Introducing a temporary visa for parents

The Australian public is invited to provide their views on the development of a new visa for parents of Australians. The ​Australian Government is seeking community input to help shape the development of the visa. More >> A discussion paper about developing the new visa titled Introducing a temporary visa for parents: Discussion paper (September … Read more

Do Polls equal “Lies, damned lies, and statistics”?

salatThere has been much conversation, interaction and discussion in multifaith and interfaith circles along with formal responses to an Essential Opinion poll about Muslim immigration. Professor Andrew Markus of the Monash – Scanlon Index of Social Cohesion examines the poll, the various methods of polling, and what results certain types of polling deliver. Due his nation-building work on social cohesion, we reproduce (with permission) this examination of this poll by Prof. Andrew Markus.

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Victoria: Eid Breakfast with Father Rod Bower

bower2The ICV hosted its first Eid Breakfast on Monday 19th September 2016 with Keynote Speaker Fr Rod Bower, from the Gosford Anglican Church. Fr Bower is internationally recognised for his interfaith dialogue. Guests also heard speeches from ICV President Bayram Aktepe, ICV Imam Sheikh Abdinur Weli and MC’ed by Br Junaid Cheema.

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Wake Up for Peace – celebrating UN International Day of Peace 2016

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On the morning of 21st September, the Melbourne community and it’s leaders will come together to wake up for peace and proactively support the UN International Day of Peace, along with millions around the world.

​You are invited to join this event and create silent, powerful intentions of peace and goodwill – on one day, for one purpose – and as one community at Deakin Edge, Federation Square, 7.45-8.30am.

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Pope’s Address to “America in Dialogue: Our Common Home” Interfaith Symposium

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On Thursday, Pope Francis received in audience the participants in a Symposium  promoted by the Organization of American States and the Institute of Inter-Religious dialogue of Buenos Aires on the theme: “America in Dialogue: Our Common Home” (Augustinianum, Rome, September 7-8).

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UPDATED: Bendigo: War, Faith and Peace

fromellesUnited Religions Initiative, in collaboration with Bendigo Interfaith Council, Bendigo TAFE and Cultural Infusion will deliver a Public Forum on War, Faith and Peace at the Bendigo College of TAFE on Friday, August 26. The Forum will be followed by free conflict resolution training for young people (open for those aged 18-30).

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Multi-religious, Multi-stakeholder and Inter-generational Action to Eliminate Nuclear Weapons

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A Special Session of the RfP International Standing Commission on Disarmament and Security at the United Nations University on the occasion of the 20th Anniversary of the Advisory Opinion of the International Court of Justice (ICJ).

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International Day of Peace

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Religions for Peace will be partnering with many organisations worldwide on World Day of Peace, 2016. As we know, achieving a more peaceful world is a shared responsibility and it is only through our collective efforts, actions large and small, that we will persevere in creating a safer, more just world for all people.

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Royal Commission: Address to Judicial College of Victoria

Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse

The Hon. Justice Peter McClellan AM, Chair of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, gave an address today to the Judicial College of Victoria on August 19th. The address is titled “Meeting and managing community expectations”, and is being given as part of the Judicial College of Victoria’s Historical Sexual Offences program.

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‘Spiritual but not religious’: What the census won’t say about Australians’ beliefs

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Over the last few decades, the number of people who answer the census question about religion with ‘no religion’ or ‘not specified’ has been on the rise. But just because someone doesn’t subscribe to organised religion doesn’t mean they’re not spiritual. Unlike in France and the United States, the Australian census contains a question about religion. This year, for the first time, ‘no religion’ will be the first option.

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NSW and Victoria: Yingardi Immersion Experience

yingardiAboriginal Catholic Ministry in collaboration with Amberley Centre, invite you to experience and explore Aboriginal spirituality and connection to land by walking with Mutthi Mutthi woman Vicki Clark in the footsteps of her ancestors at Lake Mungo and Balranald.

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Victoria: Global Citizenship and You, Embracing Earth’s Challenge

BCV Logo_RGBThe Buddhist Council of Victoria and the Interfaith Centre of Melbourne would like to invite you a day seminar considering the impact of Climate Change. The seminar is Global Citizenship and You, Embracing Earth’s Challenge at East Brunswick, on Saturday 27 August 2016.

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