CCJV | The Luncheon Club: Andrzej Folwarczny | Friday 27 November 2015 | 12.15pm for 12.30pm start, to 1.30pm

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Bringing Back the memory. Polish-Jewish dialogue in the present day Poland.

Speaker: Andrzej Folwarczny
Founder and President of Forum for Dialogue Among Nations, the largest and oldest Polish non-governmental organization engaging in the Polish-Jewish dialogue. Between 1997 and 2001 he served as a member of the Polish National Parliament (Sejm) during which he acted as the Chairman of the Polish-Israeli Parliamentary Group. Andrzej Folwarczny co-edited the book Difficult Questions in Jewish-Polish Dialogue, published in 2006 in collaboration with AJC. Between 1999 and 2004 he served as Vice-Resident of the Israel-Poland Friendship Association (Towarzystwo Przyja┼║ni Polso-Izraelskiej). Forum for Dialogue Among Nations is dedicated to inspiring new connections between contemporary Poland and the Jewish People. Through education, encounters, and building people-to-people trust we write a new chapter of Polish-Jewish History.

Where: East Melbourne Synagogue, 488 Albert Street East Melbourne

Cost: $15 including light Kosher lunch. Tickets at the door.

Bookings: 24 November 2015  to Liz 0414 640 384 or Walter 0419 510 712; email:


The Council of Christians and Jews (Victoria)

CJCLDS | Love your neighbour - Jewish and Christian perspectives on service | 29th November 2015 | 7.30-8.30pm

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An interfaith event presented by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints with Rabbis John Borak (Los Angeles, USA) and Adam Stein (Kehilat Nitzan, Caulfield North).

What: A panel discussion followed by a light kosher supper

Love your neighbour as yourself
Leviticus 19:18

Cost: there is no charge for this event

Where: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
5 Hawthorn Rd, Caulfield North


Event website:
Mark Bender, Media Relations, Victoria
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Tel 0419 236 337
PO Box 4632, Knox VIC 3152

MPIN | Listening to the Land (Summer Walk): Arthurs Seat (Wonga), Dromana | Saturday 21 November 2015 | 7pm-9:30pm

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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.

Program: Our Summer Listening to the Land program begins at 7pm and includes an introductory talk, a listening walk, and a meditation. The walk and meditation will be led by Gunditjamara Elder, Uncle Lionel Lauch.

Meeting Point: Car Park @ Seawinds Gardens, Arthurs Seat Dromana 3936 VIC
Melways Reference: 159 D12
Information on Seawinds Gardens:

How: Meeting point is the car park at Seawinds Gardens, Arthurs Seat in Dromana.
Look forward to seeing you there – sunshine or rain.
The walk will conclude around 9:30pm.
Please note: This is a special nightime walk so please bring a torch and appropriate clothing.

Cost: The event is by donation.


The Mornington Peninsula Interfaith Network.
Contact: Judy O’Donnell (H): 03 5974 4969 (M): 0400 088 410

The Mornington Peninsula Interfaith Network (MPIN) acknowledges the traditional owners and custodians of the land, the Boonwurrung/Bunurong people, part of the Kulin Nation, and their elders past and present.

PWC | Declaration on Climate Change of the 2015 Parliament of the World's Religions

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The Parliament's Pathway to Paris

Three weeks ago, nearly ten thousand members of the world's faith and spiritual communities committed to rise in action to save the only earth we have.

Three weeks from now, members of the world's most powerful nations will gather in Paris to make decisions that will determine the fate of our planet and all living beings.

This isn't the first time the global interfaith movement has risen to strive for sustainability for all life. But the recent 2015 Parliament clarified and emphasized the urgency and cooperation with which we must act.

We recognize climate degradation poses a risk that every gain in worldwide development will be rendered futile should we fail to establish and adhere to international guidelines to regulate and reverse the systems which have created this mess.

It may be that now, for the first time, the interfaith movement has reached critical mass around the world to ensure our actions secure the attention of our global leaders.

The mission of the Parliament of the World's Religions has been clear in stating:
The Parliament of the World's Religions was created to cultivate harmony among the world's religious and spiritual communities and foster their engagement with the world and its guiding institutions in order to achieve a just, peaceful and sustainable world.

To accomplish this, individuals and communities who are share this goal are invited to join us.


NEMBC | INVITATION TO ATTEND | Radioactive Youth Media Conference | Friday 27 November 2015

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ARE you a culturally diverse young person who is interested in working in the media?

What: Young people of diverse backgrounds are invited to come along to hear inspiring stories, learn from industry professionals and network with young broadcasters and media makers from around Australia.

Why: The NEMBC Radioactive Youth Media Conference is the only event of its kind in Australia which brings together young community radio broadcasters, media makers and community organisations from a diverse range of multicultural backgrounds.

Who: Organisers of the 2015 National Ethnic and Multicultural Broadcasters’ Council (NEMBC) Radioactive Youth Media Conference, are encouraging young people of diverse backgrounds to come along to this special event.

Where: Oaks on Market, 60 Market St, Melbourne

Full program includes:
  • presentations
  • Q&A panels and 
  • workshops

Headed up by keynote speaker Bhakthi Puvanenthiran, digital entertainment and lifestyle editor for The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald.

Other key speakers and presenters include award-winning SBS journalist, Santilla Chingaipe, the General Manager of SYN Media – Australia’s only radio station for people under 25 – Tess Lawley and NEMBC President, Tangi Steen.

The day will also include a performance by Eloji, a Melbourne based hip-hop artist who has just released his first original EP The Ugly Side.

Participants will have lunch provided and the NEMBC are offering travel subsidies to enable those who live outside of Melbourne to attend.


KHT | Basket weaving workshop with Donna Blackall | Friday 27 November 2015 | 12pm -1pm

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Sample a little Koorie skillfulness by learning techniques of basket weaving.

Where: Koorie Heritage Trust, Level 3 Yarra Building, Federation Square

Cost: $15

How: Book


Koorie Heritage Trust Inc
Levels 1 & 3, Yarra Building, Federation Square | Melbourne VIC 3000 | Australia
tel +61 3 8662 6300 | fax +61 3 9602 4333

KHT acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Melbourne, the people of the Kulin Nation.

KHT | Artist Talk with Georgia MacGuire | 21 November 2015 | 2-3pm

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Explore Wominjeka: A New Beginning exhibition now showing at The Koorie Heritage Trust's new home and closing Sunday 22 November

Be further inspired in the final weekend for an artist talk by Georgia MacGuire on her feather flower work Emblem. Georgia will also provide a demonstration of her use of the paper bark material from which the flowers are made and discuss the powerful messages behind the work.  

Where: Koorie Heritage Trust Gallery, Level 1 Yarra Building, Federation Square 

Cost:  FREE 

How: Book


Koorie Heritage Trust Inc
Levels 1 & 3, Yarra Building, Federation Square | Melbourne VIC 3000 | Australia
tel +61 3 8662 6300 | fax +61 3 9602 4333

KHT acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Melbourne, the people of the Kulin Nation.

LIFC | 'Love in full colour' Launch Screening | Thursday 3 December 2015

Next GEIFN Goes
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Discover the shared humanity and common goals between personal headlines and public sensationalism.

What: Be present at the next cut of this local documentary about what it is like to be a Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender or Intersex (GLBTI) individual in present day Victoria.

These past few months Director Suzi Taylor and her team have been re-editing the film (it's now 15 minutes longer than earlier in the year). Putting the sheen on with the colour grade and creating a beautiful crisp audio edit to do justice to the wonderful stories - post-production which was only possible thanks to generous donations through the Kickstarter campaign. 

When: Arrive 6.30pm for 7pm sharp screening (Running time: 45 mins). Followed by launch party on-site at Lido bar

Where: Lido Cinema, Level 1, 675 Glenferrie Rd, Hawthorn, Victoria 3121 (Plenty of parking available behind the cinema, or it's 1 minute's walk from Glenferrie Station)

How: Contact Carey to be part of his group (limit of 5) or additional tickets can be individually purchased online at

Please note - It is very important to book as seats are limited. (The screening of the first version of this film earlier this year sold out within just a few days, so please book early to avoid disappointment.)


AVID | Information Sessions / Webinars | 10 & 16 November 2016

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An Australian resident and hinking about volunteering overseas.

AVID will be holding next webinar sessions on:
Tuesday 10 November @ 5.00pm
Discussions with an AVI Country Director
AVI recruiters Max Campos and Sue Baker chat with AVI Country Director Musa Naroro in Tanzania and respond to your questions live
Monday 16 November @ 1.30pm
Getting ready to apply
AVI recruiters Lucy Taylor and Sean Lynch chat about how to prepare your application and respond to your questions live
How to participate: 


National Office (Melbourne)
71 Argyle Street (PO Box 350), Fitzroy Victoria 3065, Australia
Tollfree: (within Australia) 1800 331 292
Fax: +61 3 9419 4280
The Australian Volunteers for International Development (AVID) program is an Australian Government initiative. This program has been developed by Australian Volunteers International, a delivery partner for the AVID program.

VWBT | Victorian Women’s Benevolent Trust 2016 Grants | NOW OPEN

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Imagine. A world where women and girls stand equally with men and boys, and take up all of life’s opportunities without fear, harm, discrimination or disadvantage.

Investing in Women and Girls.
The Victorian Women’s Benevolent Trust is a philanthropic, grantmaking entity that funds innovative projects to improve conditions for Victorian women and girls.

2016 Victorian Women’s Benevolent Trust Grants
Since 1985, generous and sustained support has led to over $6.5 million in funding for nearly 540 of our grants. Grants are funded through donations and interest earned on our investments. Our grants support some ground-breaking projects – including major initiatives to address domestic violence and abuse, as well as important grass roots work in the community. Year after year, people’s donations have enabled us to invest in projects for women and girls across the State and we sincerely thank them.
To view our grants for 2015 click here.
To find out grant requirements visit
Applications Close: 1 February 2016


The Victorian Women’s Benevolent Trust
A public ancillary fund with donation tax-deductibility status.
Address: 9th floor, 313 La Trobe Street, Melbourne, Victoria 3000
Tel: 03 9642 0422
Fax: 03 9642 0016
Opening hours: 9am-5pm Monday to Friday

PCM | People’s Climate March: Australian Religious Response to Climate Change | Friday 27 November | from 5pm

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Something special has happened about climate change and protecting the world's most vulnerable people this year. In different ways, many faiths have spoken with one clear message: We must all care for sacred Earth.

Come make a place in People’s March Friday 27 November as people of no faith, atheist or from across faiths: Buddhist, Jewish, Islamic, Christian, Hindu and Baha’i are welcomed.

This was the message from Pope Frances in his encyclical which emphasised relationship between concern for nature and global social justice. It was the message from the Dalai Lama who said strong action on climate is about the survival of humanity. And its was the message in the Islamic declaration calling on Muslims to care for the planet and asking world leaders to phase out the use of fossil fuels.

Such sentiments, shared across many faiths, mean that as our world leaders meet in Paris for the United Nations climate summit, faith communities will gather in Australian cities and walk alongside people in hundreds of major cities around the world.

By coming together we are showing our moral obligation to care for sacred Earth and the most vulnerable people. We are marching because we want our leaders to listen and because we want a just transition to 100% clean energy and an end to fossil fuels.

Australia has the technological and economic capacity to deliver on these policies. It is an opportunity to play our part in addressing the common environmental challenge humanity faces. It would not only create a safer, more stable climate for Australia and other vulnerable countries; it would also bring added economic benefits.

How: On Friday 27 November, join faith participants at 5pm outside Wesley Church, 148 Lonsdale St, for a short “Farewell to coal” before moving to the main march at 5.30pm at State Library, Swanston St, Melbourne.


ACRATH | People are NOT for sale

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What is human trafficking? How big is global trafficking? Who are those affected most? Why does it affect people in Australia?

These are just some of the questions being addressed by many responding to the growing need.

Learn about the many forms of slavery and human trafficking in today’s worlds by visiting the website of Australian Catholic Religious Against Trafficking in Humans (ACRATH).

ACRATH includes the following three responses:
  1. Raise awareness of human trafficking, its causes and the scope for action* Develop and promote educational materials/resources
    * Promote awareness of human trafficking within Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) communities in Australia
    * Provide a responsive website and social media presence to presenting issues, engage with members and the wider community
    * Provoke engagement to take action locally and more widely.
  1. Work to ensure the rights and complex needs of people trafficked into Australia are met. These needs may include: retraining, employment assistance, access to financial compensation, companioning, repatriation assistance (if desired), and medical, dental, psychological & other health needs* Work with client service NGOs to provide pastoral support to people who have been trafficked
    * Work to ensure people trafficked into Australia can access their rights
  1. Collaborate with like-minded organisations in Australia, in the Asia Pacific region, and globally to advocate for measures to address human trafficking* Work in networks to ensure slavery-free supply chains of goods such as chocolate, cotton, clothing, seafood
    * Use the language of addressing the demand for cheap goods produced by trafficked labour, forced labour and child labour
    * Work in networks to advocate for systemic change to eliminate human trafficking 


Australian Catholic Religious Against Trafficking in Humans (ACRATH). Endorsed by Catholic Religious Australia – the peak body for 190 religious orders in Australia, representing 8000 religious sisters, brothers and priests.

PWR | REPORT | Salt Lake, Utah, USA | 15-19 October 2015

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Dear Friends,


If you were there you already know it: it was simply amazing.

The major news reports are echoing what people keep telling me. “This was the best Parliament ever!”

It was a milestone:

  • Nearly 10,000 participants 
  • It was the first women's assembly
  • It was the first live streamed Parliament: 28,000 views there
  • The largest number of programs with 1,800 presenters
  • The largest number of exhibitors and films including Oprah’s Belief
  • The original documents of Gandhi and pieces of art in the cultural hall
  • The first Mayor’s panel on compassionate cities along with the first panel of police chiefs 
  • Imam of Mecca for the first time attended the Parliament
And who says there is no free lunch in America, Sikhs came with kirpan and conquered the Parliament by sharing their langar tradition all five days.

People were saying "thank you" and "congratulations," but their lit faces were way ahead of their words. They meant every word of it. Spirits were simply uplifting.

My heart is filled with gratitude for each of you who attended or made it possible.

The Charter for Compassion and the United Religions Initiative stood with us from day one when we announced the Parliament in Salt Lake City. The Salt Lake Interfaith Roundtable converted a Parliament venue, for the first time, into a sacred space and organized a beautiful night of Sacred Music in the Salt Lake Tabernacle.

Thank you to our hosts with the most: the Utah Governor’s Office, two mayors- Ralph Becker and Ben McAdams, and Visit Salt Lake. The Rotary, the State of Utah, KAICCID and Claremont Lincoln University stepped up as major sponsors of the 2015 Parliament. These generous gifts afforded our producing much of the work which went into this event, gave us a Golden Banquet, and helped multiple speakers make the journey to the Parliament.

It was sincerely a joy for me to announce that:

  • women and young people under 30 made up just more than 65 percent of participants at the 2015 Parliament!
  • The majority of all emcees were women

I was honored to open the Parliament following the extraordinary procession of the indigenous peoples of Utah with the following words:

With the permission of the indigenous community, the original people of this land, on behalf of the board, with love in my heart, compassion in my mind and smiles on our faces, to reclaim the heart of our humanity, I declare this 6th Parliament of the World’s Religions open. 

And people kept their smiles on all five days long, although there were a lot of tears at heartfelt moments.

An executive team of fantastic women led efforts for the past year to bring it all together from Utah. Hundreds of volunteers were lined up each day at dawn to help our guests from around the world make their way to the hundreds of surprises awaiting every corner of the convention center.

And let's not forget the team of the Salt Palace, who were with us at every step to welcome the global interfaith movement, making special accommodations in respect to our diversity and unique requests.

I also want to give a resounding personal thanks to a beautiful Parliament staff that gave immeasurable energy, talent and time to make this event all it became: Stephen Avino, Lindsay Bartolini, Rayna Burke, Chelsea Canada, Amali Dabarera, Geoff Doiron, Michael Donahue, Dr. Larry Greenfield, Debbie Holstein, Molly Horan, Nafia Khan, Mendel Kranz, Donna Lake, Dr. Mary Nelson, Tracy Nicholas, Daniel Pacheco, Miriam Quezada, Sara Rahim, Brian Savage, Austin Sisson, Rangie Sin, Jacob Smyth, Susan Soleil, Haley St. Paul, Daniel Wolff, and volunteers who gave time to help out, including Chair Emeriti Howard Sulkin, Bob Thompson, and some great guys named Ted Miller and Frank Imhoff.

Chairing the 2015 Parliament of the World's Religions is a memory I will forever treasure.

Thank you so much for your faith in the Parliament of the World's Religions.

Now let us get to work with the commitments we made. If you haven't signed the declarations, what are you waiting for?

In Peace,

Imam Abdul Malik Mujahid
Board Chair Parliament of the World's Religions

P.S. We are working hard to determine the next home base for the 2017 Parliament of the World's Religions. That news will reach our members first. Be sure to sign up soon.

YIN | AGM and Reflection on Life, Leader and Man who was William Barak | Corrected date: Wednesday 4 November 2015 | 5.45 for a 6.00pm start

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Where: Richmond Town Hall (Meeting Room), 333 Bridge Road, Richmond
Keynote Presentation: William Barak
Guest Speaker: Colin Hunter, a direct descendant of Barak.
William Barak witnessed the signing of the Batman Treaty as a boy in 1836. (He added William to his name in order to do business in the white world). He used the power of the pen to draw people to his cause. He was also an artist of considerable merit and his work hangs in the Melbourne Art Gallery. It depicts the ceremonial life of his people.
When he inherited the leadership of his people the Wurundjeri in the 1860's he continued their campaign for land rights until his death forty years later.

Followed by Q&A with Avraham Schwarz.  Avraham is Hon Secretary of Centre Of Melbourne's Multi-faith & Others Network (C.O.M.M.O.N.)

Followed by Annual General Meeting

Who: All are welcome. 


Yarra Interfaith Network. For more information or RSVP:

JCMA | AGM and Keynote Speaker Dr Hass Dellal AO | Thurs 19 Nov | Arrive 6.45pm for 7.00pm start

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AGM and "Challenging Questions We Need To Ask Ourselves"

In his key note address ‘Challenging Questions We Need To Ask Ourselves’, Dr Hass Dellal AO will explore "How do we strengthen and build on our strong interfaith relationships and connections? How do we deepen the level of dialogue within and between our communities and maintain social cohesion?

Where: Cathedral Room, Cardinal Knox Centre, 383 Albert Street, East Melbourne. Google maps link:

Guest Speaker: Dr Hass Dellal AO, Executive Director, Australian Multicultural Foundation and Deputy Chairman of the SBS Board of Directors.

Dr Hass Dellal AO has extensive experience nationally and internationally in multicultural affairs and over 25 years’ experience in policy, management, community development and programming for cultural diversity. He is Chair of the Centre for Multicultural Youth, Co-Chair of the Victoria Police Multi-faith Council and a Member of the Australian Multicultural Council. He was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia for services to Multiculturalism, the Arts and the Community in 1997, and the Centenary of Federation Medal in 2003. In 2015, he was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia for distinguished service to the multicultural community through leadership and advisory roles, and for advancements of inclusiveness and social harmony, to youth, and to the broadcast media.

Book: go to Evenbrite or RSVP by calling 03 9287 5590 or email:
Light refreshments supplied (Kosher & Halal)


Ginette Everest, Executive Officer
Jewish Christian Muslim Association of Australia (JCMA)
383 Albert St., East Melbourne Vic 3002
Tel (03) 9287 5590 / Mobile: 0400 211 221

REPORT | MPIN | Silent Interfaith Retreat | Friday 9-10 October | 5pm-5pm

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Immersive reflections on different effective ways to foster peace and compassion in our own lives and in the life of our world. 

An Interfaith Retreat providing an opportunity for people from various faith traditions to join together in shared prayer and meditation. 

The retreat was a silent retreat, beginning and ending with a time of conversation together. This year's theme was 'Love makes a Way'.

The location is welcoming Brahma Kumaris Meditation Centre, an Australian bush land setting 20 minutes drive from Frankston cbd.

The Interfaith Retreat was sponsored by the Mornington Peninsula Interfaith Network (MPIN) on traditional lands of the Boon Wurrung people. On behalf of past, present and future beneficiaries, GEIFN wishes to express gratitude.


The Mornington Peninsula Interfaith Network
Sandy Kouroupidis, Retreat Committee

VMC | Multicultural or mainstream? | Thursday 26 November 2015 | 6-8pm

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A new conversation about multiculturalism in Victoria

What: Join the recently appointed Chairperson Helen Kapalos for the Victorian Multicultural Commission’s first public lecture. Drawing on her own experiences in and out of the media spotlight, Helen brings a fresh perspective to an ongoing narrative about what multiculturalism stands for in contemporary Australia. She invites all Victorians to take part in a public discourse which explores and challenges the modern day definition and currency of the term. In sharing the Commission's new strategic direction, Helen will discuss why now more than ever, it is important for Victorian society to be cohesive and inclusive and why we are all part of the solution.

Where: Drill Hall, Multicultural Hub, 506 Elizabeth St, Melbourne VIC

Cost: Free entry.

How: Register at


Victorian Multicultural Commission. For enquiries please email or visit:

BINSCSU | What is the Heart of our Humanity? | Wednesday 11 November 2015 | 4-6.30pm

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A local reflection on the history of interfaith and the Parliament of the World’s Religions

Where: Level 2, Swinburne Multi Faith Facility, The George Building, 34 Wakefield Street, Hawthorn

What: The Parliament is the oldest and most inclusive gathering of people of all faith traditions across the globe. At this year’s October conference in Salt Lake City, over 10,000 people came together to discuss topics about compassion, peace, justice and sustainability. As part of our reflection, hear about some of the key issues raised at the Parliament and share in a community conversation about the meaning of our humanity here in Boroondara.

Why: A vegetarian afternoon tea will be provided. Please feel free to distribute to your networks. All are welcome.

How: RSVP to this free event by registering online at
Bookings essential. Note: If you would like to attend this event and have specific access, communication or dietary needs please call 9278 4753 by Monday 2 November and organisers will do their best to accommodate you.


Boroondara Interfaith Network, in partnership with Swinburne Chaplaincy and Swinburne University.
Event coordinator Tel 9278 4753

MSC | Learn to manage stress, anxiety, worry and depression from home

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The MindSpot Clinic offers free online assessment and treatment to help Australian adults to learn to manage:
-- stress, worry, social phobia, panic attacks
-- low mood and depression

All services are online, confidential and free


The MindSpot Clinic
Tel: 1800 61 44 34
The MindSpot Clinic is funded by the Australian Government

MIG | Family Violence: Is education and faith an answer? | Wednesday 18 November 2015 | 6-9pm

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Rev Tim Costello - CEO WorldVision Australia and one of Australia’s most recognised voices on social justice, leadership and ethics.
Ms Saara Sabbagh - Founding Director Benevolence Aust. Cross-cultural educator, consultant and public speaker on Islamic affairs.
Dr Manjula O’Connor - Leading psychiatrist specialising in domestic violence related research within the Indian community.
Rev Phillip Kua - Senior Pastor Clayton Church of Christ a growing church which has loving relationships at the core of its values.
Dr Naysun Saeedi -  Child and adolescent psychiatrist, lecturer at Monash University and member of the Baha’i community.
Along with representatives from Victoria Police and Monash Youth & Family Services

6-7pm Registration and Supper
7-9pm Forum

Where: Clayton Church of Christ, 23-25 Burton Avenue, Clayton (ample street parking available) 

Cost: This is a FREE event.

Bookings: Essential. RSVP by 13 Nov to or call (03) 9518 3625


Monash Interfaith Gathering
Tel: (03) 9518 3625

PPLS | Coping with Stress and Anxiety | Thursday 12 November | 6.30–7.30pm

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Lessons to be learnt from The Vietnam War - a historical and personal perspective

What is stress and anxiety? When do they become problematic? What can be done to help? Deepen your knowledge and consider strategies to help at this talk with local GP Dr Nick Carr and clinical psychologist Michael McGartland.

Where: Port Melbourne Library

Bookings: Please book online through Eventbrite.
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.


Port Phillip Library Service
Tel 9209 6655 or email:

INCGD | What can we do about violence against women in the community? | Thursday 26 November 2015 | 9am-3pm

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A discussion andopportunity for women to tell their stories about public violence against women, overcoming feelings of isolation, vulnerability and disengagement as well as perceptions of safety will seek to break down some of the concerns and barriers experienced by women of diverse backgrounds.

Where: Council Chamber and Formal Meeting Room: 225 Lonsdale Street, Dandenong

This workshop in the City of Greater Dandenong will discuss public safety for ALL women in the community. It is being conducted as a collaborative project between the City of Greater Dandenong, the Interfaith Network of the City of Greater Dandenong, Uniting Church, Victoria Police, Women’s Health in the South East (WHISE) among other partners.

Susan Carland (Australian Muslim of the Year 2004)
Crystal Bruton (Women With A Disability)
Helen Bnads (Aboriginal/Indigenous)
Deputy Commissioner Wendy Steendam (Victoria Police)

(registration at 9am, workshop begins at 9:30am)


The Interfaith Network of the City of Greater Dandenong
Contact April Robinson, Interfaith Network Developer, Uniting Church

This event is being sponsored by Southern Melbourne, Uniting Through Faiths, WHISE, Victoria Police, City of Greater Dandenong, State Government of Victoria and The Interfaith Network of the City of Greater Dandenong.

CFF | Reducing the barriers for Indigenous children around Australia

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Did you know the Cathy Freeman Foundation... 

• Supports 1600 Indigenous children and their families from four remote Indigenous communities
• Works closely with 7 schools
• Started out supporting 600 children and their families on Palm Island
• Has grown to support an extra 1000 children during the last 12 months

Through The Horizons Program recognises students based on their academic merit, attendance and desire to achieve, and rewards them by offering one of five trips to Sydney, Melbourne and Canberra.
In total, around 80 students will attend the one-week trips, which focus on building confidence and skills in goal setting, exploring post school pathways and meeting Indigenous role models.

Momentous gathering of students from four remote communities on Horizons Program. This year we have made history at the Cathy Freeman Foundation by uniting hard working and focused students from Palm Island and Woorabinda in Queensland, and Wurrumiyanga and Galiwin’ku in the Northern Territory on the Horizons trips in Melbourne, Sydney and Canberra. Together with partner Cottage by the Sea, we have developed the program to benefit students from diverse yet remote Indigenous communities.


Cathy Freeman Foundation
Address: PO Box 567 MELBOURNE VIC 3205
Follow us on Twitter @CathyFreemanFnd
Like us on Facebook
Instagram: page
Tel: 03 9686 4813

AIS | Christians and Muslims - Uniting or Dividing? | Friday 4 December 2015 | 6.30-8pm

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Muslims and Christians make up more than 50% of the world’s population. How we relate to one another is pivotal in establishing and maintaining world peace

What: A thought-provoking event with world renowned speaker Professor John Esposito, Professor of International Affairs and Islamic Studies at Georgetown University in Washington D.C. 

Why: Are Muslims and Christians working towards uniting humanity or directly or indirectly causing more division? Can we work together to address contemporary issues of global magnitude? How can ideals of interfaith dialogue transform on-the-ground reality of relations between Christians and Muslims around the globe and particularly here in multi-faith Australia?

Who: This event is open to the public. Limited space capacity.

How: Register online by going to: or call 03 9867 2248.

The Australian Intercultural Society (AIS)
Building bridges through information, interaction, and cooperation
Tel: 03 9867 2248
Office: Ground Floor, Suite 2, 441 St Kilda Road Melbourne VIC 3004

In collaboration with the Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne and Australian Catholic University

CMFN | White Ribbon Day Luncheon | Thursday 19 November 2015 | 1-3pm

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Dine in a spirited, warm and welcoming atmosphere and show support to three at the front line of Australia's mounting war against domestic violence.

See beneath the sensationalist headlines, find out the reality from those with direct experience as it really is. What has been working, what hasn't, what had unintended consequences and what still needs to be done.

Dr Crystal Bruton, Community Development Officer, CHALLENGE Family Violence Project, City of Greater Dandenong
Roshan Bhandary, Program Manager, inTouch Inc., Multicultural Centre Against Family Violence
Maha Sukkar, Senior Constable, Southern Metro Multicultural Liaison Unit, Victoria Police
There will be opportunity for Questions and Answers, and the White Ribbon Oath will be presented.

Venue: Casey Council Chambers, Room 7, Magid Drive, Narre Warren (off Princes Highway, near Fountain Gate)

Cost: Free. Lunch will be served.

RSVP: Monday 16 November 2015, Tel 03 9707 2077


Casey Multi-Faith Network
Tel: 03 9707 2077
Facebook: or