Tasmania – September 2021

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Greetings of Peace! We wish our friends, family and community Muharram Mubarak and Shana Tova, with many blessings and a new year of filled with peace, good health, hope and wellbeing. Although we are currently facing many challenges calling for spiritual hope and courage, September is a month filled with much significance and many holy days in different faith traditions.

The twentieth anniversary of 9/11, tomorrow, also is a reminder to renew our commitment to peace.  It is timely that 21 September every year commemorates the UN International Day of Peace.  This year the theme of UNIDP is ‘Recovering better for an equitable and sustainable world’. RfP Tas will honour the day by meeting in person and by zoom (called ‘hybrid’ meetings these days) for silent meditation on Tuesday 21 September 21, beginning at 11.30am, finishing at 12noon to the sound of the Peace Bell, traditionally rung at that time in Japan.

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Online Symposium for Abolition of Nuclear Weapons

Rfp JapanReligions for Peace (Japan) has a special project division which continues to work for the abolition of nuclear weapons. There will be a virtual seminar on halting nuclear dependency, online, on September 12.

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The Covenants of Prophet Muhammad: From Shared Historical Memory to Peaceful Co-Existence

The Covenants of Prophet Muhammad: From Shared Historical Memory to Peaceful Co-ExistenceISRA Australia is offering an online session understanding the covenants of the Prophet Muhammed in monasteries and patriarchates which were under the rule of Islam. This session will take place online (Zoom) on evening of Tuesday 14 September from 6:00pm. This is a free session.

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Catholics and Australia’s Modern Slavery Act

Know the signs of modern slavery
Catholic organisations are required to comply with Australia’s Modern Slavery Act 2018. This means actions must be taken to assess and address modern slavery risks in our supply chains and operations and be published annually on a public register managed by the Commonwealth.

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Trafficking in humans

Trafficking in humansHuman trafficking can take place in many hidden and subtle forms across the globe and within our own communities. Over the past two decades the fight against human trafficking has become a popular global cause. The cause taps into our intuition that economic life should serve people, not come at their expense.

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2021 Abraham Conference to highlight the role of women in the Abrahamic traditions

2021 Abraham Conference

The Abraham Conference plays an important role in bringing Jews, Christians and Muslims together to discuss contemporary issues of concern for the members of the three religions and for the wider society.

The theme of the 2021 Abraham Conference is Women Leaders in the Abrahamic Traditions: Role Models for Our Time. Our context is the continuing strong impact and significance of the Me Too and Black Lives Matter movements and the revelations of abuse in our federal parliament, all of which brought thousands of women onto the streets in protest.

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Joint statement on climate change by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Pope Francis and Ecumenical Patriarch

Joint statement on climate change by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Pope Francis and Ecumenical PatriarchPope Francis, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew and the Archbishop of Canterbury join together for the first time in urgent appeal for the future of the planet. For the first time, the leaders of the Roman Catholic Church, the Eastern Orthodox Church and the Anglican Communion have jointly warned of the urgency of environmental sustainability, its impact on poverty, and the importance of global cooperation.

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Victoria: Behaviour of a minority does not represent values of Jewish tradition

Police at lockdown breachI am one of the many Jewish Melburnians who has had a very hard week, celebrating Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, in lockdown for a second year. I tried to maintain the traditional sense of an oasis in time for the holy day, so I didn’t look at the news. I didn’t hear until Wednesday morning that a small group of ultra-Orthodox Jews had breached lockdown and barricaded themselves in a synagogue.

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Destruction of Cemeteries

Destruction of CemeteriesCemeteries offer vital links between the living and the dead for religious community members. Cemeteries, as holy sites, are governed by religious laws and customs that dictate the location of, appearance of, and activities and behaviours allowed in the burial grounds, Additionally, country and international laws aim to protect such sites. Here, the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) examines the rising pattern of defilement of cemeteries in several countries, and explains how different religions have rights to have their own cemeteries as a fundamental human right.

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People to be fined over gathering at Melbourne synagogue

Standoff at Riponlea SynagogueVictoria police say up to 100 worshippers who gathered near a synagogue in Melbourne’s south-east in breach of Covid-19 lockdown rules will be fined. People were allegedly spotted entering a building, believed to be a prayer room, near a Ripponlea synagogue early on Tuesday morning to mark the Jewish holiday of Rosh Hashanah.

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Align your finances with your faith – Superannuation Divestment Workshop

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The Australian Religious Response to Climate Change is running a session on aligning your finances with your faith. Do you have UniSuper? Are you with NGS, Catholic Super or ACSRF? Or just want to know more about aligning your finances with your faith to protect the planet? The Australian Religious Response to Climate Change is presenting an information session via zoom on September 9th.

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IUCN World Conservation Congress – Spirituality and Nature Plenary

Spirituality and Nature PlenaryThe second day of the IUCN World Conservation Congress was devoted to the Forum. Participants attended an opening session and then split into seven plenaries, addressing the meeting’s themes. During the day, numerous events took place, inter alia on novel technologies, spirituality, and rebuilding following the pandemic. The spirituality plenary took the topic, Spirituality and Nature Dialogue: responsibility, inspiration, and behavior change.. The Outcomes of the World Summit of Indigenous Peoples are also summarised.

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Hindu Youth Conference Online

Hindu Youth Conference OnlineThe Hindu Council of Australia will conduct an online conference for Hindu youth (18-30) on 5 September 2021. The online event is called VICHAAR MANTHAN – A 21st Century Solution. The conference will examine the application of Sanathana Dharma (the perennial philosophy) to the constant churning of the mind with thoughts, and the relevance of Sanathana Dharma to life today.

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Care for Environment – The Jain religion

Jain wearing maskThe Jain ecological philosophy is virtually synonymous with the principle of ahimsa (nonviolence) which runs through the tradition like a golden thread. Ahimsa is a principle that Jains teach and practice not only towards human beings but towards all nature. It is an unequivocal teaching that is at once ancient and contemporary.

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Frequently asked questions: The signs of relationship abuse and how to help

UN Women - The signs of relationship abuse and how to help
Violence against women is a human rights violation that takes place every single day around the world. Globally, one in three women experiences physical or sexual violence, mostly by an intimate partner. While domestic violence and abuse are sometimes hidden, if we know the signs of an abusive relationship, we may be able to recognize it better and seek or offer help.

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