FIMO | TRAINING | Emergency First Response | Sunday 20 November 2016 | 11am-2pm

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Ensuring that those functioning within the Indian community are able to respond quickly and effectively to emergency situations that may be faced whilst providing services within the community. 

This program will see training/informative toolkits provided by CFA (Country Fire Authority), Ambulance Victoria, Victoria Police and professionals. Ethical considerations whilst involved in the community is a key aspect that will be traversed in this training.

FIMO launched the Train the Trainers program earlier this year and has successfully run the Spiritual Care Volunteer Training Program (designed by Spiritual Health Victoria) - delivered by Bhakta Dasa and Gabbi Sar Shalom. Training has also been provided in the use of the Indian Interfaith Guide (developed by FIMO with the support of the Victorian State Government's Office of Multicultural Affairs and Citizenship).

Bookings: Essential. To participate in this program, submit your name, number and email on the following link .

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

Inclusions: Light refreshments will be served.

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

AIS | REVEALS | Finding Spirituality through Art in the modern world | Jewish, Christian & Islamic Perspectives | Monday 21 November 2016 | 6pm to 7.30pm (Light refreshments served from 5.30pm)

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Be engaged with this lecture by world renowned academic Prof Ori Soltes, who in his own words has ‘spent a lifetime wrestling with questions that resonate through the history of the human experience’.

Prof Ori Soltes is currently based in Georgetown University (Washington DC), he teaches theology, philosophy and art history. Prof Soltes has been interviewed for a score of programs on archaeological, religious, art, literary and historical topics on CNN, History Channel & Discovery Channel.

His presentations are thought provoking, challenging and intellectually stimulating as can be seen on his presentations at the Chautauqua Institution, John Hopkins University & Rumi Forum.

He has nearly 250 publications including:
  • Our Sacred Signs: How Jewish, Christian, and Muslim Art Draw from the Same Source
  • Embracing the World: Fethullah Gulen's Thought and Its Relationship to Jalaluddin Rumi and Others
  • Searching for Oneness: Mysticism in the Jewish, Christian and Muslim Traditions
  • Untangling the Tangled Web: Why the Middle East is Such a Mess
  • Preventing Violence and Achieving World Peace: The Contributions of the Gulen Movement
Where: Lecture Room K321, Monash University (Caulfield Campus), 900 Dandenong Rd, Caulfield East

Bookings: online through EventBrite
Tel: 03 9867 2248

Cost: Free

Considerations: Please try to aim for a 5:30pm arrival as light refreshments will be available. There are parking options available at the university. Feel free to share with your networks.

Australian Intercultural Society (AIS)
Tel: (03) 9867 2248

MIN | FORUM | Faith and Disabilities | Friday 25 November 2016 | 10.30am-12pm

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Hear speakers from different faiths talk on the concept of disability in their respective faiths and participate in a panel discussion.

A light lunch will be served. Please advise of any dietary requirements.

Where: Caroline Springs Library, 193-201 Caroline Springs Blvd, Caroline Springs

Cost: Free

Bookings: Online through EventBrite 
RSVP: 17 November

The Melton Interfaith Network
David Cowan 
Tel: 0424 125 690

A Collaboration between Melton Interfaith Network in partnership with the City of Melton and the Department of Health and Human Services

KIN | WATCH | The Other Son | Interfaith Movie Night | Wednesday 30 November 2016 | 7pm

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A film depicting complex repercussions facing two families—one Israeli, one Palestinian—after learning that their sons were accidentally switched at birth. 

As the boys become friends, their families have to re-evaluate their beliefs and resistance to neighbouring culture prior to connecting with their true identity.

Please join us for refreshments and Informal conversation following the movie.

Where:  Chelsea Activity Hub, 3-5 Showers Ave, Chelsea

Cost: Free entry. All welcome.

Bookings: RSVP essential: Elisabetta Robechhi, Email:, Tel: 03 9581 4783

The Kingston Interfaith Network
Elisabetta Robechhi
Tel: 03 9581 4783

BIN | DISCOVER | Places of Worship Tour | Wednesday 30 November 2016 | 10am-3pm

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Explore the diversity of the Boroondara community by joining a tour. Transport is provided.

Where: Assembly/Departure/Return is Boroondara Council Offices, 8 Inglesby Road, Camberwell

Cost: free

Bookings: essential. Contact: Emma Tel: 03 9278 4938

Boroondara Interfaith Network
City of Boroondara – Community Planning and Development
8 Inglesby Road, Camberwell, Victoria 3124
Emma Wilkinson, Social Inclusion Policy and Projects Officer
Tel: (03) 9278 4938

National Relay Service (If you have a hearing/speech impairment) call 1300 555 727 or TTY/voice calls 133 677

To use a telephone interpreter call 131 450

SPEH | REMEMBERS | Holding the Light | An Ecumenical Service to Remember Victims & Survivors of Domestic Violence | Sunday 4 December 2016 | 2.30-3.30pm

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A service to remember those who have been killed this year through family violence.

Our special guests will be those who have lost loved ones, as well as survivors of family violence.

Representatives of other faith-based groups engaged with preventing family violence will also be in attendance. The event is designed to be a faith-based contribution to the United Nations 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence campaign.

Light refreshments will be provided after the service.

Where: St Peters Eastern Hill, 15 Gisborne Street (corner of Albert Street) East Melbourne

Bookings: RSVP: Click here for catering purposes

St Peter’s Eastern Hill, with the Anglican Mother’s Union Melbourne
Dr Ree Boddé
Tel 0450 039 288

CASEY | CELEBRATES | International Volunteer Day | with Kerri-Tilby Price | Monday 5 December 2016 | 6.30-8.30 pm (supper included)

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Join the celebrations and feel inspired by renowned speaker from New Zealand, Kerri Tilby-Price who specialises in empowering volunteers and community groups, sharing great ideas and encouraging growth.

Casey volunteers and volunteer groups, clubs, organisations are invited to celebrate
with this presentation providing information about aspects of volunteering within the community such as:
  • How to recruit new volunteers
  • How to nurture great volunteers
  • How to retain and reward volunteers
  • How your volunteering efforts can be more inclusive
  • Network with other groups and potential new volunteers.
Where: Civic Centre, Magid Drive, Narre Warren

Cost: free

Bookings: RSVP by Monday 28 November, online through TryBooking or Samantha Ellison at or contact 9705 5722

The City of Casey
Samantha Ellison, Volunteer Project Officer
Tel: 9705 5722

NMA | DISPLAYING | A History of the World in 100 Objects | until 29 January 2017

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A mysterious cult - secrets and ceremonies from across the globe

2 million years of human history in one room.

This major exhibition From the British Museum explores history of humanity: how we have shaped the world, and how the world has shaped us. Witness compelling stories expressed through a beautiful collection of artefacts from across the globe.

When: On show until 29 January 2017
Extended opening hours - closes 7pm on Sundays

Cost: $20 adult | $60 season pass | $15 concession | $8 child | $45 family
Museum Friends discounts apply

Booking: Online Booking fees apply.

National Museum Australia
Lawson Crescent, Acton Peninsula, Canberra
Tel: 1800 026 132

COS | COMMEMORATING | United Nations Human Rights Day 2016 | Thursday 8 December 2016 | 6.30-8.30pm

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In 1948, when the Declaration of Human Rights was adopted, only 58 countries belonged to the United Nations. Today there are 192 member nations and many laws exist to protect human rights. 

Yet millions of people continue to suffer because their rights are not respected. Although the Universal Declaration protects the right of individuals:
  • to adequate food, more than 15,000 children die of starvation every day. 
  • to free speech, but thousands are in prison for saying what they believed to be true. 
  • to free will, forbidding slavery, but 27 million people live as slaves today – more than twice the number in the days of the slave trade.
  • to an education, more than a billion people are unable to read.
These are very serious abuses of human rights. Yet 90% of people are unable to name more than three of their thirty rights. If more people understood all of them, more respect would be shown for human rights around the world. Who, then, will tell them?

Meet others in our community dedicated to human rights education and ending human rights abuse. United for Human Rights and its program for young people Youth for Human Rights International form one of the broadest human rights education initiatives in the world.

Guest Speakers and artists:
  • Master of Ceremonies: Dr Sonia Singh
  • Keynote Speaker: Nigel Mannock, Director Human Rights Australia
  • A Religious Leaders/Human Rights Forum: Representatives from different religions & cultures will be speaking
  • Feature Performance by Warren Wills, Internationally renowned Composer and Producer
Where: Church of Scientology: 231-251 Mt Alexander Road Ascot-Vale Victoria

Inclusions: Supper provided

Bookings: RSVP to Maria; Tel: 0409046172; Email:

Church of Scientology, Victoria
United for Human Rights and Youth for Human Rights International
231-251 Mt Alexander Road, Ascot-Vale, Victoria
Tel: 0409 046 172

Supported by Melton Interfaith Network; WIN (Women’s Interfaith Network) Foundation; COMMON (Centre of Melbourne Multifaith and Others Network)

TCTS | LEARN | Engaging with People from Different Faiths | 2017

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Two subjects to help you learn to engage with people of different faiths. 

These can be taken by members of the public as Audit units, or by enrolled students (undergraduates may take these units, but this will be at the postgraduate level of fees and assessment).

AR8000T Introduction to Interfaith Engagement – Semester 1

Tuesday Evenings 6:00-9:00pm
Lecturers: Mark Lindsay and Rabbi Fred Morgan
Living in a multicultural context both locally and globally, we are constantly interacting with people of different faiths and traditions. One of the greatest theological challenges that faces us today is to make sense of this diversity of faiths, to grasp their meaning both for others and for ourselves, and to determine our ethical relationship to those whose values and behaviours are in contrast to our own.
The aim of this unit is to explore some of the ways in which selected religions have interacted throughout history, to articulate both the difficulties and the benefits associated with entering into relationship with faiths that are not our own, to analyse the issues involved in interfaith engagement and to consider the potential impact of interfaith engagement on our personal theology.

AR8200T Practicum in Interfaith Engagement – Semester 2

Tuesday Evenings 6:00-9:00pm
Lecturers: Mark Lindsay and Rabbi Fred Morgan
This unit builds on the unit ‘Introduction to interfaith Engagement’ by giving students a practical opportunity to engage in interfaith activity. Each student will work with a supervisor to construct a functional model of interfaith engagement. The student will then apply the model to create a relationship with a selected faith community which is not their own, entering into the worship space of the other faith, joining the adherents in their religious practices and ultimately thinking reflexively about the experience, thus enabling the other faith tradition to impact on his or her personal theology. Each student will share experiences and reflections with the other students in the class, in order to sharpen understanding of the process and potential rewards of interfaith engagement.

Study Options:
You can: Audit (sit in and take part) for $300.00 per unit OR enrol in the units toward a Postgraduate Award such as the Graduate Certificate in Divinity and then choose other units from across the various disciplines within theology toward a degree or diploma.
Unit guides are available on the Trinity College website:

Trinity College Theology School
Royal Parade, Parkville VIC 3052
Tel: 03 9348 7127

DURT | RECORDING | Buddhist Life Stories of Australia | Since 1850

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With a long recorded history dating back to at least the 1850s Gold Rush period, researchers claim Buddhism is Australia’s second largest migrated religion.

Yet the life stories of prominent Buddhists in Australia have remained largely undocumented until now. Buddhist leaders and community members in Australia felt there was an urgent need to record these stories, to preserve them for future generations and to share with a wider audience.

Dr Anna Halafoff, Dr Edwin Ng, Praveena Rajkobal and Jayne Garrod, researchers from Deakin University, responded to this call in partnership with the national and state Buddhist Councils of Australia and filmmaker Freeman Trebilcock.

With the assistance of the Research My World program, the crowd funding joint venture between Deakin University and, $10,000 was raised to begin to record these stories and increase understanding and awareness of Buddhism in Australia.

This website, built by Jayne Garrod in consultation with Dr Halafoff, provides free access to interviews with prominent Australian Buddhist leaders from diverse traditions. It is an educational tool for communities, schools and universities. It is the first stage of a larger long-term research project on Buddhism in Australia, and more videos will be added over time. The researchers are now in the process of analysing the interviews and will provide links to their research publications when they become available.

Additional funds will be raised as needed to continue their work on this project, in partnership with Australia’s Buddhist communities.

Watch the 5min teaser here.

Website also includes extended interviews with featured individuals.

Deakin University Research Team (Buddhist Life Stories of Australia)

REPORT | GEIFN GOES | JCMA | Friendship Walk | Sunday 6 November 2016 | 2-6pm

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An afternoon walking together in friendship and goodwill between a church, synagogue and a mosque.

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

Congregating at St Peters Eastern Hill Anglican Church Hall, participants heard official acknowledgements, welcomes and speeches launching the gathering.

The masterful St Francis of Assisi Prayer was experienced.

Those wishing to, were invited to light a candle of Peace in the Church as we left.

We walked across the road to the East Melbourne Hebrew Congregation Synagogue with a welcome by Rabbi Dovid Gutnick included a sacred horn and deer-skin parchment demonstration. Those assembled heard about Sephardic Jews, originating from areas around Mediterranean Sea, including Portugal, Spain, Middle East and Northern Africa. (Last year, we heard about “Ashkenaz”, a Hebrew word meaning "Germany", so Ashkenazi Jews became known as Jews originating from Eastern Europe.) We were then witness to an inspired scriptural performance from Oud soloist and sacred song duo.

And then onto to the Carlton North Albanian Mosque either via the beautiful walk marked out by organizers or the courtesy bus. At the Mosque, we were warmly greeted and seated. The Hosts invited us to celebrate the commonality of the Three Abrahamic religions who all have Torah, Bible and a Koran founder of Abraham/Ibrahim and reasons for a continued shared peace in Australia. With official proceedings over, the Mosque invited participants to enjoy a generous spread of light refreshments.

Organizers and participants wished to show that people of different faith traditions can and are working together in mutual respect understanding and friendship. Faiths are not the underlying basis for violence or something to be feared. Faith brings values that enhance and build strong and harmonious communities

On behalf of Buddhist Council Victoria Interfaith (bINTER) and Glen Eira Interfaith Network (GEIFN), thankyou to JCMA for inspired leadership and free attendance. A memorable presentation, skilful programming, food and collective pride, received with gratitude.

Jewish Christian Muslim Association of Australia
Ginette Everest, Executive Officer
Tel: (03) 9287 5590 or 0400 211 221
Twitter:  using #JCMAwalk and #JCMAfriendship.

JCMA is proudly supported by the Islamic Council of Victoria, Victorian Council of Churches and Jewish Community Council of Victoria.

BIN | Discover Places of Worship | Wednesday 30 November 2016 | 10am-3pm

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Explore the diversity of the Boroondara community by joining a tour. Transport is provided.

Where: Assembly/Departure/Return is Boroondara Council Offices, 8 Inglesby Road, Camberwell

Cost: free

Bookings: essential. Contact: Emma Tel: 03 9278 4938

Boroondara Interfaith Network
City of Boroondara – Community Planning and Development
8 Inglesby Road, Camberwell, Victoria 3124
Emma Wilkinson, Social Inclusion Policy and Projects Officer
Tel: (03) 9278 4938

National Relay Service (If you have a hearing/speech impairment) call 1300 555 727 or TTY/voice calls 133 677

To use a telephone interpreter call 131 450

AIS | FORUM | Stuck between two cultures: Muslim Youth Forum | Thursday 3 November 2016 | 6-8pm

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Misunderstandings between parents and children

A panel of five young Muslims of different backgrounds discuss the most pressing concerns of Australian Muslim youth.
  • Moderator: Del Irani, presenter on ABC News Breakfast
  • Opening remarks: Hamsa Farah, RMIT student and AIS volunteer
  • Panelists: Amet Balla, Cennet Koyu Osmani, Oussama Abou-Zeid, Rida Khan and Soreti Kadir. 
  • Closing remarks: Tina Hosseini, Youth Commissioner from the Victorian Multicultural Commission
Where: Victoria University MetroWest, 138 Nicholson St Footscray

Cost: This free public event is open to all.

Bookings: Due to limited space, registration is required online through EventBrite

Australian Intercultural Society (AIS)
Tel: (03) 9867 224

NOVA | VIEW & VOTE | Focus on Ability Film Festival | 2016

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For the 8th consecutive year, the Focus on Ability Short Film Festival aims to raise awareness of the abilities of people with a disability.

This year will be the biggest yet with all films entered to really showcase extremely talented people with disabilities. With over $100,000 worth of cash and prizes to be won this is a highly contested competition.

The theme asks film makers to 'Focus on the Ability' of people with a disability.

In 2009, CEO of NOVA Employment Martin Wren started with three ingredients:
* An inviolate belief in the ability of people with a disability
* A big idea
* A committed team of staff

Last year, 163 films were entered and the winners shared in over $100,000 in prizes.

The festival culminates in an awards night held in Sydney with 2016 dates set to be announced.

Entrants will have the chance to see their films premiered on the big screen as well as the chance to have their film shown on national television.

At the 2015 awards evening, 12 films were played live in front of a packed 700 person theatre. 10 films were screened across Australia's free to air television station SBS. 60 films will air on pay television station Aurora TV across December 2015 and January 2016. The 2015 festival also held screenings in New York and Auckland, with many more screenings planned for the 2016 festival.

The audience capacity for this festival is expected to be well over 1,000,000 people mark and continuing to grow. Providing unmatched exposure for upcoming film makers.

Films will be both judged by a professional judging panel and put through an online voting process, with separate prizes for each category.

Public are invited to view online and vote on films submitted from all over the world (including Australia).

Focus On Ability
Level 1, 50 Chapel St, St Marys NSW 2760
Tel: 0414 932 987

NOVA Employment is a not-for-profit disability employment agency funded by the Australian Government. At NOVA Employment we find people with disability award wage work of their choice. 

MADE | TALK | Deng Adut: Songs of a War Boy in Ballarat | Friday 4 November 2016 | 1pm-2pm

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Join this extraordinary Australian as he discusses his own experiences and shares his insights on the challenges facing refugees in Australia today.

From a small South Sudan village to the Australia Day stage has been an extraordinary one. At seven years old, Deng Adut was conscripted to the Sudan People’s Liberation Army and forced to undertake brutal military training. He suffered years of famine, disease and deadly fighting. Eventually Adut escaped to a refugee camp in Kenya and settled as a refugee in Australia.

‘In 1987 … I was among many young children forcibly removed from their homes and families and marched to Ethiopia,’ Deng Adut told the crowd at this year’s Australia Day Address in Sydney. ‘I walked thousands of kilometres without shoes or underwear.’

Today, Adut has his own legal practice in Sydney, where he helps marginalised people – especially those in the Sudanese community – to navigate the justice system. He’s joined in two hour-long conversation with co-writer Ben Mckelvey.

Where: M.A.D.E, Museum of Australian Democracy, Ballarat

Bookings: online through TryBooking

M.A.D.E, Museum of Australian Democracy at Eureka
102 Stawell Street South, Eureka Victoria 3350
Tel 1800 287 113

Presented in partnership with The Wheeler Centre

VCC | FORUM | Christian Perspectives on Treaty, Sovereignty and Constitutional Recognition | Wednesday 9 November 2016 | (Arrive 6.45pm) 7-9pm

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Come and hear the wisdom and perspectives from indigenous leaders and Church leaders from within our Churches. 

Open to anyone to attend – please bring your questions for the Q&A!

Keynote Speakers:
  • Mr. Stuart McMillan, President, Uniting Church in Australia
  • Rev. Ken Sumner, Ngarrindjeri man and Victorian State Director, Uniting Aboriginal and Islander Christian Congress
Panel Speakers include:
  • Brooke Prentis, a descendant of the Waka Waka people, Salvation Army;
  • Vicki Clark, Mutthi Mutthi / Wemba Wamba woman, previous co-ordinator Aboriginal Catholic Ministry Melbourne and Member Interim Treaty working party Victoria;
  • Rev. Glen Loughrey, Wiradjuri man, artist and priest-in-charge of St Oswald’s Anglican Church in Melbourne;
  • Adam Frogley, Taungerong/Woi-Wurrung man from the Yarra Valley region of Victoria. Adam will give a grass roots perspective.
  • Master of Ceremony: Rev. Alistair Macrae, Minister, Wesley Uniting Church
Where: Wesley Uniting Church, 148 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne

Bookings: RSVP ESSENTIAL; Tel: (03) 9251 5266; Facebook

Victorian Council of Churches
VCC Social Questions Commission
Administration: Nicholas Tsigos
Causeway House (4th Floor), 306 Little Collins Street Melbourne Victoria 3000
Tel: (03) 9650 4511

TWC | TALK | F Word Address with Caroline Wilson | Thursday 10 November 2016 | 7.30-8.30pm

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Brave, bold and tenacious. Caroline Wilson as a star of Australian sports journalism knows a thing or two about blazing trails. 

Who better to deliver the Wheeler Centre's inaugural F Word Address - an outstanding Australian woman. Join us for an evening with an exceptional talent in Australian sports journalism.

Where: Northcote Town Hall

Cost: Full/Conc $20/$12 + 30¢ booking fee

The Wheeler Centre
176 Little Lonsdale Street, Melbourne
Tel: 03 9094 7800

VTMB | COMPETITION | Celebrating teachers | 12 September 2016 – 11 November 2016

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Teachers inspire, encourage, mentor and help build personal, family, society and  Australia's future.

Victoria Teachers Mutual Bank are proud to work alongside teachers, supporting financial wellbeing while teachers concentrate on shaping opportunities for all.

What: VTMB is celebrating teacher's contributions to community by giving teacher and their school the chance to win some great prizes:
  • Total prize pool is $6,000
  • Split into five $1,000 cash prizes for Schools and 10 x $100 gift vouchers for individual winners. 
  • Individual winners will be given the choice of a gift vouchers.
Who: Applicants must be School Teachers or Education Support Staff over 18 years of age and a resident of Victoria to be eligible to enter. (The competition is not open to contractors or employees of Victoria Teachers Mutual Bank and is conditional on acceptance of these conditions).

Enter: online today at

Victoria Teachers Limited, ABN 44 087 651 769
117 Camberwell Road, Hawthorn East, Victoria, Australia
Tel: 1300 654 822 (within Australia)

FCCV | CONFERENCE | Annual Victorian Interfaith Networks | Sunday 13 November 2016 | 12noon-4.30pm

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The Victorian Interfaith Networks Conference (VINC) is an annual grass-roots conference with aim to build capacity and sustainability of existing multifaith/interfaith networks, bring people up-to-date with current multifaith/interfaith matters and provide networking opportunities.

  • 12noon-1.25pm: Registration, networking, lunch and activities
  • 1.30-2.15pm: Honoured guests and keynote speech on 'Faith and Social Inclusion'
  • 2.20-3.50pm: Workshops and plenary sessions (see below)
  • 4-4.30pm: Summary & closing ceremony
Workshops & Plenary Sessions:
Enrolment for workshops and plenary sessions to be made on the day of event so please arrive early to enrol in your preferred workshop or session.
  • Workshop 1: Faith, Compassion and Justice
  • Workshop 2: Voices of Youth: Faith, Interfaith and Multiculturalism 
  • Workshop 3: Faith, Sexuality & Gender Diversity
  • Workshop 4: "Say NO to Racism" - Bystander Training
For more detailed information on each workshop click here

To register for the event go to - click on the green Register button, fill out your name and email address, and let us know of any special dietary requirements.

Where: Darebin Arts & Entertainment Centre - Corner of Bell Street & St Georges Road,  Preston, VIC 3072 (Melway Reference: 30 E1)

Travel to Venue:
Easily accessible, check website for full details.

Faith Communities Council of Victoria
Mr Sandy Kouroupidis, Multifaith Officer
Mobile: 0412 670 369

Darebin City Council
Mr Aziz Cooper, Interfaith Development Officer
Tel: (03) 8470 8519

This event is proudly supported by the Faith Communities Council of Victoria, Darebin City Council, Darebin Interfaith Council and the Office of Multicultural Affairs & Citizenship.

WIN | DINNER TALK | Wyndham Multifaith Dinner 2016 | Wednesday 16 November 2016 | 6.15pm for a 6.30pm start

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Join this visionary voice within the Muslim community, a dynamic public speaker and a much sought-after consultant on Muslim community affairs. 

Keynote Speaker: Ms Saara Sabbagh
As a Muslim community leader and educator Saara is critically engaging her community on what it means to be an Australian Muslim in today’s world. She is the founding Director of Benevolence Australia – an organisation formed to meet the growing needs of Australian Muslims within the Melbourne community. Saara was awarded the Australian Muslim Achievement Award (AMAA)’s Role Model of the Year 2013 and you may have seen her on Compass on the ABC in the series For Better, For Worse which screened in 2015.

Where: Encore Events Centre, 80 Derrimut Road, Hoppers Crossing

Cost: $15. This is an alcohol free event. Vegetarian options available.

Bookings: RSVP by 9 November 2016;
Tel (03) 9742 4013;
Note: Ticket quantity is limited and will only be available until sold out.

Wyndham Interfaith Network
Tel (03) 9742 4013

Sponsored and supported by the Wyndham Community & Education Centre Inc., Wyndham City, City West Water, AMES and the Victorian Multicultural Commission

CMFN | TALK | White Ribbon Day | Hum Tum | Thursday 17 November 2016 | 7-9pm

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Hum Tum is a task force set up to create awareness about respectful relationships and gender equality within the Indian community in Australia.

Where: Room 7, City of Casey Council, Magid Drive, Narre Warren

Cost: Free Event. All Welcome

Casey Multi-Faith Network

This event is supported by the City of Casey

JCMA | AGM & TALK | ‘The JCMA Joint Journey To Jerusalem - Discovering Common Ground’ | Thursday 17 November 2016 | Arrive 6.45pm for 7.00pm start

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Earlier this year, a group of Christians, Jews and Muslims travelled together for ten days as part of the JCMA ‘Joint Journey to Jerusalem’.

Spending a day immersed in the Jewish quarter, a day in the Muslim quarter and a day in the Christian quarter, pilgrims experienced the three holy days together then visited the Holocaust Museum, Qumran, historic Masada, the Dead Sea and Bethlehem.  Come along and join as at the AGM to hear members of the group share some of their impressions, challenges and experiences.
"We started as a diverse group of people and, through remaining open and understanding, respecting differences of opinion and sharing and caring for our fellow travellers, we developed friendships and bonds that touched us emotionally and spiritually and will remain with us the for rest of our lives”.  Kat Bowden, Resource Writer for Catholic Education Melbourne
Where: Cathedral Room, Cardinal Knox Centre, 383 Albert Street, East Melbourne. Google maps link:

Inclusions: Light refreshments supplied (Kosher & Halal)

Bookings: online through Eventbrite or RSVP by calling 03 9287 5590 or email:

Jewish Christian Muslim Association of Australia
Ginette Everest, Executive Officer
Tel: (03) 9287 5590 or 0400 211 221
Twitter:  using #JCMAwalk and #JCMAfriendship.

JCMA is proudly supported by the Islamic Council of Victoria, Victorian Council of Churches and Jewish Community Council of Victoria.

BAIN & JCMA | WALK | Ballarat Friendship Walk | Sunday 20 November 2016 | 1.45-4.30pm

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Come along on Sunday 20 November to spend an afternoon walking together in friendship, goodwill and neighborliness by visiting a mosque, synagogue and church. 

Starting at Ballarat Mosque, we will walk to the Ballarat Hebrew Synagogue and then onto St Pauls Anglican Church. We will start with a prayer of peace and reflections and then learn about some of the history and traditions of each of the places we visit.

Meeting Place & Planned Walking Route
  • 1.45pm - Registration Islamic Society of Ballarat: 116 Elsworth Street East, Ballarat VIC | Google maps:
  • 3.15 pm - Ballarat Hebrew Congregation: Cnr Princes & Barkly St & St Pauls Way, Ballarat, Google maps:
  • 3.45 pm - St. Pauls Anglican Church: Bakery Hill , 5 Humffray Street South, Ballarat,  Google maps:
Map of the Planned Route: 
Walking from the mosque in Elsworth St, Canadian, along Joseph St, turning left at Clayton St, right at Main Rd, then right at Barkly St to the synagogue.  Then along St Paul’s Way to the Anglican Church in Humffray St Sth.  For a map of the planned walking route go online to walkingmaps:

Bookings: RSVP, Registration and Information online through EventBrite:
Or Email to: or phone Maureen: 0418 383 802 or Margaret: 0400 650 234. On Facebook and Twitter? Use hashtag #JCMAwalk and #JCMAfriendship to invite others to join us in walking together in friendship and peace.

The Ballarat Interfaith Network and the Jewish Christian Muslim Association of Australia (JCMA)
Twitter: JCMAoz

A proud collaboration between Ballarat Interfaith Network, Ballarat Reginal Multicultural Council and City of Ballarat and JCMA supporters; The Islamic Council of Victoria, Victorian Council of Churches and Jewish Community Council of Victoria.

GOVV | APPLICATIONS OPEN | Metropolitan Partnerships | Closing 13 November 2016

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Metropolitan Partnerships are a new mechanism for Melbourne communities to establish local priorities and bring them directly to government.

Applications are being sought from business and community leaders. Becoming a member of the Metropolitan Partnerships presents a new opportunity to collaborate with your community, identify priorities, engage with government and positively shape the outcomes of your region.

The Victorian Government is establishing six partnerships across metropolitan Melbourne. This new governance arrangement will enable communities to have a greater say about the issues that matter to them and ensure their needs are heard by government.

The partnerships will facilitate stronger collaboration between communities, industry, businesses and government to identify and address the most important challenges and opportunities in each region. These partnerships, bringing together all levels of government, community and business will help make our suburbs healthier, more resilient and thriving places to live and work.

Metropolitan Partnerships will identify and prioritise local strategic priorities including social, economic and environmental issues and progress them locally as well as through government decision making processes.

Partnerships will be established for the inner metro, the inner south-east, western, northern, eastern and southern regions within Melbourne. Each partnership will include community and business members as well as representatives from local government, the State Government and the Commonwealth Government. The chair and deputy chair will be selected from the community and business members.

The Victorian Government recognises that communities are better placed to identify and shape responses to their own needs and that is why the Metropolitan Partnerships are being created.  The work of the partnerships will enable government to respond in a more coordinated and targeted manner to deliver better outcomes.

We look forward to creating and strengthening partnerships across Melbourne to deliver the outcomes that are most important to local communities and business.

Applications are now open for Business and Community Member Positions. Click here for further information and to make an application

The State of Victoria
Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning
Suburban Development Division
Genevieve Thornton, Senior Program Manager
Tel: (03) 9948 8585

TWC | TALK | Stan Grant on Indigenous Futures | Monday 21 November | 6.15-7.25pm

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Join Walkley Award-winning veteran journalist Stan Grant discussing brighter futures for Indigenous people. 

Requiring all Australians to reckon with past and present injustices. Hosted by Don Watson, Stan will also share his ideas for meaningful self-determination and builder by sustainable Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander communities across Australia.

Where: The Wheeler Centre

Cost: Free

Bookings: online

The Wheeler Centre
176 Little Lonsdale Street, Melbourne
Tel: 03 9094 7800

CCJV | LAUNCH | Gesher 2016 | by The Hon Linda Dessau OAM, Governor of Victoria | Wednesday 23 November 2016 | 7pm

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Appreciating each other’s distinctive beliefs and practices while sharing common ground.

About Gesher
Gesher is the annual journal of the Council of Christians and Jews Victoria. It promotes the aims of the Council which are to educate Christians and Jews to appreciate each other’s distinctive beliefs and practices and their common ground; to promote the study of and research into the historical, political, economic, social, religious and racial causes of conflicts between people of different creeds and colour; and to promote, for the benefit of the community, education in those fundamental ethical teachings common to Christianity and Judaism which relate to respect and understanding between people of different creeds.

About the Speaker:
On 1 July 2015, the Honourable Linda Dessau AM was sworn in as Victoria’s 29th Governor, the first female in the role. Governor Dessau was born in Melbourne in 1953, and was educated at St Catherine’s Girls’ School, matriculating in 1969, before attending the University of Melbourne, where she gained the degree of LLB (Hons).

In 2010, the Governor was made a Member of the Order of Australia for services to family law and the community. The Governor and her husband, His Honour Judge Anthony Howard, have two sons, both of whom completed Bachelors of Laws and Arts at Monash University.

Location: Madeleine Centre, Genazzano College, 301 Cotham Rd, Kew

Cost: $10 (proceeds to CCJ Vic).

Considerations: Afterwards a kosher supper will be served when a free copy of Gesher will be available.

Bookings: Please advise the CCJ office if you are attending

The Council of Christians and Jews (Victoria)
Tel: (03) 9429 5212

RUCGR | TALK | Professor Gillian Triggs | LAUNCH | Dr Susan P. Ennis' book Religion, Spirituality, and the Refugee Experience in Melbourne, Australia, 1990s-2010 | Thursday 24 November 2016 | 5.30-7.30pm

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An in-depth study of selected refugees from Ethiopia, Iraq, Somalia, and Sudan.  

It examines relationships between refugees’ religious and spiritual beliefs and refugee experience. Susan takes a closer look at circumstances of refugees' flight, their asylum, and their initial period of settlement in Melbourne, Australia during the period between the 1990’s and the early 21st century.

  • Emeritus Professor Gillian Triggs is the President of the Australian Human Rights Commission, with a five year appointment. She was Dean of the Faculty of Law and Challis Professor of International Law at the University of Sydney from 2007-12 and Director of the British Institute of International and Comparative Law from 2005-7. She is a former Barrister and a former Governor of the College of Law. Professor Triggs has combined an academic career with international commercial legal practice and has advised the Australian and other governments and international organisations on international legal and trade disputes. Her focus at the Commission is on the implementation in Australian law of the human rights treaties to which Australia is a party, and to work with nations in the Asia Pacific region on practical approaches to human rights. Professor Triggs' is the author of many books and papers on international law, including International Law, Contemporary Principles and Practices (2nd Ed, 2011). Professor Gillian Triggs will formally launch and share her reflections on Dr Susan Ennis' new book.
  • Professor Desmond Cahill OAM is the Professor of Intercultural Studies with RMIT the School of Global, Urban and Social Studies.
  • Dr Susan P. Ennis for more than 30 years has coordinated and taught English to newly arrived adult refugees and immigrants in Melbourne. Sue has also taught English as a Second Language in Turkey, China (during the Tiananmen Square incident), and Cambodia (during the UN mandate) and lived in Israel.

Where: RMIT University, Building 80, Level 1, Room 002, 445 Swanston Street, Melbourne, Victoria

Cost: Free Event

Bookings: online through EventBrite

RMIT University Centre for Global Research
411 Swanston Street, Melbourne VIC 3000
Melbourne City campus, Building 37, Level 5
Tel: 9925 1921

PeBA | YOUTH RETREAT | Nonviolent Interfaith Leadership | Sunday 2-Friday 7 April 2017

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A program designed to cultivate nonviolent leadership and build capacity in people from faith based communities and organisations across Australia.

This program involves a 5-day residential retreat for 20 people to explore nonviolent leadership and how to sustain change, go deeper and to bring people together. It specialises in integrating the inner contemplative life and the outer life of activism and advocacy in a deeply inspiring co-learning multifaith environment.

This leadership program has so far benefited over 50 leaders across the Australian community from a broad range of faith based communities and organisations.

Who: inspiring young people

Application Criteria:
  • Can demonstrate active participation in a community organisation and/or faith community
  • Can demonstrate support from your community organisation and/or faith community to attend program
  • Show willingness to engage with those of other faith backgrounds
  • Age requirement 18 and over
  • Applications will also be based on finding participant balance in the areas of gender, faith and cultural backgrounds
Where: ‘Amberley’ – Edmund Rice Centre, 7 Amberley Way, Lower Plenty Victoria
Please Note: Successful applicants will need to arrange their own transport to the venue.

How: Round 1 applications open now. To apply online click here

  • Full fee $1000:  Suitable for individuals from organisations who can provide Professional Development opportunities
  • Assisted fee $500: Suitable for individuals and organisations with reduced financial capacity
  • ‘Cost is no barrier policy’: If you or your organization cannot pay please contact us to discuss what options might exist
Successful Applicants for the 2017 program will receive:
  • Food and Accommodation for 5 days
  • Access to highly skilled facilitators and trainers
  • Copy of the resource book: Engage (Pace e Bene Nonviolence Program)

Pace e Bene Australia
Simon Reeves, NILP Coordinator
Tel: 0408 299 981

REPORT | CAEN | Multicultural/Interfaith Succah Peace Party! | Wednesday 19 October 2016 | 6.30-9pm

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Succah is a Hebrew word pronounced "Su-ca" that is the Jewish sacred festival of Tabernacles. 

Annually, observant Jews traditionally celebrate/eat/live in a specially-built booth for 7 days & nights (imagine a week living out of a huge cubby-house with a roof made of palm fronds!).

Early arrivers contributed to making roof decorations in a spirit of cooperation, unbroken looping and sticky tape.

MC Avraham Schwarz made introductions leading to warm explanations by Rabbi Dovid Gutnick. Then a special Performance by Maracatu Estrela do Mar - a Melbourne-based Afro-Brazilian percussion group that plays Maracatu de Baque Virado and other rhythms from the north-east of Brazil.
Who led assembled into the Synagogue, for visit and brief explanations of sacred Hall, text and ritual instrument demonstration. Supported by spirited violin playing by Synagogue President Danny Segal and personal congregation hospitality throughout making entire assembly feel welcome.

The evening combined music (drumming circle), Kosher/Halal Snack Packs, entertainment & diverse assembly of people from different backgrounds - youth and elders, Aboriginal, Muslim, Sikh, Christian and people of every faith/or not of faith - along with Jews of different traditions! Asylum-Seekers and Refugees were especially welcomed including a contingent of Burmese Chin community. On this occasion, attendance was by individual or sponsor contribution, with organizers suggesting Donations: $18 = waged; $5 = unwaged/concession; Gold Coin = child; Volunteers = Free Entry!

Organizers wished to demonstrate, inspire and promote ongoing grassroots dialogue towards a world with less misunderstandings and more peace. Participants learnt new words: Shalom/Sa'alam/Peace (Hebrew/Arabic/English)

On behalf of Buddhist Council Victoria Interfaith (bINTER) and Glen Eira Interfaith Network (GEIFN), thankyou to Organisers, Hosts, Participants and Presenters for inspiring demonstration of daily endeavor to make a more peaceful world, received with gratitude.

Where: East Melbourne Synagogue - 488 Albert Street, East Melbourne.

Catalyst Enterprises
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REPORT | FORUM | Community Workers | Common Legal Issues and Processes | Wednesday 19 October 2016 | 9am-4pm

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One-day training sessions cover a range of legal topics and processes relevant to community workers and their work with clients. 

Jess Porter from FLS discussed Tenancy Law including: Grounds for Notice to Vacate, alternatives for dispute resolutions and navigating Victorian Civil Administrative Tribunal (VCAT). Timing of served notices are important and, if incorrectly calculated can make the Notice invalid. Applicants are those making the application before VCAT and Respondants are those named as responding to the matter. On the day, the waiting process requires most of the time, with only a very short time spent on individual cases before a judgement. Judgments are binding and can be made in the absence of either party. Advocates or companions not named in the application are advised to accompany Applicant/Respondant.

Shanee Lia from SKLS and Jess Porter discussed various aspects of Drug Law including:
-- how quantity determines charges from Possession for Personal Use, Possession with Intent to Traffic or Trafficking.
-- type of illegal drug determines permissible quantity for personal use
-- presence/absence of drug making, distribution or transportation affects charges
-- presence/absence of prior convictions

Sara Molenaar of SKLS and Jennifer Black of FLS discussed Police Powers, Supporting Clients in Court and Therapeutic Justice including:
-- Therapeutic Justice as a broad and "new" topic that acknowledges law breaking is usually a presenting symptom of deeper underlying causes.
-- difference between public and personal intervention orders and relative merits of either.
-- Other than offering the legal obligation of name and address, there are relative merits of "No Comment" when answering other police questions, when at other times full disclosure is in the defendant's interests.
-- Timely legal advocacy
-- depending on charges, pursuit of a range of remedies like financial planning, debt repayment plans and diversion programs to avoid/minimise incarceration.
-- depending on seriousness of the matter, bail is effectively one way the legal system tries to see how a person appearing before the court will use opportunity.

Full day training and catering was available to participants and event is AASW endorsed CPD activity. A worthwhile experience for anyone in Spiritual Care to demystify a complex process through a stressful time, from experienced insiders in the field.

On behalf of Buddhist Council Victoria Interfaith (bINTER) and Glen Eira Interfaith Network (GEIFN), thankyou to Organisers, Hosts, Participants and Presenters for inspiring demonstration of daily endeavor to make this place less Confused, more Just with longer term sustainable outcomes, received with gratitude.

Forum attended was at St Kilda Town Hall, a second one was held at Fitzroy with Ringwood forum still to come.

Upcoming Forum: online through Eventbrite:
Ringwood | Wednesday 9 November 2016 |

Fitzroy Legal Service (FLS); Ela:
Eastern Community Legal Centre (ECLC); Jacqui:
St Kilda Legal Service (SKLS); Suzan:

GEIFN | Media Mix | November

Approx 5 min reads

Stephanie Bunbury chats with "Laurie Anderson on Heart of a Dog: a filmic journey through life, love and loss" via The Brisbane Times

Beau Donelly explores an example of gender dysphoria, familial efforts and positive role modeling rewarded as "Transgender teen Georgie Stone crowned GLBTI Person of the Year" via The Sydney Morning Herald

Anna Patty explores the longer term value of extra curricular achievements when looking for, applying at and getting jobs in NSW now that "Job seekers to be quizzed on Duke of Edinburgh Award" via The Age

Brian Johnston went global to shortlist "Islamic architecture: The six best places to visit" via

Benjamin Law explores ignorance, attitudes and familiar values, calling upon us all to address inequity and "The race question" via WA Today

Maureen Matthews discusses the difference between guilt and shame, between lie and non-disclosure, answering "Should we tell our daughter the truth?" via The Brisbane Times

Nina Karnikowski puts herself in a local's skill, discovering a quick look into a living heart of Hinduism with "Jaipur Walks tour: Caravan of brilliant colour" via

Christine D'Mello explores innovation, determination and capitalizing on opportunity as these "Entrepreneurs show how to start thriving business on a shoestring budget" via The Brisbane Times

Liz Burman salutes the life of Pat Cosh, how this Australian "Pioneer of physiotherapy was a driving force behind its rise as an established profession" via The Age

Cosima Marriner shares the demoralizing affects behind closed doors of psychological abuse and the road to recovery after "'I was brainwashed': Three women speak out on being trapped by financially abusive partners" via The Age

Barry Hill reviews a new novel depicting the importance of place, history, memory, sharing equitably and identity "Position Doubtful by Kim Mahood: lives of the desert mapped on an artist's skin" via WA Today

The New York Times explores a European example of colonization, war, loss and picking up the pieces in this salute "Andrzej Wajda, legend of Polish film, dies at 90" writes via The Canberra Times

Victoria Young writes how learnt behaviors as children can sabotage adult relationships, asking "What arguing type are you?" via The Sydney Morning Herald

Henrietta Cook explores a classroom exercise in probability to ward off later social dysfunction as "Students count the cost of gambling in new maths program" via The Age

Megan Gorrey shares a bright spark with a love of place and sustainable farming, recognizing "Joshua Gilbert is Australian Geographic Young Conservationist of the Year" via The Age

The Daily Telegraph salutes the life of John Mulvaney - dispeller of past myths, opener of minds through evidence and instrumental in evolving Australia's views - the "Archaeologist whose findings revealed Aborigines had been in Australia since Ice Age" via The Canberra Times

Bridie Smith writes of new scope in bone cancer identification and possible treatment as "New 'street view' footage catches cancerous cells at their most destructive" via The Sydney Morning Herald

Christine Long explores the value of seeking assistance from experts when things get tough, advising "The three things low-income earners can do to get ahead" via The Sydney Morning Herald

Sue Williams recounts some travel experiences, perils and advocates "Travel: kind acts by strangers renew faith in people's goodness the world over" via

Tony Wright salutes the life and legacy of a war survivor and former refugee when "Revisiting the path to hell: trekkers honour Colin McPhedran's childhood agony" via The Canberra Times

Louise Southerden knits a home spun tale of collaborative efforts, connecting communities and beanies that is "Alice Springs Beanie Festival: Celebrating 20 years of beanies" via

Approx 20min presentations

Evelyn Glennie: How to truly listen

BLACK: My journey to yo-yo mastery

Eric Dishman: Health care should be a team sport

VS Ramachandran: 3 clues to understanding your brain

Approx 5 min presentation

Lukas Graham - Mama Said

Approx 2 min presentation

Sesame Street: Mark Ruffalo: Empathy

Approx 3 min presentation

ABC Zoom - understanding limitations of modeling when explaining Electrons and photons: absorption and transmission of light