Wednesday, 29 July 2015

Worldwide Forgiveness Day - 1 August, 2015. Take up the Tutu challenge.

Forgiveness Day 2015 - Aug 2, 2015

Worldwide Forgiveness Alliance
Spreading Forgiveness Around the World

Sunday, August 2, 2015 • 7 pm
at Unity Marin • Novato
The Worldwide Forgiveness Alliance (WFA), founding organization of International Forgiveness Day, is sponsoring its 19th Annual International Forgiveness Day Awards Ceremony on Sunday August 2, 2015. WFA focuses on providing training in the techniques of forgiveness as well as in the knowledge of the psychological, physiological, emotional and spiritual benefits of the forgiveness process. WFA also promotes the spread of awareness and knowledge of the scientific findings related to forgiveness.
This year people all over the world will be synchronized in our celebration of Forgiveness Day. We have made some amazing global allies with the most recent being an organization called: The Moment of Calm . 
On the 2nd of August 2015 The Moment of Calm are asking that you take a moment to forgive. Last year 1.7 Million people took that moment. So on the 2nd Of August at 2 pm  wherever you are you are invited to take 2 minutes to Forgive someone! See below to learn more

This year on Forgiveness day we could have 2 million people practicing Forgiveness!
You are the Forgiveness Alliance, people working to bring more forgiveness to this world and we value your support. Please attend and bring a friend! Together using the power of forgiveness we will change the world!
More info: 415-261-1393

Order Tickets for Forgiveness Day 2015 - $20.00

2015 Heroes and Champion of Forgiveness

2015 Champion of Forgiveness

Facing The Painful Challenges Of The Year Of Forgiveness!

Once the power of forgiveness is introduced every hidden upset shows up


2015 Hero of Forgiveness

She Forgave the Hate-Driven Men Who Almost Killed Her

Now Her Music Has Made Her a Healing Angel to the World.


Our Heroes and Champions

Tutu Global Forgiveness Challenge and Worldwide Forgiveness Alliance Invite You to Join the Movement!

Desmond Tutu, winner of the Nobel Peace Prize and international statesman for reconciliation and forgiveness has announced the launching of his global Forgiveness Challenge starting on May 4, 2014.
Click on our Forgiveness Challenge link below and sign up to become an activist for forgiveness. On his website you’ll find answers to your questions about forgiveness and even learn how to forgive! Remember, the act of forgiving can bring more love and peace to your life.
When enough of us forgive—we can change the world!

The Worldwide Forgiveness Alliance is a non-profit organization whose mission is to evoke the healing spirit of Forgiveness worldwide.

We declare that "Forgiveness Is the Greatest Healer of Them All" and that "Without Forgiveness There Is No Future".

Mission Statement

The Worldwide Forgiveness Alliance is a non-profit 501(c)3 tax-deductible organization whose mission is to evoke the healing spirit of Forgiveness worldwide. We declare that “Forgiveness Is the Greatest Healer of Them All” (1) and that “Without Forgiveness There Is No Future”(2)
To accomplish this far-reaching mission we have set the following goals:
  • To establish an International Forgiveness Day in every village and hamlet across the world by the year 2025.
  • To bring the curative powers of forgiveness to the elderly, to youth, to chemically dependent and/or abused women, men and children through classes, workshops and seminars.
  • To promote the practice of forgiveness as a Life Skill and to develop curriculum, classes and workshops for children, youth and adults of all ages.
  • To develop training programs to certify counselors as “Forgiveness Life Skill Teachers.”
  • To create forgiveness workshops and seminars in corporations to effectuate breakthroughs and help increase net profits. The benefits of forgiveness training breakthroughs make possible more creative, stress-free and happy job relationships which can increase net profits.
  • To promote and publicize the research findings that Forgiveness creates better health, abundance and ease, more joy, greater optimism and hope and lessens depression, stress, illness, disease. Forgiveness also opens one to more lasting, happy, supportive relationships.
  • To help develop and conduct further research to quantify and codify the powerful effects of the applied practice of forgiveness in a multiplicity of settings.
  • To create entertainment/learning events (Forgiveness Film Festivals, Forgiveness Concerts, etc) in communities around the world.
1 Dr. Gerald Jampolsky
2 Archbishop Desmond TutuW

Sunday, 19 July 2015

Australia's beauty lies in the harmony & diversity within our society. Let's support and maintain this.


Who was the centre of attention in front of and near Victoria's Parliament House yesterday?  Reclaim Australia and their associates wanted to provide a double focus of attention: themselves and Muslims living in Australia.

No Room for Racism and its sympathisers were equally determined on a dual focus: to counter the racism of Reclaim Australia and its cohort and to make the public aware of their organisation.

Did the events of the day go as planned for both sides?  Possibly. Possibly not.  However, it seems that there were elements on both sides who were prepared for trouble one way or another.  

A group with a similar title to Reclaim Australia hit Ballarat early in 2014.  Restore Australia arrived in Ballarat trying to incite antagonism to the building of a mosque in the city - a city which was the site of Australia's first document demanding democratic rights.  As can be seen from this Facebook presence, drumming up opposition to the mosque being built by Ballarat's small Islamic community was not too successful.  

What Restore Australia did not take into account in the Ballarat situation is that community friendships had already been forged within the broader community by the time they blew into town.  The local Islamic community had friends - a broad spectrum of friends.  And the then Mayor was an early responder.

Meanwhile, amid all this swirling of clashing tensions and violent police intervention, what were Muslims doing? Yesterday was the beginning of Eid celebrations. Muslims were enjoying themselves. Behind them was a month of fasting. Now can come the feasting.  Perhaps Reclaim Australia chose the day and date deliberately with an intent to insult Muslims - or perhaps they knew there would not be a Muslim in sight or hearing of their rampage!

The Faith Communities Council of Victoria has issued the following statement.

Statement on Nationwide Rallies: 

Faith Communities Council of Victoria

The Faith Communities Council of Victoria (FCCV) has issued the following statement in light of reports that over the weekend of the 18/19th July 2015, Reclaim Australia is planning nationwide rallies which we believe are divisive and not in the nation’s best interests. 

The acceptance of our multicultural and multifaith society is one of Australia's greatest achievements and assets. The celebration of this rich diversity that exists in our society ensures we remain innovative, resilient and globally competitive - all of which enhances our society and increases our standard of living.

Like any asset, our multicultural and multifaith identity needs to be continuously nourished and threats to undermine it need be addressed. The current environment fueled by economic uncertainty and fear is encouraging the rise of extreme groups like Reclaim Australia and UPF (United Patriots Front), who are intent on disenfranchising minorities and disturbing the peace within our society.

These groups demonstrate they possess anti-Muslim, anti-Asian, anti-Indigenous, anti-Semitic and anti-Refugee sentiments.

We, the Faith Communities Council of Victoria, actively discourage any kind of involvement with these groups and see them as a threat to peace and social cohesion within our society. 

We believe there has to be a continuous dialogue promoting multiculturalism and multifaith.

We also encourage all to discourage others from supporting these groups in any way.

The harmony and diversity in our society is the basis of the beauty of Australia, and we request your support in maintaining this.

Faith Communities Council of Victoria is comprised of the following peak bodies: Baha'i Community of Victoria, Brahma Kumaris Australia, Buddhist Council of Victoria, Hindu Community Council of Victoria, Islamic Council of Victoria, Jewish Community Council of Victoria, Sikh Interfaith Council of Victoria and Victorian Council of Churches.

Saturday, 18 July 2015

Eid Mubarak --- Happy Eid --- to all our Muslim friends!!!

May your plate of life be always full of juicy kebabs & tikkas 
topped with the chutney of happiness. 
With best wishes
Eid Mubarak.

Saturday, 4 July 2015

Ramadan - and the Halal Food Bank and the #CoverMe Blanket and Sleeping Bag drive. WELL DONE!

Our deepest gratitude to Al Siraat College for their advocacy of the Halal Food Bank - Melbourne and our annual #CoverMe...
Posted by SeekersPoint Melbourne on Friday, 3 July 2015

Thursday, 2 July 2015

FIM & Museum India - Prayers and Fundraiser for Nepal - Saturday 4 July 2015

The Federation of Indian origin Multi-Faith Organistaion (FIMO) 
Museum India would like to invite you to:
Nepal Prayers to Action  
A Multi-Faith Visual Arts & Performing Arts Exhibition
Date: Saturday 4 July 2015 
Time: 4pm (Dinner will be served thereafter)
Location: Museum India, 61 Foster Street, Dandenong
Enjoy a spiritual event that brings together various faith groups and the community
to enjoy a one of a kind, still and moving exhibit of spiritual art
to raise funds and pray for the victims of the 25th April Nepal Earthquake.
Entry by donation
Funds raised will be donated to 
International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON
Food for Life Nepal Project.
RSVP for catering purposes
Contact: Bhakta Dasa 0431 829 463; Revati Ilanko

Wednesday, 1 July 2015

Dharma Day - Asalha Puja Day - 2 July 2015

 Asalha Puja Day ("Dhamma Day")
July 2

Asalha Puja means to pay homage to the Buddha on the full moon day of the 8th lunar month (approximately July). It commemorates the Buddha's first teaching: the turning of the wheel of the Dhamma (Dhammacakkappavattana Sutta) to the five ascetics at the Deer Park (Sarnath) near Benares city, India. Where Kondanna, the senior ascetic attained the first level of enlightenment (the Sotapanna level of mind purity). This day is commemorated in the Theravadan Buddhist tradition.