GEIFN | REPORT | Being Equalness | Sunday 20 September 2015 | 1-6pm


1. Thankyou to all for interest, support, participation and feedback with GEIFN's Being Equalness, received with gratitude.

To our host and keynote speaker Reverand Philip Leibelt and Uniting Church in Australia Elsternwick, our gratitude.

Thankyou to our special visitors for wrestling with busy schedules to visit and share occasion:
-- David Southwick, State Member for Caulfield
-- April Robinson, Uniting Church in Australia's Interfaith Network Developer Commission for Mission, Victoria and Tasmania
-- Murray Lobley, Gippsland Ethnic Communities Council and Interfaith Network City of Greater Dandenong

To the many helpers along the way, especially Shaun, Gerald and Di whose contribution behind, during and beyond the scene was warmly received. Thankyou to everyone who stayed to clean, pack up and close in a wonderful team spirit.

2. Total raised on day including absentee pledges is $2,000. There are of course many charitable organisations doing incredible work. Our nominated recipients are just a few.

3. Proportionally paid in accordance with attending participants' preferences:
-- Asylum Seeker Resource Centre 29% = $580, 20/9 Receipt: GN570533
-- Buddhist Instruction in Victorian Primary Schools 28% = $560, 20/9 Receipt: N092054190738
-- Koorie Heritage Trust 18% = $360, 20/9 Receipt: being issued.
-- Ardoch Youth Foundation 13% = $260, 20/9 Receipt: 154582393
-- Parliament of World's Religions 12% = $240, 20/9 Receipt: 7G747475WX472505B

Substantiation available upon request.

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5. Dedication: May the benefits accrued with our thoughts, words and actions start within us, radiating outwards until it includes all.

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GEIFN | Being Equalness | Sunday 20 September 2015 | 1-6pm

UN International Peace Day observance and A Sunday Family Dinner

What: A shared exploration into individual identity, 'the other', perceptions of obstacles that drive us apart and invisible ties that bring us together. Develop a shared definition of family, home and achieving greater benefits from getting along. When this gets easy, this is where happiness lives.

Why: A Glen Eira observance of United Nations International Day of Peace annual aspiration, 21 September 2015. The concept is too big for any one person in little bitty Glen Eira so probably a waste of time. What do you think?
"Be the change you wish to be in the world". Mahatma Ghandi
If you're open to checking out a different view, book early as space limited. 

Welcome: 1-2pm Choir, Welcome and Keynote Presentation: Belief, View, Evidence Inside, Out and Insight
Gathering: 2-4pm Afternoon Tea, Workshops, Panel Discussion, Q&A
Dinner: 4-6pm Sit-down to Dinner. Enjoy a delicious vegetarian meal.

Cost: Full/Part $20/$10 pp. Funds raised donated to nominated charities. Seating limited.

Where: St John’s Uniting Church, 567 Glen Huntly Road, Elsternwick

Caretaker: Carey 0438 371 488


RCM | WELCOMING | Friendship and Activities for 50+ | Sept 2015

[Edited extract from public address]

ReFocus Club Melbourne Inc is a vibrant Jewish friendship, social and support group for the 50+

How: We provide organised functions and outings such as musical  events, dances, cinemas, restaurants, shows, discussion groups, etc, as well as speakers on various life skills.

Who: The group has been established since 2012, attracting over 100 members, and growing.
Our purpose is to be a social and support group for Jewish singles and couples.

You will be able to see full details & RSVP to our functions once you join our Club.


ReFocus Club Melbourne Inc

MJMF | Shir Madness | Elsternwick | Sunday 6 September 2015

[Edited extract from public addresses]

Jewish Music Beyond Belief

What: One day. 5 stages, 11 hours, 30 Acts
Where: Classic Cinemas, Kadimah Hall and Selwyn St, Elsternwick
Who: Musicians from USA, Israel, Australia

Interview with Organisers: 
Annabel Ross shines a light on warming up for "Shir Madness Jewish music festival makes its Melbourne debut" via The Age



YTRS | Win a VIP day at the Royal Melbourne Show | Saturday 19-Tuesday 29 September 2015

[Edited extract from public address]

Here's a chance to win access for a day in a paradise realm of thousands of amazing attractions, non-stop thrills, fun and entertainment.

What: VIP 1st Prize $1500 = entry for you and 10 friends, $50 rides each, $30 if food vouchers each, $20 worth of show bags each, meet and greet opportunity with Showtime FMX Freestyle Motocross stunt bike riders. 25 Lucky Runner-Ups each get a Family Ticket.

How: For your chance to win, visit and enter valid myki number and contact details.

Who: holders of valid myki tickets, have internet connection, a family and 10 friends. Check Yarra Trams website for other conditions. 

When: Entries close midnight 14 September 2015.


Royal Show, Melbourne Showgrounds, Flemington 2015

PPLS | The Good Greek Girl

Author talk with Maria Katsonis

Thursday 17 September, 6.30 – 7.30pm
[Edited extract from public address]

Maria Katsonis is the good Greek girl who grew up above her parents’ Melbourne milk bar and shared a bedroom with her yiayia – until university, where she discovered her rebellious side.
Maria embraced her independence and aimed high, attending Harvard University and graduating with a Masters of Public Administration – however, five years later she found herself alone on a bed in a psych ward fighting for her life.

Experiencing a complete mental breakdown that shattered her professional and personal identity, Maria is now a senior executive in the Victorian Department of Premier and Cabinet, an ambassador for beyondblue and advocate with the Australia Council for Mental Health. While she now lives with a chronic mental illness, Maria Katsonis leads an active and purposeful life.
" ... generous, intelligent and loving. The world needs the rare kindness Katsonis is able to show to both herself and others." The Age
Where: St Kilda Library

Bookings: Please book online through Eventbrite.


Port Phillip Library Service 
Tel 9209 6655 or

A waiting list is available on Eventbrite if you are unable to secure a ticket. If you book and are unable to attend please let us know so that we can pass your ticket on to another patron.

ZBR | REPORT | Dinner Fundraisers for Nepal Earthquakes | Sat 18 July | Sat 15 August | 2015

18th of July fundraiser for Nepal was booked out quickly and was a great success. As so many people missed out organisers quickly set about offering another evening for Saturday 15th August 2015.

Around 80 people came from all walks of life joined together each night to have a wonderful evening of fun and laughter. In the spirit of generosity enough money was raised to build temporary schools in Nepal's most needy areas plus provide safe drinking water to the children, teachers and parents. This was a great effort. The total of the two events was just under $15,000 to Nepal. Thank you everyone for the contributions.

The venue, food, prizes, all of Organisers' time, skills and donations were offered ​free​ of charge​ with 100% proceeds going to Nepal.


Virginia Mosk M: 0408 800 685
Sandeep Karki, M: 0432 587 071

On behalf of Nepal Rises, a Nepali NGO working on the ground in Nepal bringing emergency shelter, water harvesting and sanitation.

PWR | Reflecting on Racism and Social Justice

[Edited extract from PWR's Parliament Trustee Mr. Robert Henderson]

Overcoming racism and violence, a shared offering of universal wisdom from the Baha'i faith

Robert's moving essay addresses a society in crisis after a series of hate crimes and assaults were committed against sacred spaces in the United States. "Once again our hearts are broken by acts of senseless violence-murders driven by the cancerous madness of racism. And once again the scene is a church..." Read more...


Council for a Parliament of the World's Religions
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Chicago, IL 60601 USA
Tel: 312-629-2990
Fax: 312-629-2991

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PWR | Getting Ready for the 2015 Parliament of the World's Religions!

[Edited extract from public address]

Celebrating and empowering voices of Indigenous Peoples, Young Voices, Female Voices at the Heart of the interfaith movement

Step into the future with women, youth, and Indigenous Peoples working together with compassion for a world of peace, justice and sustainability this October as the Parliament returns to the United States for the first time in a generation. Support our outreach by boosting this video!

Watch and share on Facebook here >
Jump to Indigenous Track via YouTube here >
Share "#FaithInWomen" via YouTube here >


Council for a Parliament of the World's Religions
70 East Lake Street, Suite 205
Chicago, IL 60601 USA
Tel: 312-629-2990
Fax: 312-629-2991

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FL | Family Life | Capable communities, strong families, thriving children

Transforming lives for stronger communities

What: Providing effective services, support and connections that enable children, young people and families to thrive nurtured in caring communities.


197 Bluff Road, Sandringham, Victoria, Australia 3191
Phone: +61 3 8599 5433 / 8599 LIFE
Fax: +61 3 9598 8820

Check website for other Bayside Locations

GEAS | Glen Eira Artists Society | Members Exhibition | Tues 25 Aug - Sun 13 Sept 2015

When: Tues 25 Aug - Sun 13 Sept 2015, 8.30am - 4pm

Where: The Breslin Gallery, 254 Neerim Road, Carnegie

Rotary Club of Caulfield
The Breslin Gallery: Art Eat Learn Play


The Breslin Gallery
Inking up, Lyon Traboules by Gillian Schofield