Time for change: a new role for religion in education

challengeAfter the recent High Court challenge verdict on funding chaplains in schools, religious education is back in the headlines.

The role of religion in Australian schools has been vigorously debated for more than a century. Recent events including the landmark High Court case, the pending Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) case outcome in Victoria, the decision to review Special Religious Education programs in NSW, and the move towards a National Curriculum all highlight the need to examine the role of religion in Australia’s schools.

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Multi Faith Olympics


2016 Rio Olympic Games

Coverage of multifaith activities at the Rio Olympic Games will be given here.

Overview of Rio 2016

The 2016 Summer Olympics (Portuguese: Jogos Olímpicos de Verão de 2016), officially known as the Games of the XXXI Olympiad, and commonly known as Rio 2016, are a major international multi-sport event that will take place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, from 5 to 21 August 2016. Record numbers of countries and sets of medals are awaiting in the games. More than 10,500 athletes from 206 National Olympic Committees (NOCs), including from Kosovo and South Sudan at first time, will take part in this sporting event. With 306 sets of medals, the games will feature 28 Olympic sports — including rugby sevens and golf, which were added by the International Olympic Committee in 2009. These sporting events will take place on 33 venues in host city and additionally on 4 venues in the cities of São Paulo, Belo Horizonte, Salvador and Brasília, country’s capital. (Wikipedia)

Lillehammer 2016

The Youth Olympic Games

Lillehammer 2016 is the name of the fourth Youth Olympic Games and it is only the second Winter Youth Olympic Games ever. This will take place from 12-21 February 2016 in Lillehammer, Hamar, Gjøvik, Øyer and Oslo.

The Youth Olympic Games (YOG) are sporting events for young people, where sport meets culture and education. The vision of the Youth Olympic Games is to inspire young people around the world to participate in sport and live by the Olympic values. You can read more about Lillehammer 2016 here

2012 London Olympics

During the 2012 London Olympics, this site provided coverage of the faith and multifaith aspects of athletes, competitors and the Olympic Games: the Summer Olympics and the Paralympic Games.

The London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) provided a Multi-faith Centre and Chaplaincy services for athletes, competitors and officials participating in the London 2012 Olympics.

Canon Duncan Green was the national Church of England Olympics Co-ordinator and the LOCOG Head of Multi Faith Chaplaincy Services.

During the 2012 London Olympics coverage was given of multifaith facilities and interfaith events leading up to the London 2012 Olympic Games, the activities of the Interfaith Networks of London, the London Peace Network, along with background events, interviews and stories surrounding the Multi-faith Centre and the work of the chaplains from the nine different religions during both the London 2012 Olympic Games, and the Paralympic Games.

Coverage of Olympic Games and Religion – Multifaith

You may read articles about Religion, Multifaith and Chaplains at the Olympic Games here.

Pakistan’s Women’s Interfaith Initiative in a Time of Turmoil

Islamic woman praying

A first-ever event of its kind on interfaith by women for women arranged by Dr Marilyn Wyatt, wife of the American Ambassador, and her team was a breath of fresh air and the platform for an array of women to give voice and shape to their unity as Pakistani women from many faiths.

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Tim Fischer: Islam is a rich faith which is all embracing

The 6th Regional Interfaith Dialogue is opened by the Deputy Foreign Minister, Wardana, in Semarang, Cental Java, on Moday and attended by representatives from 14 countries, including Australia. The leader of Australian delegation, Tim Fischer, generously spared his time for an emailed interview with Yeyen Rostiyani from Republika. Here are some excerpts of the fruitful dialogue with the former Australian Deputy Prime Minister (1996-1999) who now sits as Australian Ambassador to the Holy See (2008-2012).

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How the West should treat “honour” killings

Shafia family after being found guilty by Candadian court

It took the jury in Kingston, Ontario some 15 hours to return a guilty verdict against three members of the Afghan-Canadian Shafia family in a case that shocked Canada and North America. Mohammad Shafia, 58, his wife Tooba Yahya, 42, and their 21-year-old son, Hamed, were sentenced to life imprisonment on Jan. 29 for the premeditated killing in 2009 of the couple’s three teenage daughters, Zainab, 19, Sahar, 17, and Geeti, 13, and that of Mohammad Shafia’s first wife, Rona Amir Mohammad. The Shafia girls wanted to live like ordinary Canadian teenagers, but their father viewed this lifestyle as a violation of his own interpretation of “honour.”

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Photographic Exhibit Celebrates Germany’s Religious Diversity

Religion Next Door Art Exhibition

(ENInews). A photography exhibition taking place this month at a historic monastery near the German city of Nuremburg takes visitors on a journey through the intimate spaces where the country’s many faiths are practised.

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