Clergy to Clergy Breakfasts

The GEIFN plan to arrange for small groups of local religious leaders to meet informally for breakfasts. We will be contacting religious leaders in the Glen Eira community to invite and make arrangements.

Listening to the Sounds of Silence - a multifaith imperative

The Swinburne Multi faith facility invites you to its 3rd anniversary celebration:

Topic: Listening to the sounds of silence - a multifaith imperative.
Date: Wednesday, 7th May 2014 Time: 4.00pm-5.30pm
Location: Swinburne University [GS 302] - The George 34 Wakefield Street, Hawthorn (3 minutes' walk from the Glenferrie Station)

Opened by the Swinburne Vice Chancellor Professor Linda Kristjanson and addressed by Rev Dr Denham Grierson (FACE) - internationally recognised educator and Emeritus Professor at the United Faculty of Theology – Melbourne. Denham will approach the event from a perspective that seeks to engage the academic community rather than bring a particular faith perspective. His starts with the questions: Is there one God or many? Can such a dispute be resolved? His topic: Listening to the sounds of silence - a multi faith imperative.

His reflection engages the thought of Stephen Prothero - Boston University Professor of Religion and particularly his 2012 book God is Not One: The Eight Rival Religions That Run the World. Prothero delves into the different problems and solutions that Islam, Christianity, Buddhism, Judaism, Confucianism, Yoruba Religion, Daoism and Atheism strive to combat.

Light refreshments will be served.

RSVP to by Friday 2nd May 2014.

Contact: Rev. Newton Daddow, Chaplain Swinburne University: Telephone +61 3 9214 8489 Mobile 0425 757038

Challenges for Minority Religions in the Middle East

Keynote speaker: Dr Debbie Weissman, President International Council of Christians and Jews
Date: Sunday, 1 June 2014 Time: 2.30 pm
Location: Edmund Rice Education Australia - 9 The Vaucluse, Richmond (off Church Street, ample parking)
Vehicle entry from St Kevin's Waterford Campus on the Vaucluse opp. St Ignatius Church.
Cost: $10.00
RSVP: Please advise attendance by ringing or emailing (03) 9429 5212,

Walking with Pope Francis - Interfaith Relations in the Midst of Contemporary Global Challenges

A conversation led by Prof. John Pawlikowski OSM (of Catholic Theological Union in Chicago)

Thursday 22 May, 2014, 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Room M5.30
Australian Catholic University, 115 Victoria Parade, Fitzroy

RSVP: Phone: (03) 9953 3432

AGM Report

We were graciously hosted for our Annual General Meeting held on Mon 28 Apr 14, by Rabbi Stein  and other members of Kehilat Nitzan.

David Southwick MP, the State Member for the seat of Caulfield and Parliamentary Secretary for Police and Emergency Services was a guest at the meeting.

We were privileged to have Professor Gary Bouma as our Guest Speaker.  Professor Bouma presented on why Australia is successfully multifaith and compared the Australian position with that of other nations and discussed factors that contribute to this, including demographic factors, a culture of multiculturalism, theological factors and political leadership.

There was no change to office holders at the meeting, with Mark Bender from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints continuing as Chair and Ruth Arber from Kehilat Nitzan as Secretary.