GEIFN | GOES | Speed Dating a Religious Zealot | in commemoration of UN International Peace Day 21 September

Share a round-table conversation with a person of different faith and ask any question you’ve always wanted to ask in a spirit of fun, truth, honesty, fabulousness and reconciliation. A short date, then its time to move on, that’s the zeal!

Is it religion or ignorance that causes the Suffering? Drawn from a range of religious traditions. The Network was formed in early 2011 with representation from many faith groups.

Often migrants come with a religious background and have all sorts of positive and negative experiences. Upon arrival, religion might be the last point of call due to historical experience or entrenched prejudice. As a new arrival, it is difficult to make and sustain meaningful friendships and relationships.This is an opportunity for audience members to sit informally together with people of different religious traditions all working, living and loving in Victoria.

Datees ask any/all the questions they always wanted to ask but never had the opportunity. Reducing the perception of ignorance, prejudice and aloneness between individuals, practitioners and traditions present in modern day Australia.

Where: St Kilda Town Hall, Corner Carlisle Street and St Kilda Road

Getting There:
WALK: The St Kilda Town Hall is an 8 minute walk from Balaclava station, and an 8 minute walk from Tram 96 Terminus.
CYCLE: Bike parking is available outside the Town Hall.
TRAMS: Tram 67 stop 35, Tram 3 & 15 stop 36
TRAINS: Balaclava Station, Sandringham Line.


Cost: AGMC Attendance Fees. Early Bird rates Ends 30 August 2018. Scholarships: There are a limited number of AGMC scholarships for the 2018 Living and Loving in Diversity Conference! GEIFN has a limited number of Community Professional Participation Development sponsorships, contact Carey by 30 August 2018.

Click for more about UN International Peace Day.

Human rights are everyone's rights. Everyone's business. Everyone's solution. We are better together.

MORE:
Glen Eira Interfaith Network
Carey Rohrlach, Caretaker

WIN | CELEBRATING | Carnivale of Connection | Saturday 4 August 2018 | 2- 5pm

[Edited extract public address]

A celebration of Multicultural Music, Dance and food

Where: Whittlesea Council, 25 Ferres Boulevard, South Morang Vic 3752

Cost: Free entry.

MORE:
Whittlesea Interfaith Network
Tel: Farzaneh 0413 667 146; Email: farzaneh.dehghan20@gmail.com;
Email: Glenys Southurst glenmurr40@gmail.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/InterfaithNetworkCOW/

MPIN | Listening to the Land (Winter Star Gazing) | Saturday 4 August 2018 | 4.30-7.30pm

[Edited extract from public address]

Our Winter Star Gazing Listening to the Land program begins at the special time of 4.30pm and includes an introductory talk, a listening walk, a meditation and a star gazing session (after sunset). 

Walk and meditation will be led by Lionel Lauch, a Gunditjmara Kirrae Wurrung-Bundjalung man. The star gazing talk will be led by Geoff Linnell, environmental interpretation ranger at Frankston City Council.

Where: Meeting Point: No 16 Beach Car Park - end of Marcia Avenue, Rye
Map: https://www.google.com.au/maps/@-38.3902834,144.79082,17z
Melway Ref: 167, J10

Considerations: The program will conclude around 7.30pm. The walk is mildly strenuous. Look forward to seeing you there – sunshine or rain.

Cost: The event is by donation.

MORE:
Mornington Peninsula Interfaith Network
Judy O’Donnell
Tel: 03 5974 4969
Mob: 0400 088 410

Listening to the Land is an initiative of the Mornington Peninsula Interfaith Network. Bringing people from different faith and cultural backgrounds together to connect or reconnect with the Land and to be moved to care for the Land.

KIN | TOUR | Places of Worship | Saturday 18 August 2018 | 1.30-4.30pm

[Edited extract from public address]

Learn about other faiths. Discuss beliefs and traditions. Appreciate the diverse faiths that make up our community. Through knowledge, understanding and respect, we can strengthen and build on the rich heritage everyone brings to our community.

Bus departs 1.30pm sharp from: Temple Society Australia, 51 Elizabeth Street, Bayswater Vic 3153 (inside the white building - chapel - nearest the road).

The Place of Worship that will be visited are:
  • Pure Land Learning Center
  • Szent István Ecumenical Church
Cost: $5 per person | Includes tour, transportation and afternoon tea

Further information and Bookings: 03 9557 6713 | E: tsa@templesociety.org.au | Limited Seats | Book Now

MORE:
Knox Interfaith Network
Tel: 03 9557 6713
Email: tsa@templesociety.org.au

VWT | GRANTS FOR | Women + Girls. Apply Now | open, closes Friday 31st August 2018

[Edited extract from public address]

Victorian Women's Trust Sub-Funds are now open for application. Each of our Sub-Funds is designed with specific purposes to help women and girls thrive.

Our 2018 Sub-Fund Grants Program is now open. Applications close midnight Friday 31 August 2018. Make sure you read the 2018 Sub-Fund Guidelines before applying.

2018 SUB-FUND GUIDELINES
Humanitas Sub-Fund
Seeks applications from:
Who: Women from African countries living in Victoria, including those who are refugees or asylum seekers, enabling them to avail themselves of educational, employment and other economic opportunities in Australia.

Chris Friday Sub-Fund
Seeks applications from:
Who: Aboriginal community organisations for projects addressing the education, health needs and housing of Aboriginal women and girls in Victoria.

Con Irwin Sub-Fund
Supports innovative social justice projects that offer circuit breaking solutions to long-term problems of:
  • discrimination;
  • violence against women and children;
  • inequality of educational opportunity.
Essie Burbridge Sub-Fund
Supports projects that:
  • provide leadership and achievement in cross-cultural understanding, and strategies for combating racism;
  • promote values critical to a vibrant and non-racist society;
  • build bridges between European, Middle-Eastern and Asian cultures;
  • advance tolerance, compassion and understanding in the community.
Fay Marles Equal Opportunity Sub-Fund
Supports projects that provide:
  • leadership training to increase young women’s working knowledge of equal opportunity legislation, structures and processes;
  • research that strengthens knowledge of loopholes and gaps in equal opportunity legislation, with a view to system improvement and policy change;
  • education and engagement on equal opportunity issues in workplaces, organisations and in the broader community.
Fleur Spitzer Sub-Fund
Supports projects that:
  • increase the literacy, educational opportunity and empowerment of women and girls;
  • identify and address barriers that deny older women safety, security and dignity.
Jean McCaughey Social Justice Sub-Fund
Supports research projects that relate to women in the areas of:
  • homelessness;
  • poverty and family well-being;
  • strengthening local communities.
Joan Hudson Sub-Fund
Supports innovative social justice projects that provide:
  • positive and effective community supports for mothers and their children;
  • new and/or improved opportunities for respite care for mothers of children with high-need disabilities; or
  • practical support for young women from less advantaged backgrounds to access educational and academic opportunities.
Loula Rodopoulos Sub-Fund
Makes grants to:
  • assist women recovering from mental illness or other difficult circumstances; or
  • support and enable programs which encourage young and established female writers.
Prue Myer Sub-Fund
Supports projects for immigrants and refugees and disadvantaged girls and young women that:
  • provide them with positive mentoring opportunities;
  • improve their academic and educational outcomes;
  • encourage their engagement and participation in political life.
READ MORE ABOUT THE SUB-FUNDS

Grant Amount
Grants can range from $3,000 to $10,000 depending on the Sub-Fund.
Applicants are encouraged to discuss proposals with VWBT prior to submission.

Application Timelines
Monday 16th July 2018 – Applications Open
Friday 31st  August 2018 – Applications Close

Advice and Inquiries
Applicants are encouraged to discuss projects with us prior to submission. Please call 03 9642 0422 or email grants@vwt.org.au and a member our grants team will contact you.

Eligibility and Exclusions
  • The Victorian Women’s Benevolent Trust cannot fund individuals.
  • Grant applicants must be endorsed by the Australian Taxation Office for Item 1, Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) and either Tax Concession Charity (TCC) or can prove that they would be charitable but for their connection with government (usually established by a letter from the ATO). Applicants must provide a copy of these endorsements, or letter from the ATO, at the time of application.
  • Eligibility is strictly limited to groups which operate for charitable purposes and either provide relief of poverty, sickness, suffering, distress, misfortune, destitution or helplessness amongst Victorian women or operate for purposes beneficial to Victorian women.
  • Projects must address the needs of women and girls living in Victoria.
  • VWBT is open to funding the project of an eligible organisation in partnership with another organisation.
  • VWBT does not provide matching or shortfall funding for government funded projects, infrastructure or operational costs.
Also refer to our grants FAQs.

Grant Decisions
Decisions about successful applications are made by Trustees in November 2018. Trustees will make decisions by November/December 2018.

Project Reports and Financial Acquittals
Download the Project Report and Financial Acquittal Template (Word Doc)

MORE:
The Victorian Women's Trust (VWT)
9/313 La Trobe Street, Melbourne, VIC 3000
Tel: 03 9642 0422
Email: women@vwt.org.au
Website: www.vwt.org.au

UN | ENGAGING | International Day of Peace | 21 September 2018

[Edited extract from public address]

The Right to Peace - The Universal Declaration of Human Rights at 70

Each year the International Day of Peace is observed around the world on 21 September. The General Assembly has declared this as a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and peoples. The theme celebrates the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

The United Nations Member States adopted the 17 Sustainable Development Goals in 2015 because they understood that it would not be possible to build a peaceful world if steps were not taken to achieve economic and social development for all people everywhere, and ensure that their rights were protected.  The Sustainable Goals cover a broad range of issues, including poverty, hunger, health, education, climate change, gender equality, water, sanitation, energy, environment and social justice.

Sustainable Development Goal 16 (SDG16)Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions” calls for promoting peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, providing access to justice for all and building effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels.

A peaceful society is one where there is justice and equality for everyone. Peace will enable a sustainable environment to take shape and a sustainable environment will help promote peace.

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights is a milestone document in the history of human rights. Drafted by representatives with different legal and cultural backgrounds from all regions of the world, the Declaration was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in Paris on 10 December 1948 as a common standard of achievement for all peoples and all nations.
The Universal Declaration – the most translated document in the world, available in more than 500 languages - is as relevant today as it was on the day that it was adopted.
“It is time all nations and all people live up to the words of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which recognizes the inherent dignity and equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human race. This year marks the 70th anniversary of that landmark document.” Secretary-General António Guterres
The Universal Declaration states in Article 3. “Everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of person.” These elements build the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world.

Yet, the Universal Declaration does not include a separate article on “Right to Peace”. This is why we ask you this year:

What does “The Right to Peace” mean to you? Share your ideas with us through #peaceday and #standup4humanright.

In the lead up to the International Day of Peace on 21 September, we call upon all to take action. There are many ways, here are some suggestions:

  • You can support SDG 16 Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions by seeking  peaceful resolution of conflict when disagreements arise around you.  You can be part of the solution by taking small steps. You can prevent an injustice at school or in your community by adopting a non-violent approach to problem solving and reporting potential crimes, including online bullying.  
  • You can promote human rights by collecting and promoting videos of as many articles as possible in as many languages as possible. Record yourself reading one of the 30 articles of the Declaration in any of the 135 languages currently available and share your video with your friends.
  • You can engage by speaking up when others are at risk and stand with others’ human rights at work, in school and around the dinner table.
  • You can reflect how each of us can stand up for rights, every day.

Human rights are everyone's rights.

MORE:
United Nations
International Day of Peace | 21 September
Website: http://www.un.org/en/events/peaceday/

AGMC | CONFERENCE | Living and Loving in Diversity | Friday 21-Sunday 23 September 2018

[Edited extract from public address]

Join us for three days of meeting new friends, interesting discussion and practical workshopping to build a better future for multicultural LGBTIQA+ communities and their family and friends.

The Australian GLBTIQ Multicultural Council (AGMC) 2018 National Conference will be held at the iconic St Kilda Town Hall September 21-23!  It will be the only conference of its kind to discuss, share and explore diversity and intersectionality at its fullest.

Schedule Overview
A conference for multicultural/multifaith and LGBTIQA+, there is a special focus on youth, disability, and what is happening for our international brothers and sisters.

Themes covered:
  • Socio-political
  • Youth
  • Older adults
  • Refugee and asylum seekers
  • New and emerging communities
  • Multi faith
  • Health and wellbeing
  • Disability
  • International research and movements
  • Local advocacy programs and strategies
Register for Early Bird- Ends 30 August 2018
Early Bird rates are now available – join us for three days of meeting new friends, interesting discussion and practical work-shopping to build a better future for multicultural LGBTIQ communities and their family and friends.

Scholarships:
The AGMC have a limited number of scholarships for the 2018 Living and Loving in Diversity Conference!

Where: St Kilda Town Hall, Corner Carlisle Street and St Kilda Road

Getting There:
WALK: The St Kilda Town Hall is an 8 minute walk from Balaclava station, and an 8 minute walk from Tram 96 Terminus.
CYCLE: Bike parking is available outside the Town Hall.
TRAMS: Tram 67 stop 35, Tram 3 & 15 stop 36
TRAINS: Balaclava Station, Sandringham Line.
http://www.portphillip.vic.gov.au/default/st_kilda_map_v2.pdf

Acknowledgment of Country
AGMC 2018 National Conference is being held on the traditional lands of the Yalukut Willam Clan of the Boon Wurrung. We wish to acknowledge them as Traditional Owners and to pay respect to their Elders, past and present, and the Elders from other communities who will be attending.

More about the Conference

MORE:
National Committee, Australian GLBTIQ Multicultural Council Inc.
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/5208454077/
Website: http://www.agmc.org.au/

GEIFN | GOES | Speed Dating a Religious Zealot | in commemoration of UN International Peace Day 21 September

A round-table opportunity for audience members to sit informally together with people of different religious traditions and ask any/all the questions they always wanted to ask but never had the opportunity.

Check back for more details or express your interest to be first in the loop and have your religion representing.

Click for more about UN International Peace Day.

Human rights are everyone's rights. Everyone's business. Everyone's solution.

MORE:
Glen Eira Interfaith Network
Carey Rohrlach, Caretaker

PWR | ASKS | How will Vandana Shiva, Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish, and Weiming Tu Inspire the Parliament? | Toronto Ontario | 1- 7 November 2018

[Edited extract from public address]

The Voices of PoWR are expanding, explore our luminary lineup for the 2018 Parliament of the World's Religions! 

The biggest weapon of mass destruction is the hate in our souls. Dr Abuelaish
Among the Voices of PoWR featured in this fourth roster of luminaries taking stage at the 2018 Parliament of the World’s Religions, Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish’s story completely embodies the capacity of love to change the world.

Abuelaish became the first Palestinian doctor to work in an Israeli hospital. But the spotlight found him when his on-air reaction to the deaths of his three young daughters and niece went viral.

In his book “I Shall Not Hate” and advocacy work, he shares lessons in healing and forgiveness globally.

And at the 2018 Parliament, Dr. Abuelaish is joined by a new class of Voices of PoWR, inspiring us in the pursuit of understanding, reconciliation, and change.

Frank Fredericks will explain how we can end religious violence in a generation on the Next Gen stage.

Dr. Azza Karam will unpack the roles of women in the pursuit of human development in the Women’s Assembly.

Dr. Weiming Tu will share Confucian thought drawing from a fusion of heart, mind, and soul with the Climate Assembly in the pursuit of Earth and humanitarian ethics in today’s world.

Dr. Miguel De La Torre will zoom in on the injustices common to the Latinx experience and confront the ways that religions interact with these problems on the Justice stage.

Dr. Beverley Jacobs will share how the painstaking journey of making justice and reconciliation is even possible in the shadow of atrocity, in the Indigenous Peoples Program.

Jessica Bolduc will prove that supporting today’s Indigenous youth through relationships across faiths, cultures, and ethnicities will ensure that these atrocities never happen again.

Dr. Vandana Shiva a globally-recognized physicist, Hindu author and ecofeminist, will return as a PoWR keynote and bring the strength of women to the Climate Assembly stage. A beacon of empowerment, Shiva last left attendees at the the 2015 Parliament inaugural women’s assembly with a dramatic call to act:
I hope with this wonderful gathering this Parliament of World's Religions will go down in history as the day women put the new imperialism of corporate domination on notice and said, "No more. No more!" Dr. Vandana Shiva
Join us, once again, in welcoming to the Parliament of the World's Religions these exceptional living examples of the promise of inclusion and the power of love.

Learn More About the Voices of PoWR Speakers at the 2018 Parliament of the World's Religions

Register

Volunteer. 

Don't miss the chance to volunteer with PoWR. Sign up today to volunteer for the 2018 Parliament of the World's Religions.

Help us to do good. Make a Gift to the Parliament


MORE:
Parliament of the World's Religions
Address: 70 East Lake Street, Suite 205, Chicago, IL 60601
Website: https://parliamentofreligions.org/

MHFA | WALK | Mental Health Wellbeing Walk | Sunday 4 November 2018 | 10am-12.30pm

[Edited extract from public address]

The perfect opportunity to meet good people, in a good environment and move together for a great cause. When people come together as one friendships bloom, connections form, and change begins. 

This year, Mental Health Foundation Australia presents the Mental Health Wellbeing Walk as part of Mental Health Month 2018.

We can’t wait for all of us to stand out and speak up as one!

Where: Albert Park Lake, Melbourne

Inclusions: refreshments, exciting entertainment and great company is guaranteed.

Event Information: https://www.mhfa.org.au/CMS/walk-for-mental-health

Registrations: online through Trybooking (close 15 September 2018)

MORE:
Mental Health Foundation Australia
Suite J, 450 Chapel Street
South Yarra Victoria, 3141
Website: https://www.mhfa.org.au

FCCV | ENGAGING | Victorian Interfaith Networks Conference | Sunday 18 November 2018 | 12noon-4.30pm

[Edited extract from public address]

The Victorian Interfaith Networks Conference (VINC) is a grass-roots conference which aims to help build the capacity and sustainability of existing multifaith/interfaith networks, bring people up-to-date with current multifaith/interfaith matters and provide networking opportunities.

Schedule:
12:00pm-1:25pm: Registration, networking, lunch and activities
1:30pm-2:15pm: Honoured guests and keynote speech:
The Social Costs of Gambling Harm: A Faith Response
Keynote Speaker: Reverend Tim Costello
Spokesman & Director Alliance for Gambling Reform & Chief Advocate of World Vision Australia
2:20pm-3:50pm: Workshops and plenary sessions (see below)
4:00pm-4:30pm: Summary & closing ceremony

Workshops & Plenary Sessions:
Enrolment for workshops and plenary sessions to be made on the day of event so please arrive early to enrol in your preferred workshop or session.
  • Workshop 1: The Social Costs of Gambling Harm: A Faith Response
  • Workshop 2: Freedom of Religion Vs Freedom of Artistic Expression
  • Workshop 3: Interfaith Speed Dating – Dialogue with another faith tradition
  • Workshop 4: Child Safe Standards and the Reportable Conduct Scheme
  • More information on each workshop to be released soon
Registration:
To register for the event go to http://www.vinc.eventbrite.com.au and click on the green Register button.

Where: St. Albans Community Centre - 309C Main Rd E, St Albans VIC 3021

Travel to Venue - St. Albans Community Theatre (STACC):
  • STACC is located on Princess Street in St Albans – in the heart of Melbourne’s West – just 15kms from Melbourne CBD and 11kms from Tullamarine Airport.
  • Easily accessible by public transport, the Centre is adjacent to St Albans Train Station and served by bus routes 408, 418 Main Road East, Stop Errington Reserve, walk past playground to venue
  • Parking is limited; please allow plenty of time to find a park near the venue.

Further Information:
Faith Communities Council of Victoria
Mr Sandy Kouroupidis, Multifaith Officer
Mobile: 0412 670 369
Email: officer@faithvictoria.org.au
Website: www.faithvictoria.org.au

This event is proudly supported by the Faith Communities Council of Victoria, Brimbank & Maribyrnong Interfaith Network, City of Brimbank, City of Maribyrnong, Ethnic Communities Council of Victoria, the Victorian State Government - Department of Premier and Cabinet, Victoria Police & the Commission for Children and Young People.

GEIFN | REPORTS | HCWPRLM | DIALOGUE | 39th WARP Office: The Beginning and the Origin of All Things | Saturday 21 July 2018 | 4-6pm

[Report is compiled from multiple public addresses, multiple sources made over multiple publication dates]

Civic, Religious and Community Leaders and Guests assembled to address from their scriptural viewpoint: The Beginning and the Origin of All Things.

On this occasion, a square-table discussion on the trustworthiness of Scripture was moderated by Steven Gouw and other contributors were from 2 forms of Christianity, Islam and Buddhism. With opportunities for questions and input from a growing audience.

The Buddhist programmed appearance was on behalf of Buddhist Council Victoria Religious Instruction (bENGAGED) and Glen Eira Interfaith Network (GEIFN). There are many views, here is a reflected Buddhist account offered on the day and expanded post-event for a wider audience.

1. Is there a record in your scripture/teaching about who created all things (the source and its power that formed all things)?

Before this question can be answered correctly by a Buddhist, it needs to be contextualised to the time, place and situation in Ancient India 2,600 years ago. The question is not a ‘who’ but rather a ‘What. Why. How. When. Or Not. As the Case May be’.

The Buddha taught that understanding is beginningless and limitless, only limited by our Ignorance. If you look just 1 second before any beginning, you will find another beginning in an unbroken circular loop. The starting point is subjective or relative to the perceiver. Creation exists because conditions to support it are present. After starting, there is Existence, dependent on conditions to remain, subject to time passing (use by). And if there is a Creation (start date), there must also be an End Date (past use by date).

Often to understand complicated ideas, it is useful to try and find an everyday example to see if it fits. Think of a packaged meal. It has a “best before” or “use by” date. But where did this begin? Who was the beginner? Was it the ink maker that stamped the date? The package printer that designed an enticing image that rarely looks like the reality? The kitchen maker? The cook? The recipe keeper? The shopper? The market gardener? The irrigator? Etc etc etc.

Or Not. Did it all begin because of an action? Or the second before it which had the thought? Or the second before that which felt hunger?

If evidence proves there is no 1 definable creation date, then there is no 1 creator. At the very least there should be 2. And if 2, why not more? If every present moment has creation as part of its nature, then logically we are all creators, determining our now and influencing our future, pregnant with possibilities.

2. Is there a record in your scripture/teaching about the order in which all things were created (formed)?

Over 2,600 years of Buddhism has yielded many translations of beginningless and limitless potential, evolving with language and developing understanding from passed on knowledge, lived experience and conditions of sharing.

Simply put: From the Buddha view, only things with Minds perceive Suffering. Free the mind from its attachment to Suffering. Discover for one’s self that Positive things create positive results. Negative things create negative results. Neutral things create mixed results.

Creating the 3 Perfecting Realisations: Fearlessness from deep understanding of truth. Joyfulness that arises from a deep experience of kindness. Generosity that arises from a deep experience of non-selfishness.

Creating Perfect conditions for these 3 primary Wisdom Aspects to coexist in the same place, body and endurance over time, sometimes called Bohdi Citta (Sanskrit) or Awakened Mind (English).

These are more commonly known names:
  • Karma (Causality, Cause and Effects, Choice and Consequences)
  • Tripitaka (3 Baskets)
  • Emptiness
  • Dependent Origination
  • Dependent Arising
  • Interconnectedness

3. Is there a record in your scripture/teaching about what all things and human beings are made of?

From the Buddhist view, as in 2 above, there are many models by which understanding of the material, subjective and objective realms are composed. Here is one of them:

5 Elements: Space, Air, Fire, Water, Earth

This can be divided into at least 2 different compositional types:
Sanskrit: 3 Doshas:
Vata (Space + Air), Pitta (Air + Fire or Fire + Water), Kapha (Water + Earth)

Or
Tibetan: 2 Base + 3 Determinants
Space + Earth, changeable by 3 forces (internal or external) of change: Air, Fire and Water

All matter consists of 1-4 elements. Only living beings have the 5th element Space (potential for Consciousness, Creativity, Cognisance). The result of all 5 elements coexisting without disturbance produces the 6th element: Pure Insight, Enlightenment or Awakened Mind.

Not be Confused with Delusion, Illusion or Ignorance. Which might look the same, but completely different in reality.

It is nothing to be taken personally. It is just the way things are. From a Buddhist view, the short name for this is called Triple Gems or Buddha/Dharma/Sangha (Sanskrit: Way of Buddha/Teachings/Relativity).

See attached Religious Comparator Guidelines as supplied by Host as briefing notes to Speakers.

On behalf of BCV’s Buddhist Religious Instruction (bENGAGED) and Glen Eira Interfaith Network (GEIFN), thankyou to Hosts, Organisers, Volunteers and Participants working to share, build collaborations, celebrate diversity and foster team approach to addressing today's society. Received with gratitude.

MORE:
Heavenly Culture, World Peace, Restoration of Light Melbourne (HCWPRL)
Tel: +61 434 281 446
Email: au@hwpl.kr
Website: www.hwpl.kr; www.peacelaw.org

GEIFN | MEDIA | Mix | August 2018

MEDIA WORDS
Approx 5 min reads

Intro
Esther Han explores medical developments in spiritual care, asking “How do you talk to a young cancer sufferer about possible death?” via The Age
https://www.theage.com.au/healthcare/young-cancer-death-end-life-doctors-20180718-p4zs83.html

Bill Pugh shares his Faith, saluting life passages and citing moral exemplars in atheists “Jim and June, salt of the earth” of via WA Today
https://www.smh.com.au/lifestyle/life-and-relationships/faith-jim-and-june-salt-of-the-earth-20180721-p4zstj.html

Ross Coady describes a long road home to self acceptance, in shared “Reflections: 'Where were my angel wings, where was my glitter?'” via The Age
https://www.theage.com.au/lifestyle/life-and-relationships/reflections-where-were-my-angel-wings-where-was-my-glitter-20180723-p4zt4y.html


Intra
Maureen Matthews explores uniting different outlooks under one roof, addressing a reader’s question in “About Last Night: The trouble with being too positive” via The Brisbane Times
https://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/lifestyle/life-and-relationships/m28coverbox-20180719-h12vxb.html

Jane Caro explores inbuilt male entitlement, gender blindness, bias and denialism, revealing “The book that had redefined my outlook on sexism” via The Age
https://www.theage.com.au/lifestyle/life-and-relationships/the-book-that-had-redefined-my-outlook-on-sexism-20180726-p4ztq5.html

Robert Nelson reflects upon postcards of time, space and dedication, reviewing “French masterworks shed light on artists' imagination” via The Age
https://www.theage.com.au/entertainment/art-and-design/french-masterworks-shed-light-on-artists-imagination-20180717-p4zrw0.html


Inter
Benjamin Law explores retiring from public figurehead, existing without limelight and loving teamwork, rolling with “Dicey Topics: Bob Murphy talks death, politics and money” via The Canberra Times
https://www.canberratimes.com.au/sport/afl/dicey-topics-bob-murphy-talks-death-politics-and-money-20180723-p4zt0i.html

Elissa Blake explores gender, relatability and engaging in life, revealing insight informing “Rachel Griffith's female take on the cop-buddy genre” via The Age
https://www.theage.com.au/entertainment/tv-and-radio/twenty-five-years-on-rachel-griffiths-is-still-wedded-to-her-tv-roles-20180716-h12rcw.html

Georgina Dent explores repurposing surplus energy or time for jugglers of busy living, answering  “Why the gig economy is a no-brainer for Baby Boomers” via WA Today
https://www.watoday.com.au/money/super-and-retirement/why-the-gig-economy-is-a-no-brainer-for-baby-boomers-20180726-p4ztv4.html


Multi
Caitlin Fitzsimmons explores perceptions, violent perpetrators, victims, gender and societal pressures, using evidence to reason “Australia is safer than it used to be but family violence persists” via WA Today
https://www.watoday.com.au/lifestyle/life-and-relationships/australia-is-safer-than-it-used-to-be-but-family-violence-persists-20180720-p4zsqy.html

Nigel Gladstone explores diversity of experience, languages and ingredients for successful resettlement, revealing how “Immigration: Australian dream becoming reality for migrants, ABS shows” via The Age
https://www.theage.com.au/business/the-economy/our-migrants-are-mostly-following-the-aussie-dream-data-shows-20180718-p4zs2y.html

Eryk Bagshaw explores migration, innovation and job creation “States chase migrants to deliver small business boom” via The Brisbane Times
https://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/politics/federal/states-chase-migrants-to-deliver-small-business-boom-20180720-p4zsos.html


All
Maureen Mathews explores how to identify personal insecurities to positively transform workplace and homelife, in overcoming “About Last Night: Prejudice in the workplace” via The Canberra Times
https://www.canberratimes.com.au/lifestyle/life-and-relationships/m21aboutlastnight-20180712-h12m4z.html

Michael Gleeson explores examples of team work, Australian spirit and individually putting best foot forward, just some of the reasons why “Record-breaking Deng has his sights set firmly on Tokyo glory” via The Sydney Morning Herald
https://www.smh.com.au/sport/athletics/record-breaking-deng-has-his-sights-set-firmly-on-tokyo-glory-20180727-p4ztz3.html

Latika Bourke explores an example of exported Aussie-technology addressing a long running regional conflict, innovating technology with global implications, revealing some ingredients that make “The Aussie boy who's at home spruiking for Israel” via WA Today
https://www.watoday.com.au/world/middle-east/the-aussie-boy-who-s-at-home-spruiking-for-israel-20180704-p4zpb6.html


Togather
Melinda Houston explores how insight, investigation, evidence and humour can change attitudes, reviewing some of the ingredients needed for winning the “War On Waste” via The Canberra Times
https://www.canberratimes.com.au/entertainment/tv-and-radio/m21tvfta-20180704-h129a4.html

Christine McGinn explores an inclusive approach to a broad and diverse congregation when “Uniting Church to allow same-sex marriages” via The Canberra Times
https://www.canberratimes.com.au/lifestyle/life-and-relationships/uniting-church-to-allow-same-sex-marriages-20180714-p4zrif.html

Matthew Knott explores different examples of Aussie spirit towards asylum seekers “The Aussies helping Manus and Nauru refugees resettle in America” via The Sydney Morning Herald
https://www.smh.com.au/world/north-america/the-aussies-helping-manus-and-nauru-refugees-resettle-in-america-20180718-p4zs26.html


Nobly
Jake Niall explores how footy continues to kick goals in humanitarianism when “AFL Bombers listen and learn on difference and acceptance on transgender, non-binary identities” via The Sydney Morning Herald
https://www.smh.com.au/sport/afl/bombers-listen-and-learn-on-identity-and-acceptance-20180717-p4zs1o.html

Melissa Heagney explores sustainability and livability of being civic-minded and collectively inspired as “Green Melbourne developments like Milieu and The Commons see rise in resale values” via Domain.com.au
https://www.domain.com.au/news/green-melbourne-developments-like-milieu-and-the-commons-see-rise-in-resale-values-20180717-h12sl3-752701/

Neha Kale explores an example of multi-influenced individuals teaming for success, reconciling “Cultural collision is creative lifeblood for Alice Springs band Apakatjah” via The Canberra Times
https://www.canberratimes.com.au/entertainment/music/cultural-collision-is-creative-lifeblood-for-alice-springs-band-apakatjah-20180702-h12543.html


-----------------------------
TED TALKS
Approx 20min presentations

Marco Tempest: The magic of truth and lies (and iPods)

Malcolm Gladwell: Choice, happiness and spaghetti sauce

Boniface Mwangi: The day I stood up alone


-----------------------------
GUEST SINGS
Approx 5 min presentation

The Herd - A Thousand Lives (1000 Lives)
https://youtu.be/7N-BIBvEg4w


-----------------------------
STREET JIVES
Approx 2 min presentation

Sesame Street and Elmo: Imagine
https://youtu.be/d_FKKCkzlAw


-----------------------------
WISDOM RECONCILES
Approx 30 min presentation

HerStory: Because of her, we can.
Australian
Brooke Boney hosts a NAIDOC commemorative discussion by Indigenous female actors, writers and producers about the contribution of women to their communities and identity. Featuring Rachel Perkins, Nakkiah Lui, Sally Riley and Nayuka Gorrie.
https://iview.abc.net.au/show/herstory

AIS | TALK | Islam in a Secular Society: Individualism vs Communitarianism | Tuesday 31 July 2018 | 6-8pm

[Edited extract from public address]

In an era in which faith traditions are encouraged to be relevant and provide meaning to their adherents, one faith tradition has been subjected to more scrutiny than others.

Islam, a civilization that has contributed to the advancement of humanity, has been put under the microscope ever since 9/11. Muslims have been asked to explain the true teachings of their faith and clarify many aspects of it that seem puzzling to the neutral eye.

Many Muslims are now living as citizens in Western secular societies such as Australia, where there is a separation of religion from the state. These societies are liberal and promote individual rights: the rights to belief and non-belief, freedom of thought, equal treatment of women, socially and economically to name a few. In this setting, can a Muslim truly be a part of society, or are there faith-based beliefs preventing this? Are there any clashes with Islamic teachings which curb an individual’s rights of belief, non-belief and having unlimited freedom of speech?

Hear panellists Hana Assafiri, Meredith Doig, Paul Monk, Mehmet Ozalp address these topics and more. Moderated by the former Religion Editor of The Age newspaper Mr Barney Zwartz

Where: Australian Intercultural Society, Ground Floor, Suite 2, 441 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne VIC 3004

Considerations: Light refreshments with tea & coffee will be offered. If you have any special dietary needs, please let us know when you register for the event.

Bookings: Online through EventBrite

MORE:
Australian Intercultural Society
Address: 441 St Kilda Rd, Ground Floor Suite 2, Melbourne VIC 3004
Tel: 03 9867 2248
Email: info@intercultural.org.au
Website: www.intercultural.org.au

JCCV | ENGAGE | The Victorian Treaty Advancement Commission Roles & Aims | Monday 6 August 2018 | 8-9pm

[Edited extract from public address]

Join JCCV's upcoming Plenum: The Victorian Treaty Advancement Commission

A proud Gunditjmara woman, Jill Gallagher, AO, Commissioner is a highly respected Victorian Aboriginal leader who has dedicated her life to advocating for self-determination outcomes on behalf of the Victorian Aboriginal community. Jill commenced as Victorian Treaty Advancement Commissioner at the start of 2018.

Where: Lamm Jewish Library, 304 Hawthorn Road, Caulfield South, 3162.

Cost: FREE event.

Bookings: RSVP community@jccv.org.au

MORE:
The Jewish Community Council of Victoria (JCCV)
Address: Beth Weizmann Community Centre, 306 Hawthorn Road, Caulfield South, VIC 3162
Tel: 03 9272 5566
Email: community@jccv.org.au
Website: http://www.jccv.org.au