Events & Retreats
Spirituality and Social Justice: Citizens and Change
Please join us for this stimulating and challenging event hosted by Eremos and The Grail
Eremos is hosting this event in partnership with The Grail. The Grail is an international spiritual, cultural and social movement of women in 17 countries around the world, energised by working together to transform the world into a global community of justice and peace, love and respect for the whole of creation. We are delighted to introduce to you the 4 fabulous panellists who will share how their faith impacts their involvement in social change and social justice. Their stories will stimulate our own exploration of how faith inspires social action.
The panel presentations will set the foundation for a larger conversation about the role that faith and spirituality plays in people’s commitment to social action. The afternoon includes time for questions and discussion inviting all participants to consider their experience of faith and activism. To become more active citizens includes recognising our ability to not just be receivers of social change, but shapers of the world we inhabit. Afternoon tea and refreshments will be served.
Donna Mulhearn Peace activist and Christian Meditation leader, author of ‘Ordinary Courage: My journey to Bagdad as a Human Shield’.
Sujata Allan Doctors for the Environment Australia and ‘engaged Buddhism’ movement with the Sydney Buddhist Centre.
Donna Jacobs Sife Storyteller, educator, Peace activist, co-founded Jewish Voices for Peace and Justice and leads workshops with Palestinian experts in conflict resolution and peace studies.
Angela Rodgers Humanitarian and philanthropic Muslim activist and student studying the various sciences of Islam, Angela was one of the presenters at the 2016 event Eremos co-sponsored with the Al-Ghazalli Centre, “Muslim Women & Spiritual Revival in Australia”.
Facilitated by Francis Voon Faith & Multicultural Outreach Coordinator, Equality Campaign. Facilitator, Pace e Bene Australia's Nonviolence Interfaith Leadership Program.
More about the speakers
Activist, writer and speaker Donna Mulhearn was a human shield during the war in Iraq and returned several times as an aid worker, human rights observer and researcher focusing on the impact of toxic weapons on the Iraqi community. In 2004- 2005 Donna spent four months in the West Bank of Palestine as a volunteer with the International Solidarity Movement. On her return visits to Australia she did talks at schools, churches, peace groups and community organisations about the situation in Iraq and Palestine.
She is a journalist, former political adviser and currently setting up a small retreat centre in the Blue Mountains. Donna is currently active in many peace, human rights and environmental issues. Featured on ABC’s Australian Story program, her book, Ordinary Courage, a memoir about her experience as a human shield, was published in 2010: http://www.ordinarycourage.org/
Inspired by the ‘Peace Prayer’ of St Francis of Assisi, Donna describes herself as a 'Pilgrim and Storyteller." She practices a spirituality of action and contemplation which includes Christian Meditation, labyrinths, playing the celtic harp, living simply and the odd act of nonviolent civil disobedience!
Sujata currently works as a GP registrar and also volunteers with Doctors for the Environment Australia, which works to raise awareness of the health impacts of climate change and fossil fuels, and to advocate for a healthy sustainable society.
She has been meditating from a young age, having grown up in a family practicing Tibetan Buddhism. Sujata is interested in the interconnectedness of meditation, ethics and activism and is also involved in an ‘engaged Buddhism’ movement with the Sydney Buddhist Centre, using meditation and the awareness of interdependence to inspire environmental and social justice activism. Recently she helped organise the launch of a Buddhist Climate Action Kit, together with others at the Sydney Buddhist Centre and the Australian Religious Response to Climate Change (ARRCC).
Donna Jacobs Sife
Donna Jacobs Sife is a well known peace and social activist and has been School Program Director at Together for Humanity for over a decade. She has worked in the field of Diversity and education for over 25 years, and is an award winning storyteller of international repute.
Donna regularly presents workshops on conflict resolution, dialogue, listening circles and other techniques, with Abe Quadan and Samira Ghabar– Palestinian experts in conflict resolution and peace studies. She has been involved with Judaism as a teacher, performer, writer and contemporary interpreter with regards to creative, spiritual and ritualistic expression for 20 years. She has taught Jewish story and Bible in the Melton Adult Education Program UNSW, lectured in Sacred Story and interpretation at Universities of Sydney and Western Sydney and several international locations, including the Jewish Museum of New York and Hebrew University in Jerusalem. For several years she was a regular columnist in the Australian Jewish News, and is a frequent speaker at inter-faith events and conferences. http://donnajacobsife.com/
Angela comes from an Australian and Chinese heritage and entered Islam 6 years ago. Since then she has been an active student studying the various sciences of Islam whilst also actively serving the community through various humanitarian and philanthropic projects. Angela spoke beautifully about her faith at the an 2016 Eremos event co-sponsored with the Al-Ghazalli Centre, “Muslim Women & Spiritual Revival in Australia”.
Francis Voon, Facilitator
Francis is a psychotherapist, theologian and educator. Born in multicultural, multifaith Malaysia, he migrated with his family to Australia in 1998. Francis has worked across Catholic education, diocesan ministry, interfaith dialogue, pastoral care (charities & hospitals), psychotherapy & professional development in tertiary education. He has leadership roles in Acceptance Sydney, ACON, GLBTIQ Interfaith Intercultural Network and the Asian Australian Alliance. Since 2012, Francis has been involved in Pace e Bene Australia's Nonviolence Interfaith Leadership Program, first as a participant and now as a facilitator. His present work brings together leaders from faith and multicultural communities who show their support for LGBTI inclusion and marriage equality. This has included organising interfaith panels and multicultural events at Parliament House Canberra, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney.
Please join us...
Sunday 6 August 2 – 5 pm
Venue: Rosebank College, 1A Harris Road, Five Dock (Just off Parramatta Road). There is some onsite parking and street parking on Sundays. Follow the signs on the grounds to the venue.
Cost and Booking: Your booking will assist us in our planning.
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