FCCV | REGISTRATIONS OPEN | Victorian Interfaith Networks Conference | Sunday 12 November 2017 | 12-4.30pm

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The Victorian Interfaith Networks Conference is a grass-roots conference which aims to help build the capacity and sustainability of existing multifaith/interfaith networks, bring people up-to-date with current multifaith/interfaith matters and provide networking opportunities.

12:00pm-1:25pm: Registration, networking, faith and community stands
1:30pm-2:15pm: Honoured guests and keynote speech on Religious Freedom in a 21st Century Pluralist Society
2:20pm-3:50pm: Workshops and plenary sessions (see below)
4:00pm-4:30pm: Summary & closing ceremony

Workshops & Plenary Sessions:
Enrollment for workshops and plenary sessions to be made on the day of event so please arrive early to enroll in your preferred workshop or session.
1. Religious Freedom & Social Cohesion
2. Educational Program for Schools - Understanding Religious Diversity
3. Active bystander training to prevent violence against women
4. Introductory Training Workshop for Emergencies Ministry

Bookings: To register for the event go to and click on the green Register button.

Where: Ulumbarra Theatre is located on Gaol Road, Bendigo (approximately 150km north-west of Melbourne).

Come and Stay in Bendigo for the Weekend:
A number of complimentary events have been organised over the weekend (11th & 12th of November), so come and spend a few days in Bendigo.

November 11th - Tour to Places of Worship (11am - 4pm):
Bendigo is home to some of the most spectacular architecturally designed places of worship in Australia, including The Sacred Heart Cathedral & The Great Stupa of Universal Compassion. Join us for a guided bus tour on Saturday November 11th to various places of worship around City of Greater Bendigo. If you are already in Bendigo on the 11th of November, register on this bus: OR if you are coming from Metropolitan Victoria register on this bus:

12 November - Tour of Sandhurst Gaol (11am - 12pm): Bendigo’s Ulumbarra Theatre rises majestically from within what was once the Sandhurst Gaol. Constructed in the early 1860s, the gaol was based on the Pentonville prison model where the wings radiate from a central tower, now the symbiotic link between the heritage and contemporary architecture. Your guide will explore spaces throughout this extraordinary arts and community facility, telling the tales that once remained behind the walls. For registration ring Fiona Gardner - (h): 03 5446 9951 or (w): 03 5444 7875. Tour is free of charge but limited places so register quickly.

12 November 12 - WE ARE THE WORLD! Bring a bell! Concert (4:30pm - 6:30pm @ Ulumbarra Theatre): A magnificent blend of traditional, classical and sacred music and dance, presented by over 150 performers, ending with Federation bells and audience bells, joining  in unity.

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

The Faith Communities Council of Victoria, in association with the Bendigo Interfaith Council and the City of Greater Bendigo

FCAC | ILLUMINATING | Tilde Melbourne Trans & Gender Diverse Film Festival | Thursday 26-Sunday 29 October 2017

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A cinema community celebration.

FCAC Company in Residence tilde, Melbourne’s trans and gender diverse community film festival, presents its largest program ever, screening up to 30 films that highlight the diversity of Trans and Gender Diverse (TGD) communities. Films include David France’s new documentary The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson.

When: Thursday 26 and Friday 27 October, 7pm to late. Saturday 28 and 29 Sunday, 12pm to late

Where: Footscray Community Arts Centre, 45 Moreland Street, Footscray, victoria 3011

Cost: Tickets range from $10 – $25

Bookings: Online through Trybooking

Footscray Community Arts Centre
45 Moreland Street, Footscray, victoria 3011
Tel: 9362 8888

A presentation made possible in partnership cohealth, Merri Health, Queerspace and FCAC.

PWR | OFFERING | A Word from the Parliament of the World's Religions on US Indigenous Peoples' Day

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We at the Parliament of the World's Religions, with our office in the United States, rejoice that an increasing number of people in this country have been converted from calling this "Columbus Day" to "Indigenous Peoples' Day." 

Those of us whose ancestors were, whether by choice or not, a part of a colonizing tradition need, especially on this day, to express our deepest apologies to what the colonists have done (and are doing) to Indigenous Peoples across the globe.

Moreover, all of us need to recognize how much poorer we are for not appreciating the kinds of wisdom that are a part of diverse indigenous traditions.

Finally, many of us now want to change in at least two ways: first, to do everything we can to stop the abuse of Indigenous Peoples, their land, their traditions, their wisdom, and their practices; and second, to open our minds and souls to what Indigenous Peoples have to teach us.

From the Staff of the Parliament of the World's Religions
Organisers are planning for a Parliament of the World’s Religions to welcome more than 10,000 people of more than 80 nations, from more than 200 unique spiritual traditions at this 7th convening. How will you be there?
Be Supportive by well-wishing organisers and participants, organise local pre-PWR events, pledge your individual or group attendance BY REGISTERING or MAKE A DONATION.
Parliament of the World's Religions (PWR)
70 East Lake Street, Suite 205, Chicago, IL 60601

MP | ENGAGING | Free English Classes for New Migrants

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Day and evening English classes for new migrants.

Where: Melbourne Polytechnic (Prahran Site), 144 High Street, Prahran VIC 3181

Cost: Free to eligible applicants

Bookings: Tel: 9269 1400 to make an appointment for eligibility check and language assessment

Melbourne Polytechnic
Post: 77 St Georges Rd Preston Victoria 3072 Australia
Tel: 03 9269 1200

A collaboration with Adult Migrant English Program (AMEP) and Melbourne Adult Migrant English Program (MAMEP)

GAP | PERFORMANCE | Labels by Joe Sellman-Leava | Wednesday 18-Thursday 26 October 2017

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Fresh from an acclaimed season at Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Gasworks Arts Park is delighted to bring UK performer Joe Sellman-Leava and his one-man show Labels to our shores.

Labels is a multi-award winning funny theatre show, telling a moving story about mixed heritage and immigration. Recounting his childhood in rural ’90s England in light of changing political attitudes and the ongoing refugee crisis, the performance melds stand-up comedy, storytelling and spoken word.

Shortlisted for Amnesty International’s Freedom of Expression Award, Labels analyzes the way we use words, the line between curiosity and fear, and the rise of anti-immigration rhetoric.

Amid the cacophony of statistics and soundbites that surround the immigration debate, Labels offers an honest, human story about the bridges and barriers formed in a multicultural Britain.

Where: Gasworks Arts Park, 21 Graham Street, Albert Park VIC 3206

Cost (per person):
Full = $45
Concession + Under 30 = $40
Group (6+) = $35

Bookings: Online through Gasworks Theatre

Gasworks Arts Park
21 Graham Street, Albert Park VIC 3206
Tel: (03) 8606 4200

S2b | EXHIBITING | Voiceless Journeys | OPENING Thursday 19 October 2017 | 6.30pm

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Exhibition opening night Q&A and meeting of two exhibitors.

When: Exhibition until 3 November 2017.

Space2b is an art and design based social enterprise that has been established to support asylum seekers, refugees and newly arrived migrants to become financially independent through creative enterprise, workplace training and business mentoring.

Where: Space2b Artspace, 144 Chapel Street, St Kilda

144 Chapel Street, St Kilda

ABBI | SURVIVING | The Quest to Cure Queers: A personal and behind the scenes account of gay conversion therapy | Tuesday 24 October 2017 | Arrive 4.45pm for 5-6.30pm

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Most people believe that ex-gay/reparative/conversion therapy is a US Christian invention that was exported around the world in the 1980’s and 90’s. 

Hosted by Dr Maria Pallotta-Chiarolli of Deakin University, hear how in 1972, (4 years before Exodus was founded) Anthony Venn-Brown admitted himself into a Christian residential rehabilitation program in Sydney Australia, to cure him of his "curse" - his homosexuality.

In 2013 Anthony was invited to attend the final Exodus annual conference to hear the historic announcement that the world's leading conversion therapy organisation was shutting down. "The quest to cure queers" covers not only the years in between those two events but why people sort healing and deliverance from homosexuality before Exodus was founded.

In this presentation, Anthony sifts through the maze of politics, personalities, programs, misinformation and media frenzies and joins dots previously considered unrelated.
• The significance of same-sex sexual activity during WW11
• Why the post war hysteria and the cold war ‘lavender scare’
• Mental health professionals’ attempts to find causes and cures
• Protestant Christian support of gay rights in the 1960’s – what happened?
• The seeds of anti-gay Christian thinking planted in the 1960’s
• What created the ‘change is possible’ philosophy in the 1960’s
• Why the Jesus Movement influenced ex-gay thinking
• How the Charismatic movement empowered the ex-gay message
• Why Exodus was founded and its growth worldwide including 40 ministries in Australia
• How Exodus was politically high-jacked
• What were the key factors that brought the Exodus empire to its knees
• The collateral damage and aftermath – tragic tales from the survivors
• Rebranding and how the ex-gay message morphed

Anthony founded and is current CEO of Ambassadors & Bridge Builders International (ABBI), educating churches and Christian leaders about sexual orientation and assisting gay and lesbian people resolve the perceived conflict between their faith and sexuality. Anthony’s work has been recognised on numerous occasions with awards including being twice voted one of the 25 Most Influential Gay & Lesbian Australians.

Where: Deakin Downtown, Level 12 Tower 2 - 727 Collins Street Melbourne 3008 DATE:

Format: presentation and questions. Informal drinks and chat afterwards downstairs at Bar Nacional

Bookings: Register now, limited seating. Online through EventBrite

Ambassadors & Bridge Builders International

FCCV | WORKSHOP | The Faith Leader Facilitator Guide to Prevent Gender Violence | Tuesday 24 October 2017 | 6-7pm

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The Think Prevent Facilitator Guide walks faith leaders through the essential steps to deliver a bystander intervention workshop. 

The goal of the workshop is to end family violence and violence against women by driving preferred behaviour change in participants. Our approach to violence prevention is not about blaming, shaming and dividing people. It’s about serving all communities, and bringing diverse groups of people together in ways that promote healthy and safe community environments. The Guide helps us put politics aside so we can work together to address the drivers of violence and promote its solution.

Where: Melbourne: Causeway House, 306 Little Collins Street, 4th Floor, Chellew Room

Bookings: RSVP: Friday 20 October 2017. Registration: Nicholas Tsigos | Tel: (03) 9650 4511; Email:

MORE:The Faith Communities Council of Victoria (FCCV)
Sandy Kouroupidis, Multifaith Officer of Victoria
Tel: 0412 670 369 

CCJV | DISCUSSION | Panel Discussion on Assisted Dying | Sunday 29 October 2017 | Arrive 2.45pm for 3pm

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Being a part of this discussion to grow modern understanding.

  • David Brooker is currently Senior Minister at Southern Community Church of Christ in Cheltenham, an active and diverse community of faith that has a long and strong heritage of engagement with the local community, a reflection of David’s passion for people of faith to be agents of transformation and harmony within their local communities.  David has served as an ordained minister for 36 years, most of them in various local church contexts, but he also spent seven years as State Minister with the Churches of Christ in South Australia & Northern Territory and has exercised a number of leadership roles within Boards and agencies of Churches of Christ in Victoria & Tasmania. At present, David is Chair of the City of Kingston Interfaith Advisory Committee, a role which he finds energising and educative.
  • Raphael Dascalu is a native of Sydney, currently residing in Melbourne. He completed his BA in Philosophy, Religious Studies and Classical Hebrew at the University of Sydney; his MA in Comparative Religion at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem; and his PhD at the University of Chicago, focusing on medieval Jewish history and philosophy. In addition to his academic training, he has a broad background in the traditional study of rabbinic literature and law.  Raphael has spent time studying in yeshiva at Yeshivat Hakibbutz Hadati (Ein Tzurim); in the kolel of the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies; in the beit midrash of the Shalom Hartman Institute; and in the Havruta beit midrash program at the Hebrew University.  He is currently an Adjunct Research Associate at Monash University, and works in translation and editing.
  • Rev. Dr. John Dupuche is a Priest of the Archdiocese of Melbourne. He is Associate Professor at the University of Divinity and an Honorary Fellow at the Australian Catholic University, and chair of the Catholic Interfaith Committee of the Archdiocese.
  • Rabbi Kim Ettlinger was ordained at Hebrew Union College (HUC) where she earned two Master of Arts Degrees, in Jewish Education and in Hebrew Letters.  In 1997, she was awarded a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Politics, Philosophy and Sociology from Murdoch University in Perth. She joined Temple Beth Israel (TBI) in 2010 and has served the congregation since then. Currently overseeing Education and Religious Life at TBI.  Rabbi Ettlinger is passionate about liturgy, contemporary issues and how they interact with Rabbinic Judaism throughout Jewish history.
Cost: $10 including Kosher afternoon tea

Where: National Council of Jewish Women of Australia (Vic), Eva Besen Centre 131 – 133 Hawthorn Road, Caulfield  VIC  3161

Bookings: Please advise attendance by contacting the CCJ office

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

AIS | KICKING | One World Football Cup (Soccer) | Saturday 28 October 2017 | 10am-2pm

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AIS One World Cup is open to all ages who are +16yrs; mixed gender teams can also participate. Vying teams will compete for the AIS One World Cup trophy. 

Medals will be awarded to all winning team members and special prizes are on offer. Click here for more details.

On the day, there will be two (2) concurrent tournaments:
  1. Men’s tournament (+16yrs)
  2. Mixed Gender (minimum of two women players on the outfield at any given time)
Players per team: 6-8 (5 on field with a minimum of 1 sub)

Who: open to all young Australians and those who are young at heart from all cultures and faiths with the “shared love” of football to take part in this exciting tournament.

Where: Knox Regional Football Centre, 257 George St, Wantirna South

Bookings: Registration required and close Friday 24 October 2017. $10.00 per player (includes 1 free kebab). Click here to register or please call if you have any questions.

Australian Intercultural Society (AIS)
AIS One World Cup Tel: (03) 9867 2248

AIS One World Cup is organised in association with Football Federation Victoria (FFV).

BIN | WALK | In Friendship and Goodwill | Sunday 5 November 2017 | 2-4.30pm

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

Spend an afternoon walking together in friendship and goodwill between St Alipius Catholic Church, Ballarat Hebrew Congregation Synagogue and Islamic Mosque.

Where: St Alipius Catholic Church, 84 Victoria St, Ballarat East

Meeting Place & Planned Walking Route:
2.00pm – St Alipius Catholic Church, 84 Victoria St, Ballarat East
2.45pm – Hebrew Congregation Synagogue, 2 Barkly St, Bakery Hill
3.45pm – Islamic Mosque, 116 Elsworth St, Canadian

Bookings: Registration helpful Margaret 0400 650 234; Maureen 0418 383 802

Ballarat Interfaith Network

This event is being organised in partnership with Melbourne Jewish Christian Muslim Association (JCMA) and sponsored by Ballarat Regional Multicultural Council (BRMC)

MA | LUNCH TALK | From mansplaining to manterruption: How to rise above and be heard | Wednesday 8 November 2017 | 12noon-1.30pm

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Whether in workplaces or online spaces, women’s voices often get drowned by a range of male voices from the well intentioned to the unabashedly sexist.

A lunch and panel discussion featuring Laurel Irving and Wendy Tuohy in conversation, moderated by Karen Percy.

Hear from the panel of seasoned female journalists as they share their experiences on:
  • how to counter mansplaining
  • how men can avoid and curb manterruptions and mansplaining in personal and professional spaces
  • what women with different communication styles can do to be heard in physical and digital spaces and how to deal with online abuse
Scheduled Program: Lunch provided at 12:00pm and panel from 12:30pm - 1:30pm)
Where: Monash Law Chambers, 555 Lonsdale St, Melbourne VIC 3000
Cost: Free
Inclusion: Lunch

Enquiries: or

Bookings: Please register your attendance by Friday 3 November. Register online through Monash Arts

Monash Arts (MA)
School of Media, Film and Journalism
Post: Building B, Monash University, Caulfield 3125 Australia
Tel: 03 9902 4396

A collaboration between the Monash Arts School of Media, Film and Journalism & Australian Intercultural Society’s Women in Media

BIC | TOUR | Places of Worship Around City of Greater Bendigo | Saturday 11 November 2017 | 11am-4pm

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Join us for a guided bus tour on Saturday November 11th to various places of worship around City of Greater Bendigo.

Bendigo is home to some of the most spectacular architecturally designed places of worship in Australia, including:
  • The Sacred Heart Cathedral in Bendigo: Constructed in the 19th Century and completed in the late 20th Century, it is one of the world's finest Gothic Revival cathedrals. The Cathedral is an icon of Bendigo and occupies a central place in the community for people of all faiths. It provides opportunities for tourism, the performing arts and many other avenues of community participation.
  • The Great Stupa of Universal Compassion: A Stupa is the most sacred monument in the Buddhist world. It is a symbolic representation of the fully Enlightened mind and the path to Enlightenment. As the sacred texts are the verbal expression of the Dharma, so the Stupa is its architectural expression. The Great Stupa of Universal Compassion, when fully completed, will be 50 metres (164 feet) square at its base and nearly 50 metres high making it the largest Stupa in the Western World.
Tour starts at 10.50am and returning at 3.30pm: Sacred Heart Cathedral, MacKenzie St, Bendigo
and finishes at 3.30pm at Sacred Heart Cathedral, MacKenzie St, Bendigo

Cost: $10 per person (+ $1.58 eventbrite fees) - includes morning tea and lunch (sandwiches).

Morningt Tea & Lunch: Morning tea will be offered on arrival at Sacred Heart Cathedral. Sandwiches will be served 12.30pm on the bus - people with special dietary requirements will need to bring their own lunch.

Registration: For bookings go to - there are limited spaces so please register early.

Bendigo Interfaith Council
Judy Causon
Tel: 0417 435 909

UNHIII | ENGAGE | Faith-Based Urban Thinkers Campus - Engaging the New Agenda | 13-15 November 2017

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Bringing Faith-based thinkers together for faith-based communities and organizations to make a significant contribution to the United Nations Human Settlements Programme, otherwise known as UN-Habitat.

Globally, cities today occupy approximately only 2% of the total land, however contribute:

  • 70% to Economy (GDP)
  • Over 60% to Global Energy Consumption
  • 70% to Greenhouse Gas Emissions
  • 70% to Global Waste
In 2016 after an extensive three-year inter-governmental and civil society consultation process, member states of the United Nations agreed on a roadmap for urban development for the next twenty years. Entitled the New Urban Agenda (NUA-, its purpose is to help guide governments, inter-governmental organizations, business, and civil society to respond to the challenges of a rapidly urbanizing world where over the next 20-30 years 75% of the world’s population will live in cities.  Specifically, the challenge is to develop cities, towns, and neighbourhoods that are “just, safe, healthy, accessible, affordable, resilient and sustainable . . . [and] foster prosperity and quality of life for all. (NUA pg. 3)”

Or more simply from faith perspective create communities of hope, compassion, education and engagement.
A remarkable feature of contemporary thinking in urban development is that faith-based communities and organizations are now seen as a vital component in helping create sustainable and resilient cities around the world. Formal recognition by the United Nations, civil society organizations, and development agencies that faith-based communities are central to the wellbeing of communities in our increasingly urban cultures is long overdue, and offers many new possibilities.

Inclusion: Tuesday 14 November | 6-6.45pm | Parliament of the World's Religions Reception
Hosted by Dr. Mary Nelson at the UN Habitat Faith-based Urban Thinkers Campus featuring discussion and more information about the forthcoming 2018 Parliament of the World's Religions in Toronto and the inclusion of the 25th Anniversary of the Declaration Towards a Global Ethic and its prominence at the forthcoming 2018 Parliament as well as in the Faith-based Urban Thinkers Campus deliberations.

Where: Singapore

Cost: Free (100 Limit)

Bookings: RSVP 1 November 2017. Register online through EventBrite.

The United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development

A partnership with the World Urban Campaign, the Urban Thinkers Campus, the Singapore Centre for Global Missions, World Evangelical Alliance Creation Care Task Force, Urban Shalom Project, ARC, and the International Society for Urban Mission

EL | WALK | In Rainbow Melbourne for Marriage Equality | Sunday 1 October 2017 | 1-4pm

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The 'yes' campaign has already made history. Now equality in marriage needs to win the vote, and win by a lot. 

Join Equal Love's 'YES' rally this Sunday to demonstrate that the mass of people support equality and to remind those who have yet to vote 'yes' that it is imperative that they do.

Walk for a YES vote. Be part of turning Swanston St into a giant rainbow. Followed by Block Party in Treasury Gardens.

Absolutely Fabulous: 
If attendees wear or bring one colour of the rainbow. Marchers will be making a giant rainbow down Swanston St - the largest rainbow Melbourne has ever seen.

Swanston Street, in front of State Library Victoria.

South down Swanston St, left at Flinders St and into Treasury Gardens at the Spring St/Wellington St corner.

The march will be followed by music and performances in Treasury Gardens (south west corner) where we can kick off our ruby slippers and dance our way to a YES Victory.

Accessorise: 'YES' merchandise will be available on day, with all proceeds going to Equal Love to help continue the marriage equality campaign.

Equal Love

PWR | CALLING | Register NOW for 2018 Parliament of the World's Religions | Toronto, Ontario, Canada | 1-7 November 2018

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125 years after the birth of the global interfaith movement, thousands of religious and civic leaders from around the world are assembling to address critical global issues.

Continuing collaboration for advancement of dignity and human rights of
Here are 3 reflections from Parliaments past:
1.  In a Complicated, Multi-Religious World, Scholars Recognize the Parliament for Lifting Up the Positive Role of Religions
"The Parliament of the World's Religions participants do not make extravagant claims for their leading role in taking up the challenges of our day. But it is hard to locate any movement or agency that is better poised, informed, and motivated to provide leadership. Its moves bear watching– and as a movement it merits participation. Note the PWR's distinctive feature: its members know and celebrate the positive features of the religions."
Martin E. Marty, Fairfax M. Cone Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus at the University of Chicago and author of, among others, When Faiths Collide.
2. A Spirit of Harmony Comes to Life at the Parliament
"The emphasis of the gathering placed understanding over conversion and community over ideology. Jews and Muslims, Hindus and Sikhs, Christians and Pagans (the intentional kind) were together in dialogue about mutual interests. I’ve nothing against any kind of evangelism. The loud subway preachers telling me to repent have a point. But it was nice to be in a setting where the prime emphasis was on our common humanity."
Scott Stearman, Pastor of a social-justice minded congregation and a Baptist advocate for human rights and religious liberty at the United Nations. As printed in "10 Very Cool Things About the Parliament of the World’s Religions" 
3. Encouraged by the Heart of the Interfaith Movement, Young Participants Become the Hands of Change 
"Ultimately, the Parliament taught us that religion can be an incredibly positive force in promoting change and bringing peace to the world. We live in a global village and we should strive to stay open-minded and to live with mutual respect, harmony, and optimism. At the same time, we have a personal and social responsibility to take an active stance in applying the principles of our own faith and embracing the value and practice of interfaith education and dialogue to create meaningful spaces for activism."
From a group of young Jain men and women in Young Jains Reflect on the Parliament of the World's Religions
And some words from Executive Director, 7th Parliament of the World’s Religions:
“Toronto itself is exciting– and so aligned with what this global event is about. But what is going to happen there in November of 2018 is something more than exciting: in this crucial moment in our shared world, we will fortify the power of understanding and reconciliation–  a pathway of promise for people of faith and conscience to realize a changed world.
Larry Greenfield, Executive Director, Parliament of the World’s Religions 
Organisers are planning for a Parliament of the World’s Religions to welcome more than 10,000 people of more than 80 nations, from more than 200 unique spiritual traditions at this 7th convening. How will you be there?

Be Supportive by well-wishing organisers and participants, organise local pre-PWR events, pledge your individual or group attendance BY REGISTERING or MAKE A DONATION.

Parliament of the World's Religions (PWR)
70 East Lake Street, Suite 205, Chicago, IL 60601

KIN | ENGAGE | Interfaith Speed Dating | Sunday 8 October 2017 | 3-4.30pm

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Meet with people of different faiths, with a view to both sharing your own perspectives and learning about what makes others similar.

The following faiths and belief systems will be discussed:
  • Baha’i Faith
  • Hare Krishna Movement
  • Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints
  • Roman Catholic Church
  • Church of Christ
  • Anglican Church
  • Satya Sai International Organisation of Australia
  • Islam
  • Sufism
  • Judaism
  • Zee Cheng Khor U. Society.
Where: Cheltenham Library,12-18 Stanley Ave, Cheltenham

Inclusions: Afternoon tea provided.

Bookings: Please RSVP: Elisabetta Robecchi, Tel: 9581 4783; Email:

Kingston Interfaith Network
Elisabetta Robecchi, Community Development Officer
Tel: 9581 4783

GOVV | FESTIVAL | Victorian Seniors Festival | 8-31 October 2017

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Now in its 35th year, a month-long celebration for highlighting on every senior’s calendar. 

Especially curated, more than 1,500 free and low-cost events are on offer right across the state, including concerts, classes, workshops, games, tours, exhibitions and more.

Free public transport for Seniors Card holders between 8-15 October, so there’s no excuse not to get involved!

Find out about Celebration Day in Federation Square and full program details at offical website:

State Government of Victoria
Seniors Information Victoria
Tel: 1300 135 090
Post: 4th floor, Block Arcade, 98 Elizabeth Street, Melbourne VIC 3000

GIN | SHARING | What Interfaith brings to my Faith | Thursday 12 October 2017 | 2.30-4pm

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Local people sharing their views.

Where: Belmont Library Meeting Room, 163 High Street, Geelong

Cost: Free | Everyone Welcome

The Geelong Interfaith Network
Tim Gibson 0412 191 971

PPMN | TRAINING | Family Violence: What Communities of Faith Can Do To Make A Difference | 19 October 2017 | 11.30am-4pm

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A training session about family violence for Multifaith Network members and faith leaders. 

Scheduled Program:
  • Introduction to family violence
  • Family violence and the Law
  • Prevention of family violence
  • Strategies of how faith communities can make a difference
The training session will facilitated by St Kilda Legal Services, Emerge (women and children’s support network), and Women Health in the South East.

Inclusions: Lunch will be provided

Where: St Kilda Library Community Room, 150 Carlisle St, St Kilda

Bookings: essential. RSVP by 13 October. Email Ewa Zysk; calling Tel: 9209 6385. Include any dietary requirements with RSVP.

City of Port Phillip
St Kilda Town Hall, 99a Carlisle Street, St Kilda Victoria 3182
Access & Ageing
Ewa Zysk, Multicultural Liaison Officer
Tel: 03 9209 6385

UCA | FORGING | Resilient Women | Friday 20 October 2017 | 9.30am-3.30pm

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An interactive workshop to develop strategies and initiatives in response to acts of violence committed against Muslim women in public due to Islamophobia.

A new report shows that women are the main targets of Islamophobic violence, with half of offline attacks occurring in crowded public spaces, often in front of children. It is an important community safety issue. By attending this interactive forum, participants will find out about the practical steps that local agencies, community members and leaders can take to respond to this public form of violence against women.

Keynote speakers:
  • Inaz Janif, a local school teacher and community activist
  • Mariam Issa, an inspirational public speaker, author and storyteller
  • Sukhjit Kaur Khalsa, spoken word poet
  • Manal Younus, spoken word poet; and
  • Playback Theatre Company, an interactive theatrical performance
Where: 2 Harris Street, Lynbrook

Inclusions: Morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea will be provided. Please let the organisers know of any dietary requirements.

Cost: Free. Registration online through EventBrite

The Uniting Church in Australia (Synod of Victoria and Tasmania)
Post: 130 Little Collins Street, Melbourne Vic 3000
Tel: 9521 5965

JCMA | WALK | In Friendship | Sunday 22 October 2017 | 1.45-5.15pm

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Come along and spend an afternoon walking together in friendship and goodwill between a mosque, synagogue and a church.

Starting at the Albanian Mosque in Carlton North we will walk together to the East Melbourne Hebrew Congregation Synagogue, then walk across the road to St Peters Eastern Hill 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
2.00pm - Albanian Mosque – Imam Dr Bekim Hasani; 765 Drummond St., Carlton North VIC 3054, google maps
3.30pm - East Melbourne Hebrew Congregation Synagogue– Rabbi Dovid Gutnick; 488 Albert street, East Melbourne, google maps:
4.00pm – St Peters Eastern Hill Anglican Church - Father Hugh Kempster; 15 Gisborne Street (corner of Albert Street) East Melbourne, google maps:

Where: Starting point: Australian Albanian Islamic Society - 765 Drummond Street, Carlton North [google maps:]

For People With Mobility Issues:  
A minibus is available for people with genuine mobility issues who cannot walk the distance thanks to Jewish Care who have generously provided a minibus. Seats are limited, bookings essential so please call Ginette on 03 9287 5590 for availability. At this time wheelchair access may be limited at some of the venues and on the minibus.

RSVP, Registration and Information
To register book your free ticket here on eventbrite or for more information please call Ginette Everest on (03) 9287 5590 or 0400 211 221 or email to: .Go to our Facebook page and Twitter using #JCMAwalk and #JCMAfriendship and invite others to join us in walking together in friendship and peace.

JCMA is a not-for-profit organisation and donations go directly towards delivery of our many events, forums and conferences and to support our workshop programs in primary and secondary schools. As a listed harm prevention charity we have DGR (Deductible Gift Receipt) status. Donations are tax-deductible (donations over $2 are tax-deductible). If you would like to make a donation to help support the work of JCMA please go to our website

JCMA Membership
JCMA is a membership based organisation for Jewish, Christian and Muslim people of faith. If you would like to find out about joining JCMA as a member you can go to our website at or call Ginette Everest on (03) 9287 5590 or email to:

Jewish Christian Muslim Association of Australia (JCMA)
Tel: (03) 9287 5590
Ginette Everest, Executive Officer
Mob: 0400 211 221

Supported by the Islamic Council of Victoria, Victorian Council of Churches and Jewish Community Council of Victoria.

WAFV | WALK | Against Family Violence | Friday 24 November 2017 | 1-3pm

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The annual Walk Against Family Violence is held to commemorate International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and White Ribbon Day.

The Walk aims to advocate and raise awareness of family violence and the impact it has on women and children in our community as well as pay tribute and commemorate those who have lost their lives to family violence. The Walk is held each year at Federation Square and attracts over 3000 participants who actively participate in campaigning for an end to family violence through marching alongside each other in solidarity and support.

Assembly: Federation Square Stage

Scheduled Program
Speakers include Rosie Batty, Annette Gillespie, CEO of Safe Steps Family Violence Response Centre and Graham Ashton, Chief Commissioner for Victoria Police. Following on from the speakers, the crowd will walk down Swanston street around the block leading back to Federation Square.

Show your support for this important issue and contribute to campaigning for an end to violence against women and children. Come along or share with friends via EventBrite

Federation Square
The Walk Against Family Violence

The Walk Against Family Violence Organising Committee comprises of safe steps Family Violence Response Centre, Salvation Army Crisis Service, City of Port Phillip, City of Melbourne, Victoria Police and Family Life.

VU | CONFERENCE | Faith-based Governance & Dispute Resolution | Tuesday 5-Wednesday 6 December 2017

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An opportunity for intersecting law, culture and diversity for religious leaders, lay leaders and board members of faith-based organisations, dispute resolution practitioners, government service providers and regulators, legal and other academics with research interests.

  • Beyond the Royal Commission: Governance, risk management, and complaint handling for faith-based organisations.
The Hon. Jennifer Coate, Commissioner, Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse
The Hon. Marcia Neave, Commissioner, Royal Commission into Family Violence
  • ‘Meet the Regulators’ panel
  • Between Religion and Democracy
  • When the Sh..candal Hits the Fan: Risk, Reputation and Relationship Management
  • Back to Schools: Decision Making, Governance & Conflicts of Interest
  • Reframing Our History: Coming to Terms with Our Past
  • Religion and Respectful Relationships
  • Keeping it Civil: Religions Commercial Arbitration and Resolution of Civil Disputes
  • Servants to Many Masters: Managing Conflict of Interest in Small Communities
  • Sacking God's Messenger: Hiring, Firing and Disciplining Clergy

  • Following the Money: Getting Grant-Ready
  • Financial Literacy
  • Employment and Industrial Issues for Religious Groups

Information exchange hub featuring best practice governance case studies, tutorials and resources

Where: Victoria University Convention Centre, Level 12, 300 Flinders Street, Melbourne

Single day registration: $330
Two-day registration: $600
Masterclasses & workshops: $250 per day (inclusive GST); $150 half-day

Bookings: Register and more information:; Email:;  Tel: (03) 9919 1271

Victoria University
The Sir Zelman Cowen Centre
Tel: (03) 9919 1271

A collaboration between The Eva and Les Erdi Humanitarian Charitable Foundation, Islamic Council of Victoria, Jewish Community Council of Victoria Inc, Justice Connect, National Council of Churches in Australia,

GEIFN | REPORTS | ARC AGMC | FORUM | Cultural Rainbow - First Victorian Professional’s Forum Multicultural/Multifaith LGBTIQ Sector | Wednesday, 20 September 2017 | 9.30am-12noon

Mapping present-day 'ecosystem' of support for people who identify as multicultural/multi-faith and LGBTIQ (especially for those who are seeking asylum, have a refugee background, or are newly arrived migrants).

A forum to meet community organisations and service providers, all were welcome who wished to be part of the conversation.

Where: Red Cross, DOS Rooms, 23-47 Villiers Street, North Melbourne 3051

The Red Cross Red Crescent Movement helps tens of millions of people around the world each year. Australian Red Cross cares for local communities in Australia and further afield.
With millions of volunteers worldwide and thousands of members, volunteers and supporters across Australia reaches people and places like nobody else.
Offices located in New South Wales, Queensland, Victoria, Western Australia, Tasmania and the Northern Territory and the Australian Capital Territory.

Australian GLBTIQ Multicultural Council (AGMC) Inc aims to represent the interests of Australian GLBTIQ individual/groups from a multicultural background. It does this primarily by recognising the interests of GLBTIQ multicultural individuals/groups and raising their profile within the wider GLBTIQ and multicultural communities. AGMC encourages participation and contribution of GLBTIQ from a Multicultural background within GLBTIQ and multicultural communities. Aims include promotion, enabling and dissemination of knowledge on issues relevant to GLBTIQ multicultural individuals/groups through discussion, research, publishing and other means. AGMC encourages and supports the formation and growth of GLBTIQ multicultural groups.

Some key conclusions:
1. Online Directory: listing Victoria-wide services, service providers and supports available and development of Culturally-Specific Training Information/Trainers/Packages

2. Visibility:
Beginning difficult conversations. Raising visibility of individuals within families, organisations, cultural groups and general community of positive role modellers. One participant described her coming out as a journey for her Orthodox religious mother from initially slapping her Lesbian daughter in the face, spitting on her to more recently voting "yes" on the Marriage Equality Postal Survey.

3. Affirmative Actions:
Making available information (i.e., gender questioning, sexual health, reproductive etc) adapted to specific Cultural characteristics, traditions and language and compatible with Australian Law, customs and norms. Understanding that for migrant groups, members may not identify with terminology like 'same sex attracted', that stages of self-acceptance for individuals is generally later in their 20s, and often while still living within their family, migrant or religious group.

In Closing:
A full assembly of different individuals, organisations, service providers and allies to the LGBTI community assembled to share experience, expertise and close the gaps between awareness, services delivered and services needed.

On behalf of Buddhist Council Victoria Interfaith (bINTER) and Glen Eira Interfaith Network (GEIFN), thankyou to Organisers and Participants working tirelessly to redress historical, and presenting inequalities. Received with gratitude.

Red Cross Victoria
23-47 Villiers Street, North Melbourne 3051
Post: GPO Box 9949, Melbourne VIC 3001
Tel: 03 8327 7700

Australian GLBTIQ Multicultural Council Inc
C/- VAC, 6 Claremont Street, South Yarra Vic 3141

A collaboration between Red Cross Victoria and Australian GLBTIQ Multicultural Council Inc

Mapping Exercise

GEIFN | REPORTS | Lost Piece? | UN International Peace Day Observance | 21 September 2017

Each year the International Day of Peace is observed around the world on 21 September. The General Assembly has declared this as a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and peoples.
This year's theme Together for Peace: Respect, Safety and Dignity for All honours the spirit of TOGETHER, a global initiative that promotes respect, safety and dignity for everyone forced to flee their homes in search of a better life. TOGETHER unites the organizations of the United Nations System, the 193 Member States of the United Nations, the private sector, civil society, academic institutions and individual citizens in a global partnership in support of diversity, non-discrimination and acceptance of refugees and migrants. It was initiated during the United Nations Summit for Refugees and Migrants on 19 September 2016.

More information about this declaration and day is available on United Nations (UN) website:
Spreading the word: promoting equal recognition and rights for all families. Challenging the ignorance, misinformation and occurrence of discrimination is everybody's business.

Where: Online purchasing for enjoyment at home/work/play.

Cost: Mugs, Jigsaw Puzzles and Fridge Magnets at various prices with built in DONATION towards usual charities.

As part of the event and to show support for every day equalisers benefitting countless others, funds were raised for nominated charities.

Total Donations Raised (incl pledges): $500 shared between 5 charities. A big thankyou to those who supported the endeavour by sponsoring parts, purchasing items  or making donations in kind or in absentia.

Recipient Charities:
-- Switchboard Rec #GN806079
-- Ardoch Youth Foundation Rec #AUD88304970
-- Asylum Seeker Resource Centre Rec #0198454
-- Koorie Heritage Trust Inc Rec #00000000200/072270
-- Parliament of World's Religions Rec #7A084682L3367314G

Glen Eira Interfaith Network (GEIFN)
Global engagement in friendly neighborhoods. Join us in humanising 'the other'.
Caretaker Carey Rohrlach

This is GEIFN's Annual Celebration of UN International Day of Peace

GEIFN | MEDIA | Mix | October 2017

Approx 5 min reads

Annabel Ross explores colonialism, state-sanctioned war and reconciling past, reviewing how “Artist Kader Attia confronts a world in conflict" via The Age

Peter Hartcher explores historical changing of societal understanding, values and evolution, sharing the wisdom in “Australia's great tradition as a pioneer of progress is one we need to remember” via The Sydney Morning Herald

Stephanie Peatling explores an example of marriage longevity, gender fluidity and a binding love, citing “The subversive marriage of Janet Rice and Penny Whetton” via The Age

Nick Abrahams explores sovereignty, public interest and conditions for realizing happiness, reporting from "The country where the pursuit of happiness is a national, economic goal" via The Sydney Morning Herald

David Leser explores familial ties and how listening without judgement leads to valuing differing views, recounting what happened when "A visiting cousin told me she voted for Trump" via The Sydney Morning Herald

Benjamin Law writes of coping mechanisms for receiving unwanted attention, “On handling online abuse: the three lessons I've learnt” via The Age

John Bailey explores the role history, conserving traditional performance and translating for modern audiences universal themes when "Under Siege promises spectacle of Chinese tradition” via The Canberra Times

Julie Szego explores a visible benefit and cost of publicly funding private schools, declaring her view that with “Wellness centres and rowing tanks: private schools are rubbing our noses in it” via The Age

Ross Gittins explores information, claims and knowing truth, declaring "Our bulldust detectors seem to be on the blink” via The Brisbane Times

Lindsay Murdoch updates on the unchecked humanitarian crisis “Rohingya Muslim mega-settlement risks imminent humanitarian disaster” via The Brisbane Times

Cara Waters explores technology innovation fueling space dreams, reporting “How Elon Musk inspired 23-year-old Andy Kieatiwong to 3D-print rocket engines” via WA Today

Caroline Baum explores diversity, standing out, claiming self with Michelle de Kretser who explains "My new novel imagines how life could be different” via The Canberra Times

David Dawkins explores evolution of staying put, planting seeds, familiarized team work, reaping harvests in recounting “Historically, the idea of marriage is always evolving” via The Brisbane Times

Jane Caro explores entrenched privilege, enduring entitlement and permitted prejudice, reasoning why "'Yes' vote won't affect religious freedom - even the freedom to discriminate" via WA Today

Clementine Ford explores another national poll, gauging people’s sentiment resulting in binding outcome, reasoning “Why Ireland's abortion referendum is a necessary risk” via WA Today

Michael Koziol explores arguments for and against equality in marriage, pursuing truth by "Testing the many claims of the same-sex marriage campaign” via The Canberra Times

Michael Bachelard explores different views of growing Aged Care in sustainable, equitable and resident-centred ways, writing “Is this how it ends? How we can make aged care better” via The Age

Kylie Northover interviews trailblazer, dancer and elder Noel Tovey, giving and receiving "Recognition for a life less than ordinary" via The Age

Craig Mathieson explores new documentary revealing the present state of global waterways, revealing “Turning the tide” via WA Today

Philip Pullella explores one global leader trying to humanise the other via “'Look them in the eyes' Vatican urges politicians to defend, accept migrants” via WA Today

David Wilson chats with Indigenous leader Wendy Lotter about her personal ideologies, encouraging us all to "Learn from your mistakes then leave them behind” via The Canberra Times

Approx 20min presentations

Margaret Heffernan: Forget the pecking order at work

Roger Antonsen: Math is the hidden secret to understanding Life

Kelli Swazey: Life that doesn't end with death

Approx 5 min presentation

Postmodern Jukebox - MMMbop

Approx 2 min presentation

Sesame Street, Big Bird and Lin-Manuel Miranda - It's A Habitat

Approx 21 min presentation

Christine Anu shares her insight, resilience and experience on thinking big, goal setting, purposeful striving and realising opportunities.