PPLS | WORKSHOP | Learn the nitty-gritty of granny knits! | Saturday 16 June 2018 | 10.30am-12.30pm

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An art workshop lead by artist Angela Rossitto. Learn the fundamental skills of crochet, and how the humble crocheted 'granny square' can be the basis for many hand-made projects including bedspreads, scarves, ponchos and pot-holders.

Angela will teach you the slip knot and chain crochet techniques so you can build square upon square. You will learn how to visualise and design a project from start to finish.

Please bring along:
• 2-5 different colours of 8 ply wool
• A set of darning knitting needles
• A 3.5mm to 4mm crochet hook

P.S: If you're not sure that you want to fully commit, we'll provide you with some wool and needles so you can have a go anyway.

Who: Ages 15+

Where: Emerald Hill Library and Heritage Centre, 195 Bank Street, South Melbourne Vic 3205

Cost: $50 per person

Bookings: online through Linden New Art

City of Port Phillip Council
Port Phillip Library Service (PPLS)
Tel: 9209 6655

A collaboration between Port Phillip Library Service with Linden New Art.

VMC | CALL FOR APPLICATIONS | Community Harmony Program grants | Deadline extended to 18 June 2018

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The program aims to build social cohesion and community harmony through preventative initiatives that address the root causes of social disharmony and racial, ethnic and religious intolerance.

Funding of up to $100,000 per annum for one or two years is available.
New to the 2018-19 program
  • Applications for under $25,000 per annum are required to outline an approach for how the applicant will assess the outcomes of their funded activity.
  • Applications for over $25,000 per annum are required to submit a Project Evaluation Plan with their application.
Funding priorities
  • Applications should demonstrate a focus on or inclusion of:
  • the priority audience and/or program participants (women, young people, new and emerging communities, LGBTI people, regional Victorians)
  • community led responses to racism and discrimination
  • interfaith/multifaith initiatives
  • strong collaboration between partners 
The application deadline for the Victorian Government's Community Harmony Program has been extended until 11.59pm on Monday 18 June 2018.

Click here to find more information and to apply.

Victorian Multicultural Commission (VMC)
Address: Level 9, 1 Spring St, Melbourne VIC 3000
Tel: (03) 7017 8171

JCMA | TOURING | Islamic Museum of Australia | Wednesday 20 June 2018 | 12noon-1 pm

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Join in a guided tour of the Islamic Museum of Australia featuring two exhibitions 1.6 Billion Ways To Be Muslim and Our grandmothers

1.6 Billion Ways To Be Muslim
An exhibition which started as a photographic narrative on social media and has since become a global initiative celebrating the diversity of modern day Muslims.

Our grandmothers
Celebrating the love, spirit, strength and wisdom embodied by grandmothers in Islam. This exhibition is part of the Multicultural Museums Victoria inaugural joint project celebrating the central role of grandmothers in the Chinese, Italian, Greek, Muslim and Jewish communities.

After the tour 
Encounters such as this are interesting and rewarding and an important part of transforming relations between people of different faiths. Consider staying for lunch at the cafeteria and continue the discussion with old friends or meet new ones.

Considerations: This is an event for men and women. Organisers suggest CAR POOLING as parking is very restricted in the vicinity of the Museum. Stay for lunch at the cafeteria after the tour.

 $15 adult,  $10 concession. Ticket price includes the cost of the tour only and lunch is extra.

Bookings: To register your interest and participate, please purchase tickets early. Book online through EventBrite

Jewish Christian Muslim Association of Australia (JCMA)
Ginette Everest, Executive Officer
Usual Working days: Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays
Address: 383 Albert St., East Melbourne Vic 3002   
Tel: (03) 9287 5590 / Mob: 0400 211 221

JCMA relies on the goodwill of volunteers and the generosity of our donors. 

CAEN | PRESENTS | A Jewish Perspective: Is William Cooper an Aboriginal Moses? | 24 June 2018 | 7-9pm

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A man ahead of his time.

Discover, learn and explore with this presentation, discussion and supper with Abe Schwarz presenting a compelling story of an Aboriginal Christian leader who fought for oppressed Jews.

A descendant of Yorta Yorta Elder Uncle William Cooper (1860-1941), travelling in from NSW especially for this event great-great-grandson Michael McDonogh will be speaking and offering Acknowledgement of Country.

Where: Etz Chayim Progressive Synagogue, 549 Centre Road, Bentleigh

Cost: $20pp

Bookings: 9563 9208

Catalyst Enterprises
Post: Post Office Box 30, Balaclava Victoria 318

JCMA | ENGAGE IN | Listening to God and to each other: Prayer and Dialogue | 2pm Sunday 29 July - 5.30pm Monday 30 July 2018

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A Conference exploring the meaning of prayer and the skills we need to listen to one another with respect. The key to interreligious dialogue is listening. We ask "Does God answer my prayer?" - but are we listening for God's answer? And how can we listen to each other, if our ears are closed?

A significantly reworked format in order to make the experience more accessible to more people. In this way we hope to open up the experience of JCMA to a wider audience without missing the opportunity for the more intimate reflection time afforded by the Winter Conference.

Seminar Day: Sunday - from 2-8.30pm
with input from members and guest speakers. The day will be open to whoever would like to come with no obligation to remain overnight for the second day of the conference on Monday. This Seminar day will include all the main “input” sessions of the conference. Afternoon tea and a vegetarian meal will be included as part of the program for all who attend. Most importantly, there will be no set charge for attendance on this day – so that no one will feel excluded and as a demonstration of hospitality. (We do ask that those who attend contribute a donation - if they can - to help JCMA cover the incurred costs.)

Retreat Day: Monday continuing overnight from Sunday and all day until 5.30pm
consisting of time spent in discussion groups and in reflection on scripture texts from each of our three traditions. This will be a time to interact on a deeper level, to listen to one another and to God, and to absorb what we are hearing. It is expected that those who are participating on the Monday also participate in the Sunday Seminar and stay overnight, although this is not mandatory.

Who is it for?
• JCMA conferences are intended for people of all ages who are members of one of the three Abrahamic faith communities, Judaism, Christianity and Islam and is supported by major religious institutions within each faith community.
• Participants include men and women, young and old, lay and clergy, academics and students, and those working in community or welfare roles.
• All participants are asked to agree to the JCMA Principles of Dialogue
• Anyone from the Jewish, Christian or Muslim communities who subscribes to the aims and purpose of the conference is encouraged to register.

Where: Don Bosco Centre at 465 Lysterfield Road, Lysterfield

Registration of Interest
To register go to Eventbrite:
When registering, please register for EITHER the Sunday Seminar or the Full Package Sunday/Monday:
a) Sunday Seminar is Free to register.  Please consider making a donation toward the costs.
b) Full Package (Sunday and Monday) - the cost for this is $160 (plus Eventbrite booking fee), which includes the Sunday Seminar, overnight accommodation, Monday Retreat and all meals.
The Conference Planning Committee will review each registration and provide further details of the event and the program by email closer to the date to all those who registered as conformation of registration. Please note: The Conference Committee retains the right to decline registrations.
Bookings: online through EventBrite

Jewish Christian Muslim Association of Australia (JCMA)
Address: 383 Albert St, East Melbourne Vic 3002   
Tel: (03) 9287 5590
Ginette, Executive Officer
Usual Working days: Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays
Mobile: 0400 211 221

JCMA relies on the goodwill of volunteers and the generosity of our donors.
Donations are tax deductible. Please go to JCMA Donation to make a donation.

DDS | ENGAGE IN | The Festival of Dharma | Sunday 1 July 2018 | 10am-4pm

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A celebration of Kindness, Compassion and Wisdom

Experience a day of harmony and peace:
  • Find stillness through guided meditations
  • Learn form the teachings of the Dharma
  • Visit the Buddha Offering Field
  • Enjoy traditional Vietnamese vegetarian food
  • Bring your beloved pets for a special animal blessing at 3pm
Full program

This festival is possible through the practice of generosity, donations welcome.

Daylesford Dharma School 
Address: 11 Perrins Street, Daylesford, 3460
Tel: 03 5348 3112

GEIFN | REPORT | ZCK | CELEBRATING | 16th Anniversary | I'll Dine With You in Clayton | Sunday 27 May 2018 | 5.45-8.30pm

[Report is compiled from multiple public addresses, multiple sources made over multiple publication dates]

An intercultural evening with Chinese, Indonesian, Cambodian, Indian and Australian performers and songs of dedication to Peace, Harmony and Hope. Learn something new about other cultures and make a new friend!

Champions of community building and community leaders were invited in shared mission to make Victoria a place where people of all cultures and religions can live peacefully and harmoniously.

"I'll Dine With You in Clayton 2018” was a free invitation-only event for the culturally & linguistically diverse, and the wider communities.

Over wonderful food, conversation and company, the objectives of this event included:
  • Breaking down the cultural & religious barriers by inviting people from different cultures and religions to share the celebratory meal together with cultural performances.
  • Providing a forum for the guests to start a conversation with someone from a different culture thereby dispelling the fears, mistrust and misconceptions through personal intercultural experiences.
  • Working toward the continuous success of multiculturalism as enunciated by the Victorian State Governments Multicultural Policy.
  • An intercultural social experience, a community building and Interfaith Dialogue initiative to bridge better understanding and respect for different cultures & religious differences so that all Victorians can live together harmoniously and peacefully.
ZCK originate in China, and are a living intersection of the world’s religions, citing Confucianism, Buddhism, Christianity and Islam. ZCK hold the view that we are one family of humanity!

The organisation has:

Ten Virtues

The VIRTUES dictate how a person (or any beings for that matter) acts, behaves and treats others in society, and those around us. ⼗十德
1. Filial Piety 孝
Give unconditional love to our parents, care for them and respect them with gratitude.
2. Brotherly/Sisterly Love 悌
Brothers and sisters should love each other and live in harmonuy. Treat everyone like our brothers and sisters.
3. Loyalty 忠
Love our country and our people. Discharge our duties and responsibilities to serve our nation and society.
4. Sincerity 信
Keep your words and praises. Be trustworthy and responsible to earn respect.
5. Courtesy 礼
Protecting the young and respect the elders. Treat others with humility and respect.
6. Justice 義
Carry out your duties with fairness and impartiality. Just follow the truth.
7. Honesty 廉
Live a pure and simple life, untarnished by material desire. Self-contentment is the key to happiness.
8. Sense of Honor 耻
Do not succumb to human frailty. Be righteous and courageous to right the wrongs and lead a noble life.
9. Humanity 仁
Respect the aged and be generous to the poor. Compassion and love will always benefit humanity.
10. Wisdom 智
Enrich your knowledge with history and current affairs. Be able to differentiate between good and evil.

Eight Precepts

1. Do not cheat
2. Do not lie
3. Do not be greedy
4. Do not be unreasonable
5. Do not be arrogant
6. Do not be lazy
7. Do not be resentful
8. Do not hate others

Dahuiluan Melbourne | 18-19 May 2019

ZCK announced it will be host to the organisation’s next World Congress known as “Dahuiluan” to be held in Melbourne 18-19 May 2019. The first time the hosting is awarded to a country that is not in Asia.

Chapters of Moral Uplifting Society worldwide will congregate in Melbourne to exchange ideas on Divination practices, the progress and future of Dejiao propagation worldwide. 1,500 overseas visitors are expected to join “Dahuilauan” to enrich their personal experience and enjoy the international fraternity.

All donations and sponsorship in support of ZCK's work to reach out to the community are greatly appreciated.

ZCK wished to express its appreciations to the Victorian State Governments, City of Kingston, Watiga & Co., community and faith leaders, members and supporters for their continuous support and contribution.

On behalf of Buddhist Council Victoria Interfaith (bINTER) and Glen Eira Interfaith Network (GEIFN), thankyou to Organisers and all those working to reduce misunderstandings, build collaborations, celebrate diversity and foster team approach to addressing today's society. Received with gratitude.

Zee Cheng Khor Moral Uplifting Society (ZCK)
Tel: +61 3 8555 9023
ZCK Community Centre, Unit 1, 14-26 Audsley Street, Clayton South Vic 3169
Website: | Facebook

SDSJH | TALK | Reconciliation Q and A | Thursday 14 June 2018 | 7.30pm

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A topical event surrounding reconciliation, including a focus on initiatives being taken by Glen Eira City Council and neighbouring Port Phillip City Council.

Panel Includes:

  • Melissa Bickford, Chair of Glen Eira Reconciliation Action Plan advisory group and Senior Communications Advisor with DHHS.
  • John Murray, Koorie Engagement Support, DEECD.
  • Rev. Dr. Turi Hollis, Maori-born Anglican priest at Christ Church, St.Kilda, involved with reconciliation in the Port Phillip Council area.

Where: St John's Uniting Church, 567 Glen Huntly Road Elsternwick

Cost: Free

St John's Uniting Church
Address: 567 Glen Huntly Road Elsternwick
Side Door Social Justice Hub
Michael Forbes, Co-Chair
Tel: 0400 631 264

PWR | ANNOUNCED | Third line-up of luminaries coming to Toronto's November Parliament | 24 May 2018

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Voices of the Movement, Voices of PoWR. The interfaith movement has grown through many “ages.” 

125 years ago, in 1893, an age of “firsts:” the birth of formal interreligious dialogue, and an unprecedented encounter of Eastern and Western traditions.

In 1993, an age of exploration: a era when a true mosaic of the world’s religious and spiritual traditions embraced their interconnectedness. In 25 years since then, there have been growing pains and revolutions as leaders of religions and nations have united across lines of faith and conscience to overturn unjust systems.

While many still believe that divisions between religions are untraversable fault lines, many more recognize that strong relationships between people of faith—and between the faiths of peoples—can, have, and will change the world.

In November 2018, the Parliament will assemble luminaries who will honor our history and begin to write our future. It will be a chance for cooperation across spiritual, religious and secular communities to outgrow its novelty. Now, we will institutionalize our religious diversity, our cooperative missions, and our love and respect for one another.

As we salute our third line-up of luminaries, the Parliament asks you to join us in welcoming women who have broken the stained-glass ceiling, youth challenging the status quo and the shadow of perceived authority, and leaders at the forefront of change within the faith and interfaith movements.

Joining us later this year, the interfaith organizer who turned pro, who dared say college campuses can be the incubators of a new interfaith world, and who changed the landscape of higher education. The Rabbi who puts cooperation across faiths—across humanity—first. The Earth Guardian whose hip-hop testifies to the power of young people to redirect our shared journeys on this precious planet. The youngest-ever leader of the Baptist World Alliance who brings new eyes to the roles of global faiths in fostering friendship with our global neighbors. A Grandmother who not only heals the body, but the spirit and the bonds that hold together communities.

In this program, we recognize the promise of inclusion and the power of love more each day.
Join us in telling this new chapter of our movement: Interfaith Has No Age.

Learn More About the Voices of PoWR Speakers at the 2018 Parliament of the World's Religions

Grandmother Flordemayo
Flordemayo® is a beloved member of the Thirteen Indigenous Grandmothers who returns to the Indigenous Peoples' Program of the Parliament in 2018. A Curandera Espiritu, she is a healer of divine spirit.  She is a founding member of the Confederation of Indigenous Elders of the America, Institute of Natural and Traditional Knowledge, Church of the Spiritual Path, and the International Council of Thirteen Indigenous Grandmothers. Born under the sign of Q’anil (seed), Flordemayo® sees her role as cosmic germinator through teaching, community, manifestation and development.
Read more about Grandmother Flordemayo >

Reverend Dr. Elijah M. Brown
A leader breaking ground in his tradition, Brown comes for his first Parliament keynote address to promote understanding among the world's spiritual and religions traditions.
Elected in 2017 at the age of 36, Rev. Dr. Brown is the ninth General Secretary of the Baptist World Alliance (BWA) and the youngest to hold this position.​ Formed in 1905, the BWA represents 47 million Baptists in 124 countries and territories. Originally from Texas, USA, Rev. Dr. Brown completed his Ph.D. at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. His passion for justice has led him to conduct research among displaced camps in Africa and the Middle East, testify before the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission of the U.S. Congress, and speak around the world.​
Read more about Rev. Elijah Brown >

Karma Lekshe Tsomo
A Buddhist nun, scholar, and social activist, Karma Lekshe Tsomo is a leader who helps women lead. She joins the Women's Assembly in 2018.  Tsomo is a professor of Buddhist Studies at the University of San Diego, where she teaches World Religions, Buddhist Thought and Culture, Religious Identity in the Global Community, and other subjects. She holds a doctorate in Comparative Philosophy from the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, specializing in comparative religion, Buddhist feminist philosophy, Buddhism and bioethics, Buddhist social theory, concepts of death and afterlife, and Buddhist transnationalism.
Read more about Karma Lekshe Tsomo >

Dr. Eboo Patel
Eboo Patel is a leading voice in the movement for interfaith cooperation and the Founder and President of Interfaith Youth Core (IFYC), a national U.S.-based nonprofit working to make interfaith cooperation a social norm. He is the author of Acts of Faith, Sacred Ground and Interfaith Leadership. Named by US News & World Report as one of America’s Best Leaders of 2009, Eboo served on President Obama’s Inaugural Faith Council. For over fifteen years, he has worked with governments, social sector organizations, and college and university campuses to help realize a future where religion is a bridge of cooperation rather than a barrier of division.
The Parliament of the World's Religions is thrilled to share what next-level wisdom Eboo brings to our next international convening.
Read more about Eboo Patel >

Margaret Lokawua
As a little girl growing up in Karamoja, Uganda where livelihood depends on pastoralism and girls are thought to be only good for bride price, education is the least of priorities for most girl children. Educating a girl is seen as a waste of resources. Education for Margaret, then, becomes more of a tool of inspiration to other girls and women in her community rather than a personal endeavor.
In 2001, Margaret Lokowua decided to create an indigenous women’s organization called the Women Environmental Conservation project which today boast a membership of over 200 rural women.
Lokowua will come to Canada from Uganda for our global assembly of the Indigenous Peoples Program: The Spiritual Evolution of Humanity and Healing Our Mother Earth.
Read more about Margaret Lokawua >

Xiuhtezcatl Martinez
The Next Gen Task Force of the Parliament of the World's Religions will unveil a bold call to action through the fierce and fearless Xiuhtezcatl Martinez, (his first name pronounced ‘Shoe-Tez-Caht’) Earth Guardians Youth Director, who is a 17-year-old indigenous climate activist, hip-hop artist, and powerful voice on the front lines of a global youth-led environmental movement.
At the early age of six Xiuhtezcatl began speaking around the world, from the United Nations Summit in Rio de Janeiro, to addressing the General Assembly at the United Nations in New York. He has worked locally to get pesticides out of parks, coal ash contained, and moratoriums on fracking in his state, and is currently a plaintiff in a youth-led lawsuit against the federal government for their failure to protect the atmosphere for future generations.
Read more about Xiuhtezcatl Martinez >

H.H. Pujya Sadhvi Shri Shilapiji Maharaj
With her simplistic approach to the doctrines of Ahimsa, Love and Compassion, Pujya Sadhvi Shri Shilapiji Maharaj - a dynamic and inspiring leader - appeals to people from every faith and all walks of life. She will be a featured speaker in the Assembly on Countering War, Hate and Violence, where she will showcase the Jain teachings of nonviolence as tools to build a peaceful world.
With an M.Phil in Comparative Religion from the University of London, she is the first Sadhvi in the Jain tradition to have pursued overseas education.
A grand canvas of her work is embodied in Veerayatan Vidyapeeth Kutch, Gujarat (India) - a massive relief and rehabilitation project that she has initiated and nurtured for close to two decades. It stands tall today as a beacon of hope, creating numerous opportunities for the educational and professional development of the rural population.
Read more about H.H. Pujya Sadhvi Shri Shilapiji Maharaj >

Rabbi David Rosen
Rabbi David Rosen, former Chief Rabbi of Ireland, is the International Director of Interreligious Affairs of AJC and Director of its Heilbrunn Institute for International Interreligious Understanding.​ A spiritual luminary who embodies the vision of the Parliament of the World's Religions, Rabbi Rosen returns to the Parliament to help illuminate our vision of understanding, reconciliation and change.
Rabbi Rosen is Honorary Advisor on Interfaith Relations to the Chief Rabbinate of Israel; serves on its Commission for Interreligious Dialogue, and represents the Chief Rabbinate on the Council of Religious Institutions of the Holy Land. He is an International President of Religions for Peace (WCRP); Honorary President of the International Council of Christians and Jews (ICCJ); and serves on the Executive of the World Council of Religious Leaders (WCORL); and is a member of the Elijah Institute‘s World Board of Religious Leaders. He is a founder of the Interreligious Coordinating Council in Israel that embraces some seventy organizations in Israel involved in interfaith relations (ICCI).
Read More About Rabbi David Rosen >


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CCEH | ENGAGING | Migrants and Refugee Backgrounds about Sexual Health and Healthy Relationships

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A comic based resource to help anyone working with young people from migrant and refugee backgrounds to start a discussion about sexual health and healthy relationships.

SHARE (Sexual Health and Relationships Education) isn't new, but we are still so excited about it and wanted to make sure as many people know about it as possible!

SHARE is a free resource and provides the facilitator (teacher, community worker, health worker, nurse and anyone else working with young people) with all of the information they need to start a discussion about sexual health and healthy relationships.

The SHARE website includes:
  • the comics
  • facilitator guides
  • plain language fact sheets
  • information about relevant local services.
You can find it here:

The Centre for Culture, Ethnicity and Health
Rebecca Reeves, SHARE
Tel: (03) 9418 9920

VMC | CALL FOR APPLICATIONS | Community Harmony Program Grants | now open, CLOSE 12 June 2018

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The Community Harmony Program aims to build social cohesion and community harmony through preventative initiatives that address the root causes of social disharmony and racial, ethnic and religious intolerance.

The program provides funding of up to $100,000 per annum for 1 or 2 years.

New to the 2018-19 program
  • Applications for under $25,000 per annum are required to outline an approach for how the applicant will assess the outcomes of their funded activity.
  • Applications for over $25,000 per annum are required to submit a Project Evaluation Plan with their application.
Funding priorities
Applications should demonstrate a focus on or inclusion of:
  • the priority audience and/or program participants (women, young people, new and emerging communities, LGBTI people, regional Victorians)
  • community led responses to racism and discrimination
  • interfaith/multifaith initiatives
  • strong collaboration between partners 
Applications close: 11.59pm on 12 June 2018

Victorian Multicultural Commission
Tel: 03 7017 8190

VMC | HOLDING | Community Conversations | June 2018

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Participate in a series of community conversations in May and June across regional and metropolitan Victoria. The Victorian Multicultural Commission wants to know what matters to you.

We invite you to join us at these special events, where you can:
  • Tell the VMC what is important to you and your community
  • Help shape the VMC’s priorities in your region
  • Meet your Victorian Multicultural Commissioners
  • Meet your local Regional Advisory Council representatives
We encourage you to attend one of these events.

Bookings: find a session in your local area and register at

You can also help to promote these consultations with your communities and networks by sharing the promotional flyers.

Victorian Multicultural Commission

PPLS | AUTHOR TALK | Maree Coote: Art of Melbourne | Wednesday 6 June 2018 | 6.30-7.30pm

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Join Maree Coote on a fascinating journey as she discusses the representation Melbourne in Art. 

One of the very first to identify the contemporary rise of Melbourne’s cultural and place power, Maree is an energetic inspirational speaker. Her unique understanding of her topic (Melbourne) is made accessible through her command of history, culture, art and design for a wide variety of audiences.

According to Philip Adams, “Melbourne never had a more ingenious ambassador.” Coote’s first book The Melbourne Book: A History of Now is in its fourth edition after 12+ years in print, and has been dubbed ‘Melbourne’s Bible’.

Where: St Kilda Library, 150 Carlisle Street, St Kilda Vic 3182

Cost: Free

Bookings: online through EventBrite

City of Port Phillip Council
Port Phillip Library Service (PPLS)
Tel: 9209 6655

JCV | WORKSHOP | Understanding Technology-Facilitated Abuse | Thursday 7 June 2018 | 1-3pm

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Empowering women to take control online. A free workshop with the Office of the e-safety Commissioner  

This session is for frontline staff, volunteers and other professionals who work with or support women who have experienced family violence.

At the end of the workshop, participants will have:
  • A thorough understanding of how technology-facilitated abuse can occur and how to make changes  to reduce technology risks;
  • The knowledge and confidence to support women and families experiencing or recovering from  this type of abuse;
  • Information on how to access a new phone under the WESNET Telstra Safe Connections program. 
Where: The Coppel & Piekarski Family Disability Respite Centre
476 - 478 Glen Eira Rd, Caulfield, VIC 3162

Cost: Free

Bookings: Seats limited, must RSVP. Online through EventBrite

Jewish Care Victoria
Address: 619 St Kilda Road, Melbourne, Victoria 3004
Tel: (03) 8517 5777

DCN | WORKSHOP | Dance of the Vajra for the Benefit of Beings | Friday 8-Sunday 10 June 2018

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Meditation in Movement, a contemplative dance course with Rosemary Friend

Through practicing Vajra Dance, participants activate and coordinate specific energy points in their body according to an ancient knowledge of channels and chakras. In this way, the Vajra Dance dissolves energy blocks, harmonises the three main aspects of our being - body, energy and mind, developing presence and awareness.

Friday 8 June | 6-9pm
Where: Unitarian Church Hall, 110 Grey Street, East Melbourne Vic

Saturday 9-Sunday 10 June | 10am-12.30pm, 1.30-4pm
Where: Fleming Park Hall, 104 Victoria Street, East Brunswick

Considerations: Newcomers advised to attend all sessions. Nobody will be turned away due to lack of funds.

Cost: Suggestion donation: $100/$80/$60 Full/Member/Conc.

Bookings: Gary Email:; Yvonne

Dzogchen Community of Namgyalgar
Post: PO Box 307, Glasshouse Mountains, QLD 4518, Australia
Websites: http://vajradance.net

VMC | CALL FOR NOMINATIONS | Multicultural Awards for Excellence | now OPEN, close Monday 25 June 2018

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Who are the most inspiring people you know that are making a real difference for multicultural Victoria?

Nominate your diversity heroes. Nominations for Victoria’s 2018 Multicultural Awards for Excellence are now open to find our state's next diversity heroes.

The awards honour outstanding individuals and organisations that foster cross-cultural understanding, support migrants and refugees, and celebrate and preserve the diversity of cultures in Victoria.

Nominations are invited across 10 categories to recognise the many ways that Victorians strengthen multiculturalism.

Nominations close: 11.59pm on Monday 25 June 2018.

Find out more and nominate someone you know at
Online nominations are encouraged and preferred. To request a PDF or hard-copy nomination form, please email or phone 03 7017 8190.

Recipients will be honoured at a ceremony at Government House attended by high-profile dignitaries in September 2018.

Victorian Multicultural Commission
Tel: 03 7017 8190

Now in their 17th year, the awards are coordinated by the Victorian Multicultural Commission on behalf of the Victorian Government

SMPCP | INFORMING | Over 65s - Protecting your own future | Friday 15 June 2018 | 11am-12.30pm

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Commemorating World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) 15 June 2018, an information session for community members over 65.

Southern Melbourne Primary Care Partnership are holding a community event to encourage older people to engage with their future.

Guest speakers will be discussing:
  • Power of Attorney Risks
  • Maintaining positive family relationships and friendship networks
  • Evolving your independence
Start planning now to maintain your independence and wellbeing. Speakers have plenty of practice in helping people solve problems. This includes issues with family or money.

Where: Duncan Mackinnon Reserve

Considerations: Light lunch provided. Warm Room. Bring a friend or carer

Cost: Free

Bookings: Places are limited. RSVPs for the event close on Wednesday June 6. Book online through EventBrite

Southern Melbourne Primary Care Partnership
Address: 335 Nepean Highway, Parkdale Vic 3195
Tel: 8587 0134 (Mon -Thurs)
Ken Young, Partnership Lead; Mob: 0477 402 277; Email:

A collaboration with Senior Rights Victoria, Office of the Public Advocate and FMC Mediation and Counselling

EIC | DINNER TALK | Jewish and Catholic Friendship Annual Dinner | Sunday 17 June 2018 | Arrive 6.45pm for 7.00pm start

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The Annual Dinner for Jewish and Catholic Communities of Melbourne featuring a dialogue panel on youth in the life of our faith communities.

Where: Catholic Leadership Centre, Corner Victoria Parade and Hoddle Street, East Melbourne, VIC 3002
Enter the Centre from Victoria Parade, and follow the walkway next to St John’s Church through to the Courtyard and enter from the south side of the Dining Room.

Cost: $50.00 (2 course buffet Kosher Meal including drinks)

Bookings: online through Trybooking

Ecumenical and Interfaith Commission
David Schütz
Tel: 03 9926 5708
Mob: 0400 978 938

CCEH | WORKSHOP | Free Hepatitis B workshops for health workers now | Hume 22 June 2018 | Melton 27 June 2018

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Health and support workers should update themselves with the latest thinking on hepatitis B and effective strategies for working with affected communities.

More than 60% of people living with hepatitis B come from culturally and linguistically diverse communities. There are many misunderstandings about hepatitis B and without treatment, hepatitis B can cause liver cancer.

This workshop will give you:
1) Knowledge and understanding of transmission, diagnosis and treatment of hepatitis B
2) Knowledge on how to deliver appropriate health literate and culturally competent care to people affected by hepatitis B.

This training module has been developed in partnership with St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne and the Multicultural Health and Support Service at the Centre for Culture, Ethnicity & Health.

Hume Workshop 22 June
Seminar Room 4, Hume Global Learning Centre
1093 Pascoe Vale Rd, Broadmeadows VIC 3047 Australia
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Melton Workshop 27 June
Pyke and Grant Rooms Melton Library and Learning Hub
31 McKenzie St, Melton VIC 3337 Australia
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Centre for Culture, Ethnicity & Health
Address: 23 Lennox Street Richmond 3121 VIC Australia
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GEIFN | MEDIA | Mix | June 2018

Approx 5 min reads

Amanda Hooton explores a working partnership of equals, meet “The duo who have investigated more than 2000 domestic violence deaths” via The Age

Joe Hinchliffe explores truth of lived experience, and working together towards reconciliation, revealing how “Sorry Day monument honours stolen generation, marks meeting place” via The Age

Paulyne Pogorelske explores individual freedom, public expression of discordant views and importance of electing officials who act in public interest, citing hallmarks for trustable “Faith” via The Canberra Times

Jessica Irvine explores minimum wage, jobs growth and market profitability, “The ramifications of these hearings have never been greater” via The Age

Clare Boyd-Macrae explores old-school safety first, job satisfaction, social purpose and cultivating civic pride, citing example of “Tram conductors an extinct species, briefly brought back to life” via The Age

Neha Kale explores connectivity, fluidity and trust, revealing how “Rafael Bonachela's ab [intra] connects with emotion” via The Age

David Woodbridge explores how smarter technology to overcome no vision, reporting “For David, smart devices are more than just a convenience” via The Age

Amrit Dhillon explores technology breaking down gender barriers, revealing the trailblazing in “Driving up women's standard of living in India” via WA Today

Palko Karasz explores a reimagined fate for shelter built well and to last, reconnecting community with purpose as “Iconic red phone box makes a comeback in Britain” via The Canberra Times

Sarah Berry explores the liberating value of constructive idleness, reconnecting with own voice, revealing “How boredom helped me find purpose in my life” via The Sydney Morning Herald

Lea Delaria explores identity, humour, love and acceptance, giving the back story of how “My father inspired my love of jazz” via The Sydney Morning Herald

Annabel Crabb explores how in paradise realms, food goes from being a thoughtfully prepared staple to instant packaged entertainment as “Dishing up Australia's dining past: How food has shaped us through the decades” via

Muxina Konarova explores plastic waste and alternative treatments to reduce waste and generate usable biproducts, arguing “A solution for the recycling crisis: turn plastic into energy” via The Sydney Morning Herald

Konrad Marshall explores the role of team sports crafting emotional balance in their players, revealing “How vulnerability became sport's winning weapon” via The Canberra Times

Matt Wade explores technology, influence and being left out of counting, reflecting upon “How much is Facebook and Google worth to you?” via The Brisbane Times

Robert Nelson explores different views of historical events, purposeful story telling and allowing reconciled truth to have public airing, reviewing “Colony, Australia 1770-1861- Frontier Wars at the NGV” via The Sydney Morning Herald

Michael McGirr explores advantages of a global reaching text, accessory of empire, call for justice and orderly living and theology, revealing “The Bible in Australia review: Meredith Lake's big story of the big book” via The Canberra Times

Benjamin Law explores “Dicey Topics: OzHarvest's Ronni Kahn talks about politics, religion and money” via WA Today

Kylie Northover explores religious expression, outreach and Outback “Untold Australia: Outback Rabbis” via The Sydney Morning Herald

Tony Wright explores causes, affects and consequences of integrated student-centered education focused on societal benefit, declaring “Not basket-weaving: How tech schools saved kids and built Australia” via The Brisbane Times

Rachel Lane explores purposely designed village centered share housing, inviting us to “Meet the residents living in an 'aged care micro-town'” via The Age

Approx 20min presentations

Sayu Bhojwani: Immigrant voices make democracy stronger

Alexander Betts: Why Brexit happened — and what to do next

Elizabeth Loftus: How reliable is your memory?

Approx 5 min presentation

Sam Tsui & Casey Breves - Stand By You / Stand By Me MASHUP

Approx 2 min presentation

Sesame Street, Charlize Theron and Abby: Jealous

Approx 30 min presentation

Found In Translation (30 mins)
Australian Story: The Attwood family share their life centred around and dealing with living and loving a person with Aspergers.