Tuesday, 20 March 2018

When religion becomes not a way of life - but a way of death

The cartoon above may apply to Aung San Suu Kyi
but it also references the inauguration speech of
U.S. President John F. Kennedy which related to countries
flirting with communism.

It's the quiet genocide. That's partly because the government of Aung San Suu Kyi bans the media and the UN from any access to the area of Myanmar where the army has been killing and purging the Rohingya minority.
It's partly because in the West the political right doesn't want to make too much fuss about a pogrom against Muslims. It's partly because the political left in the West is still in lovelorn bewilderment at the shocking transformation of their fallen angel.

The woman who won the Nobel Peace Prize when she was the victim of the Myanmar army's repression has become its chief apologist.
And it's a quiet genocide partly because most of Myanmar's neighbours are themselves brutally repressive regimes. They have no interest in drawing attention to human rights atrocities.
Suu Kyi herself is very quiet on it. She avoids speaking about it. Rather than chide the army for the systematic killing of a civilian population and their mass displacement, she congratulates its soldiers for their bravery.

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Sunday, 18 March 2018

2018 Salt Lake Interfaith Roundtable, USA

Today! Doors open at 5:00. Get there early if you don't have a ticket. FREE admission. Free parking at the conference center.
Salt Lake Interfaith Roundtable
4 January
March 18, 2018 6 p.m. - Salt Lake Tabernacle - Annual Interfaith Sacred Music Evening - no charge. Please invite your friends and be there!!! Please support this holy event.

Saturday, 17 March 2018

Polish bishops condemn anti-Semitism

Polish bishops condemn new wave of anti-Semitism

Polish bishops condemn new wave of anti-Semitism

Hundreds of Poles gathered to express their solidarity with Jews who perished in the Holocaust, were expelled from Poland 50 years ago or feel the effects of anti-Semitism today, in Warsaw, Poland, Sunday, March 11, 2018. The speakers at the demonstration also denounced the policies of the current Polish government which have led to a dispute with Israel and sparked a wave of anti-Semitic rhetoric. (Credit: Czarek Sokolowski/AP.)

Holy Week: Three major days are chapters of one story

A friend of The Editor has posted this on Facebook. 
 It is a take on Easter which had never occurred to her.

Gabriella Rositta Emmanuella:

ONE Thing about the Easter Service, otherwise known as the Easter Trideuum... Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter Night/Day are all one service... Yes, Maundy Thursday is Part A, Good Friday is Part B, (then the fast of Easter buns) Then Easter Eve and Day are part C... So you can't go through life, without attempting to do the Full Holy Week Fast, (Easter buns) ending in a spring banquet for the High Feast of Easter.....

Tuesday, 13 March 2018

The Mormon Sisterhood

What's it really like being a Mormon missionary?


Sister Wolfgram and Sister Lu say the Book of Mormon is often a conversation starter.

Sister Wolfgram can only see her family twice a year via Skype: on Mother's Day, and at Christmas.

She's allowed to email relatives weekly, but as a Mormon missionary, this is the most contact will she have with her family, during her 18 months of overseas service.

"I come from a family of 10, there's four brothers and four sisters, so I miss them a lot," says Sister Wolfgram, who was raised in West Valley City, Utah, a majority Mormon state.

Her family is originally from Tonga, another heartland for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints — home to more Mormons per capita than any country in the world. Statistics show that nearly 60 per cent of the population belongs to the church.
"As Tongans, the two most important things are God and family … and then food," Sister Wolfgram smiles.

To read and see more, please go here. 

Zoroastrian matchmaking and marriage

From Faith Communities Council of Victoria and Australia's ABC

Zoroastrianism was the official religion of Persia, its birthplace, for more than a millennium, but today the community is a fraction of its former size, and that's raising serious concerns about the future of the faith.

Ms Havewala is a Zoroastrian — or 'Parsi' (meaning 'Persian') as they're known in India — a member of an ancient monotheistic faith that pre-dates Islam and Christianity.

Zarin Havewala doesn't call herself a professional matchmaker, but her track record suggests otherwise.

Unofficially, she manages an international database of Zoroastrian bachelors and bachelorettes — an extensive list of names and numbers, careers and qualifications, ages and email addresses — that's shared with singles who are looking for love.

What is Zoroastrianism?

Sunday, 11 March 2018

Iceland to ban circumcision of males? Circumcision of girls already outlawed.

From the Iceland Monitor of 26 February 2018:

The ban on circumcision in Iceland: Humanity or hypocrisy?

by Roald Eyvindsson
This month Iceland made headlines across the world, following a heated debate about a new bill, currently before the Icelandic parliament (Alþingi), that proposes to ban any kind of mutilation on children, including religious circumcision. If passed into law Iceland would become the first European country to do so.

The MP who put the bill forward, Silja Dögg Gunnarsdóttir of The Progressive Party (Framsókn), claims that non-medical circumcision of baby boys violates their human rights as outlined in the UN Convention of the Rights of the Child. She has compared it to FGM, i.e. female genital mutilation which is already banned in Iceland and has been since 2005.
Male circumcision is integral in both Jewish and Islamic faiths. Within the Christian tradition, circumcision is optional. Often, the parents' choice is influenced by whether the male parent has been circumcised.  The Catholic Church - who is unlikely to be affected greatly - "has expressed concerns over religious persecution".  

The Story of God --- Morgan Freeman


Series 1 Episode 1 contains a section relating to the First Peoples of Australia

Saturday, 10 March 2018

Pax Christi Agape - Details for gathering on March 18, 2018.

The event detailed below is a Pax Christi agape

For further details, ring 03 9379 3889  

This is an event in Melbourne, Victoria.

For those coming on public transport, 

Pascoe Vale Station (Craigieburn Line) is 7-8 minutes’ walk from 13 Mascoma Street.

If coming by car via Tullamarine Freeway, turn right at the Pascoe Vale Rd exit, then 3rd left into Peck Ave, and immediately right into Mascoma Street. If coming via Bell Street, at the end of Bell Street exit right into Pascoe Vale Road, 3rd left into Peck Ave, and immediately right into Mascoma Street.

Sunday 18 March, 12.30 pm: 

Hope in the midst of despair. 

This year we will be delving deeper into the spirituality of peace. We hope to experiment with different formats, and explore new ways of nurturing community and dialogue. At our gathering on Sunday 18 March, we will share some personal reflections on how we see the task of peacemaking in a world consumed by greed, power, fame, and extremism. Do we approach the task with any sense of hope? Can we find hope anywhere at a time when life for so many is already “hell on earth” – not to mention the utter devastation that will surely come with a nuclear war or irreversible global warming. Venue: 13 Mascoma Street, Strathmore. Please bring some food to share.

Pax Christi International is a Catholic peace movement
with 120 member organisations worldwide
that promotes peace, respect of human rights,
justice & reconciliation throughout the world.

Grounded in the belief that peace is possible
and that vicious cycles of violence and injustice can be broken,
Pax Christi International addresses the root causes
& destructive consequences of violent conflict and war.

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