PhD Studies – Interfaith Movement in Australia



The University of Tasmainia in collboration with Monash University and Deakin University provide study opportunity to interested participants in the Interfaith Movement in Australia. The study focusses on evaluating the impact of interfaith activities on religous diversity in Australia.

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(Subtitles) Religious Tolerance Animation Films


The Centre for Study of Islam and Social Transformation (CISForm) Yogyakarta launched religious animation films to be hosted on Youtube. The launch took place on Saturday, 3/2/18. The event was attended by various representatives such as senior high school students, teachers, youth mosque, religious boarding school, students, and government institutions, mass organizations, and academics, which was opened by Dr. Ir. Muhammad Wildan as Director of CISForm.

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Indigenous Spirituality: Grace Beside Me



Last week marked the world premiere season of NITV children’s live action series, Grace Beside Me. The series teacher notes cover each episode and themes exploring the Indigenous realm of culture, Country, and spirits. This is a must-see drama for ages 8-12, based on the book by Sue McPherson which is a great book for any Reading Challenges coming up.

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Quakers: INSPIRE Peace in 2018


The centenary of the end of the First World War is fast approaching and we all recognise the horror and tragedy that armed conflict has brought, and still brings, to the lives of many around the globe. Commemorating this moment allows us to listen to the voices of the past to reflect on how we use the freedom we have today to create peace, to listen to others and commit to forming radical ways to resolve some of the issues we are facing today, issues like social isolation, bullying, gang culture, racism and extremism.

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Stories of the Stolen Generations



A new interactive website developed by the Australian Human Rights Commission, featuring personal stories from members of the Stolen Generations, will help schoolchildren around the country understand the spiritual and social impacts of the forced removal of children from their families.

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Hindu festivals resources

ISKCON in the United Kingdom provide educational services with School Visits, In-School presentations, Photos, Online Temple Creation and similar resources. On the website is a section called Festivals which gives an overview of many Hindu festivals. Among the festivals covered are Diwali, Navrathri, Ganesh Chaturti and Janmastami (birthday of Krishna). Other festivals included are Rathyatra (a chariot festival) Narasimha Chaturdasi (the festival of the half-god-half-lion), Ramanavami (the festival of Lord Rama) and Gaura Purnima, a festival of Lord Caitanya, an exalted devotee of Lord Krishna. The festivals section concludes with Holi and Maha Shivarathri (connected to Lord Shiva). Read more here: https://iskconeducationalservices.org/category/festivals/


 

Getting religion (close to) right on YouTube

(RNS) — In early 2017, a series on CNN hosted by author and religion scholar Reza Aslan was dropped after six episodes following a controversial anti-Trump tweet by the host. But while “Believer” was still on the air, it was criticised for perpetuating stereotypes and overlooking important scholarship on the subjects it portrayed. Since then, another educational series on religion has skated largely under the radar of scholars.

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Interfaith Holiday Books for Kids



For inhabitants of the northern hemisphere, autumn features increasingly shorter days as we move inexorably toward the longest night of the year around December 21. Interestingly, many cultures and faith traditions have long-standing traditions and stories that lift up light during this time of relative darkness. For Neo-Pagans/Wiccans and other indigenous peoples, it’s Winter Solstice, for Jews, Hanukkah, for the ancient Romans, Saturnalia, for Christians, Christmas, and for African-Americans, Kwanzaa, just to name a few.

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