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ABRAHAM DAY FULL OF QUESTIONS

Posted in city of fremantle, notre dame university, reigion, Uncategorized by freoview on September 14, 2017

 

 

I probably ended up with more questions than answers, but the yearly ABRAHAM DAY at Fremantle Notre Dame University also left me with a sense of envy and admiration that people can just believe there is a God, and the feeling of comfort and belonging it must give them.

There is something surreal about having a Sheik, a Rabbi and an Archbishop sitting peacefully together, when the world is in mayhem because of people who claim to kill in the name of their God.

Yes, I am confused, but delighted that Notre Dame gives us the opportunity to listen to the religious leaders and ask them questions.

On Thursday afternoon in the packed Drillhall of UNDA Catholic Archbishop Timothy Costello, Sheik Muhammad Agherdien and Rabbi Dovid Freilich debated the theme of the day; Welcoming and Standing up for the Other.

Notre Dame’s Vice Chancellor Celia Hammond did the introductions and said that engaging with someone who is the other helps to find commonality. How do we welcome and build a relationship with the other, she asked.

Archbishop Costello said that to welcome someone is altogether a different thing from welcoming them and standing up for them, and asked, who is the other?

Rabbi Freilich said that religious people need to show respect and love for those who are not related to God.

Abraham was the first person to argue with God, when he begged for the life of the people of Sodom and Gomorra. We should care for the life of every human being, the Rabbi said, and that Abraham was the quintessential example for hospitality.

Sheik Agherdien said that it is important we stand up for each other in the spirit of Abraham and that the three religions teach to care for another.

During the Q&A the Sheik said that religions are under attack and that these are common challenges faced, while the Rabbi said that young people are absorbed to make ends meet and that there is little time left for them to live. How can we make them see the beauty of God? He asked.

In the affluent society the question of God does not arise as easily as in poorer countries, but there is so much anguish and distress in the modern world that the deep questions are not asked, and people do not reflect and meditate.

Rabbi Freilich said that there is so much noise in our world that we cannot concentrate on the inner self, and Sheik Agherdien argued that some are unfortunate to have not been born within a faith. It was very important that people questioned more.

The highlight for me was the prayer at the end of the debate by the Sheik, and I have asked him to email it to me, so I can write in more detail about it.

When I left I pondered why I am so often cynical about what I consider the hypocrisy of religious institutions, but far less about moderate religious people, and I wondered if that is the reason more people turn away from religion. If this is where the problem is, that will also be where the answers and solutions can be found.

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R U OK? ART AT NOTRE DAME UNIVERSITY

Posted in art, city of fremantle, education, mental health, notre dame university, Uncategorized by freoview on September 13, 2017

 

R U OK?

 

Fremantle Notre Dame University students came up with a creative idea to raise awareness for mental health and R U OK? DAY.

Students were handed small bags with paint in them to throw at a canvas, that will become an abstract painting depicting all the moods and nuances of life.

 

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NOTRE DAME STUDENTS LOOK AFTER ENVIRONMENT

Posted in city of fremantle, education, environment, notre dame university, Uncategorized by freoview on September 7, 2017

 

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Fremantle NOTRE DAME UNIVERSITY students have declared a WAR on Waste with their mini-campaign to collect disposable coffee cups at campus.

The Sustainability Club members collect the cups from rubbish bins and streets around the campus, and they plan to separate the cups from the lids, as the lids can be recycled, but the cups sadly still go into landfill.

The Sustainability Club was launched at UNDA in the last semester break by mature-age student Claire O’Loughlin, who said that he UNDA Keep Cup campaign has been very successful, where the club sells re-usable cups at cost to students.

If only 100 students buy a re-usable cup that would be at least 500 disposable cups per weeks that don’t go into landfill. UNDA has over 6,000 students and hundreds of staff!

The focus of the club will be on coffee/tea cups, straws, plastic bottles and single-use bags.

The cups are taken from the trailer every day, so that the sea breeze does not pick them up and blow them around town and into the Indian Ocean. I took the photo at 10 am this morning, so that are a lot of cups already early in the morning.

It is great to see our Freo students looking after the environment, as plastic is killing our oceans fast. Well done!

Roel Loopers

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ABRAHAM DAY AT NOTRE DAME UNI

Posted in city of fremantle, notre dame university, reigion, Uncategorized by freoview on September 4, 2017

 

The very interesting ABRAHAM DAY, which was held at Fremantle Notre Dame University for the first time last year, will be held on September 14 at 2.30 pm.

It will celebrate the religious traditions of Christianity, Judaism and Islam, that share a common origin in Abraham.

Although I am a non-believer I really liked last year’s event and the fascinating discussions, so am looking forward to this one.

Welcoming and Standing Up for the Other is the theme of the afternoon that will be debated by Archbishop Timothy Costello, Sheik Muhammad Agherdien and Rabbi Dovid Freilich. There will also be a Q&A.

It is at the Drillhall in Mouat Street and a free event, but needs RSVP: http://www.nd.edu.au/events/abrahamday

I would like to know why religions are talking about equality, but are really very patriarchal. There are no female Imams,  and a female will never be the Pope as long as the circle of Cardinals is made up of males only.

The other question I have is why religious scripts are so ambiguous that they can be misinterpreted by fanatics, who claim God/Allah wants them to kill in his name.

 

Roel Loopers

 

NOTRE DAME UNI THE BEST

Posted in city of fremantle, education, notre dame university, Uncategorized by freoview on August 31, 2017

 

 

We are lucky to have such a highly-regarded and loved university in Fremantle. Notre Dame University consistently rates as one of the best in Australia.

Maybe it’s time to change our signs at entries to Freo and promote it as University City, like they do in the old country, where there is a real pride in Oxford, Cambridge and elsewhere.

 

Roel Loopers

FIVE STARS AND HIGH FIVES FOR NOTRE DAME UNIVERSITY

Posted in city of fremantle, education, notre dame university, Uncategorized by freoview on August 28, 2017

 

Great news for my friends at Fremantle Notre Dame University

Announced today (Monday 28 August), Notre Dame University achieved five-star ratings in eight of the Good Universities Guide’s 13 categories:

·  Overall Experience

·  Teaching Quality

·  Learner Engagement

·  Student Support

·  Skills Development

·  Graduate Employment

·  Median Graduate Salary

·  Student Retention

The University, which has Campuses in Fremantle, Broome and Sydney, has received the top five-star ratings in The Good Universities Guide for the 11th consecutive year.

The Good Universities Guide (GUG) bases its ratings on the performance of all Australian universities using a broad range of indicators from Federal Government-led surveys which track data collected from both students and graduates on their educational experience and outcomes, including results from the Quality Indicators for Learning & Teaching website (qilt.edu.au).

To achieve a five-star rating in any category, a university has to score in the top 20 per cent all higher education institutions Australia-wide.

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NEW DEAN OF MEDICINE AT NOTRE DAME UNI

Posted in city of fremantle, education, notre dame university, Uncategorized by freoview on August 23, 2017

 

Fremantle NOTRE DAME UNIVERSITY has appointed Dr Gervase Chaney as the new Dean of Medicine.

Dr Chaney graduated with a Bachelor of Medicine from the University of Western Australia in 1990 and became a Fellow of the Royal Australian College of Physicians in 1998. Dr Chaney has been a practicing consultant paediatrician since 1999, working predominantly at Perth’s sole tertiary paediatric hospital, Princess Margaret Hospital for Children (PMH). Working initially in the Emergency Department, he moved into a General Paediatric position in 2004.

Dr Chaney has served in numerous leadership and management roles throughout his career at PMH. From 1999 – 2006, he was the Director of Postgraduate Medical Education. From 2006 – 2011 he was Director, Clinical Planning and Reform and from 2009 – 2015, the Clinical (Medical lead), New Perth Children’s Hospital Project. In 2015, Dr Chaney was appointed the Executive Director of PMH and in 2016 was appointed Executive Director Commissioning Perth Children’s Hospital.

In addition to his clinical and leadership roles at PMH, Dr Chaney has undertaken significant National and State leadership roles in health, most significantly as President of the Paediatrics and Child Health Division of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians, and has been an active member of numerous volunteer and charitable committees and boards.

Dr Chaney has been involved with the Notre Dame Medical School since its planning days, serving on the original curriculum committee and has been involved with the clinical teaching of medical students since the School opened in 2006.

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POPULAR NOTRE DAME OPEN DAY

Posted in city of fremantle, education, notre dame university, Uncategorized by freoview on August 20, 2017

 

 

Here some impressions of today’s OPEN DAY at Notre Dame University in Fremantle.

It is on till late afternoon, and a perfect day for it, as it is absolutely gorgeous out there. The sun is shining, the sky is blue and it’s just a brilliant good old Freo day.

You can go rock climbing or abseiling, once you have gathered enough information about our fantastic Fremantle uni. There is also live music and food. It feels good!

 

Roel Loopers

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NOTRE DAME UNIVERSITY OPEN DAY

Posted in city of fremantle, education, notre dame university, Uncategorized by freoview on August 17, 2017

 

UNDA Open Day Aug 20

 

Early warning for all high school students and their parents that my friends at Fremantle Notre Dame University are having their Open Day this Sunday August 20 from 10 am.

It is a fun and relaxed day in the beautiful West End and very informative for those who are planning to study after high school.

 

Roel Loopers

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HAPPY FREMANTLE NOTRE DAME UNIVERSITY

Posted in city of fremantle, notre dame university, photography, Uncategorized by freoview on August 11, 2017

 

Notre Dame reflection

 

Here a happy photo to start the Friday with. A Notre Dame University building in Fremantle’s West End reflected in some of the university’s posters.

I took it yesterday afternoon when the sun was shining.

 

Roel Loopers

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