FCCV | REGISTRATIONS OPEN | Victorian Interfaith Networks Conference | Sunday 12 November 2017 | 12-4.30pm

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The Victorian Interfaith Networks Conference 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.

12:00pm-1:25pm: Registration, networking, faith and community stands
1:30pm-2:15pm: Honoured guests and keynote speech on Religious Freedom in a 21st Century Pluralist Society
2:20pm-3:50pm: Workshops and plenary sessions (see below)
4:00pm-4:30pm: Summary & closing ceremony

Workshops & Plenary Sessions:
Enrollment for workshops and plenary sessions to be made on the day of event so please arrive early to enroll in your preferred workshop or session.
1. Religious Freedom & Social Cohesion
2. Educational Program for Schools - Understanding Religious Diversity
3. Active bystander training to prevent violence against women
4. Introductory Training Workshop for Emergencies Ministry

Bookings: To register for the event go to http://www.vinc.eventbrite.com.au and click on the green Register button.

Where: Ulumbarra Theatre is located on Gaol Road, Bendigo (approximately 150km north-west of Melbourne).

Come and Stay in Bendigo for the Weekend:
A number of complimentary events have been organised over the weekend (11th & 12th of November), so come and spend a few days in Bendigo.

November 11th - Tour to Places of Worship (11am - 4pm):
Bendigo is home to some of the most spectacular architecturally designed places of worship in Australia, including The Sacred Heart Cathedral & The Great Stupa of Universal Compassion. Join us for a guided bus tour on Saturday November 11th to various places of worship around City of Greater Bendigo. If you are already in Bendigo on the 11th of November, register on this bus: bendigo-tour.eventbrite.com.au OR if you are coming from Metropolitan Victoria register on this bus: www.bmin.org.au/news-and-events/tour-to-places-of-worship-around-city-of-greater-bendigo

12 November - Tour of Sandhurst Gaol (11am - 12pm): Bendigo’s Ulumbarra Theatre rises majestically from within what was once the Sandhurst Gaol. Constructed in the early 1860s, the gaol was based on the Pentonville prison model where the wings radiate from a central tower, now the symbiotic link between the heritage and contemporary architecture. Your guide will explore spaces throughout this extraordinary arts and community facility, telling the tales that once remained behind the walls. For registration ring Fiona Gardner - (h): 03 5446 9951 or (w): 03 5444 7875. Tour is free of charge but limited places so register quickly.

12 November 12 - WE ARE THE WORLD! Bring a bell! Concert (4:30pm - 6:30pm @ Ulumbarra Theatre): A magnificent blend of traditional, classical and sacred music and dance, presented by over 150 performers, ending with Federation bells and audience bells, joining  in unity.

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

The Faith Communities Council of Victoria, in association with the Bendigo Interfaith Council and the City of Greater Bendigo

FCAC | ILLUMINATING | Tilde Melbourne Trans & Gender Diverse Film Festival | Thursday 26-Sunday 29 October 2017

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A cinema community celebration.

FCAC Company in Residence tilde, Melbourne’s trans and gender diverse community film festival, presents its largest program ever, screening up to 30 films that highlight the diversity of Trans and Gender Diverse (TGD) communities. Films include David France’s new documentary The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson.

When: Thursday 26 and Friday 27 October, 7pm to late. Saturday 28 and 29 Sunday, 12pm to late

Where: Footscray Community Arts Centre, 45 Moreland Street, Footscray, victoria 3011

Cost: Tickets range from $10 – $25

Bookings: Online through Trybooking

Footscray Community Arts Centre
45 Moreland Street, Footscray, victoria 3011
Tel: 9362 8888
Email: reception@footscrayarts.com
Website: http://www.artshub.com.au

A presentation made possible in partnership cohealth, Merri Health, Queerspace and FCAC.

PWR | OFFERING | A Word from the Parliament of the World's Religions on US Indigenous Peoples' Day

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We at the Parliament of the World's Religions, with our office in the United States, rejoice that an increasing number of people in this country have been converted from calling this "Columbus Day" to "Indigenous Peoples' Day." 

Those of us whose ancestors were, whether by choice or not, a part of a colonizing tradition need, especially on this day, to express our deepest apologies to what the colonists have done (and are doing) to Indigenous Peoples across the globe.

Moreover, all of us need to recognize how much poorer we are for not appreciating the kinds of wisdom that are a part of diverse indigenous traditions.

Finally, many of us now want to change in at least two ways: first, to do everything we can to stop the abuse of Indigenous Peoples, their land, their traditions, their wisdom, and their practices; and second, to open our minds and souls to what Indigenous Peoples have to teach us.

From the Staff of the Parliament of the World's Religions
Organisers are planning for a Parliament of the World’s Religions to welcome more than 10,000 people of more than 80 nations, from more than 200 unique spiritual traditions at this 7th convening. How will you be there?
Be Supportive by well-wishing organisers and participants, organise local pre-PWR events, pledge your individual or group attendance BY REGISTERING or MAKE A DONATION.
Parliament of the World's Religions (PWR)
70 East Lake Street, Suite 205, Chicago, IL 60601
Website: https://parliamentofreligions.org/

MP | ENGAGING | Free English Classes for New Migrants

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Day and evening English classes for new migrants.

Where: Melbourne Polytechnic (Prahran Site), 144 High Street, Prahran VIC 3181

Cost: Free to eligible applicants

Bookings: Tel: 9269 1400 to make an appointment for eligibility check and language assessment

Melbourne Polytechnic
Post: 77 St Georges Rd Preston Victoria 3072 Australia
Tel: 03 9269 1200
Website: www.melbournepolytechnic.edu.au

A collaboration with Adult Migrant English Program (AMEP) and Melbourne Adult Migrant English Program (MAMEP)

GAP | PERFORMANCE | Labels by Joe Sellman-Leava | Wednesday 18-Thursday 26 October 2017

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Fresh from an acclaimed season at Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Gasworks Arts Park is delighted to bring UK performer Joe Sellman-Leava and his one-man show Labels to our shores.

Labels is a multi-award winning funny theatre show, telling a moving story about mixed heritage and immigration. Recounting his childhood in rural ’90s England in light of changing political attitudes and the ongoing refugee crisis, the performance melds stand-up comedy, storytelling and spoken word.

Shortlisted for Amnesty International’s Freedom of Expression Award, Labels analyzes the way we use words, the line between curiosity and fear, and the rise of anti-immigration rhetoric.

Amid the cacophony of statistics and soundbites that surround the immigration debate, Labels offers an honest, human story about the bridges and barriers formed in a multicultural Britain.

Where: Gasworks Arts Park, 21 Graham Street, Albert Park VIC 3206

Cost (per person):
Full = $45
Concession + Under 30 = $40
Group (6+) = $35

Bookings: Online through Gasworks Theatre http://www.gasworks.org.au/event/labels/

Gasworks Arts Park
21 Graham Street, Albert Park VIC 3206
Tel: (03) 8606 4200
Email: frontdesk@gasworks.org.au
Website: http://www.gasworks.org.au

S2b | EXHIBITING | Voiceless Journeys | OPENING Thursday 19 October 2017 | 6.30pm

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Exhibition opening night Q&A and meeting of two exhibitors.

When: Exhibition until 3 November 2017.

Space2b is an art and design based social enterprise that has been established to support asylum seekers, refugees and newly arrived migrants to become financially independent through creative enterprise, workplace training and business mentoring.

Where: Space2b Artspace, 144 Chapel Street, St Kilda

144 Chapel Street, St Kilda
Website: http://space2b.com.au
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Space2b.Social.Design/

ABBI | SURVIVING | The Quest to Cure Queers: A personal and behind the scenes account of gay conversion therapy | Tuesday 24 October 2017 | Arrive 4.45pm for 5-6.30pm

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Most people believe that ex-gay/reparative/conversion therapy is a US Christian invention that was exported around the world in the 1980’s and 90’s. 

Hosted by Dr Maria Pallotta-Chiarolli of Deakin University, hear how in 1972, (4 years before Exodus was founded) Anthony Venn-Brown admitted himself into a Christian residential rehabilitation program in Sydney Australia, to cure him of his "curse" - his homosexuality.

In 2013 Anthony was invited to attend the final Exodus annual conference to hear the historic announcement that the world's leading conversion therapy organisation was shutting down. "The quest to cure queers" covers not only the years in between those two events but why people sort healing and deliverance from homosexuality before Exodus was founded.

In this presentation, Anthony sifts through the maze of politics, personalities, programs, misinformation and media frenzies and joins dots previously considered unrelated.
• The significance of same-sex sexual activity during WW11
• Why the post war hysteria and the cold war ‘lavender scare’
• Mental health professionals’ attempts to find causes and cures
• Protestant Christian support of gay rights in the 1960’s – what happened?
• The seeds of anti-gay Christian thinking planted in the 1960’s
• What created the ‘change is possible’ philosophy in the 1960’s
• Why the Jesus Movement influenced ex-gay thinking
• How the Charismatic movement empowered the ex-gay message
• Why Exodus was founded and its growth worldwide including 40 ministries in Australia
• How Exodus was politically high-jacked
• What were the key factors that brought the Exodus empire to its knees
• The collateral damage and aftermath – tragic tales from the survivors
• Rebranding and how the ex-gay message morphed

Anthony founded and is current CEO of Ambassadors & Bridge Builders International (ABBI), educating churches and Christian leaders about sexual orientation and assisting gay and lesbian people resolve the perceived conflict between their faith and sexuality. Anthony’s work has been recognised on numerous occasions with awards including being twice voted one of the 25 Most Influential Gay & Lesbian Australians.

Where: Deakin Downtown, Level 12 Tower 2 - 727 Collins Street Melbourne 3008 DATE:

Format: presentation and questions. Informal drinks and chat afterwards downstairs at Bar Nacional

Bookings: Register now, limited seating. Online through EventBrite

Ambassadors & Bridge Builders International
Website: http://www.abbi.org.au/

FCCV | WORKSHOP | The Faith Leader Facilitator Guide to Prevent Gender Violence | Tuesday 24 October 2017 | 6-7pm

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The Think Prevent Facilitator Guide walks faith leaders through the essential steps to deliver a bystander intervention workshop. 

The goal of the workshop is to end family violence and violence against women by driving preferred behaviour change in participants. Our approach to violence prevention is not about blaming, shaming and dividing people. It’s about serving all communities, and bringing diverse groups of people together in ways that promote healthy and safe community environments. The Guide helps us put politics aside so we can work together to address the drivers of violence and promote its solution.

Where: Melbourne: Causeway House, 306 Little Collins Street, 4th Floor, Chellew Room

Bookings: RSVP: Friday 20 October 2017. Registration: Nicholas Tsigos | Tel: (03) 9650 4511; Email: vcc@vcc.org.au

MORE:The Faith Communities Council of Victoria (FCCV)
Sandy Kouroupidis, Multifaith Officer of Victoria
Tel: 0412 670 369 

CCJV | DISCUSSION | Panel Discussion on Assisted Dying | Sunday 29 October 2017 | Arrive 2.45pm for 3pm

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Being a part of this discussion to grow modern understanding.

  • David Brooker is currently Senior Minister at Southern Community Church of Christ in Cheltenham, an active and diverse community of faith that has a long and strong heritage of engagement with the local community, a reflection of David’s passion for people of faith to be agents of transformation and harmony within their local communities.  David has served as an ordained minister for 36 years, most of them in various local church contexts, but he also spent seven years as State Minister with the Churches of Christ in South Australia & Northern Territory and has exercised a number of leadership roles within Boards and agencies of Churches of Christ in Victoria & Tasmania. At present, David is Chair of the City of Kingston Interfaith Advisory Committee, a role which he finds energising and educative.
  • Raphael Dascalu is a native of Sydney, currently residing in Melbourne. He completed his BA in Philosophy, Religious Studies and Classical Hebrew at the University of Sydney; his MA in Comparative Religion at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem; and his PhD at the University of Chicago, focusing on medieval Jewish history and philosophy. In addition to his academic training, he has a broad background in the traditional study of rabbinic literature and law.  Raphael has spent time studying in yeshiva at Yeshivat Hakibbutz Hadati (Ein Tzurim); in the kolel of the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies; in the beit midrash of the Shalom Hartman Institute; and in the Havruta beit midrash program at the Hebrew University.  He is currently an Adjunct Research Associate at Monash University, and works in translation and editing.
  • Rev. Dr. John Dupuche is a Priest of the Archdiocese of Melbourne. He is Associate Professor at the University of Divinity and an Honorary Fellow at the Australian Catholic University, and chair of the Catholic Interfaith Committee of the Archdiocese.
  • Rabbi Kim Ettlinger was ordained at Hebrew Union College (HUC) where she earned two Master of Arts Degrees, in Jewish Education and in Hebrew Letters.  In 1997, she was awarded a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Politics, Philosophy and Sociology from Murdoch University in Perth. She joined Temple Beth Israel (TBI) in 2010 and has served the congregation since then. Currently overseeing Education and Religious Life at TBI.  Rabbi Ettlinger is passionate about liturgy, contemporary issues and how they interact with Rabbinic Judaism throughout Jewish history.
Cost: $10 including Kosher afternoon tea

Where: National Council of Jewish Women of Australia (Vic), Eva Besen Centre 131 – 133 Hawthorn Road, Caulfield  VIC  3161

Bookings: Please advise attendance by contacting the CCJ office

Council of Christians and Jews (CCJ Victoria)
326 Church Street, Richmond 3121
Tel: (03) 9429 5212
Email: ccjvic@bigpond.net.au

AIS | KICKING | One World Football Cup (Soccer) | Saturday 28 October 2017 | 10am-2pm

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AIS One World Cup is open to all ages who are +16yrs; mixed gender teams can also participate. Vying teams will compete for the AIS One World Cup trophy. 

Medals will be awarded to all winning team members and special prizes are on offer. Click here for more details.

On the day, there will be two (2) concurrent tournaments:
  1. Men’s tournament (+16yrs)
  2. Mixed Gender (minimum of two women players on the outfield at any given time)
Players per team: 6-8 (5 on field with a minimum of 1 sub)

Who: open to all young Australians and those who are young at heart from all cultures and faiths with the “shared love” of football to take part in this exciting tournament.

Where: Knox Regional Football Centre, 257 George St, Wantirna South

Bookings: Registration required and close Friday 24 October 2017. $10.00 per player (includes 1 free kebab). Click here to register or please call if you have any questions.

Australian Intercultural Society (AIS)
AIS One World Cup Tel: (03) 9867 2248
Email: info@intercultural.org.au
Website: http://www.intercultural.org.au

AIS One World Cup is organised in association with Football Federation Victoria (FFV).

BIN | WALK | In Friendship and Goodwill | Sunday 5 November 2017 | 2-4.30pm

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Starting with a prayer for peace we will then learn about some of the history and traditions of each of the places we visit.

Spend an afternoon walking together in friendship and goodwill between St Alipius Catholic Church, Ballarat Hebrew Congregation Synagogue and Islamic Mosque.

Where: St Alipius Catholic Church, 84 Victoria St, Ballarat East

Meeting Place & Planned Walking Route:
2.00pm – St Alipius Catholic Church, 84 Victoria St, Ballarat East
2.45pm – Hebrew Congregation Synagogue, 2 Barkly St, Bakery Hill
3.45pm – Islamic Mosque, 116 Elsworth St, Canadian

Bookings: Registration helpful Margaret 0400 650 234; Maureen 0418 383 802

Ballarat Interfaith Network
Website: interfaithinballarat.blogspot.com.au

This event is being organised in partnership with Melbourne Jewish Christian Muslim Association (JCMA) and sponsored by Ballarat Regional Multicultural Council (BRMC)

MA | LUNCH TALK | From mansplaining to manterruption: How to rise above and be heard | Wednesday 8 November 2017 | 12noon-1.30pm

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Whether in workplaces or online spaces, women’s voices often get drowned by a range of male voices from the well intentioned to the unabashedly sexist.

A lunch and panel discussion featuring Laurel Irving and Wendy Tuohy in conversation, moderated by Karen Percy.

Hear from the panel of seasoned female journalists as they share their experiences on:
  • how to counter mansplaining
  • how men can avoid and curb manterruptions and mansplaining in personal and professional spaces
  • what women with different communication styles can do to be heard in physical and digital spaces and how to deal with online abuse
Scheduled Program: Lunch provided at 12:00pm and panel from 12:30pm - 1:30pm)
Where: Monash Law Chambers, 555 Lonsdale St, Melbourne VIC 3000
Cost: Free
Inclusion: Lunch

Enquiries: info@intercultural.org.au or amy.lim@monash.edu

Bookings: Please register your attendance by Friday 3 November. Register online through Monash Arts

Monash Arts (MA)
School of Media, Film and Journalism
Post: Building B, Monash University, Caulfield 3125 Australia
Tel: 03 9902 4396
Email: terri.mathias@monash.edu
Website: http://artsonline.monash.edu.au/mfj

A collaboration between the Monash Arts School of Media, Film and Journalism & Australian Intercultural Society’s Women in Media

BIC | TOUR | Places of Worship Around City of Greater Bendigo | Saturday 11 November 2017 | 11am-4pm

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Join us for a guided bus tour on Saturday November 11th to various places of worship around City of Greater Bendigo.

Bendigo is home to some of the most spectacular architecturally designed places of worship in Australia, including:
  • The Sacred Heart Cathedral in Bendigo: Constructed in the 19th Century and completed in the late 20th Century, it is one of the world's finest Gothic Revival cathedrals. The Cathedral is an icon of Bendigo and occupies a central place in the community for people of all faiths. It provides opportunities for tourism, the performing arts and many other avenues of community participation.
  • The Great Stupa of Universal Compassion: A Stupa is the most sacred monument in the Buddhist world. It is a symbolic representation of the fully Enlightened mind and the path to Enlightenment. As the sacred texts are the verbal expression of the Dharma, so the Stupa is its architectural expression. The Great Stupa of Universal Compassion, when fully completed, will be 50 metres (164 feet) square at its base and nearly 50 metres high making it the largest Stupa in the Western World.
Tour starts at 10.50am and returning at 3.30pm: Sacred Heart Cathedral, MacKenzie St, Bendigo
and finishes at 3.30pm at Sacred Heart Cathedral, MacKenzie St, Bendigo

Cost: $10 per person (+ $1.58 eventbrite fees) - includes morning tea and lunch (sandwiches).

Morningt Tea & Lunch: Morning tea will be offered on arrival at Sacred Heart Cathedral. Sandwiches will be served 12.30pm on the bus - people with special dietary requirements will need to bring their own lunch.

Registration: For bookings go to bendigo-tour.eventbrite.com.au - there are limited spaces so please register early.

Bendigo Interfaith Council
Judy Causon
Tel: 0417 435 909
FaceBook: https://www.facebook.com/bendigointerfaithcouncil

UNHIII | ENGAGE | Faith-Based Urban Thinkers Campus - Engaging the New Agenda | 13-15 November 2017

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Bringing Faith-based thinkers together for faith-based communities and organizations to make a significant contribution to the United Nations Human Settlements Programme, otherwise known as UN-Habitat.

Globally, cities today occupy approximately only 2% of the total land, however contribute:

  • 70% to Economy (GDP)
  • Over 60% to Global Energy Consumption
  • 70% to Greenhouse Gas Emissions
  • 70% to Global Waste
In 2016 after an extensive three-year inter-governmental and civil society consultation process, member states of the United Nations agreed on a roadmap for urban development for the next twenty years. Entitled the New Urban Agenda (NUA-http://habitat3.org/the-new-urban-agenda), its purpose is to help guide governments, inter-governmental organizations, business, and civil society to respond to the challenges of a rapidly urbanizing world where over the next 20-30 years 75% of the world’s population will live in cities.  Specifically, the challenge is to develop cities, towns, and neighbourhoods that are “just, safe, healthy, accessible, affordable, resilient and sustainable . . . [and] foster prosperity and quality of life for all. (NUA pg. 3)”

Or more simply from faith perspective create communities of hope, compassion, education and engagement.
A remarkable feature of contemporary thinking in urban development is that faith-based communities and organizations are now seen as a vital component in helping create sustainable and resilient cities around the world. Formal recognition by the United Nations, civil society organizations, and development agencies that faith-based communities are central to the wellbeing of communities in our increasingly urban cultures is long overdue, and offers many new possibilities.

Inclusion: Tuesday 14 November | 6-6.45pm | Parliament of the World's Religions Reception
Hosted by Dr. Mary Nelson at the UN Habitat Faith-based Urban Thinkers Campus featuring discussion and more information about the forthcoming 2018 Parliament of the World's Religions in Toronto and the inclusion of the 25th Anniversary of the Declaration Towards a Global Ethic and its prominence at the forthcoming 2018 Parliament as well as in the Faith-based Urban Thinkers Campus deliberations.

Where: Singapore

Cost: Free (100 Limit)

Bookings: RSVP 1 November 2017. Register online through EventBrite.

The United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development
Website: http://habitat3.org

A partnership with the World Urban Campaign, the Urban Thinkers Campus, the Singapore Centre for Global Missions, World Evangelical Alliance Creation Care Task Force, Urban Shalom Project, ARC, and the International Society for Urban Mission

EL | WALK | In Rainbow Melbourne for Marriage Equality | Sunday 1 October 2017 | 1-4pm

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The 'yes' campaign has already made history. Now equality in marriage needs to win the vote, and win by a lot. 

Join Equal Love's 'YES' rally this Sunday to demonstrate that the mass of people support equality and to remind those who have yet to vote 'yes' that it is imperative that they do.

Walk for a YES vote. Be part of turning Swanston St into a giant rainbow. Followed by Block Party in Treasury Gardens.

Absolutely Fabulous: 
If attendees wear or bring one colour of the rainbow. Marchers will be making a giant rainbow down Swanston St - the largest rainbow Melbourne has ever seen.

Swanston Street, in front of State Library Victoria.

South down Swanston St, left at Flinders St and into Treasury Gardens at the Spring St/Wellington St corner.

The march will be followed by music and performances in Treasury Gardens (south west corner) where we can kick off our ruby slippers and dance our way to a YES Victory.

Accessorise: 'YES' merchandise will be available on day, with all proceeds going to Equal Love to help continue the marriage equality campaign.

Equal Love
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/472396126480800/
Website: www.equallove.info