Friday, January 30, 2015

Religious Holidays 2015

Religious Holidays 2015: An Interfaith Calendar (Christian, Hindu, Jewish, Muslim And More) (PHOTOS)

We live in a beautiful, diverse world, and almost each day of the year is a sacred time for someone, somewhere. HuffPost Religion is proud to present an interfaith, inclusive religious calendar for nine major world religions: Baha'i, Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Jainism, Judaism, Islam, Paganism, Shinto and Sikhism. We hope you will come to this page regularly to learn about the festivals of your religious tradition, as well as your neighbors' traditions.
Please note that Jewish holidays start at sunset and continue until sunset of the next day. Also, due to Islam's use of the lunar calendar, some dates will be confirmed closer to the holiday. If this list does not include your sacred observance, please email with a brief description of the holiday so that we can add it here.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Images That Open Your Eyes: John Dear Nobel Peace Prize Nominee

Pace e Bene’s John Dear was recently nominated again for the Nobel Peace Prize along with another well known Indian peace activist Dr. Leo Rebello.  John was nominated a few years ago as well by Archbishop Desmond Tutu.   Read the nomination letter.

Release The Children on Australia Day 2015

On January 26th for the last 3 years, high school students from all around Australia have been joining us in raising awareness for children in detention. The perception that the public have of children in detention is that they're being freed when, in fact, there still being held in immigration detention. This year, we want to let everyone know that they're still not free. 

Australian YCS is a movement run by, for and with high school students. On Australia Day, we continue to remember the kids our age locked up in immigration detention. 

We are asking you to stand with us in taking action. Invite your friends, help us get the message across. We believe in a better Australia. 

To join us in taking action, all you have to do is follow these easy steps:

1. Grab a marker
2. Write the hashtags #cantyouseetheyrestillnotfree and #breakfree
This is a chance for you you to get creative. Write on your skin, or on a sign and make some funky photos
3. Take a photo with the hashtags clearly visible
4. Post the photos on the Australian YCS Facebook page with the caption:
Australian YCS Aus Day action
5. Share and like yours and other people's photos!

For more information visit the Australian YCS Facebook page

Senators seek 'urgent answers' from minister as children remain in detention despite deal

Monday, January 05, 2015

January 6 Epiphany: Jesus Everywhere!
Over in Wikipedialand we learn that in Christianity, the Epiphany refers to a realization that Christ is the son of God. Western churches generally celebrate the Visit of the Magi as the revelation of the Incarnation of the infant Christ, and commemorate the Feast of the Epiphany on January 6.
The traditional image usually included in the Nativity setting has three well dressed albeit weary travelers paying homage as would be customary in the courts of royalty.
However, the reality is that Jesus was irreverent. That is the marvel of the Gospel texts. He wasn't the obvious cover-boy for the Vatican News or The Catholic Leader
The Jesus story including the Epiphany reminds us that we will find the sacred in the ordinary experiences of life. After you have been to Rome,Lourdes, Mecca,Jerusalem,Wittenberg, the Ganges and other holy places you return to the joy, hope, grief and anguish that make up our daily bread.
And if you look around and into the eyes of those who serve your coffee and hang out with you the sacred will be there for you to discover and you will have your Epiphany!!

Saturday, January 03, 2015

Statement of Catholic Theologians on Racial Justice

Statement of Catholic Theologians on Racial Justice

Advent is a season of waiting and of hoping. In the face of conflict, distrust, and division – in the wilderness – we are called to cry out for a different way. In consultation with several others, CMTer and former law enforcement officer Tobias Winright has prepared a statement of commitment to racial justice, which names the particularly difficult hope we might bring to illuminate darkness. We are happy to share the statement here on this blog. Many Catholic theologians, including myself and my co-editor, Jana Bennett, have already signed on to the statement. Please pray and act for truth and reconciliation this season…
Statement: Catholic Theologians for Police Reform and Racial Justice

I wonder what a similar statement would look like from Australian  Theologians? Our community  also faces issues of racial abuse and poverty among the First Nations people of the land. I wonder how many local Churches and communities are aware of the research and advocacy provided by Churches?

‘In a nation that enjoys a vibrant economy, where governments boast of their careful financial management, the question remains: why have we not been able to eliminate these dire circumstances from the everyday experience of many Indigenous people?’

Eleventh Day of Christmas

Today, the eleventh day of Christmas is also Epiphany Sunday in many Churches of the West.This is the the day for a jolly good sing-a-long with We Three Kings. I suggest you turn the volume up, stand up and parade around in full voice with Hugh Jackman and friends: