Shekinah is the focus of an event hosted by the Quakers. Shekinah is a Hebrew word meaning “dwelling” or “settling” and denotes the presence of God. This exploration of Shekinah will be held on Thursday 7 December 2023, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm at the Victorian Quaker Centre, 484 William St, Melbourne.
Quakers have a strong tradition of opposing war and seeking to remove its causes. Australian Quakers meeting at their national conference in July 2023, express deep concern at trends in Australia’s defence policies now incorporating the Australia, United Kingdom, United States trilateral security agreement (AUKUS).
Quakers Australia has joined Quakers in Britain by signing on to an open letter that will be sent to the Heads of States, Environment Ministers, President of COP26, Alok Sharma and the Heads of Delegations, prior to the start of COP26, expressing the urgency that COP26 must deliver on Loss & Damage Finance.
The Backhouse Lectures are public lectures on contemporary issues delivered annually at the national gathering of Quakers in Australia. They were initiated by Australia Yearly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) on its establishment in 1964. Friends from both Australia and overseas have presented lectures. The 2021 Backhouse Lecture, Searching for Truth:Friends in a ‘post-truth’ world, was presented as a panel dicussion exploring Truth in a Post-Truth world.
On Tuesday, 29 November 2016 the Minister for Foreign Affairs, the Hon Julie Bishop MP, asked the House of Representatives Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade to inquire into and report on The status of the human right to freedom of religion or belief. That Committee has a Human Rights Sub-Committee which conducted the inquiry.
An interim report of the committee was issued in November, 2017. On Wednesday, 3 April 2019, the Sub-Committee tabled its second interim report for the Inquiry into the status of the human right to freedom of religion or belief. In this article, we select excerpts of the domestic experience of freedom of religion or belief as expressed by various religious communities in the report.