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Humanity at its best: All together

Humanity at its best: All together

Together for Humanity is a multi-faith, not for profit foundation that aims to help schools, organisations and the wider community respond constructively to differences of culture or belief. Starting in May 2002, their first program was held at St Ives North Primary School where they invited students to join with people of all faiths to look at changing the world. They were told that together they could make a quilt with their messages and hang it off the harbour bridge or the parliament. And so In March 2004 over 1,000 children sat on Macquarie Street as their messages covered...

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Music for Refugees at Scorcher Fest

The Music for Refugees organisation has formed a band to appear at the upcoming Scorcher Fest concert on Sunday 13 December. They will be joined by 13 other bands on the day which commences at midday.  “It is quite an honour for us to be invited to play at this prestigious once-a-year festival” said band leader and CEO of Music for Refugees, Philip Feinstein. “It will be an excellent opportunity to have such a huge mixture of international people playing in the same band on the same stage.” The musicians in the Music for Refugees band are Philip Feinstein...

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Faithful march together for refugees

A huge turnout of over 4,000 at the rally on Sunday demonstrated the feelings of Sydney people regarding the current refugee situation. And despite the new Turnbull government showing some restraint towards their policies at Nauru, the atmosphere at the rally was one of anger and disdain. The Sydney Town Hall was the venue for people of many backgrounds, all showing their unity and comradeship for one cause: Free the refugees. One of the many pleasing things at the rally was seeing people of different religions and backgrounds all mixing together. Many of the groups wore traditional colours of...

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Red, green and blue: Abraham Conference

The 2015 Abraham Conference was convened on Wednesday 26 August in Parramatta with 100 guests from three of the main religious groups: Christians, Muslims and Jews.  The evening had unique seating arrangements  –  at each table were coloured serviettes, red, green and blue, to ensure people sat according to their colour coding: red for Christians; green for Muslims; and blue for Jewish people. Tamana Daqiq, MC for the night, spoke of past successes of the conferences since commencing in 2002. “From 2003 these conferences have led to many other interfaith initiatives including important Christian, Muslim and Jewish activities” she...

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The good dialogue: Synagogue audience listens to Palestinians

On Sunday 14 June there was an interesting gathering of Jewish people at the Newtown Synagogue Community Hall  –  this open-minded group was there to hear the views of three eminent Palestinians. Although the three speakers had different backgrounds, their collective points were absorbed by a very keen audience willing to learn from their Middle Eastern neighbours.  Nahed Odeh: After obtaining a law degree in Alexandria, Egypt, and gaining her Masters at Al-Quds University, Nahed Odeh started her professional life as a lawyer in Jordan as well as in Palestine. She progressed through many organisations on women and children’s rights as...

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