The Ruddock Inquiry: An insider’s view

The University of Divinity’s Centre for Research in Religion and Social Policy (RASP) is conducting its Annual Conversation on Friday 1 June at Collins Street Baptist Church. Many attended and appreciated last year’s Conversation on the topic of End of Life Choices between Professors Peter Singer and Margaret Somerville. It is expected that this year’s conversation, on the topic of Religious Freedom, will be equally significant.

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Living the Change launched in Australia

The Australian chapter of a new and ambitious global campaign, “Living the Change, was launched on May 3 at a national gathering of the multi-faith Australian Religious Response to Climate Change (ARRCC). With a byline, “faithful choices for a flourishing world”, this is a fresh faith-led initiative which aims to champion the role of more sustainable lifestyles in protecting the earth from global warming.

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Vatican Message to Muslims for Ramadan

The Vatican appreciates the importance of this month of Ramadan and the great effort by the Muslims throughout the world to fast, pray and share the Almighty’s gifts with the poor. The Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue addresses a vital aspect of relations between Christians and Muslims: the need to move from competition to collaboration. The Vatican sends Ramadan greetings to Muslims.

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Pope Francis meets Buddhists, Hindus, Jains, Sikhs

ROME – In a time when the world is mired in conflicts, religious leaders have a duty to show that it is possible to set aside differences and work together for the common good, Pope Francis said.

“Dialogue and cooperation are essential at a time like our own when complex and unprecedented factors have led to increased tensions and conflicts, accompanied by violence on both a small and a large scale,” the pope said May 16.

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Australia: Social Justice for Newly Arrived Migrants

The Social Services Legislation Amendment (Encouraging Self-sufficiency for Newly Arrived Migrants) Bill 2018 will extend waiting times and cause hardship to newly arrived migrants in many circumstances. The Harmony Alliance – which provides advocacy on the multiplicity of issues impacting on experiences and outcomes of migrant and refugee women in Australia is sending an open letter to Female MPs and Senators, calling on them to oppose these measures, on the basis that they will disproportionately target safety nets accessed by migrant women.

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ECRL: Budapest Statement on The Role of Multi-religious Cooperation in Social Cohesion and Human Security



On 7-8th May, 2018 the European Council of Religious Leaders (ECRL) came together in the beautiful and historic city of Budapest to explore the important theme of ‘Multi-religious Collaboration on Community Cohesion and Human Security’.

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