Coast of Tasmania on 14 March.

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Joint Letter on Statelessness

Religions for Peace and United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees invite you to join the fight against statelessness. Today 10 million people are denied a nationality and basic human rights. You can help. Please sign – and share – the open letter #ibelong.

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Beyond Right & Wrong: Stories of Justice and Forgiveness

Beyond Right & Wrong: Stories of Justice and Forgiveness is a 2012 American documentary film about restorative justice and forgiveness. It is directed by Roger Spottiswoode and Lekha Singh and produced by Lekha Singh and Rebecca Chaiklin. The film depicts victims and perpetrators of the Rwandan Genocide, the Israeli–Palestinian conflict, and The Troubles in Northern Ireland. There will be a free screening of this film at the Nova Cinema, Carlton, on Saturday 21 March 2015.

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Peace in Australia: The Untold Story

The second of a series of four forums held by the Anzac Centenary Peace Coalition to explore our shared history and relate the efforts of Australians to create peaceful alternatives. Featuring Australian historians Professor Joy Damousi, Dr Val Noone and Professor Bruce Scates. This event also includes the Launch of the Australian Living Peace Museum.

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Coptic Nuns Establish Monastery in Melbourne

The Coptic Orthodox Church will launch the Archangel Michael Monastery for Nuns in Melbourne on Saturday 14th March 2015. Led by returning Australian nuns Mother Antonia and Mother Nardin from Egypt, the Monastery is housed within newly renovated premises at the Diocese of Melbourne headquarters in Donvale. It offers weekend retreats where women can learn about their faith and spirituality and experience the blessing of monastic life.

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Baany to Warrna Ngargee – Water to Water Festival

The Baany to Warrna Ngargee – Water to Water Festival includes Traditional Pitjantjatjara man, Frank Yamma, and takes place on 21 March on Boon Wurrung country at the Briars Park, Mt Martha. This coincides with the United Nations International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, Cultural Diversity Week and Harmony Day.

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Violent Extremism and the Value of Interfaith Dialogue

AS RECENT EVENTS in Australia and overseas attest, violent extremist acts persist as a chosen tool for radical groups to terrorise populations and recruit more adherents. This is despite a wide array of prevention, containment and rehabilitation strategies in place around the world. Brian Adams of Griffith University Centre for Interfaith and Intercultural Dialogue writes about the toolbox of interfaith and intercultural dialogue.

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Victoria: Freedom of speech, responsibilities and respect

In celebration of Cultural Diversity Week 2015, the City of Darebin will host an Intefaith Breakfast. The topic of the event will be “Freedom of speech, responsibilities and respect – Where are the lines drawn?” The guest speaker will be Tanja Kovac, a prominent lawyer involved in the MV Tampa case.

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Queensland: Harmony Week – Exploring Ecospirituality

Eco Spirituality

The Centre for Interfaith & Cultural Dialogue in collaboration with the Australian Earth Laws Alliance will be hosting a one day workshop, which features presentations about ecocentrism and ecospirituality from Earth Jurispurdence perspectives, in addition to perspectives from many faith traditions. This event also features open space and small group discussions.

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World Interfaith Harmony Week – Parliament House, Canberra

The co-convenors of the Parliamentary Friends of Multiculturalism, the Member for Calwell Maria Vamvakinou and the Member for McMillan Russell Broadbent commemorated the United Nations Interfaith Harmony Week with an interfaith dialogue in partnership with the Canberra Interfaith forum and Religions for Peace Australia in Parliament House Canberra, on Wednesday, 11 February 2015.   Member … Read more

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Ethnicity, Religions and Harmony: Exploring Christian Muslim Relations in Iraq Today

Ethnicity, Religions and Harmony: Exploring Christian Muslim Relations in Iraq Today

World Interfaith Harmony Week In celebration of World Interfaith Harmony Week, Monash University Chaplaincy and Religions for Peace Victoria Branch hosted a public event at Monash University on Thursday, 12 February 2015. Guest Speaker Associate Professor Nasir Butrous gave an address on Ethnicity, Religions and Harmony: Exploring Christian Muslim Relations in Iraq Today.

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