Monday, 18 May 2015

True spirituality is caring for one another. A Sikh man gives his turban second priority.

Because this is what true spirituality is: caring for one another.
Posted by Diana Haywood on Sunday, 17 May 2015

Thursday, 14 May 2015

Bhutanese vigil for Nepal - Saturday 16 May 2015, Broadmeadows. Details below.

The Bhutanese Community in Australia (BCA), currently residing in the municipality of Hume, Moreland & Melton, is holding Multifaith Vigil to remember the earthquake victims in Nepal and extend an invitation to communities of faith.

The community is saddened and shocked by the devastating earthquake of 7.8 magnitudes on Saturday 25th April, causing unimaginable loss of lives, property, and destruction that is hard to comprehend. Authorities in Nepal have confirmed over 8,000 deaths and the fate of many more people in collapsed buildings and villages near the quake’s epicentre remains still unaccounted for.

At this difficult time, 
a Multifaith Vigil has been organised 
to remember and pray 
for the lost and recovery of the injured.

Date & Time: 
Saturday, 16th May 2015, from 2:00pm to 3:00pm (sharp)
Hume Global Hume Learning Centre Plaza, 
1093 Pascoe Vale Rd, Broadmeadows

For more information, 
please contact Tila on 0401 565 884 
or Khara 0403 702 595.

We heartily request all the communities 
from every faith and walks of life 
to please join us to support and pray for our brothers and sisters in Nepal, 
and stand hand in hand in solidarity.

Aziz Cooper
Interfaith Development Officer  |  Community Planning and Customer Service
84708519 0413 704 634
(Work Days: Wednesday & Thursday) 

Sunday, 10 May 2015

Happy Mothers Day to all mothers in detention

Please copy this post to 
your Facebook, your Google+, Twitter - 
everywhere you can - 
so that mothers cruelly detained will know 
that there are Australian mothers, parents, grandparents, 
thinking of them and their children on this day.

Wednesday, 6 May 2015

Monash Health, the niqab and discrimination

One of Victoria's largest hospitals will change its policy on female-only care after a Muslim patient wearing a full-length niqab complained of discrimination during an antenatal visit at one of its clinics.
For Ziarata Zia, the niqab she wears – which reveals only her eyes, hands and feet – is central to her Muslim faith.
Ms Zia, who moved from Afghanistan to Melbourne in 2010, believes it is a sin to be seen without it or be touched by a man other than her husband or immediate family, except in an emergency.
Two years ago, a significant conflict arose during Ms Zia's antenatal consultation at a Monash clinic because she requested a female doctor. Afterwards she lodged a discrimination complaint at the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal.
With advice from Victoria Legal Aid, Ms Zia resolved the matter before the hearing and was involved in a review of the hospital's policies by the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission.
The commission found that the hospital's policy told pregnant patients who wanted to see a female midwife or doctor "for cultural or personal reasons" that this was not possible at Monash Health, and they should consider "other options of care".
The above text is from The Age of 6 May 2015.  
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