GOVV | CALL FOR RESPONSE | Victoria's first Family Violence Workforce Census | CLOSES Friday 5 May 2017

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A Victorian Government census of all workforces that intersect with family violence.

The census has been launched 10 April and will provide an evidence base for the development of the state government’s 10-Year Family Violence Industry Plan.  The Industry Plan will provide a systematic approach to workforce planning and development, and will address issues of workforce capability, diversity of the workforce, health and wellbeing, remuneration and career pathways.

The survey is voluntary and it should take no longer than 20 minutes to complete.

Fill in the Census: available for completion until Friday May 5th 2017 at

Migrant services workforce plays a vitally important role in preventing and responding to family violence. This is a landmark opportunity for workforces to have a voice on the key issues affecting them, and to shape the Industry Plan.

The census is designed for everyone who plays a role in primary prevention and in responding to family violence. In addition to the crucial work done by the specialist family violence sector and primary prevention sector, workforces right across the health, education, justice and community sectors all intersect with family violence and primary prevention in unique ways, and this census will help Government to understand this better.

Responses are confidential as between the participant and survey administrator.

For participants - participating in the workforce census may raise sensitive issues for those who have encountered family violence. Participating in the survey may also raise issues in relation to your, or your employee's role in preventing and responding to family violence. There are a number of helplines and support services that can be contacted. Information about this can be found at

Further information relating to the workforce census and a range of Frequently Asked Questions can be found at online at

State Government Victoria
Department of Premier and Cabinet
Workforce and Sector Readiness Branch

VESAKVic10 | MEAL FUNDRAISER | Vesak Multicultural Friendship Dinner | Saturday 22 April 2017 | Arrive 6pm for 6.30pm

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Be a part of the joyful and social Friendship Dinner occasion.

  • Delicious Vegetarian cuisines from the Quang Minh Temple community
  • Enjoy live entertainment from Victorian Buddhist Centres and Friends
  • Raise funds for the 10th UN Day of Vesak Commemoration on Saturday 27 May.
Where: Quang Minh Temple, Community Hall, 18 Burke Street, Braybrook Victoria

Who: All welcome

Cost: $30 per ticket

Bookings: Purchase tickets in advance or limited tickets available at door. Email or check website for further information.

Victorian United Nations Day of Vesak Inc

HIN | TOUR | Place of Worship Tour | Sri Guru Singh Sabha Gurudwara (Sikh Temple) | Sunday 23 April 2017 | 10am-2pm

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This informative tour will allow you to observe and experience the rituals, customs and ceremonies of the Sikh faith. 

The tour will commence at 11am sharp and will go for approximately 2 hours including a complimentary vegetarian lunch. We are offering a free shuttle bus for those who do not have their own transportation.

Bus departs: at 10am from Hume Global Learning Centre, 1079 Pascoe Vale Rd, Broadmeadows

Dress Code: 
■ All (females & males) to cover head, shoulders, elbows and knees at all times inside the temple
■ Shoes to be removed and hands washed on entry
■ Scarves will be provided if required

Cost: Free event

Bookings: essential as seats are limited. RSVP by Friday 14 April 2017, Tel: 9205 2200, Email:

The Hume Interfaith Network
Amanda Venda
Community Development Officer - Southern
Social Development Department
Hume City Council
Tel: 9205 2200

KIN | TOUR | Bus Tour to Places of Worship | Friday 28 April 2017 | 8.45am–4.30pm

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Join the Kingston Interfaith Network on a bus tour of local places of worship. 

This is a great opportunity to have a guided tour and learn about different faiths in a welcoming environment.

Tour includes visits to:
  • Etz Chayim Progressive Synagogue
  • Divine Mercy Shrine Church
  • Dhamma Sarana Temple
  • Dandenong-Hallam Mosque
Meeting at: Kingston Council, Mentone Office, 34 Brindisi Street, Mentone

Cost: Free to attend. Please BYO lunch.

Bookings: essential. RSVP to Elisabette Robecchi | | 03 9581 4783

The Kingston Interfaith Network
Elisabette Robecchi
Tel: 9581 4783

GOVV | ANNOUNCEMENT | Bringing Local or State Issues to Light Through E-Petitions

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Announcing e-petitions are now tenderable to The Legislative Council, providing a 21st century update for a longstanding parliamentary tradition. Community members can use an e-petition to bring a local or state-wide issue to the Council's attention. 

The new system facilitates the use of social media to raise awareness of an e-petition amongh the broader community.

For more information, visit:

Parliament of Victoria
Legislative Council
Table Office
Tel: 03 9651 8678

PPLS | PRESENTATION | Hackers and Makers | Saturday 6 May 2017 | 11am-12pm

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Makers are the punks of the tech world – making sure everyone can enter, create and rule the world, instead of following the world’s rules.

Find out how you can unlock the maker, hacker and entrepreneur inside you with Nick Owen. Discover how you can become a part of the subculture and connect people, sustainable technology and the physical world with amazing results.

Where: St Kilda Library

Bookings: Please book online through Eventbrite:
Event booked out? Put your name down to be notified if a space becomes available. Just select ‘Add to Waitlist’ on the Eventbrite listing page.  You’ll need to do this for each person you want to add to the list.
Need to cancel?  Please let us know if you can no longer make your booking. We get a lot of people on the waitlist who might miss out if you can’t come.

Port Phillip Library Service
Tel: 9209 6655

CCJV | TALK | Martin Luther and the Jews | Sunday 7 May 2017 | 3-5pm

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Join Speakers David Schütz and Trevor Schaefer in this public discussion on the 500 Hundredth Anniversary of the Reformation

About the speakers: 
David Schütz is Executive Officer of the Ecumenical and Interfaith Commission of the Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne. He received his theological education at Luther Seminary in North Adelaide (now Australian Lutheran College) and served for nine years as a Lutheran pastor before entering the Catholic Church. He is a foundation member and past general secretary of the Jewish Christian Muslim Association, and has taught for Catholic Adult Education Melbourne and Anima Education.

Trevor Schaefer, has been a librarian at the Löhe Memorial Library, Australian Lutheran College, North Adelaide, since 1997. He has also worked as a teacher at Aboriginal settlements in Central Australia and as a customs officer in Port Adelaide. Trevor published his first book A Light on the Hill: Brougham Place Uniting Church 1859-2009 in 2009 and his first novel, Fish out of Water, in 2015. He has been the secretary of the Council of Christians and Jews (SA) since 2010. Although not a recognised scholar on Luther, he did once appear on the Einstein Factor with Martin Luther as his special topic.

Where: St Paul’s Lutheran Church - 711 Station St, Box Hill

Cost: $10 including Kosher afternoon tea

Bookings: If possible please advise attendance by contacting the CCJ office

The Council of Christians and Jews (Victoria)
326 Church Street, Richmond 3121
Tel: (03) 9429 5212

JCMAWC | RETREAT | Inspiring Women of Faith | Women's Retreat | 5pm Friday 12 May 2017 to 1pm Sunday 14 May 2017

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The 'Inspiring Women of Faith' Conference is for women who identify as Jewish, Christian or Muslim. 

Share in prayer, joint scripture study and hear about life experiences of others that inspire us. Meals will be vegetarian and conform to Halal requirements. Strict Kosher food will be arranged for those who require it. Please advise us of any special dietary requirements. There are limited numbers so please book early.

Please note this is a women only event.

Where: Don Bosco Centre, 465 Lysterfield Road, Lysterfield

Cost: $195

Register: online through Eventbrite
RSVP by Monday 2 May 2017

The Jewish Christian Muslim Association Women's Committee
Ginette Everest
Tel: 9287 5590
Mob: 0400 211 221

GOVV | CALL FOR RESPONSES | Teacher Survey on Parliamentary Education | NOW OPEN

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Teachers from across Victoria are invited to share their views and ideas on the parliamentary education programs.

The survey is available online at and, once completed, teachers can enter the draw for high tea and book vouchers.

The Parliament of Victoria provides a range of educational programs and resources.

For school tours of Parliament, including role plays or a metropolitan school or regional visit, go to School Tours and Role Plays.

The Community Engagement and Education Unit provides educational material for students and teachers in the following areas:

  • Primary and secondary Victorian Curriculum for years 5 to 10
  • VCE Legal Studies Units 1 & 3
  • University and TAFE
  • Adult education: EAL, VCAL, numeracy and literacy

Resources and professional development is provided to assist with the teaching of civics and other relevant subjects in the curriculum. These resources include DVDs, print resources such as publications and posters and online tutorials.

The Parliament of Victoria
Community Engagement and Education Unit
Tel: 8682 2814

LMWA AMAV | LUNCH TALK | Global Conflict & Need for Justice | An Interfaith Lunch for Women | Saturday 13 May 2017 | 11am for 11.30am-2pm

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An interfaith lunch to bring women of all faiths together to engage in a meaningful dialogue and infuse mutual understanding between their beliefs. 

Islam teaches human beings to act with justice. We must pursue the rights of others with the same zeal and determination that we pursue our own rights. We should broaden our horizons and look at what is right for the world, rather than what is only right for us.
This enlightened principle is the key to solving the problems of today's world and to transform all forms of hatred into peace, justice and mutual respect.

Where: Bait ul salam Ahmadiyya Center - 6 Leisureland drive, Langwarrin

Bookings: RSVP 8 May 2017 | Khola Usman 0449 665 263 | Kaukab Nasir 0423 055 086 | Mansoora Sajjad 0434 570 121

The Lajna Imaillah (Women's Auxiliary) of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Association Victoria
Khola Usman Tel: 0449 665 263
Kaukab Nasir Tel: 0423 055 086
Mansoora Sajjad Tel: 0434 570 121

GOVV | SUBMISSIONS OPEN | Penalty Rates and Fair Play | CLOSE Friday 19 May 2017.

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Victorian Penalty Rates and Fair Pay Select Committee is investigating the economic and social impact and cost of the Federal Fair Work Commission's recent decision to cut penalty rates to categories of workers.

The Committee is also examining possible safeguards and federal legislative changes to protect vulnerable Victorian workers.

The Committee is seeking community input and invites written submissions by the advised deadline.

Full terms of reference and more information visit:
-- Website:
-- Email:
-- Tel (03) 9651 8555

Penalty Rates and Fair Pay Select Committee
Secretary: Assistant Clerk Committees
Department of the Legislative Assembly
Parliament House, Spring Street
East Melbourne Vic 3002
Tel: 9651 8555

ACCJ | EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST | Multi-Faith Israel Encounter | Tuesday 24 October–Friday 3 November 2017 | NOW OPEN

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Join in this unique group experience where Christians, Jews and Muslims will explore Israel together while learning about the common roots of their respective faiths.

Promoting understanding and tolerance amongst Muslims, Christians, and Jews.

The program will enable participants to gain respect for and knowledge of both their own and others’ religions and beliefs while exploring Israel.

Get an up close and unfiltered view of Israel in all its diversity and vibrance.

Travel Dates: Tuesday 24 October to Friday 3 November, 2017

Expression of Interest due: as soon as possible.

Where: Jerusalem

How to apply: For program cost, details and registration form, please visit the ACCJ website.

Australian Council for Christians and Jews
CCJ Victoria: 326 Church St, Richmond VIC 312
Dr Philip Bliss OAM, Chair CCJ Victoria and Treasurer ACCJ

SAM | EXHIBITION | Freshwater | 1 April-4 June 2017

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An exhibition that considers how water reflects ecological, cultural, political and economic realities.

Through the works of over twenty Australian artists and artist collectives, alongside historic works drawn from the SAM Collection, Freshwater highlights how water remains central to identity, and to how and where we live.

Freshwater is part of Climate's Art+Climate=Change 2017 - a festival of exhibitions and events harnessing the creative power of the Arts to inform, engage and inspire action on climate change.

Find out more from

Shepparton Art Museum
70 Welsford St Shepparton 3630
Post: Locked Bag 1000, Shepparton VIC Australia 3630
Tel: (03) 5832 9861

PHAA | LAUNCH | Minerva Gallery | 5 April 2017 | 2-3.30pm

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Launching a new gallery MINERVA and celebrating our first art exhibition by Lauriane Gardet

Join in afternoon tea party with our supporters who make everything possible.

Where: Rear of Mary Kehoe Community Centre, 224 Danks Street, Albert Park

RSVP: for catering purposes, please email: if you are able to attend.

Planetary Healing Artists Australia

ICM | SERVICE | From Fear to Faith: sex, politics and religion | An interspiritual inclusive service | Sunday 9 April 2017 | 3pm

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Join Guest Speaker Dr Nicholas Coleman, World Religions Consultant and Author of Studies in Religion in this interspiritual inclusive service with glorious music and guided meditation. 

Accompanied by renowned flautist Megan Kenny and acclaimed ABC meditation artist Carmen Warrington.

Join us for tea, coffee and conversation after the service.

Where: Toorak Uniting Church, 603 Toorak Road, Toorak

The Interfaith Centre of Melbourne
Tel: 03 9650 7163
Helen: 0400 228 146

CGDIN | TOUR | Places of Worship | Wednesday 12 April 2017 | 8:30am-3pm

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Join Tour Guide: Mrs Agnes Kean on this exploration into some of the locally found richness in diversity.

Tour departs from: Interfaith Network Office, 39 Clow Street, Dandenong (Free parking available off Stuart Street, behind IFN Office)

Tour includes:
  • Shri Shiva Vishnu Temple (Hindu) - 52 Boundary Road, Carrum Downs | Host: Mr Arunachalam Mahendran [Mahen]
  • Bait-ul-Salam (House of Peace) - 6 Leisureland Drive, Langwarrin | Host: Imam Syed Wadood Janud
  • Morning Tea
  • Brahma Kumaris Retreat Centre - 83-89 Stotts Lane, Baxter | Host: Sr Jacqueline Russell
  • Vegetarian Lunch provided by Brahma Kumaris Retreat Centre; donation appreciated
  • Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints Chapel - 894 Springvale Road, Braeside | Host: Mr Chub Paizs
  • Return to Interfaith Network Office, Dandenong
  • Debriefing and Refreshments

Cost: $25 - includes transport and 'Many Faiths, One People' book

Respectful Practices:
  • Modest clothing worn in all Places of Worship would be appreciated.
  • All are requested to remove their shoes before entering the Sikh Gurdwara, Hindu and Buddhist Temples and Mosque.
  • In the Hindu Temple, all head coverings should be removed except those worn as religious practice.
  • Women entering the Mosque are asked to cover their heads and wear clothing which covers arms to wrists and legs to ankles, men are asked to cover their heads in the Jewish Synagogue and all are asked to cover their heads in Gurdwara. [Head covering provided in the Synagogue & Gurdwara]
  • Visitors should have no tobacco on their person when entering the Gurdwara

The City of Greater Dandenong Interfaith Network
Helen Heath
Tel: 03 8774 7662
Mob: 0421 829 563

SOFIA | LECTURES | Open explorations of religion, spirituality and meaning | Thursdays | 7.30pm

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'Sea of Faith' is not a church, but a network of people who are seeking a radical reappraisal of past religious traditions in order to meet today's spiritual challenges.  

The Network affirms the continuing importance of religious thought and practice even though it acknowledges that religion, like art and poetry, is a purely human creation.

SoFiA Network Website - Members and non-members are encouraged to comment on Articles and Blogs, as well as to participate in on-going discussions in Blog Archives.

Cost: Gold coin donation appreciated.
Lectures are followed by questions, discussion and refreshments.
All viewpoints are welcome.

Venue: Carlton Library Meeting Room, 667 Rathdowne Street (corner Newry Street), North Carlton.  Melways Map: 2B J2.

20 April 2017
Neil Blood (UCA)
"Exploring Don Cupitt's suggestion:
 - To give ethics priority in defining and shaping religious life."

18 May 2017
Andrew Rooke  (Theosophical Society)
"Ghosts: Do they actually exist? If so, what are they?"

15 June 2017
Peter Sanders (UCA)
"Pondering the Universe."

20 July 2017
Paul Tonson  (Progressive Agnostic Christian)
"The Faith-Freethought Divide is a False Dichotomy."

17 August 2017
Jennifer Jaeger (Ankh Antiquarian Books)
"Aspects of Kingship in the Old Kingdom of Egypt."

21 September 2017
Reem Sweid  (Muslims for Progressive Values)
"Can Islam be a progressive religion?"

19 October 2017
George Paul  (Coptic Christian)
"The History of the Situation in the Middle East."

16 November 2017
Martin Joiner
"Contemporary Australian Spirituality."

21 December 2017
Topic to be announced.

Don Cupitt:
Lloyd Geering:
SoFiA Melbourne:
Convenor: David Miller
Tel: 9467 2063

CHUFFED | CROWDFUNDING | Enabler for socially-conscious projects from around the world

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Crowdfunding that changes lives is a crowdfunding platform for socially-conscious projects from around the world. Supporting individuals, not-for-profits, social enterprises and community groups to run awesome crowdfunding campaigns, all 100% free.

Read about Shohre and her friends founding the Yarra Foundation.
"I have been living in Melbourne for 11 years and am an Australia citizen. As a child, growing up in my birth country Iran, I had access to good education but not everyone in Iran is as lucky as I was...and I can't forget the injustice; I wanted to do something, and thought, 'I like cooking, Iranian cuisine is very popular here and I know my friends can also cook really well, so why don't we make something out of this?'"

Level 2, 50 Bridge Street
Sydney NSW 2000

YIN | DISCUSSION | Progressive Approaches to Faith, An Interfaith Discussion | Wednesday 3 May 2017 | Arrive 6.30pm for 7-9pm

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What role can faith & spirituality play in a secular world? Who is God and what does God even mean? How can faith grapple with gender equality & LGBTIQA+ rights? 

Join our panelists and satisfy your curiosity as we explore and examine these questions and more on an evening that celebrates progressive movements in different faiths.

  • Rabbi Allison RH Conyer was born in California and ordained as a rabbi in 1998 from the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, New York Campus. Rabbi Allison has lived in 5 different countries and studied Judaism in modern Orthodox, Conservative and Progressive institutions. She has been instrumental in establishing Muslim-Jewish dialogue groups in Sydney and California, as well as been on the Executive of the Council of Christians and Jews in Sydney.  She has dedicated much of her rabbinate to Interfaith Relations and Social Action work. She is married to Dr. Bryan Conyer and has 4 children.
  • Rev Matthew Cutler – Matt Cutler is an ordained Churches of Christ minister who has ministered in three congregations in Victoria over the last 15 years. Matt has a passion for creating safe spaces for honest and authentic faith grappling. An expression of this more recently has been the Beyondering Podcast in which Matt teamed up with Lucas Taylor to create and present an interview based show to encourage millennials and others to access and explore progressive thought and practice. Check out
  • Reem Sweid is the President of Muslims for Progressive Values in Australia. Over the last two years she has engaged with progressive Muslims across the country, building a community of like-minded Muslims, and developing programs that provide safe spaces for discussion on questions of faith such as fortnightly Quran Discussion Groups. Reem is an enthusiastic advocate for progressive Islamic thought and the intersection between spirituality, human rights and faith. 
  • Facilitator: Rev Dr Christopher Page has been the minister of Toorak Uniting Church for six years. Christopher was the Vice president of the Progressive Christian Network for 6 years. He is also the director of StillThinking, a centre for the practice of contemplation, meditation and reflective learning.

Cost: Free. Refreshments provided.

Where: Fitzroy Town Hall, 201 Napier Street, Fitzroy

Yarra Interfaith Network
Post: PO Box 305, Richmond Vic 3121

AIS | FESTIVAL | 3rd Annual International Festival of Language and Culture | Sunday 14 May 2017 | 4pm–7pm

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A celebration of global fellowship. The inaugural festival in 2015 attracted a crowd of over 4,300 people in Melbourne. 

The International Festival of Language and Culture (IFLC) is an annual celebration that showcases the range of musical talents and cultural diversity of school students from around the world. IFLC celebrates diversity and promotes inclusion, whilst also providing an opportunity for participating students to showcase the kaleidoscope of their language and culture.

See highlights of last year's IFLC held at the Sydney Opera  House in front of a sell-out crowd.
(on YouTube)

Where: Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre

Cost: Free

Bookings: Register online through EventBrite

Dress Code: Smart casual

The Australian Intercultural Society
Tel: (03) 9867 2248

This event is co-hosted by Sirius College and the Australian Intercultural Society.

VMC | GRANTS | Multicultural Festivals and Events Program 2017-18 | NOW OPEN

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Organisations can apply for small grants capped at $10,000 and large grants of up to $100,000, while schools can apply for funding of up to $2,000 to support cultural diversity celebrations for students.

Applications are now open for grants to support organisers of community events that celebrate Victoria’s rich diversity.

What is the program?
The Victorian Government is committed to promoting and enhancing the social, cultural and economic benefits of cultural diversity to all Victorians.

The Multicultural Festivals and Events (MFE) program encourages participation of the whole Victorian community in festivals and events to celebrate and embrace our vibrant multicultural diversity. This initiative is administered by the Department of Premier and Cabinet’s Multicultural Affairs and Social Cohesion (MASC) Division.

The objectives of the program are to:
  • showcase the vibrancy and contribution of Victoria’s multiculturalism through regular celebrations and events that encourage participation of the whole community;
  • foster cross-cultural awareness, understanding, respect, community unity and intercultural relationships;
  • ensure that Victoria’s multicultural communities can celebrate, preserve and share traditions in meaningful ways; and
  • build the capacity and experience of smaller or newer community groups to deliver events through the development of genuine partnerships between community organisations.
What funding is available?
Three streams of funding are available:
  • Small Grants - $500 to $10,000, for small celebrations and events;
  • Large Grants - $10,001 to $100,000, for large festivals and events; and
  • School Grants ($500 to $2,000 for Victorian primary and secondary (Prep through Year 12) educational institutions holding Cultural Diversity Week events during or around Cultural Diversity Week).
Multi-year funding up to three years will be considered for:
annual events that have been successfully delivered for the last five years or more; and
events based in regional Victoria that have been successfully delivered and funded by MASC and/or the Victorian Multicultural Commission (VMC) at least once before in the last three years.

Victorian Multicultural Commission
Level 3, 3 Treasury Place, East Melbourne Vic 3002
GPO Box 4698, Melbourne Vic 3001
Tel: 03 9651 0651. For all grant related enquires please call 1300 366 356.

ASRC | APPEAL | Autumn | 2017

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ASRC is a community-led not for profit organisation that is committed to upholding the human rights of all people seeking asylum. 

We offer 30 holistic programs that protect people from persecution and destitution, support well-being and dignity, and empower people seeking asylum to advance their own future.

TOP TEN - what is most needed at Foodbank
(visit our Facebook page for more frequent updates)
  • Tomato Paste
  • Coconut Cream
  • Tinned Corn/Peas/Fruit
  • Healthy Breakfast Cereals
  • Tinned fish in oil
  • Honey
  • Shampoo & Conditioner
  • Dishwashing liquid
  • UHT Full Cream Milk
  • Pasta (preferably spaghetti)
Asylum Seeker Resource Centre
214-218 Nicholson Street Footscray Melbourne, VIC 3011 Australia
Tel: 03 9326 6066

IPL&PWF | RESPONSE | US Executive Order on “Energy Independence and Economic Growth” | 30 March 2017

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Interfaith Organizations Protest US President’s Executive Order on Coal and Environmental Rollbacks

President Donald Trump’s actions this week to reverse the steady progress being made in confronting the challenge of climate change are not only alarming and dangerous; these actions are immoral.
“Religious and spiritual communities and people of conscience across the earth must commit themselves to work together to stand against the President’s irresponsible and unethical actions…actions that threaten human beings everywhere, that endanger living beings across the globe, that put the earth at peril,”
Dr. Larry Greenfield, Executive Director of the Parliament of the World’s Religions.
Interfaith Power & Light and The Parliament of the World’s Religions have joined together to express deep concern over the Trump Administration’s deceptively-titled Executive Order on “Energy Independence and Economic Growth,” and join with people of faith and conscience within the United States and across the world to protest the President’s actions.

Based on a flawed understanding of both economics and science, the President’s action compromises Americans' health and safety, damages our economy in both the short and long term, and undermines our children’s future wellbeing and security.

The Executive Order blatantly and callously plays on real fears and economic pain while it puts the benefit of a few of the richest Americans ahead of the needs and rights of the vast majority and offers no real solutions or help to those in economic distress.  Its purported “benefits” are ephemeral, exaggerated or nonexistent.

The Clean Power Plan that the President wants to reverse and rollback has important provisions to move the United States toward reliable, affordable and renewable energy and energy efficiency, while preventing as many as 3,000 premature deaths and almost 100,000 asthma attacks per year by 2030. The CPP is helping to bring the benefits of clean energy, like good jobs and lower energy bills to consumers in every community. This carefully crafted plan, which is now in jeopardy, had the input of millions of Americans through the public comment process, and it has support from industry leaders.

The other elements of the President’s Executive Order are as pernicious as dismantling the Clean Power Plan. The sweeping order attempts to undo methane standards for oil and gas operations, stop federal agencies from considering the imminent and demonstrable impact of climate change in their decisions, and opens up federal lands for coal mining and fracking.

The cumulative impact of this Executive Order will harm the economy, reduce jobs, endanger the health and safety of communities, take decision-making away from states and communities, and lead to wasteful spending of federal funds, internationally and domestically.

Its promises are false, but the damage it will cause will be very real.

This issue goes to the heart of our spiritual values and our call to promote justice, protect life, and to be good stewards of Creation. Over the past decade, important progress has been made: Federal actions have helped curb pollution from power plants, raised mileage standards and made our cars more fuel efficient and helped communities avoid impacts of climate change. We have much more to do, and we should be building on our progress, not rolling them back.

Global warming threatens the Earth and disproportionately harms the most vulnerable among us. That’s why climate change is a common factor in all environmental justice issues, and an urgent priority for people of faith. Although it affects everyone, poor and vulnerable communities that contributed least to creating this problem bear the brunt of its impacts. From devastating drought in sub-Saharan Africa to powerful storms that wipe out coastal communities, to deadly air pollution, it’s the poor who suffer “first and worst.”

Faith communities will fight these reactionary measures every step of the way. We will use energy efficiently, install renewable energy on our facilities, and build climate resilient communities. We will support those most in need and those who bear the brunt of climate impacts, and encourage and help those most responsible for climate change to increase their efforts.

The choices we make today will shape the world in which our children will live. We have a responsibility to ensure that those choices are guided by our values as people of faith.
“This executive order is shocking to anyone who cares about future generations and the right to breathe clean air.  We have struggled for many years to secure a healthy and safe future for our children and grandchildren by responding to the urgent threat of climate change.  For anyone who believes in God and believes that God put us here to look after the garden, stewarding Creation is a moral imperative.  All of the world’s great religions teach that caring for our Earth is a responsibility, and that we must serve the poor and vulnerable. It is a sin to knowingly harm Creation and endanger our air and water.  Is this what our president intends to do— sin against God? This is a shameful day in our country’s history.”
The Reverend Canon Sally Bingham, President of Interfaith Power & Light
A united message from Larry Greenfield (Parliament Executive Director)
and Rev. Sally Bingham (President of Interfaith Power & Light)

Interfaith Power & Light and The Parliament of the World’s Religions
Interfaith Power & Light: Kari Kiser; Tel: 415 561 4891/ext. 13
Parliament of the World’s Religions: Molly Horan; Tel: 312 971 3067

GEIFN | Media Mix | April 2017

Approx 5 min reads

Tom Cowie shares obstacles to migration settlement and how "Literacy classes build community for South Sudanese women in Melbourne's west" via The Age

Leah Kaminsky explores the problems with chasing superficial happiness, arguing strongly for "World Happiness Day 2017: ticket to joy or time to ditch the smiley face?" via The Brisbane Times

Paulyne Pogorelske writes of changing attitudes in "Faith: work is not a dirty word" via WA Today

Helen Proctor argues for equity in access, merit-based success and reasoned debate, revealing "Selective schools' long and tangled history with race and class" via WA Today

Mark Fogarty explores driving fast example towards marriage equality when "Top Holden team, Brad Jones Racing, to be rainbow warriors at Albert Park for Grand Prix carnival" via The Age

Nick McKenzie writes of organized migrant worker exploitation, reveals "Slavery claims as seasonal workers from Vanuatu paid nothing for months' work" via The Canberra Times

John McNeil, Michael Abramson, Jane Fisher, Sharon Harrison, Monash School of Public Health and Preventative Medicine and Robert Hetzel salute the life of Basil Hetzel, who as a "Medical researcher improved the lives of billions" via The Brisbane Times

Polly Dunning shares her team's approach to familiar finances, declaring "When having separate bank accounts is the opposite of independence" via The Brisbane Times

Nassim Khadem explores Authority redressing efforts of past workplace failings, earning "'We are sorry': CBA tells inquiry investigating millions in unpaid super owed to staff" via The Age

Paola Totoro explains the result of educational institutions meaningfully engaged to address civic planning, revealing "High-tech mapping of low-tech regions" via WA Today

Steph Yin explores the race against time to preserve the lessons from history's pages, revealing "US nuclear weapons tests come to YouTube" via The Canberra Times

Carolyn Rance explores resilience required when delivering multicultural and diverse local governance as "City councils plan how to respond to unexpected public disorder" via The Age

Peter Barrett interviews comedian and disability rights activist Liz Carr, revealing her view as "A matter of life and death: British comedian hopes show will spark more than laughs" via The Age

Linda Morris reviews a new novel sharing and building upon Australian past in "Catherine McKinnon's Storyland: a work transcending time" via The Brisbane Times

Christine Nicholls salutes the life and spiritpride of "Ian Willding, memories of country childhood were inspiration for conceptual work" via The Age

Samantha Lane explores effective teamwork required to reach high in home, work and life when "Super footballer, super mum, Erin Phillips is officially MVP" via The Canberra Times

Martin Flanagan salutes the life of "Trevor Grant, a journalist who was the opposite of fake" via The Sydney Morning Herald

Michael Short shares the behind the scenes origin, continuance and other reasons for "The Queen's Fund: often the difference between relief and disaster" via The Age

Kylie Northover has lunch with "Bindi Cole Chocka on Bill Leak's cartoon: 'I didn't see it as racist" via The Sydney Morning Herald

Clem Bastow recounts tribulations and benefits of Fiesty Independents uniting for a common goal, sharing "The differences between sharehouse living in your 30s vs your 20s" via

Lee Tran Lam has 112 minutes to find out "How engineer Rob Caslick uses food to forge connections among the homeless" via The Brisbane Times

Approx 20min presentations

Caroline McHugh: The art of being yourself

Stephen Tonti: ADHD As A Difference In Cognition, Not A Disorder

Jeanne Gang: Buildings that blend nature and city

Approx 5 min presentation

Freiheit - Keeping The Dream Alive

Approx 2 min presentation

Sesame Street: Usher and Bert are Unique

Approx 20 min presentation

Jane Elliott - How Can We Not Be Racist?