GOVV | State Apology | Tuesday 24 May | 2pm

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Righting the Wrong

The Victorian State Government has announced its intention to deliver in Parliament a formal apology to those convicted under unjust and prejudiced laws that criminalized homosexual acts.

Criminal convictions affect life-long relationships to family, job prospects, careers and visa applications. Those who have lived with the burden of criminal convictions are especially and respectfully invited to attend. All registrations will be treated confidentially.

Members of the public are welcome to attend the apology.

Registrations: Register attendance by emailing

State Government Victoria
Department of Premier and Cabinet
Tel: 1300 366 356

BMIN | Places of Worship Bus Tour | Sunday 12 June 2016 | 10am-2pm

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Get on the bus towards friendlier neighborhoods 

Join this tour to the Australian Bosnian Islamic Centre - Deer Park Mosque and the The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Deer Park.

Bus departs 2 Locations:
-- FOOTSCRAY at 10am
Maribyrnong City Council, Corner Hyde and Napier Streets, Footscray
-- SUNSHINE at 10.20am
Brimbank City Council, 6-18 Alexandra Ave, Sunshine, 

-- SUNSHINE at 1.45pm
Brimbank City Council
-- FOOTSCRAY at about 2pm
Maribyrnong Council 

Cost: Free. Tours include lunch provided at the The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Deer Park.

Bookings: Online EventBrite

Brimbank Maribyrnong Interfaith Network
Contact Petr Svoboda at Maribyrnong City Council
Tel: 9688 0200

BIN | A Visit to the Great Stupa of Universal Compassion | Saturday 28 May 2016 | 12.30-7pm

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The Festival of Light is being held at The Great Stupa, Bendigo from 12.30pm to 7pm. 

Join Ballarat Interfaith Network for a bus trip to Bendigo for this unique event. The bus holds 57 people - and we expect that these seats could fill quickly. You will need to reserve your seat with payment quickly.

Where: 25 Sandhurst Town Road Myers Flat Victoria 3556, Australia Myers Flat , Bendigo, Victoria 3556
(Bus booking information is presented below)

Cost: The total cost of the bus trip is $20 for the bus plus $5 to book a chair.
(Note: There is a gap between being able to tour The Great Stupa and the commencement of the light show. There is a food court at which food can be purchased during this period at individual cost.)

Bookings: It is necessary to book a chair to ensure you can see the light show. In addition, there is a booking fee charged by Eventbrite of $2.12. This makes the total booking price $27.12
Bookings can be made at Eventbrite.

1. Bus departs Ballarat at 10am from the Ballarat Library Carpark in Doveton Street near the Civic Hall.
2. Estimated arrival time at The Great Stupa at 12 noon.
3. Rendezvous in car park, people introduce themselves to each other (bus travellers with car travellers)
4. Participants will wend our way to food court area and select a group of tables so we can eat lunch together.
5. Post-lunch, attach ourselves to one of the early tours of the Stupa.
6. Bus returns to Ballarat on completion of the light show.

Ballarat Interfaith Network
Tel: 0477 477 658

REPORT | CAEN | Interfaith Attendance at | Bright World | Saturday 30 April 2016 | 8-9.15pm

A play written and performed by Elise Hearst (Jewish) and Andrea James (Aboriginal). 

Essentially, a collaboration between two amazing women weaving historical fact, different religions, personal reconciliation pointing to a more inclusive, less suspicious and equitable Australia. Supported on stage in this occasion by Guy Simons, Shari Sebbens and Kevin Kiernan-Molloy.

A cast of five weave separate but connected story lines comparing colonization with Nazi genocide, induced disadvantage, individual noble sacrifice, collective loss and inspired leadership. A must for anyone wishing to understand displacement, craving for acceptance and skilful effort with a contemporary Australian voice. The fact that it was celebratory of human spirit, brutally direct with truth, and very funny is testament to the skills of the authors and assembled crew.

On behalf of Buddhist Council Victoria Interfaith (bINTER) and Glen Eira Interfaith Network (GEIFN), thankyou to Abe Schwarz of Catalyst Enterprises for inspiring a group and subsidizing attendance. A memorable presentation, skilful programming, food and collective pride, received with gratitude.


PPCfR | CALL FOR ENTRIES | Reconciliation Writing Competition | CLOSING Friday 16 September 2016

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Sharing history, stories and land

Port Phillip Citizens for Reconciliation has launched a writing competition across Victoria for adults, secondary and primary school students.

Fiction, non-fiction or poetry entries that focus on reaching out and building bridges between indigenous and non-indigenous Australians.

Entries will be judged by established Aboriginal authors with prize money awarded in all categories.

Port Phillip Citizens for Reconciliation
Liz Gallois
Tel: 9507 5567

PPMS | Men's Sheds and Little Free Libraries

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Connecting skills with needs, building friendships and maintaining vibrant villages.

Challenged with retirement and perhaps unused skills, the "Men's Sheds" around Australia are fostering sharing old skills, learning new skills and developing new friendships in a way more palatable to aging males.

Port Phillip Men's Shed, for example, has an ongoing initiative and regular opportunity for public to bring broken household items in for fixing, using skills difficult to find in a "single-use, throw-away society".

Another initiative sees little free libraries popping up around the neighborhoods.
Think waterproof decorative boxes, size and shaped about 2-3 times bigger than a letter box. Positioned within arms' reach from the street. Locals leave, pickup books as they pass by in their usual busyness. See image for example.

Port Phillip Men's Shed
Supported by City of Port Phillip through Vibrant Villages Program

ACU | The Annual Conference of the Colloquium on Violence and Religion | Wednesday 13 July 2016—Sunday 17 July 2016

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A critical analyse of the link between religion and violence, and exploration of contemporary topics of signi ficance.

Bringing together insights of a 20th century theorist of violence and religion, René Girard, with the latest scholarship on religion and violence.

Key Themes:
  • Islamist terrorism and radicalization in its various political, economic, religious, military and technological dimensions.
  • The religious and political rhetoric of Western and Middle Eastern nations regarding the use of force in military or domestic contexts.
  • Analyses of religious violence throughout history, and its representations and reactions in literature and culture.

Who: Academics, professionals, religious practitioners, military, police, and anyone interested in engaging this topic in respectful dialogue.

Format: Evening keynote addresses, followed by morning panel sessions on the same topic as keynote. The morning sessions will have extended time for discussion and questions to explore key conference themes, such as the relationship between religion and violence, and analysis of contemporary religious violence. Featuring a panel on violence and religion in Australian-Indigenous history.

The Call for Papers is currently open.

Where: Australian Catholic University, 115 Victoria Parade, Fitzroy, Victoria, Australia

Includes catering, and optional field-trips introducing Australian wildlife, history, and cuisine (at extra cost). There will also be a tribute dinner in honour of Girard (1923-2015).

Australian Catholic University
Catholic Education Office Melbourne
115 Victoria Parade, Fitzroy Victoria 3065

ACU | Inter-Faith Perspectives on Mercy | Short Courses in Theology | Wednesday 3, 10, 17 and 24 August 2016 | 6-8pm

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Continue to focus on the theme of Mercy. 

As part of the Jubilee Year of Mercy proclaimed by Pope Francis, this Short Course, we are drawing on experts and practitioners from different religious traditions to provide insight into what mercy means for Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism and Buddhism.

What is Mercy?
What do these religions teach about Mercy?
How is Mercy lived by believers in these traditions?

Open to the public, this course is led by experts and practitioners:
Rev Prof Tony Kelly, Dr Joel Hodge, Rabbi Fred Morgan, Dr Zuleyha Keskin, Fatih Erol Tuncer, Rev Dr John Dupuche and Prof John D’Arcy May.

4 x Wednesdays, Dates and Topics:
  • 3 August: "Mercy in Christianity" (Prof. Tony Kelly and Dr. Joel Hodge)
  • 10 August: "Mercy in Judaism" (Rabbi Fred Morgan)
  • 17 August: "Mercy in Islam" (Dr. Zuleyha Keskin and Fatih Erol Tuncer)
  • 24 August: "Mercy in Hinduism and Buddhism" (Rev. Dr. John Fupuche and Prof. John D’Arcy May)
Where: Christ Lecture Theatre, Australian Catholic University Melbourne Campus, 115 Victoria Parade Fitzroy Victoria 3065

Registration: $80/person* or $40/person. Refreshments from 6pm, lecture starts at 6.30pm
Please register online at:,_institutes_and_centres/theology_and_philosophy/theology/short_courses/melbourne/inter-faith_perspectives_on_mercy
Registration is essential and closes Monday, 1 August.

*Please Note: The Catholic Education Office Melbourne has approved this Short Course for a total of 6 hours towards maintenance of 'Accreditation to Teach in a Catholic School' (CECV).

Australian Catholic University
Catholic Education Office Melbourne
115 Victoria Parade, Fitzroy Victoria 3065
Joel Hodge

AVAIWC | We are Different but We are One | Sunday 29 May 2016 | 1-5.30pm

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Come remember why the world is a beautiful place, we are living in a most beautiful country and city with beautiful people from all over the world.

All invited who are from different communities, faiths and religions, or no religion at all, who wish to to build and develop our knowledge by learning from each other and making friends in spite of all our differences.

The program will encourage discussion and reflection through listening to readings, presentations and speakers from various faith groups and faith leaders (Faith-introductions, Faith-similarities, Faith-principles).

Opportunities for participants to ask speakers non-political questions in the context of learning more about their faith and beliefs.

Experience live music from some of the faiths and religions and those without a particular religion.
Refreshments will be provided.

Where: Multicultural Hub - 506 Elizabeth Street, Melbourne

Bookings: RSVP by Thursday 19 May 2016 | Rosa Email: | Mobile: 0423 060 989
Registration is essential as spaces are limited

AVA Iranian Women's Choir & BOITE World Music Cafe
Mobile: 0423 060 989

VOVI | Give Happy, Live Happy | Thursday 19 May 2016 | 9.30-1.30pm or 3pm

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Exploring what it takes to lead and deliver  positive effects to the volunteer, organisation and community.

Follow My Lead – Exploring Successful Leadership for Volunteer Managers
Key Note Presentation
Tania De Jong AM

Morning Session Panelists
Richard Dent OAM, Executive Director, Leadership Victoria
Monica Ferrie, Director, Brave and Bold Consulting
Melba Marginson, Executive Director, Victorian Immigrant and Refugee Women’s Coalition
Meghan Hopper, Senior Policy Officer, Volunteering Victoria

Afternoon Session – Leadership Masterclass Workshops
Masterclass A: Your Leadership Style – How to Lead for Success with Dr. Andrew Bean
Masterclass B: Increasing Your Influence and Impact with James Garland and Peter Waters

Tying into the 2016 National Volunteer Week theme of “Give Happy, Live Happy,” Follow My Lead – Exploring Successful Leadership for Volunteer Managers” explore what it takes to lead and deliver  positive effects to the volunteer, organisation and community.

Organisers know that volunteering is linked to improved health and well-being. Volunteering can provide opportunities for deeper civic participation by connecting people to causes and communities.  But at the core of great volunteering programs are leaders who inspire, create and challenge the sectors in which they operate. Leadership plays an important and often overlooked role in managing volunteering programs. Increasingly Volunteer Managers need to lead to engage, motivate and mobilise their volunteers, supporters and organisations.

The morning session opens with a Key Note Presentation from Tanya De Jong AM followed by a facilitated Panel Discussion exploring leadership for Volunteer Managers.  Lunch will be available for those who want to stay on and do some networking.

In the afternoon is offered a choice of two optional Masterclasses on Leadership. Please note places are limited to 20 people per workshop and they will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

Registrations are available for the morning session only or full day.


Volunteering Victoria
Tel: (03) 8327 8500

Postal Address: 2/491 King Street, West Melbourne, Victoria 3003

VOVI | Volunteering Victoria

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Victoria's portal for all things volunteering

Volunteering Victoria is the state peak body for volunteering focusing on advocacy, sector development and the promotion of volunteering.

Find opportunities, discover training or download resources.

Volunteering Victoria
Tel: (03) 8327 8500

Postal Address: 2/491 King Street, West Melbourne, Victoria 3003

GEIFN | Media Words | May

Approx 5 min reads appearing from around the Nation.

Barney Zwartz explores Suffering, it's purpose, overcoming obstacles and his view of Christian Providence in "Faith: the meaning of suffering" via The Age

Andrew Masterson writes of an example of uniting purpose, goals and method when "App tackles teenage mental health via gaming" via WA Today

David Leser explores identity and need for public advocacy to overcome daily ignorance when "The power of language holds the code to hurt" via The Sydney Morning Herald

Cameron Woodhead reviews a new play highlighting an old collaboration "Bright World review: Provocative parallels between Holocaust and Indigenous horror" via The Canberra Times

Tony Wright explains the backstory of how "Melbourne Museum's lost collection of New Guinea 'war trophies' is rediscovered" via The Sydney Morning Herald

Jane Lee writes of the changing face of a multi-lingual community, aging, and systemising care in "The next big problem facing aged care: How to talk to the culturally diverse patients" via The Sydney Morning Herald

Josh Jennings explains how "Respectful relationships curriculum aims to change a generation" via The Canberra Times

GOVA | CALL FOR | 2016 Census Field Officers | APPLY NOW

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Up to 38,000 opportunities to make a difference...

9 August is Census night, and the Australian Bureau of Statistics is seeking up to 38,000 motivated and community minded Firld Officers to join our team and play a role in shaping the future of Australia.

Field Officers are:

  • Non-office based positions, requiring travel
  • Casual positions with flexible working hours, including some evening and weekend work

Duties Include:

  • Undertake a range of procedural, operational and administrative duties
  • Have to read and navigate maps
  • Be self-motivated, able to work autonomously and make decisions independently
  • Earn $21.61 per hour (inclusive of 25% loading).


  • Know your local community
  • Be of reasonable fitness
  • Have a current driver's licence and access to a vehicle
  • Have a home computer with Internet access and be comfortable using a mobile or tablet device
  • Comply with ABS work health and safety policies
  • Be an Australian citizen or have the legal right to work in Australia

A Census Field Officer's duties may vary, depending on their assigned area.

Job seekers from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

Australian Bureau of Statistics
Census Connect Tel 1300 137 804

MIN | REFUGEE WEEK | With Courage, Let us all combine | Refugee Week | Wednesday 22 June 2016 | 12noon - 1.30pm

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Celebrate Refugee Week. Join us to hear inspiring stories from refugees and asylum seekers, and enjoy cultural performances.

  • Abdi Aden, the author of Shining – The Story Of A Lucky Man
  • Samia Khochaba, a former Refugee from Syria
  • Mahshid Babzartabi, an asylum seeker from Iran

Where: Melton Community Hall - 232 High Street, Melton

Cost: Free. Light refreshments provided.

Bookings: RSVP Essan Dileri, Email: Tel: 03 9747 7200

Melton Interfaith Network in conjuction with Melton City Council
Essan Dileri
Tel: 03 9747 7200

BMIN | RECONCILATION WEEK | Faith, Hope and Reconciliation Forum | Monday 30 May 2016 | 10.30am-12.30pm

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Explore the role that faith communities can play in the process of reconciliation. 

Uncle Bill from the Wurundjeri Tribe Land and Compensation and Cultural Heritage Council will start the event with a Welcome to Country and Smoking Ceremony.

Pastor Tony Riches from the Melbourne Indigenous Church and Tony Le-Nguyen from the Quang Minh Buddhist Temple will share their perspectives on how their faith communities have contributed to the joint process of healing and reconciliation between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people,

This will be followed by a round table discussion looking at ways faith communities can contribute in terms of healing, reconciliation and recognition.

Cost: Free. A light lunch of indigenous foods will be served.

Where: The Salvation Army Hall Sunshine, 42 Devonshire Road, Sunshine Vic 3020

Bookings: Online or call Petr 9688 0200

Brimbank Maribyrnong Interfaith Network
Contact Petr Svoboda at Maribyrnong City Council
Tel: 9688 0200

The Brimbank Maribyrnong Interfaith Network presents Faith, Hope and Reconciliation Forum as part of Reconciliation Week 2016.

Vesak | Victorian United Nations Day of Vesak | Saturday 7 May 2015 | 10am-4.00pm

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For the ninth consecutive year in a row, Victorians will mark the start of a month when Buddhist communities globally come together to celebrate Vesak: the birth, passing and enlightenment of the Buddha.

Buddhism spans cultural groups such as Chinese, Taiwanese, Malaysian, Indonesian, Cambodian, Vietnamese, Loation, Thai, Mongolian, Tibetan, Burmese, Korean, Japanese, Indian, Sri Lankan, to name a few. Buddhism has a strong history in Victoria since the goldrush days in 1848 and continues today with unique representation of many cultural groups and traditions and forms practiced in Melbourne and around the state.

Join us in celebration at the BIGGEST event in the Buddhist Calendar!
Vesak Celebrations include:
-- Sangha Lunch Offering
-- Vesak Procession in the heart of Melbourne CBD
-- Buddhist Youth Leadership Workshop
-- Blessings and Chanting from various Buddhist traditions
-- Multi-Cultural Performances
-- Musical stage production

Sangha Lunch Offering: starts 10.00am at the St Peter’s Parish Hall, 15 Gisborne Street, East Melbourne

Vesak Procession: starts at 1.00pm from Parliament Gardens, (assemble from 12.15pm) 489-531 Albert Street (corner of Nicholson & Albert Streets) East Melbourne to Melbourne Town Hall.
(Public carparking available nearby)
* Lunch packs provided

Vesak Celebrations: starts 1.30pm to 4.00pm at the Melbourne Town Hall (corner Swanston & Collins St)

Cost: Free event - all welcome

For the latest updates from organisers, please visit the official website:

Organisers acknowledge meaningful support by Victorian Multicultural Commission, City of Melbourne and the Victorian Buddhist Community. 

REPORT | FIN | Challenging Encounters | Friday 22 April 2016 | 10am -3pm

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A dynamic workshop on how to manage conflict within a group or with public.

According to Groupwork Institute of Australia, their approach has 2 levels: a wide range of practical skills and processes that are easily understood; and building Emotional Intelligence so people can readily apply these skills and processes to the wide range of challenges encountered in daily living.

Facilitator Nancy Nunez skillfully navigated participants through the choppy waters of Challenging Encounters. Dynamic presentation style, grounded in experience and humour, Nancy imparted, embodied and demonstration useful skills (or a refresher) on how to manage conflict within a group or with public.

The group explored Setting Meeting Rules, Defining Concepts, Collaborative Practice, Community of Selves, Micro Skills for Compassionate Communication, Hearable Messages Daily and Heart Listening.

Also, a great chance to connect with other interfaith networkers in the beautiful bushland setting of Brahma Kumaris Centre for Spiritual Learning.

On behalf of Federation of Indian Origin Multi-Faith Organisation (FIMO), Buddhist Council Victoria Interfaith (bINTER) and Glen Eira Interfaith Network (GEIFN), thankyou to organisers for having us at this place to take part in this presentation, skilful programming, food and collective pride, received with gratitude.


Frankston Interfaith Network
c/- Frankston City Council
Kathleen van der Weerden, Team Leader Community Development
43 Davey Street, Frankston | PO Box 490, Frankston VIC 3199
Tel: 9784 1022

KHT | RECONCILATION WEEK | Pine Needle Weaving Workshop with Marilyne Nicholls | Saturday 28 May 2016 | 1-3.30pm

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Join master weaver Marilyne Nicholls, descendant of Freshwater Murray River peoples and Saltwater people of the Coorong Coast in South Australia in a pine needle weaving workshop.

A craft using introduced plant species shares an important time in Aboriginal history. In the mid-60's, early settlement in Victoria inhibited Aboriginal people from accessing their traditional lands and harvesting sedge grasses for weaving. Pine needles were used as an alternative to weave baskets to sell and supplement the family income.

In this workshop, Marilyne will share stories and techniques of how her family mastered pine needle weaving practices and how her relationship with the environment along the Murray (Miloo) is embedded in her practice.

Note: Suitable for those who have had some experience weaving, tea and coffee included. Bookings essential.

Cost: $33.00 (inc. GST)

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

Bookings: or contact 8662 6336

Koorie Heritage Trust
Cnr Swanston St and Flinders St, Federation Square, Melbourne Victoria 3000
Naomi Velaphi - Public Programs Coordinator
Tel: 8662 6336

KHT | RECONCILATION WEEK | Exhibition: Shooting Stars | 25 May - 1 June 2016

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A pop-up solo exhibition by Gavin Wanganeen

Artist Talk | Thursday 26 May 2016 | 1pm: Come and hear Gavin speak about the transition from football legend to artist as he begins exploring his rich cultural heritage and unbreakable bond with the land through his art.

Gavin Wanganeen is a descendent of the Kokatha people of the Western Desert in South Australia. He is best known as an AFL legend and Brownlow Medalist, with a career spanning some 300 games at Essendon and Port Adelaide.

Cost: Free

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

Bookings: or contact 8662 6336

Koorie Heritage Trust
Cnr Swanston St and Flinders St, Federation Square, Melbourne Victoria 3000
Naomi Velaphi - Public Programs Coordinator
Tel: 8662 6336

KHT | Upcoming Monthly Weaving Workshops | Various Dates | 12-1pm

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Engage in monthly weaving workshops with Yorta Yorta woman Donna Blackall. 

This regular workshop gives keen weavers a chance to build projects over the months.

New dates are:
Friday 8 July
Friday 12 August
Friday 9 September
Friday 7 October
Friday 11 November

Cost: $16.50 (inc. GST) per session. Workshops include tea and coffee. All skill levels suitable.

Where: Level 3, Yarra Building, Federation Square

Bookings: or contact 8662 6336

Koorie Heritage Trust
Cnr Swanston St and Flinders St, Federation Square, Melbourne Victoria 3000
Naomi Velaphi - Public Programs Coordinator
Tel: 8662 6336

KHT | Exhibition Opening: Close to You: The Lisa Bellear Picture Show | Saturday 21 May 2016 | 2-4pm

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Photos from an activist's archive. Curated by Destiny Deacon, Virginia Fraser and Kim Kruger

This exhibition is proudly supported by Latrobe University, The University of Melbourne and Deakin University.

Where: Level 1 Gallery, Yarra Building, Federation Square

Bookings: or contact 8662 6336

Koorie Heritage Trust
Cnr Swanston St and Flinders St, Federation Square, Melbourne Victoria 3000
Naomi Velaphi - Public Programs Coordinator
Tel: 8662 6336

KHT | Ngujarn & Nakun: Belonging in the other | Artist and Curator Talk | Saturday 7 May 2016 | 2pm

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Join curator and artist Steaphan Paton (Gunai/Monero Ngarigo) and artist Hollie Johnson (Gunai/Monero Ngarigo) for a discussion about their exhibition showcasing four generations of the Mullett Family.

This event is a part of the Human Rights Arts and Film Festival Arts program and the exhibition is supported by the Copyright Agency's Cultural Fund and sponsor Sofitel Melbourne on Collins.

Cost: Free

Where: Level 1 Gallery, Yarra Building, Federation Square

Bookings: or contact 8662 6336

Koorie Heritage Trust
Cnr Swanston St and Flinders St, Federation Square, Melbourne Victoria 3000
Naomi Velaphi - Public Programs Coordinator
Tel: 8662 6336

MPIN | Listening to the Land (Autumn Walk): Green's Bush Main Ridge | Sunday 22 May 2016 | 2-4.30pm

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

Our Autumn Listening to the Land program begins at 2pm and includes an introductory talk, a listening walk, and a meditation. The walk and meditation will be led by Gunditjamara Elder, Uncle Lionel Lauch.

The walk will conclude around 4pm and afternoon tea will take place afterwards. Bring a vegetarian plate to afternoon tea, something easy to share. Plates and cups will be provided.

Meeting point:
The car park at the end of Greens Road in Main Ridge - close to a property known as Boogoolum (50 acre block)
Meeting Point: Car Park @ end of Greens Road, Main Ridge
Melway Ref: 254 C5

Note: The walk is mildly strenuous. Look forward to seeing you there – sunshine or rain.

Cost: The event is by donation.  


The Mornington Peninsula Interfaith Network
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.

AMALIV | Role of Women in Today's Society | An Intefaith Lunch | Saturday 28 May 2016 | 11am (for 11:30 am start) to 2pm

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Bringing women of all faiths including parliamentarian and the civics together to engage in a meaningful dialogue and infuse mutual understanding between their beliefs.

Islam has an extensive tradition of protecting the civil liberties of women based on the guidelines set forth by God and His Prophet. Women are empowered with many rights and protections under Islamic Law and are honoured with a dignified stature in society.

Program includes:
  • Registration
  • Recitation from the Holy Quran
  • Welcome Note
  • Hon Inga Peulich - MLC South Eastern Metropolitan Region
  • Ms Christine Manktelow - Member Anglican Church Mornington
  • Mayor Tamsin Bearsley - City of Kingston
  • Hon Nina Springle - MLC South Eastern Metropolitan Region
  • Ms Kaukab Nasir - Member Ahmadiyya Muslim Association Victoria
  • Ms Helen Richardson - Member Buddhist Society of Victoria
  • Mayor Jennifer Yang - City of Manningham
  • Ms Jo Silver - Member Jewish Christian Muslim Association
  • Ms Sudesh Singh - President Fiji Indian Community
  • Concluding Remarks by Mansoora Sajjad - President Lajna Imaillah Victoria
  • Silent Prayer
  • Lunch (Halal and Vegetarian)
This event is open to ladies only. We would be pleased and honoured if you would bring your family or community friends with you at this event.

Bookings: Strict RSVP Friday 20 May 2016
Khola Usman 0449 665 263
Kaukab Nasir 0423 055 086
Mansoora Sajjad  0434 570 121

Lajna Imaillah Victoria, (the women’s auxiliary) of Ahmadiyya Muslim Association
Further information: Khola Usman
Tel: 0449 665 263

INCGD | Talking Faith? Forum | Judaism | Tuesday 17 May 2016 | 7-8pm

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Building interfaith bridges of trust, understanding and friendship through dialogue.

Do you have a question about Judaism? Write your questions on a form available from the Libraries and have them answered by a panel of representatives from the Jewish community.

Where: Dandenong Library, 225 Lonsdale Street, Dandenong

Cost: A free interactive program at the Libraries. Refreshments will be served.

Bookings: Seating is limited - no booking required.


The Interfaith Network of City of Greater Dandenong
Helen Heath or Tel 0421 829 563

Organised by the Interfaith Network of the City of Greater Dandenong in association with City of Greater Dandenong and Greater Dandenong Libraries.

PPMN | A Port Phillip Journey into Friendship | Sunday 19 June | 2-6pm

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A magical bus trip connecting, tasting and sharing delights in a tour of Port Phillip’s places of worship. 

An afternoon of stories, songs, and sharing - celebrating difference and diversity while savouring common connections. All are welcome.

  • St. Nicholas Russian Catholic Church, East St Kilda
  • St Kilda Shule Synagogue, St Kilda
  • Hare Krishna Temple, Albert Park 
Cost: please note this is a FREE event and a meal will be provided.

Bookings: places are limited so bookings are essential
Email: or
Tel: 9209 6777.


Port Phillip Multifaith Network
Ciaran McCormack
Tel: 9209 6385

RECOGNISE | Making Room for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanderpeoples in Australia’s Constitution

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There's no place for racial discrimination in Australia’s Constitution.

RECOGNISE is a people’s movement to recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in the Australian Constitution and ensure there’s no place in it for racial discrimination.

Our goal is a more united nation. Wanting fairness and respect radiating outwards from the heart of our Constitution, ensuring racial discrimination has no place in it. 

This is a chance for Australia to acknowledge the first chapter of our national story, and to forge our future together. Our role has a very specific focus. It is to raise awareness of the need to end the exclusion of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples from the Australian Constitution and deal with racial discrimination in it.

A quarter of a million Australians from all walks of life have already declared their support to recognise the first Australians in our founding document and to fix the racial discrimination that still exists in it today.


PO Box K746, Haymarket NSW 1240
Tel Toll-free: 1800 836 422
Tel Reception: (02) 8204 1500

RECOGNISE is a part of Reconciliation Australia, and is governed by the Board of Reconciliation Australia.

FIMO | LAUNCH | Working Together to Feed the Needy | 1 May 2016 | 5-6pm(light dinner served thereafter)

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Sharing resources and goodwill in partnership with existing Dandenong community and religious organisations with commercial kitchen facilities, having the desire to contribute to lessening the burden of homelessness, food relief and poverty.

To be actively involved in this positive venture, FIMO invites interested parties to attend our project meeting; to learn more about the project, have your questions answered and identify how you can contribute to bringing better outcomes to those that have limited access to provisions in our community.

Where: Museum India, 61 - 63 Foster St, Dandenong, VIC 3175

Bookings: for catering purposes Please RSVP Email:

Project Background
The 2011 Census showed that Dandenong had the third highest rate of homelessness in Victoria; experiencing a 95% increase in homelessness in the preceding five years.

India was the highest non Australian country of birth for residents of Dandenong.

Neighbouring City of Casey had India as the second highest non Australian country of birth for its residents.

Project Philosophy
Headed by Paramjit Jaswal, Federation of Indian origin Multi-faith Organisation (FIMO) is a peak body founded by prominent community leader Vasan Srinivasan. FIMO promotes interaction between people of Indian origin of various faiths (including Pakistani, Sri Lankan, Fijian, Mauritian, South African, Malaysian, Afghani etc Indians) to benefit the wider Australian society. 

FIMO is dedicated to running projects that have a positive impact on mental health, general well-being and the community’s standard of living.  FIMO is made up of a number of constituent member organizations. Launched earlier this year, check out online the new FIMO Interfaith Guide.

FIMO will professionally and respectfully work under the auspices of outreach organisations that already provide support to the homeless population of Dandenong, and those in need of food relief support.

FIMO will provide food to homeless people, and people who are in need of active food relief support, in and around Dandenong on the basis of need, without discrimination as to background, race or culture.


Revati Ilanko, Executive Officer
Federation of Indian Origin Multi-Faith Organisation 
61-63 Foster St, Dandenong, VIC 3175
Tel: 8738 1260