Liverpool police community engagement

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By:Somesh Sibal

Liverpool police community engagement program was attended by Somesh Sibal of the Hindu Council of Australia’s Chaplaincy team along with members of about 15 different cultural and religious groups in the area. The program was organised on 29th March 2018 to meet the new Liverpool area commander Superintendent Paul Albury. Paul addressed the attendees. Among the topic discussed how to have healthy community engagement with police with respect to both police and community. 

Liverpool police is currently working on improving protocols to:
 
Greetings:   What are the protocols with greetings each other within the culture (physical proximity and touching)
 
Cultural Influence in Interaction: Are there any religious/cultural practices which may influence the way people interact with police?

 Protocol for entering church/temple: Are there any special considerations when entering church/temple.
 
Protocols in Searching temple/Church:  Is there any protocol to follow in case police need to search the temple/Church, including religious objects such as statues, altar, tabernacle etc.

Role of Religious and community leaders: What is the role of religious and community leaders in case community protests, demonstrations or any other circumstances involving police and community confrontation.
 
Providing Specimens:  Does providing blood samples, body fluid or any other specimens for investigative purposes present problems? Are there any dates or religious significance when we should not approach an individual for an interview?

Hindu Chaplains send a copy of Bhagwat Geeta to a Hindu prison inmate

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A request was received by Hindu Council of Australia through its web site from a Christian Chaplain in one of the prisons. A Hindu inmate in the prison wanted to obtain and read a copy of Bhagwat Geeta. Our Chaplaincy team immediately sprung into action. Somesh Sibal from Hindu Council procured a copy of Bhagwat Geeta and sent it to the authorities. He has now received a confirmation of receipt of the Bhagwat Geeta. Congratulations Hindu Chaplains and Congratulations Hindu Chaplaincy team.

Inquiries are now being made now to find out if the inmate would like to see a Hindu Chaplain on a regular basis. Hindu Council of Australia has over 25 trained Hindu Chaplains who provide services in Sydney and Melbourne.

Gargi Woman Jayanthi Ramanan

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Winner of Gargi Woman Award 2018 – (Carer)

By Bharathi R

Jayanthi Ramanan has been awarded Hindu Council of Australia’s Gargi Woman Award 2018 for her outstanding contribution as a carer. The award consisting of a plaque was presented to her by Member of Parliament – Parramatta Hon. Geoff Lee and by Anita Sharma NSW Vice President of Hindu Council of Australia.

She used to work as an IT consultant, took early retirement. She saw a Christian chaplain helping a friend in a hospital. In anguish, she thought why no Hindu chaplains in Sydney. She did her own  research and took many months to find out about how to become a Chaplain. Finally she took the training and became a Hindu Chaplain. Now, she inspires others to become chaplains and more than 12 people have taken to Chaplaincy on her encouragement. She conducts regular workshops and information sessions and guides would be chaplains.  She is a good role model for youngsters on how to break barriers and integrate with the main stream. Hindu Council of Australia appreciates her for being the first women to come up with the idea of starting a Hindu Chaplain service in Sydney.

Jayanthi left the stage immediately after receiving the award, reason – she got a call for help from a terminal patient from a hospital.

Jayanthi ramanan has been awarded the Gargi Woman Award for her outstanding service to the community as a carer.

Hindus missing out Big time on School Chaplaincy

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The National School Chaplaincy Programme (NSCP), is an Australian federal government programme which funds chaplains in Australian primary and secondary schools. The chaplains are to provide “support and guidance about ethics, values, relationships and spirituality”.[1] The grants are $20,000 a year for schools and $24,000 for schools in remote areas.[2]

Hindus are missing out big time on School Chaplaincy. Hindu students form 2.5% of school students in NSW but there is not a single known Hindu Chaplain in any of the schools.

While the NSCP is formally not religion-specific, the chaplains employed under the programme are disproportionately Christian. In 2011, one study stated that 96.5% of the chaplains employed under the programme were Christian, while only 64% of Australians identified as Christian (based on the 2006 census). By contrast, 0.01% of the chaplains were secular, whereas 19% of Australians identified as having no religion. Buddhism, the second largest religion, is followed by 2% of Australians, but only 0.03% of the school chaplains. Islam was followed by 1.7% of Australians, but only 0.9% of school chaplains. Judaism is the only religion which had a roughly proportionate representation, with 0.45% of the Australian population following the religion, and 0.5% of school chaplains.

(Source Wikipedia and Census)

Chaplaincy Information session

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An information session for prospective Chaplains was organized by Hindu Council and Global Organization for Divinity (G.O.D) at the later’s temple today. It was attended by about 20 people. A couple of speakers from G.O.D introduced the idea of a Hindu chaplain and explained what a chaplain does and what a Chaplain does not do. Jayanthi Ramanan, Chaplaincy Coordinator of Hindu Council, and a Chaplain herself explained her journey to become a Chaplain and to start a Hindu Chaplaincy movement in Sydney. She explained that Hindu Council is a nominating authority to nominate Hindu Chaplains to Hospitals, Schools etc. To be nominated, the person has to be a practicing Hindu, should have completed an Introductory Course and should be approved by the Hindu Council. She explained a brief outline of the Introductory course. [Read more…]

SBS Gujarati Radio – Chaplaincy Interview

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Chaplaincy Scholarships

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Media Release on Hindu Chaplaincy Training Scholarships

SBS Hindi – Hindu Chaplaincy

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Hindu Chaplaincy Information Session 4th February

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Hindu Chaplaincy Information Session 4th Feb 18

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 Train as a Hindu Chaplain

What is a Hindu Chaplain

A Chaplain is a practising Hindu who acts as a mentor and a provider of pastoral care by supporting them during times of crisis or need. Australian Government permits and encourages religious Chaplains to work in Schools, Universities, Prisons (Correctional Services), Hospitals, Defense Establishments etc.

Qualifications to become a Chaplain

Chaplains should be qualified and approved by the Government and by Hindu Council of Australia. There are two levels of Chaplaincy qualifications. Anyone who has completed the initial level training and is approved by Hindu Council can work as a Chaplain.

Training Scholarship

To increase the number of Hindu Chaplains in Australia, Hindu Council has instituted two scholarships for training practicing Hindus to become Hindu Chaplains. The scholarship is available to anyone with an interest and partly pays towards the cost of training to become a Hindu Chaplain. The Scholarships on offer includes, an “Initial Training” scholarship with an amount of $200 and an “Advanced Training” scholarship for $1,000.

If you like helping people and are a proud Hindu then come to a free information session

Sunday 4th February 2018

10am-11:30am

44 Oakes Road, Winston Hills NSW 2153

For session details contact Jayanthi on 0430487781