Victoria: Understanding ecological threats, resilience and peace

United Nations Association of Australia - Victorian DivisionTo commemorate Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 16 – Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions – and SDG 13 – Climate Action, the United Nations Association of Australia (UNAA) Victorian Young Professionals are partnering with the Institute of Economics and Peace (IEP) to deliver a webinar on Thursday 19th November.

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‘Untrue’: Muslim Pro app denies selling user data to US military

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Popular Muslim prayer app says it is committed to protecting users’ privacy after Motherboard investigation causes uproar.

A popular Islamic prayer and Quran app has dismissed a report that said it was selling the private data of its users to brokers who then handed it to the United States military.

“Media reports are circulating that Muslim Pro has been selling personal data of its users to the US military. This [is] incorrect and untrue,” the popular app’s developers said in a statement posted on their website on Tuesday.

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The COVID-19 Crisis and the Jewish Faith Community

MaskThe following address was presented to the G20 Interfaith Forum Virtual Conference on Oct. 14, 2020 by Rabbi David Saperstein. Rabbi David Saperstein, is director emeritus of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, having served as its director and counsel for 40 years. He is the former U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom.

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In Conversation: Loving Country: A Guide to Sacred Australia

In Conversation: Loving Country: A Guide to Sacred Australia
Bruce Pascoe & Vicky Shukuroglou in conversation will discuss their new book, Loving Country: A Guide to Sacred Australia online on 10 December 2020 at 6:30pm. Loving Country is a powerful and essential guidebook that offers a new way to travel and discover Australia through an Indigenous narrative.

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Conversations from the Heart

Conversations from the Heart

Australian Intercultural Society and EEON will host Conversations from the Heart – exploring possibilities for your organisation to walk together with courage? Join Aboriginal leaders Karen Milward, Stephen Walsh, Sara Alden and special guests in a panel discussion on “Conversations from the Heart” on Wednesday, December 9, 2020 at 12:30 PM UTC+11.

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Sacred People, Sacred Earth: Statement

Greenfaith LogoOn 18 November, in six multi-faith TEDx events around the globe, people of faith and conscience at the grassroots are kicking off organizing for the biggest-ever faith-climate day of action – Sacred People, Sacred Earth. What follows is the statement of Sacred People, Sacred Earth.

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Victoria, Tasmania: Living the Change

Join us to celebrate LIVING THE CHANGE on Sunday 6 December 2020 where we will be working together towards creating a flourishing world for all. We gather as members of diverse faith communities and those who care for our planet to share our stories of change, transformation, and regeneration. Living the Change is brought to you by Australian Religious Response to Climate Change, Religions for Peace Australia, Cultural Infusion and United Religions Initiative.

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Tasmania – November 2020

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Greetings of peace and many blessings for the beautiful festival of Diwali, the Festival of Lights, which is today, 14 November 20!  As the victory of light over darkness, it remembers not that darkness was destroyed, but that it was subsumed back into divinity. For many it is the start of the Hindu New Year.

We would also like to honour the memory of Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks, a moral and intellectual giant and member of the Jewish faith.  A brief obituary which came from JCCV is included. We hope that all of you, your families and communities continue to be safe and well as the year comes to peaceful close!

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Diwali in Australia: What you can and cannot do with COVID-19 restrictions

Family and Diwali lamps Diwali – a festival observed by Hindus, Buddhists, Sikhs and Jains is celebrated on November 14, 2020, across Australia. Large scale events are cancelled; different Covid-safe Diwali to be celebrated this year. Restrictions and rules differ in all states and territories. One of the most visible Hindu festivals in the calendar, Diwali will be celebrated this weekend but with COVID-19 related restrictions in place, here’s what you can and cannot do.

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Religion, Human Rights, and the Sustainable Development Goals

Religion, Human Rights, and the Sustainable Development Goals

Since May 2020, Religions for Peace and UN Human Rights have collaborated to pilot the conversation around the “Faith for Rights” framework and the #Faith4Rights Toolkit (www.ohchr.org/Documents/Press/faith4rights-toolkit.pdf). The scope of piloting is being expanded through partnering with Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam in the syllabus for the course “Religion and Sustainable Development”.

Religions for Peace, UN Human Rights, and Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam will conduct a two day online event “Religion, Human Rights and the Sustainable Development Goals” on 23 and 25 November 2020 at 9:00-11:00am ET.

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South Australia: November 2020

Multifaith Association of South Australia

The Multifaith Association of South Australia lists interfaith events, climate events and faith festivals happening both locally in South Australia, and nationally, with internet participation – for the month of November 2020.

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‘Christians and Hindus: Rekindling Positivity and Hope during the Covid-19 Pandemic and Beyond’

The Divya lamp The Vatican greets Hindus on the occasion of Diwali, festival of light. The occasion of Diwali is celebrated by all Hindus, and is known as Deepavali, or the “row of oil lamps”. Symbolically based on ancient mythology, it represents the victory of truth over lies, of light over darkness, of life over death, and of good over evil. The actual celebration lasts three days, marking the beginning of a new year, family reconciliation, especially between brothers and sisters, and worship of God. This year the feast will be celebrated by many Hindus on Nov. 14, 2020. Here, we share the message from the Vatican to Hindus:

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Land, water and fire: the science of a continuous culture

Land, water and fire: the science of a continuous culture

The Australian Academy of Science celebrates NAIDOC Week with a presentation on Land, water and fire: the science of a continuous culture online, on Monday 9 November at 5:30pm. You are invited to join in as they explain how Indigenous knowledge and science of land, water and fire can inform and improve the management of the natural world.

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