Sunday, 28 September 2014

A new United Nations document urging more effort on the human rights of Indigenous Peoples around the world

 From a World Council of Churches Press Release:

New UN document enables churches to do more for indigenous rights

New UN document opens door for churches to do more for indigenous rights
The WCC Indigenous People’s representatives in New York for the UN World Conference on Indigenous PeoplesScattered throughout the recent history of Indigenous Peoples are national treaties, declarations and laws that languish in obscurity or are brushed aside and ignored.
Scattered throughout the recent history of Indigenous Peoples are national treaties, declarations and laws that languish in obscurity or are brushed aside and ignored.
Adding insult to injury, when many national and local churches attempt to speak out about the denial of rights of Indigenous Peoples they are told by governments that the church has no place in politics, effectively being seen but not heard.
Yet a new “outcome document” of the United Nations World Conference on Indigenous Peoples is about to turn that perspective on its head. The world’s governments are now inviting churches and other civil society groups to be seen and heard when it comes to advocating for Indigenous Peoples’ human rights.  [To read further please go here]

Friday, 26 September 2014

#BlessedAreTheCrazy - Breaking the Silence About Mental Illnesss, Family and Church

For Interfaithers who blog, please consider this synchroblog which is happening NOW!  Details below >>>

There is a synchroblog coming up. This is the facebook site which references it >>> The details below are copied from the site:

To commemorate the launch of Sarah Griffith Lund‘s new book — Blessed Are The Crazy: Breaking the Silence About Mental Illness, Family, and Church — and to participate in National Mental Illness Awareness Week (Oct. 5-11), we invite you to join in a Synchroblog on mental illness, family, and church.

Break the silence by sharing your personal story of how you’ve been impacted by mental illness in your family and/or in your faith community.

NOTE: We are joining with another synchroblog for this event, so the posting date and instructions are a bit different. This is also coming up quickly!

First, publish your post by midnight on MONDAY, October 6th. Post the links in the comment section here as normal. We at the synchroblog will post all your links over at the Facebook event for the other group.

If you want, you may also use the hashtag ‪#‎BlessedAreTheCrazy‬ when you post your links to your blog posts on Facebook, Twitter, etc. Follow the hashtag:

Second, we will put up the full link list on Tuesday, October 7th for you to publish at the end on your blog post.

We hope you will participate and break the silence by sharing YOUR story!

Here is the Synchroblog post for this event:

Thursday, 4 September 2014

Victorian Interfaith Network Conference 2014 - Sunday 23 November

The Faith Communities Council of Victoria, in association with Monash Interfaith Gathering and City of Monash, would like to invite you to the 2014 Victorian Interfaith Networks Conference on Sunday, November 23rd 2014.
The Victorian Interfaith Networks Conference (VINC) is a grass-roots conference which aims to help build the capacity and sustainability of existing multifaith/interfaith networks, bring people up-to-date with current multifaith/interfaith matters and provide networking opportunities
Mulgrave Community Centre
The 2014 VINC will be held at Mulgrave Community Centre - 355 Wellington Road, Mulgrave Victoria (Melway 80 D1).
The City of Monash is one of the most culturally, linguistically and religiously diverse communities in Victoria with at least 45% of Monash residents born overseas, 69% with at least one parent born overseas, 48% speaking a language other than English at home and over 30 religions represented in the Monash Municipality.
Monash Interfaith Gathering and City of Monash look forward to hosting this annual multifaith event and creating an opportunity for dialogue, sharing of good practice examples, networking and relationship building.
  • 12:00pm-1:25pm Registration and Lunch (lunch closes 1:15pm)
  • 1:30pm-2:15pm Honoured guests and keynote speech on Domestic Violence: Why Faith Communities need to be involved
  • 2:20pm-3:15pm Workshops and Plenary sessions
  • 3:20pm-3:45pm Afternoon Tea
  • 3:50pm-4:45pm Workshops and Plenary sessions
  • 4:50pm-5:00pm Closing ceremony
Workshops & Plenary Sessions:
  1. Finding & writing grants for interfaith networks
  2. Ideas on what programs to run in your interfaith network
  3. Domestic Violence – why faith communities must be involved
  4. The role of interfaith networks in a growing multifaith Victoria
Enrolment for workshops and planery sessions can be made on the day of event. Each attendee can enrol in up to two sessions. Please arrive early to ensure you enrol in your preferred sessions. For more information on each session click here.
Registration:To register for this free event please go to - click on the green Register button, fill out your name and email address, and let us know of any special dietary requirements. Please note, places are limited so register early.
Further information:For more information on the 2014 Victorian Interfaith Networks Conference please contact:
This event is proudly supported by the Victorian Multicultural Commission, Faith Communities Council of Victoria, City of Monash and Monash Interfaith Gathering
Media release can be downloaded from here

Other material relating to the conference can be read on line and/or downloaded from the inclusions below:

Wednesday, 3 September 2014

Confronting Modernity - why the revival of Sufism matters

Confronting Modernity: 
Why the revival of Islamic Sufism matters
by Shaheen Whyte

The Muslim experience of the modern world has been brutal. Colonial rule left behind it a legacy of interminable conflicts and political upheavals across much of the Middle East and North Africa, together with a desperate struggle on the part of Muslims themselves to find an appropriate political system that is capable of unifying their ethnic, religious and territorial divisions.
It is in this context that Muslims need to explore alternative approaches to the failed ideologies of the past, or indeed revive some of its lost traditions that for so long kept its civilisation intact and immune from dogmatic and violent discourses. This lost heritage is, of course, Islam's mystical or esoteric path -Sufism.
To get an understanding of Sufism, please check the following sites:

Tuesday, 2 September 2014

COMMON celebrates UN International Peace Day at Melbourne's Unitarian Peace Church. Museum of World Religions for Melbourne is on the agenda.

invites you to:
UN International Peace Day event - Sharing our Heritage

Date: Sunday 21st September 2014  
Time: 2-5pm
110 Grey Street, East Melbourne

Every religion, faith & belief has had an impact in history. Through the lessons of the past, we can acknowledge and move forward. Especially at this time, we must learn about each other. In Taiwan there is a Museum of World Religions. Could a Museum of World Religions, faiths and beliefs play a  role in Australian society?   
Representatives from the various museums in Melbourne including Jewish, Islamic, Indian, Unitarian and Aboriginal communities will be talking about their experiences.
Glenda Smith from Museum of Australian Democracy (Old Parliament House, Canberra) is our Special Guest.
Light vegetarian refreshments served. 
Places are limited. So please book early.
RSVP via: Email: SMS: 0411 300 655