Interfaith Festivals – Christmas and New Year

Interfaith Festivals - Christmas and New YearAt this time, there are so many festivals centred around the time of Solstice, the Birth of Christ, the Death of the Prophet Zoroaster. Buddhism, Sikhism, Hinduism and Judaism are all represented with festivals at this time. In the New Year, there is the Shinto New Year observance, The Epiphany (Christmas for the Orthodox), the Rastafarian Christmas, the celebration of Guru Gobind Singh, the World Religion Day of the Baha’i and the Mahayana New Year of the Buddhists. Melkut shomain, the Reign of God is celebrated in many traditions.

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Stress at Christmas?

Stress at Christmas?
Interfaith includes people of all faiths, and of no faith (for these are people who practice human values, that which upholds human flourishing.) Many people join in the Christmas festivities. Yet, this is a stressful time for many – some with a newly diagnosed Covid infection, others stressed by demands to put on a lunch that satisfies all, still yet others who are in poverty. Here is an article about meditation – Silence is religiously neutral – and letting go of stress at this Christmas.

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2022 World Interfaith Harmony Week Lecture

World Interfaith Harmony Week Logo - smallProfessor Douglas Ezzy of University of Tasmania will deliver the 2022 World Interfaith Harmony Week lecture on Tuesday 1 February 2022, on the topic of Religious freedom, discrimination, and living well together. This will an online event, hosted by Religions for Peace Australia Victoria Branch, Tasmania Branch and the Multifaith Association of South Australia.

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TIME FOR LIVING THE CHANGE: Climate-Friendly Lives for People of Faith

Climate-Friendly Lives for People of Faith

Living the Change upholds two of our deepest convictions:

  • We believe the Earth is a sacred gift.
  • We believe each of us has the responsibility to live in a way that supports and sustains our common home.

While world leaders have agreed to keep global warming to a 1.5⁰C limit, current trends have us headed for at least twice that level and a truly devastating future. We urgently need a massive reduction in greenhouse gas emissions as soon as possible. Join people of faith creating climate-friendly lives.

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Youth Engagement with Religion and Faith in the 21st Century

Youth Engagement with Religion and Faith in the 21st CenturyReligions for Peace has a long-standing and deeply rooted commitment to engagement of youth communities and leaders in its interreligious work. The summary report below reflects a project to seek youth inputs on critical global agenda issues, notably peace, environmental matters, and humanitarian action. The continuing partnership involved a call for papers on these topics, presented at a symposium in July 2021. This report draws on the symposium discussion and the background papers. The World Faiths Development Dialogue worked with Religions for Peace to highlight the vital insights that emerged from this dialogue process.

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International Migrants Day

International Migrants Day
On 4 December 2000, the United Nations General Assembly, taking into account the large and increasing number of migrants in the world, proclaimed 18 December International Migrants Day. On that day, in 1990, the Assembly adopted the International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families. Each year, 18 December is celebrated as International Migrants Day. The Theme for Migrants Day 2021 is Harnessing the potential of human mobility.

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Pax Christi Conference: Where does Australia’s Security Lie?

Pax Christi LogoAUKUS has raised much debate. Do Defence Alliances make us truly secure? What value do we put on trust building and better relations with countries? How deft is our foreign policy towards China? What is the cost of not pursuing non-violent approaches to conflict prevention? This Conference is timely before a Federal Election. The conference is planned for February 19th, 2022.

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Mindfulness & the creative process

Mindfulness & the creative processThe Contemplative Studies Centre at Melbourne University produces many online events examining meditation, the fruits of different kinds of meditation and the spin-offs from meditation and practising mindfulness. Here, the Contemplative Studies Centre presents Mindfulness and the Creative process. There is a related Art exhibition.

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Patriarchs and Heads of Churches in Jerusalem release “Statement on the Current Threat to the Christian Presence on the Holy Land”

Patriarchs and Heads of Churches in Jerusalem release “Statement on the Current Threat to the Christian Presence on the Holy Land”The Patriarchs and Heads of Churches in Jerusalem have released a “Statement on the Current Threat to the Christian Presence in the Holy Land,” reiterating the concern that, throughout the Holy Land, Christians have become the target of fringe and radical groups.

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Human Rights Day 2021

Human Rights Day 2021
The COVID-19 pandemic has brought the world to a major crossroads: either we take the route of collective action and concretely address the pervasive inequalities that have risen across the globe, or we continue on the route filled with deep-rooted injustices and pervasive inequalities. On Human Rights Day, 10 December, we are choosing to take the path that brings us towards a future with equality at its core. We invite you to join us.

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Statement of Religions for Peace Women of Faith on Overcoming (Sexual) Violence Against Women

Religions for PeaceOn the occasion of the 30th anniversary of 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence, we, women of diverse faiths, beliefs, traditions and spiritualities, from different countries around the world, come together to speak out against violence in all forms, particularly against girls and women, who continue to suffer multiple forms, and disproportionately so. According to our partners the World Health Organisation, 1 in 3 women – around 736 million globally – experiences physical or sexual violence throughout her/their lifetime.

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17th Sakyadhita Buddhist Women’s Conference, online December 26-29

17th Sakyadhita Buddhist Women’s ConferenceThe 17th Sakyadhita International Association of Buddhist Women’s Conference, taking place virtually December 26-29, is open for registration. Lion’s Roar’s Andrea Miller talks to Sakyadhita’s president Sharon Suh about her work and the organization’s mission to benefit Buddhist women around the world.

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The Role of Religious Leaders in Peacemaking: What is Needed?

Muslim womenThis guest blog by Prof. Mohammed Abu-Nimer is adapted from his remarks at the G20 Interfaith Forum in Bologna, Italy in September 2021. Abu-Nimer is a Senior Advisor at KAICIID and Professor of Peace and Conflict Resolution at American University. Prior to exploring some possible ways of engaging religious stakeholders and policymakers, and the challenges associated with this path, let us acknowledge several positive developments in the field of interreligious peace-making.

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Faith and Diplomacy

Faith and DiplomacyAs 2021 draws to a close, the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) and Religions for Peace are joining forces to host a discussion on the nexus between faith and diplomacy, in 2022 and beyond. The consultation will take place on Friday, 10 December 2021 from 10:00 AM – 12:30 PM ET (in the USA)

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