Yoga Australia, a professional association for yoga teachers, met on the Gold Coast to discuss the do’s and dont’s of yoga practice, which in some cases has resulted in abuse of vulnerable students by unscrupulous teachers. It’s no longer a taboo topic: people are speaking out about abuse within the teacher-student relationship in yoga practice writes Rachael Kohn, host of The Spirit of Things.
The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse is closing registrations for private sessions on 30 September 2016. Private sessions allow survivors of child sexual abuse in an institution to share their story directly with a Commissioner in a private setting. The Hon. Justice Peter McClellan AM, Chair of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse said the strong demand from survivors to share their story has resulted in a queue of people waiting to meet with a Commissioner.
Sometimes called “Punjabi New Year”, the Sikh Holiday of Vaisakhi falls on Wednesday 14 April 2016. Also frequently spelled Baisakhi, Vaisakhi has origins as a springtime festival in the Punjab region, but since 1699 has taken on a great deal of religious significance for Sikhs. A celebration was undertaken at the Austral Gurduara.
Tasmania, March 2016
The sacred festival days continue into April. While the eight day festival of Pesach or Passover is often close in time to ‘Western’ Easter, this year, Pesach does not begin till 23 April and the Eastern Rite, or Orthodox, Easter Sunday is 1 May 2016.
The Religions for Peace event for April will be held close to many holy days. Cheryl Maddock, the Founder/Facilitator of the Australian Shamanic Centre, will conduct a Soul Retrieval session for the souls of the earth.
The Holocaust was a colossal crime. No-one can deny the evidence that it happened. By remembering the victims and honouring the courage of the survivors and those who assisted and liberated them, Christians remember. A memorial service for victims of the Holocaust will be held at Sion College, Box Hill on Tuesday May 3, 2016
A faction of the Pakistani Taliban has claimed responsibility for killing at least 70 people in an Easter Sunday attack on a park in the eastern city of Lahore. A memorial service for this event will be conducted at Kooyong on 16 April.
VCC Emergencies Ministries training is a comprehensive training package designed to equip members of faith communities to support affected residents through their participation in VCC Emergency Ministry deployments. VCC Emergencies Ministry Training will conduct Psychological First Aid/ Personal Support training on Saturday 16 April 2016 at Mt Eliza.
On Tuesday 29 March 2016, Australia’s first Royal Commission into Family Violence tabled its findings with a 1900 page report which includes 227 recommendations. The report includes a ten-page section on ‘Faith Communities’, highlighting the important role faith-based communities and organisations can play in the lives of Victorians affected by family violence.
Royal Commission: Survey regarding access to Support Services The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has commissioned the Australian Institute of Family Studies (AIFS) to investigate how survivors of child sexual abuse in institutions and their families access support services.
Although our planned gathering for March, to support the official opening of the UTAS Multifaith Centre and planting of a Peace Pole at UTAS has been postponed till later in the year. In the meantime, there are many events happening this month, which you may like to know about.