Longtime interfaith activist Rabbi Michael Lerner sparked uproarious applause and repeated standing ovations when he addressed mourners at Muhammad Ali’s funeral on Friday with a rousing call for social justice, denouncing the occupation of Palestine, the U.S. drone war, rampant Islamophobia and the mass incarceration of African Americans.
Framed by large bouquets of white flowers, the Berkeley-based editor of the progressive Jewish interfaith magazine Tikkun used his eulogy at the Muslim interfaith service in Louisville, Kentucky to implore attendees, most of them clad in black, to honor the spirit of the boxing champion. He noted that Ali was beloved by tens of millions, many of whom didn't care about boxing, because he was willing to “speak truth to power,” driven to “love black people” and daring enough to use his fame to “stand up to an immoral [Vietnam] war and say, No, I won’t go."
Ramadan is a holy month of fasting which is a very special time for billions of Muslims around the world. Along with its spiritual benefits, Ramadan also brings with it an opportunity to promote interfaith sharing and dialogue which strengthen relationships between members of different faiths and cultures.
In Victoria, many different interfaith networks and organisations hosted interfaith iftars in the spirit of brotherhood and unity.
The urgent need to combat discrimination and hate crimes in Europe and the world at large calls for higher degrees of cooperation between civil society organizations, stated the Baha'i International Community (BIC) Brussels Office at a recent seminar, titled "Turning words into action to address anti-Semitism, intolerance and discrimination".
Hosted by the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) and the European Parliament Anti-Racism and Diversity Intergroup (ARDI) from 16 to 17 June 2016 in Brussels, the seminar was organized out of "an urgent need to help support and strengthen the existing good work undertaken by civil society coalitions and encourage the building of additional strong civil society inter-communal and interfaith networks to prevent and end all forms of hate crime and discrimination".
Source: Baha'i World News Service
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This interactive explores the diversity of Australian suburbia via ancestry, age, food, religion and birthplace data.
Find out how your suburb ranks against the rest of Australia and which suburbs are the most diverse.
Source: SBS Online
The second International Day of Yoga was celebrated across major Australian cities including Canberra and Melbourne with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull hailing yoga as one of India's gifts to the world.
Turnbull commended Prime Minister Narendra Modi's vision for supporting global peace and well-being and described the ancient practice of yoga as one of India's gifts to the world and acknowledged its aim to develop resilience,thoughtfulness, respect and harmony, towards each other and the world.
Source: The Economic Times
An art project at an Islamic school in Melbourne's north has led to a remarkable cultural exchange between the country's oldest Australians, some of the newest and some of the toughest.
Tile by tile the Connection to Country mosaic comes to life in a classroom at Ilim College.
The students' heads are down. Their hands are busy. The chatter is about colours and shapes.
Victoria Police hosted its 12th Chief Commissioner’s Iftar dinner on Tuesday night to commemorate Ramadan together with representatives and leaders from Victoria’s Muslim and faith communities.
More than two hundred and eighty people attended the event, including more than 100 women of Muslim faith, 80 police officers and employees, and Muslim and faith communities from across the state.
The High Court has rejected an appeal against the Bendigo mosque, giving final approval to the project.
All legal avenues have now been exhausted, the Bendigo Advertiser reports
The mosque has already passed the City of Greater Bendigo, Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal and the Victoria Court of Appeal.
Source: The Age