2018 Annual Shoah Memorial Service (19 March 2018)
annual Christian ecumenical Shoah Memorial Service was held Monday 19
March 2018 at Melbourne Grammar School. The evening was organised by a
joint committee of members of the Anglican Diocese of Melbourne
Committee for Interfaith Relations, the Catholic Archdiocese of
Melbourne Ecumenical and Interfaith Commission, and the Uniting Church
Synod of Victoria and Tasmania Working Group on Christian-Jewish
Relations. Approximately 100 people gathered in a
darkened St Peter’s Chapel.
The service is a Christian commemoration of the tragedy
of the Holocaust, but a Shoah survivor is always invited to speak and a
member of the Jewish community recites the Kaddish, the traditional
Jewish prayer for those who have died. This year Philip Bliss OAM, chair
of the Council of Christians and Jews, prayed the Kaddish and Sarah Saaroni
OAM, a child Shoah
survivor, was the voice of memory.
Council of Christians and Jews: A Panel Discussion on Voluntary Assisted Dying (Sunday 29 October 2017)
On Sunday 29 October 2017, approximately 50 people gathered at the Eva Besen Centre in Caulfield (home of the National Council of
Jewish Women of Australia - Victoria) to hear presentations from four speakers on the topic of Euthanasia and Physician Assisted Suicide. This was a timely discussion as the Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill 2017 has been passed by the lower house of the Victorian Parliament and is about to be debated in the Upper house this week.
The four speakers were Rev. David Brooker, Rev. Associate Professor John Dupuche, Raphael Dascalu, and Rabbi Kim Ettlinger.
Reformation 500: Joint Lutheran and Catholic Commemoration in Melbourne (28 October 2017)
A special Lutheran and Catholic joint commemoration of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation took place on Saturday night (28 October) at St John’s Lutheran Church Southgate, featuring messages from Archbishop Denis Hart and Bishop Lester Priebbenow and the presentation of a Bach cantata “O ewiges Feuer, o Ursprung der Liebe” (BWV 34). The service was attended by more than 200 local members of the Catholic and Lutheran churches.
According to an historical legend, on 31 October 1517 in the University town of Wittenberg in Saxony, an Augustinian friar and biblical scholar Dr Martin Luther posted the document which later became known as “The 95 Theses”. This document raised questions about the indulgence campaign which was being promoted by the Archbishop of Mainz and Magdeburg to raise money for the rebuilding of St Peter’s Basilica in Rome. This scholarly document ignited a movement that became known to history as “The Protestant Reformation”.
Multifaith Statement on Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill 2017 (11 October 2017)
Today, representatives of Victoria’s leading religions gathered on
the steps of Parliament to deliver a joint statement to Deputy Premier,
James Merlino, regarding the Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill.
‘Multifaith Statement’ is signed by Sheikh Isse Abdo Musse (President,
Board of Imams Victoria), Phra Khru Kampee-panya-withet (Abbot,
Melbourne Thai Buddhist Temple), Makarand Bhagwat (Victorian Director,
Hindu Council of Australia), Rabbi Daniel Rabin (President, Rabbinical
Council of Victoria), Jasbir Singh Suropada (Chairman, Sikh Interfaith
Council of Victoria) and Bishop Peter Danaher (President, Victorian
Council of Churches).
Kawalpreet Singh, from the Sikh Interfaith
Council of Victoria, stood next to the Deputy Premier as he read the
statement before the faith representatives each said their names in
support of the shared announcement.
Asking the Parliament
to reject the proposed assisted dying legislation, the statement
highlighted the shared beliefs of the religious leaders.
Melbourne Catholics and Anglicans look towards a church fully reconciled (Thursday, 1 June 2017)
University of Divinity held a number of events at Trinity College
Theological School for the University of Divinity Academic Symposium.
The symposium celebrated 50 years of the Anglican-Roman Catholic
International Commission (ARCIC), a significant collaboration between
the Anglican and Catholic colleges of the University of Divinity.
aim of the day was to review and explore the work of ARCIC over the
last 50 years, particularly the most recent ARCIC publication Looking toward a church fully reconciled.
Annual Ecumenical Holocaust Memorial Service (May 3, 2016)
annual Christian Holocaust Memorial Service was held on Tuesday night (3 May 2016)
at Our Lady of Sion College in Box Hill. During the service, Grace, a student
of the College, said:
‘At a Holocaust Memorial Service
it must be asked: What have we learned and what must we do? The opposite of
love is not hate, but indifference. From those who were not indifferent, we can
learn what we can achieve if we stand up for people in need and be a voice for
others who do not have one.’
is the 25th anniversary of the Service. In May 1991, the late Sr Verna
Holyhead sgs gathered a small group of Christians and Jews together in the wind
and the rain outside the Jewish Memorial in Rookwood Cemetery in Sydney for a
Holocaust Memorial Service.
First Buddhist and Catholic Luncheon (October 31, 2015)
Thursday 5 November 2015
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DHAMMA SARANA Temple in Keysborough played host to an ecumenical event last week, as the inaugural Buddhist Catholic Interfaith Luncheon took place in Keysborough. Under a rainy sky, people from both faiths gathered at the temple to share a meal and learn a little about each other’s faiths.
So what happens at a JCMA Text Group meeting?
By David Schütz, August 2015
You have possibly heard about a new activity sponsored by the Jewish Muslim Christian Association (JCMA): Text Groups.
The idea of a Text Group is based on the common interreligious dialogue activity of reading one another’s scripture texts together. However, in a JCMA Text Group, we take things further: we share any text that is of personal interest to a member of the group, religious or secular. Of course, given the nature of JCMA, we like to take the opportunity of sharing texts that say something about one another’s faith, but a text need not be sacred scripture in order to have spiritual meaning.
As an example, let me share what we read last week in the group I lead, the 10:00am to 11:30am meeting on the second Tuesday of the month in East Melbourne. The suggestion for the day was that we each bring along a piece of poetry.
The 50th Anniversary of Nostra Aetate: The Past, Present and Future of the Christian-Jewish Relationship
Towards the very end of the final session of the Second Vatican Council, the document Nostra Aetate,
the “Declaration on the Church’s Relation to Non-Christian Religions,”
received definitive approval from the Council Fathers meeting in Rome. At the heart of the declaration is the relationship of the Church to the Jewish people, “the descendants of Abraham” (NA 4).
The approved text of the “Declaration on the Church’s Relation to
Non-Christian Religions” promulgated on 28 October 1965 was intended to
put an end to every form of anti-Semitism within Christianity and to
express the Church’s acknowledgment of its own Jewish roots. The Declaration shows that, on the basis of sound biblical and
historical arguments, the Church was able to set aside centuries of
traditional animosity towards the Jews, and also to create a space for
genuine interreligious dialogue more broadly.
It was fitting then that the International Council of Christians and
Jews (ICCJ) should hold its 2015 Conference in Rome to celebrate the 50th
anniversary of that landmark document, Nostra Aetate
"Maintaining Social Cohesian in Australia" - JCMA Peak Bodies Seminar (31 May 2015)
On the last
day of autumn, when Melbourne's weather was at its most unwelcoming, a
diverse group of some 100 people met at the Cardinal Knox Centre in
Melbourne next to St Patrick's
Cathedral for a community forum on "Maintaining Social Cohesion in
Australia". The afternoon forum was at the initiative of the Jewish Christian Muslim
Association and sponsored by various government bodies and more
representative councils within these three faith traditions: the
Victorian Council of Churches, the Jewish Community Council of Victoria
and the Islamic Council of Victoria.