You are invited to Interfaith Matters at Hope’s Cafe (243 The Parade, Beulah Park) on 28 July 5.45 for 6 pm – 8 / 8.30. The theme of this forum is the spiritual process within Ramadan and an overview of Islamic faith practices.
The Tasmanian Muslim Association estimates the state’s Muslim population has doubled since 2016. Launceston could have its first mosque by the end of the year. At present, there is no mosque in Launceston.
“There can be no sustainable development without peace and no peace without sustainable development”. This is one of the most memorable phrases in the Preamble of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. But does its second half get the attention, and the analysis, it deserves?
The Uluru Statement from the Heart is a call for peace. It is a game changer. The statement is a rallying call to our citizens to ‘walk with us in a movement of the Australian people for a better future’. Uluru provides the leadership that we desperately crave to achieve respect, recognition, and reconciliation. The 2021 Sydney Peace Prize winner is The Uluru Statement from the Heart.
Senator Pat Dodson, who worked on the 1991 royal commission into Aboriginal deaths in custody, has criticised 30 years of government failure to “relieve this awful blight on this nation’s history”. In a speech to the Senate on Wednesday, Dodson demanded the federal government make it a “top priority” to pressure the states and territories to take action on reducing Aboriginal incarceration rates and deaths in custody.
The JCMA will conduct its annual retreat at St Paul’s Missionary College, Wantirna, from Sunday 25 July to Monday 26 July, 2021. The theme of the retreat is Hope in the Midst of Life. The retreat will be available as a residential event and on Zoom.
Australia is once again facing uncertainty about the future of Covid 19, the security of home and employment, the frailty of the aged and the messy spread and contagion of the Delta variant of Covid-19. Religions for Peace Australia has prepared a video of faith leaders from many traditions offering prayers for a time of uncertainty and Community Challenges.
Pax Christi Australia – in collaboration with Religions for Peace Australia, jointly presented “Truth Telling in Australia” which was given by Sherry Balcombe, of Aboriginal Catholic Ministry. This session was recorded at Kildara Centre, Stanhope St, Malvern on Sunday 27 June 2021.
Washington, DC – The United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) applauded the Biden administration’s whole-of-government approach evident in the banning of solar panels produced by the forced labour of Uyghurs and other Turkic Muslims in the Xinjiang region of China.
Pope Francis has used his Sunday address to decry the suffering of refugees in Myanmar and called on places of worship to be used as places of shelter.
For Bahá’ís the goal of existence is to carry forward an ever-advancing civilisation. Such a civilisation can only be built on an earth that can sustain itself. The Bahá’í commitment to the environment is fundamental to our Faith.
Centre for Intercultural Research and Engagement, Alphacrucis College, Australia and Centre for Religious Moderation and Diversity, State Islamic University, Yogyakarta, will present the Beyond the Divide Conference, an online event which presents a global online research conference into faith education across religions and cultures. The Conference will be online from 7-8 July 2021.
GENEVA (28 June 2021) – UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet on Monday issued an urgent call for States to adopt a “transformative agenda” to uproot systemic racism, as she published a report casting a spotlight on the litany of violations of economic, social, cultural, civil and political rights suffered by people of African descent – on a daily basis and across different States and jurisdictions.
The Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster will remain in the realms of satire, after an attempt to have its Australian wing formally recognised was rejected by a South Australian legal authority on the grounds that the purported religion is nothing more than a “hoax”.
The Islamic Cooperation Youth Forum (ICYF) and Religions for Peace (RfP) in collaboration with the Statistical, Economic and Social Research and Training Centre for Islamic Countries (SESRIC); the International Islamic Fiqh Academy (IIFA); the Research Center for Islamic History, Art and Culture (IRCICA); the Pontifical and Royal University of Santo Tomas; Berkley Center for Religion, Peace and World Affairs, Georgetown University; and the Institute of Human Rights and Peace Studies, Mahidol University, are organizing a symposium on “Youth Engagement with Religion and Faith in the 21st Century,” scheduled for 28-29 July 2021, followed by a publication of research and presentations to be launched in October 2021.
The B’nai B’rith Human Rights Oration will be delivered by Professor Marcia Langton AO, on Sunday 11 July 2021 at 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM. This event will be available online and in person. The Patron of the Oration is Mark Leibler AC, renowned for his tireless support of Indigenous rights and empowering Indigenous communities.
Due to the recent COVID situation in Sydney, the Hindu Council of Australia has decided to postpone the conference to late August or the beginning of September 2021. The Hindu Council of Australia will invite all the registered participants to an hour meeting on Sat 3 July 2021 at 11 am using Zoom.
VATICAN CITY (REUTERS) – The Vatican will host a major gathering of world religious leaders and scientists ahead of the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) in November in Britain to take a common stand at “a key moment in the history of humanity”.