The Christian place of worship is called church which means “gathering of people”. Those who gather come together in name – and in spirit – to worship in the name of Jesus of Nazareth. Churches can be home churches, a building labelled church, or a majestic cathedral. All serve the same purpose, to hear the gospel, to have communion in the assembly, and to sing songs of praise to the Lord Jesus.
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A Hindu temple or mandir or devasthana (house of the god) is a symbolic house, seat and body of divinity for Hindus. It is a structure designed to bring human beings and gods together, using symbolism to express the ideas and beliefs of Hinduism. Hindus may have a small shrine in the home – which is the home temple – or they may visit a temple in their locality. All villages in India have at least one temple of worship. A temple may house shrines to many different gods.
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The Jewish people (literally, the Children of Israel) worship in a building called a Synagogue. The building will have seating areas, and a place for the reservation of the scrolls. Synagogues are consecrated spaces used for the purpose of prayer, reading of the Tanakh (the entire Hebrew Bible, including the Torah), study and assembly of the worshipful.
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Muslims have a place of worship called a Mosque (or Masjid in non-English speaking countries). The mosque will likely have tall towers called Minarets, and have Islamic architecture designs, sometimes with the Crescent Moon, a symbol of the Muslim religion called Islam.
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The Sikh place of worship is called a Gurduara. It has a distinct architecture, and is often a two story building; upstairs may be used for worship, and downstairs may house the ablution areas and the langaar, the food hall.
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Ramadan 2021 (Australia) is expected to begin on Tuesday, April 12, 2021 (according to ANIC) and will end on Wednesday, May 12, 2021. Eid al Fitr 2021 is expected to be celebrated on Thursday, May 13, 2021. This is the tentative date as the actual date of commencement of Ramadan 2021 is subject to the sighting of the Moon.
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Passover or Pesach פסח, as it is called in Hebrew, is the festival that reminds us of when the Jewish people were slaves in Egypt about 3,500 years ago and how God freed them from the evil Egyptian king Pharaoh.
The Pesach story is written in the Torah, in Exodus, Chapters 1-15 and is one of the most important stories in Jewish history.
Pesach starts on the 15th day of the Hebrew month of Nissan, at the full moon. It lasts for eight days (seven in Israel). The four days in the middle are called Chol Hamo’ed (weekdays of the festival). In the English calendar, Pesach will be during April or (sometimes) in late March. As the Jewish calendar is lunar, the English dates of Pesach will change from year to year even though the dates in the Jewish calendar remain the same.
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Covid-19 has prevented many religious communities from coming together.
This year, the Union for Reform Judaism has collaborated with Reform leaders from North America and the UK along with our partners at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, the Central Conference of American Rabbis, and the American Conference of Cantors to provide a set of videos to accompany the Passover observances. Each video is 2-6 minutes long and contains blessings, songs, and insights that perfectly supplement any seder.
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Teen Yoga is fastly becoming a vital part of a child’s development with over 1.7 million children and teens practicing yoga. Many schools have given it a priority as they have found yoga and meditation play an important part in a child’s development including mental health benefits.
Teaching Yoga to Teens requires specific training which The Teen Yoga Foundation have developed. The foundation has been running for over 17 years teaching teen wellbeing and yoga courses. The course is ideal for Yoga Professionals, School Teachers, Parents and anyone wanting to bring Yoga to our young.
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Many religious traditions believe marriage is a gift from God and family life a blessing. Raising a family is a sacred duty to Jewish people, a way to express loyalty to Judaism. Here we present six videos unfolding Jewish Values in Family Life.
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