FCCV MAY 2016 NEWSLETTERNEWS | EVENTS | HOLY DAYS
COMMUNITY RESILIENCE GRANTS: VICTORIAN MULTICULTURAL COMMISSIONThe Victorian Government is committed to building social cohesion and resilience within communities across Victoria.
The Community Resilience Grants are now open and provide an opportunity for eligible organisations to deliver innovative projects.
RELIGION, NOT RACE, MAIN SOURCE OF NEGATIVITY ON ASYLUM SEEKERSReligious intolerance or racism? A new study out of Melbourne suggests religious intolerance, not racism, is the main source of negative feelings towards asylum seekers in Australia.
The study was called Islamophobia and other anxieties.
CASEY COUNCIL VOTES TO REJECT MOSQUE IN NARRE WARREN NORTHA plan to build a new mosque in Melbourne's south eastern suburbs has been dumped by Casey council.
Only about half of the people who turned up to watch the proceedings, were able to fit into the council chambers.
THOUSANDS JOIN VAISAKHI NAGAR KIRTAN IN DANDENONGMore than 2000 Sikh members from Melbourne took to the streets of Dandenong to mark annual celebrations of Vaisakhi.
The procession commemorated the anniversary of the brotherhood of the Khalsa on April 13, 1699 – one of the most significant dates in Sikh history – as well as ushering in the spring.
HOW PROBLEMATIC IS CHRISTIAN YOGA?Christian yoga is not the oxymoron it may at first appear to be. Posing to Bible verses and gospel music originated in the United States and has recently made its way Down Under.
But is there something offensive about another religion rebranding this ancient Indian practice?
URFA MASOOD TO BE VICTORIA'S FIRST FEMALE MUSLIM MAGISTRATEVictoria has appointed its first Muslim woman to the bench.
Ms Masood, who is of Sri Lankan background, will be the first Muslim woman to sit on the bench of any Victorian court.
DALAI LAMA, ARCHBISHOP TUTU SIGN INTERFAITH CLIMATE STATEMENTThe Dalai Lama, Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Pakistani grand imam Maulana Khabir Azad are among 270 signatories of an interfaith climate change statement.
The statement outlines the positive judgement of the adopted Paris Agreement and urges for its prompt signature and ratification by governments.
WHAT IS PASCHA? AHEAD OF ORTHODOX EASTER 2016, RUSSIAN, GREEK AND OTHER EASTERN CHURCHES BEGIN CELEBRATIONSFrom Greece to Russia, Orthodox Christians around the world celebrated Easter Sunday on 1 May.
While many Christians celebrated Easter on March 27 based on the Gregorian calendar, for Orthodox followers who use the Julian calendar the date fell much later this year.
PASSOVER 2016: THE TRADITIONS AND HISTORY BEHIND THE JEWISH FESTIVALPassover is a Jewish festival which celebrates when the Israelites were freed from slavery under the Egyptians. It is always a spring festival, although the date in the Roman calendar changes slightly each year. In the Hebrew calendar it is celebrated from the 15th through the 22nd of the month of Nissan.
INTERFAITH GUIDE: FEDERATION OF INDIAN ORIGIN MULTIFAITH ORGANISATIONSThe Indian Interfaith Guide is a resource that provides readers with information on various social norms and practices of adherents of various faiths.
This document is a vital step towards proactively addressing the potential causes of conflict, difference and prejudice in the community as it relates to those of Indian origin.
WITH COURAGE LET US ALL COMBINE: MELTON INTERFAITH NETWORK
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