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Thursday, 10 December 2009

Obama team seeks enlightenment on Muslim relations

Members of the Obama administration meet with diverse group of religious leaders at the 2009 Parliament. Read Obama team seeks enlightenment on Muslim relations

Wednesday, 9 December 2009

Opinion: The role of religion in preserving the environment

Sheikh Ali Gomaa on the importance of religion in environmental issues. Read The role of religion in preserving the environment

Wednesday, 9 December 2009

Obama administration reps meet with many faiths at PWR - St Louis Today

Showing openness to diversity in American religion, members of the Obama administration met at the Parliament of World Religions Dec. 6 with 50 members of multiple faiths. Read Obama administration reps meet with many faiths at PWR

Banning of Minarets in Switzerland - SBS News

Professor Tariq Ramadan has been visiting Melbourne for this week's Parliament of the World's Religions. Professor Ramadan has told the SBS News he believes the ban on minarets in Switzerland reflects growing discrimination towards Muslim minorities in many western countries. Listen to Banning of Minarets in Switzerland (Podcast, 4:57)

Vatican urged to heed calls for reform - The Age

The Catholic Church needs another reforming council like the 1960s Vatican II assembly before Rome winds back all the advances it made, one of the world's foremost Catholic theologians said yesterday. Read Vatican urged to heed calls for reform

Child soldier turned monk wants to save planet - The Age

Hsin Tao became a child soldier for the American-sponsored Kuo Min Tang in 1957 as a means of being fed and educated after his father was killed and his mother disappeared. The fighters were forced to retreat from Burma to Taiwan in 1961. He stayed on the island and left the army aged 21. He turned to Buddhism and became a monk in 1973. Read Child soldier turned monk wants to save planet

Sun setting on the West's dominance - The Age

The epoch of Western dominance is coming to an end, which should reduce the danger of a clash between Isam and the West, a Malayasian academic told the Parliament of the World's Religions, yesterday. Read Sun setting on the West's dominance

Faiths meet at Parliament of World Religions - Reuters

The Parliament claims to be a home for all faiths, but what does this mean? How many religions are represented? Certainly all of what we think of as the "major" faiths: Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam, Christianity, Judaism — but also Jains, Zorastrians and a strong contingency of Native American and other indigenous groups. Read Faiths meet at Parliament of World Religions

Faiths Join to Stress Vital Challenge of Nuclear Abolition at Melbourne Parliament of World's Religions - PR Newswire

Buddhist, Christian, Jewish and Muslim representatives joined voices during the Parliament of the World's Religions in Melbourne, Australia, on December 7, calling for moral leadership by the world's religions in the effort to abolish nuclear weapons. Read Faiths Join to Stress Vital Challenge of Nuclear Abolition at Melbourne Parliament of World's Religions

Parliament of world religions hosts Iran - Press TV

Iranian traditions and religious rituals have attracted dozens of visitors at the 2009 Parliament of the World's Religions in Melbourne. The Iranian pavilion offers different catalogues introducing the major religions practiced in the country namely Islam, Zoroastrianism, Christianity and Judaism. Read Parliament of world religions hosts Iran

Read Biblical text on gays within context: Kirby - CathNews

Openly gay former High Court judge Michael Kirby urged religious people to read Biblical texts in the context in which they were written, pointing in particular to verses that surround the condemnation of homosexuality. Read Read Biblical text on gays within context

Tuesday, 8 December 2009

Hinduism makes its way to Copenhagen - ABC Religion

An unprecedented assembly of Hindu Spiritual Leaders at the PWR has issued a Hindu Declaration on Climate Change. 'It is a matter of survival,' says the Declaration; 'we cannot continue to destroy nature without also destroying ourselves.' Read Hinduism makes its way to Copenhagen

Inter-religious Forum Calls for Nuclear Abolition - Inter Press Service

For the global religious community, the use of nuclear arms is an overwhelmingly important ethical issue for the human family. Thus, nothing less than the immediate abolition of such weapons is needed from the highest levels, said speakers at the Parliament of the World’s Religions currently underway in Melbourne, Australia. Read Inter-religious Forum Calls for Nuclear Abolition

Copenhagen and Melbourne: World Religion - Christian News Wire

Interfaith meetings continue at a great rate all over the world. Many religious leaders will descend at the UN Copenhagen Climate Conference this week. Plus, the Parliament of the World Religions is occurring at the same time in Melbourne, Australia. Read Copenhagen and Melbourne: World Religion

Faiths meet to build ties across religious divides - BBC News

What happens when an imam, a priest and a rabbi get into a lift together? It may sound like a joke, but it is an everyday occurrence at the world's largest inter-faith gathering - and such unexpected encounters are positively encouraged. Read Faiths meet to build ties across religious divides

Rich should help poor nations pay to go green - Sydney Morning Herald

RICH countries must pay some of the bills for developing countries to produce green power as well as cutting their own emissions, the Parliament of the World's Religions meeting in Melbourne will tell the UN climate change conference in Copenhagen Read Rich should help poor nations pay to go green

Creed v greed - an ethical charter - The Age

A global economy needs a global ethic in which a fair society and the environment accompany profits in a triple bottom-line for companies, leading theologian Hans Kung said in Melbourne yesterday Read Creed v greed - an ethical charter

Kirby urges re-reading of Bible on gays - The Age

Former High Court judge Michael Kirby has told the Parliament of the World's Religions of his experiences with clergy and the topic of homosexuality. Read Kirby urges re-reading of Bible on gays

Kaleidoscope of religions - The Washington Post

The parliament sees itself as part of a growing global interfaith movement. It celebrates the diversity of religions, always acknowledging that wide differences separate them. Read Kaleidoscope of religions

Sri Sri addresses Parliament of World's Religions in Melbourne - IndiaPRwire

When at a time, these ideals are far from reality, congregations such as this, where people of all faiths gather together, have a great responsibility to ponder on these pressing issues. It is a necessity for the very survival of our planet", said His Holiness Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, delivering his keynote address yesterday at the inaugural session of the 2009 Parliament of World's Religions in Melbourne, Australia. Read Sri Sri addresses Parliament of World's Religions in Melbourne

Daily sketch: world parliament of religions - Times Online

The main theme of the Parliament this year is ‘making a world of difference.’ So we urged people to do this by joining the Faiths Act movement which we lead. Our campaign encourages people of faith, from all over the world, to work together in their local communities, towards the Millennium Development Goals. Our particular aim is to help eradicate deaths from malaria. Read Daily sketch: world parliament of religions

UNAIDS launches framework for partnership with religious organizations - UNAIDS

UNAIDS has launched a new strategic framework for partnership with Faith-Based Organizations (FBOs) in its response to HIV at the Parliament of the World's Religions. It is evidence of stronger partnerships between UNAIDS and Faith based organisations. Read UNAIDS launches framework for partnership with religious organizations

Parliament of the World's Religions Live - ABC Local-Sunday Nights

ABC Local Sunday Nights conducted an interview with Tim Fischer, Katherine Marshall, Venerable Karma Lekshe Tsomo, Sheikh Abdul Aziz Bukhari and Professor Gary Bouma on the topic of the Parliament of the World's Religions. Listen to Parliament of World's Religions Live (MP3)

Monday, 7 December 2009

Climate's day of reckoning looms

Messages from Melbourne: The Parliament of the World's Religions is sending a 60-metre-long scroll inscribed with thousands of messages of support and hope to Copenhagen. Read Climate's day of reckoning looms

Probe into Scientology rejected - The Age

In Melbourne to address the Parliament of the World's Religions yesterday, Mr Adams, vice president of the Church of Scientolgy, International, said the former members were throwing mud, hoping some would stick. Read Probe into Scientology rejected

Women of faith a conflict breaker - The Age

Jacqueline Ogega speaks on the civil war in Sierra Leone, at a discussion of the impact of women in conflict resolution at the Parliament of the World's Religions yesterday. Read Women of faith a conflict breaker

Catholic Church kept vital thanks to migrants - The Age

Without migrants, church attendance and levels of satisfaction would be much lower, Bob Dixon, pastoral projects director for the Australian Catholic Bishops' Conference, told the Parliament of the World's Religions. Read Catholic Church kept vital thanks to migrants

A tale of two festivals - Sydney Morning Herald

The Parliament of World Religions is a dazzling display of religion and indeed humanity on parade. Read A tale of two festivals

Fifth Parliament of World Religions - Examiner

Faiths are all adhering to the Parliament’s theme, "Making a World of Difference: Hearing Each Other, Healing Each Other". They do this by sharing their own faith, traditions, practices, and culture. Read Fifth Parliament of World Religions

Tibetan Prime Minister to address Parliament of World's Religions in Melbourne - TibetCustom

Kalon Tripa Prof. Samdong Rinpoche will address the 2009 Parliament of the World's Religions when he visits Melbourne, Australia, from 7 – 11 December 2009. Read Tibetan Prime Minister to address Parliament of World's Religions in Melbourne

Peacemaker Role for Rabbi Rosen - Jewish News

Visiting interfaith guru Rabbi David Rosen has revealed that people often question why he would rather spend time making peace between non-Jews than fostering peace among Jews. Read Peacemaker role for Rabbi Rosen

 

Sunday, 6 December 2009

A Parliament for all faiths - Times Online

Fellows of the International Faith Acts programme of the Tony Blair Faith Foundation, they are joining up to 8,000 representatives of the world's faiths all meeting in Melbourne this week to discuss the most pressing issues of the age. Read A Parliament for all faiths

Greetings From The Parliament of the World's Religions, Part 1 - Beliefnet

It has been an amazing day at the Parliament of the World's Religions, but nothing has been more moving to me than the six Sikh junior high students from an Indian religious academy who interviewed me about what it means to be Jewish. Read Greetings From The Parliament of the World's Religions, Part 1

Muslims urged to accept minorities - The Age

Muslims must tackle injustices and corruption in their own countries before they can point a finger at the West, former Malaysian deputy prime minister Anwar Ibrahim said in Melbourne yesterday. Read Muslims urged to accept minorities

Call for worldwide ban on smacking children - The Age

Smacking children should be made illegal throughout the world, a British child rights activist told the Parliament of the World's Religions yesterday. Read Call for worldwide ban on smacking children

Saturday, 5 December 2009

Global faith leaders hope to give push to climate change action - Anglican Journal

Many of those who attended the "pray for climate change" service in Melbourne, Australia, on Nov. 29 are also members of the Parliament of the World's Religions, an interfaith event that opened on 3 December and that will be addressing climate change from a spiritual perspective. Read Global faith leaders hope to give push to climate change action

Parliament of the World's Religions under way in Melbourne - Bahá'í World News Service

Baha'is from five continents are making presentations at the Parliament of the World's Religions – an event now held every five years in the modern continuation of an initiative begun more than a century ago. Read Parliament of the World's Religions under way in Melbourne

A Meeting Point of All Faiths - IslamOnline

Religious and spiritual coexistence is always in a higher plane. In fact, it is not an easy catch! Read A Meeting Point of All Faiths

Global Interfaith Dialogue Begins - Westender

Australian Government proud to support the Parliament of the World's Religions, taking place in Melbourne Read Global Interfaith Dialogue Begins

Struggling For The Soul Of Religion: Why The Parliament Of The World's Religions Matters - Huffington Post

"World leaders are listening to us and waiting to see what we have to say." Such was the rallying cry of Dr. William Lesher, Chair of the Parliament of the World's Religions, as he welcomed thousands of religious people from around the world to the opening plenary of the Council's 2009 meeting in Melbourne, Australia. Read Struggling For The Soul Of Religion: Why The Parliament Of The World's Religions Matters

Religion 'denied key role' in poverty fight - The Age

Politicians lack understanding of the role religion plays in the fight against poverty, Katherine Marshall told the opening program of the Parliament of the World's Religions. Read Religion denied role in poverty fight

A market replete in articles of faiths - The Age

Many faiths and belief systems have stalls in the Exhibitors Hall. Read A market replete in articles of faiths

Wise, irrepressible, and a bit of a troublemaker - The Age

77 year old Sulak Sivaraksa, who is in Melbourne for the Parliament of the World's Religions, says he is known by many labels in his home country of Thailand. Read Wise, irrepressible, and a bit of a troublemaker

Giving Saudi women a public presence - The Age

Overcoming stereotypes requires patience, says Hana Bubshait, who has the rare honour of being a Saudi Arabian woman who occupies the public space. Read Giving Saudi Women a public presence

Women at the Parliament - Sacred Feminine

Honoring the Sacred Feminine at the Parliament of the World's Religions. The Goddess, the sacred feminine, the divine feminine. Read the narrative journey of creation of the sacred feminine with Women at the Parliament

Rudd accused of appeasing Malaysia - The Age

Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim, who is in Melbourne for the Parliament of the World's Religions, said Mr Rudd was acting in the interests of diplomacy but was unwise and ignored the importance of ethics and morality. Read Rudd accused of appeasing Malaysia

Copenhagen Climate Change Conference
Parliament of World's Religions ~ Do This - OpEd News

The Copenhagen Climate Change Conference and the Parliament of the World's Religions are urged to take action. Read Copenhagen Climate Change Conference
Parliament of World's Religions ~ Do This

Communion with divine is the goal: Sri Sri - Central Chronicle

Spiritual leader and Art of Living Founder Sri Sri Ravi Shankar said that the purpose of religion is to bring enlightenment to the individual, happiness to the society and move from limited individual identity to universality and eventually communion with the Divine. Read Communion with divine is the goal: Sri Sri

Rabbi Saperstein gives Keynote Address at Global Interreligious Conference -Religious Action Center for Reform Judaism

At World Parliament of Religions conference, Reform Jewish leader addresses religious community's role in achieving peace Read Rabbi Saperstein gives Keynote Address at Global Interreligious Conference

Australian rules football film following Palestinian-Israeli 'peace team' vies for top award - Haaretz News

The film "Tackling Peace" is being shown at the Parliament for the World's Religions, Melbourne. The film producer, Mark Radomsky, will be a speaker at the Parliament. Read Australian rules football film following Palestinian-Israeli 'peace team' vies for top award

Australia supports Parliament of World's Religion - ANTARA News

The Australian Government is committed to encouraging mutual respect, understanding and tolerance among different religions and cultures in Australia and across the region. Read Australia supports Parliament of World's Religion

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