WHIN | CELEBRATING | Carnivale of Connection | Saturday 4 August 2018 | 2- 5pm

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A celebration of Multicultural Music, Dance and food

Where: Whittlesea Council, 25 Ferres Boulevard, South Morang Vic 3752

Cost: Free entry.

Whittlesea Interfaith Network (WHIN)
Tel: Farzaneh 0413 667 146; Email:;
Email: Glenys Southurst

MPIN | Listening to the Land (Winter Star Gazing) | Saturday 4 August 2018 | 4.30-7.30pm

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Our Winter Star Gazing Listening to the Land program begins at the special time of 4.30pm and includes an introductory talk, a listening walk, a meditation and a star gazing session (after sunset). 

Walk and meditation will be led by Lionel Lauch, a Gunditjmara Kirrae Wurrung-Bundjalung man. The star gazing talk will be led by Geoff Linnell, environmental interpretation ranger at Frankston City Council.

Where: Meeting Point: No 16 Beach Car Park - end of Marcia Avenue, Rye
Melway Ref: 167, J10

Considerations: The program will conclude around 7.30pm. The walk is mildly strenuous. Look forward to seeing you there – sunshine or rain.

Cost: The event is by donation.

Mornington Peninsula Interfaith Network
Judy O’Donnell
Tel: 03 5974 4969
Mob: 0400 088 410

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

KIN | TOUR | Places of Worship | Saturday 18 August 2018 | 1.30-4.30pm

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Learn about other faiths. Discuss beliefs and traditions. Appreciate the diverse faiths that make up our community. Through knowledge, understanding and respect, we can strengthen and build on the rich heritage everyone brings to our community.

Bus departs 1.30pm sharp from: Temple Society Australia, 51 Elizabeth Street, Bayswater Vic 3153 (inside the white building - chapel - nearest the road).

The Place of Worship that will be visited are:
  • Pure Land Learning Center
  • Szent Istv├ín Ecumenical Church
Cost: $5 per person | Includes tour, transportation and afternoon tea

Further information and Bookings: 03 9557 6713 | E: | Limited Seats | Book Now

Knox Interfaith Network
Tel: 03 9557 6713

VWT | GRANTS FOR | Women + Girls. Apply Now | open, closes Friday 31st August 2018

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Victorian Women's Trust Sub-Funds are now open for application. Each of our Sub-Funds is designed with specific purposes to help women and girls thrive.

Our 2018 Sub-Fund Grants Program is now open. Applications close midnight Friday 31 August 2018. Make sure you read the 2018 Sub-Fund Guidelines before applying.

Humanitas Sub-Fund
Seeks applications from:
Who: Women from African countries living in Victoria, including those who are refugees or asylum seekers, enabling them to avail themselves of educational, employment and other economic opportunities in Australia.

Chris Friday Sub-Fund
Seeks applications from:
Who: Aboriginal community organisations for projects addressing the education, health needs and housing of Aboriginal women and girls in Victoria.

Con Irwin Sub-Fund
Supports innovative social justice projects that offer circuit breaking solutions to long-term problems of:
  • discrimination;
  • violence against women and children;
  • inequality of educational opportunity.
Essie Burbridge Sub-Fund
Supports projects that:
  • provide leadership and achievement in cross-cultural understanding, and strategies for combating racism;
  • promote values critical to a vibrant and non-racist society;
  • build bridges between European, Middle-Eastern and Asian cultures;
  • advance tolerance, compassion and understanding in the community.
Fay Marles Equal Opportunity Sub-Fund
Supports projects that provide:
  • leadership training to increase young women’s working knowledge of equal opportunity legislation, structures and processes;
  • research that strengthens knowledge of loopholes and gaps in equal opportunity legislation, with a view to system improvement and policy change;
  • education and engagement on equal opportunity issues in workplaces, organisations and in the broader community.
Fleur Spitzer Sub-Fund
Supports projects that:
  • increase the literacy, educational opportunity and empowerment of women and girls;
  • identify and address barriers that deny older women safety, security and dignity.
Jean McCaughey Social Justice Sub-Fund
Supports research projects that relate to women in the areas of:
  • homelessness;
  • poverty and family well-being;
  • strengthening local communities.
Joan Hudson Sub-Fund
Supports innovative social justice projects that provide:
  • positive and effective community supports for mothers and their children;
  • new and/or improved opportunities for respite care for mothers of children with high-need disabilities; or
  • practical support for young women from less advantaged backgrounds to access educational and academic opportunities.
Loula Rodopoulos Sub-Fund
Makes grants to:
  • assist women recovering from mental illness or other difficult circumstances; or
  • support and enable programs which encourage young and established female writers.
Prue Myer Sub-Fund
Supports projects for immigrants and refugees and disadvantaged girls and young women that:
  • provide them with positive mentoring opportunities;
  • improve their academic and educational outcomes;
  • encourage their engagement and participation in political life.

Grant Amount
Grants can range from $3,000 to $10,000 depending on the Sub-Fund.
Applicants are encouraged to discuss proposals with VWBT prior to submission.

Application Timelines
Monday 16th July 2018 – Applications Open
Friday 31st  August 2018 – Applications Close

Advice and Inquiries
Applicants are encouraged to discuss projects with us prior to submission. Please call 03 9642 0422 or email and a member our grants team will contact you.

Eligibility and Exclusions
  • The Victorian Women’s Benevolent Trust cannot fund individuals.
  • Grant applicants must be endorsed by the Australian Taxation Office for Item 1, Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) and either Tax Concession Charity (TCC) or can prove that they would be charitable but for their connection with government (usually established by a letter from the ATO). Applicants must provide a copy of these endorsements, or letter from the ATO, at the time of application.
  • Eligibility is strictly limited to groups which operate for charitable purposes and either provide relief of poverty, sickness, suffering, distress, misfortune, destitution or helplessness amongst Victorian women or operate for purposes beneficial to Victorian women.
  • Projects must address the needs of women and girls living in Victoria.
  • VWBT is open to funding the project of an eligible organisation in partnership with another organisation.
  • VWBT does not provide matching or shortfall funding for government funded projects, infrastructure or operational costs.
Also refer to our grants FAQs.

Grant Decisions
Decisions about successful applications are made by Trustees in November 2018. Trustees will make decisions by November/December 2018.

Project Reports and Financial Acquittals
Download the Project Report and Financial Acquittal Template (Word Doc)

The Victorian Women's Trust (VWT)
9/313 La Trobe Street, Melbourne, VIC 3000
Tel: 03 9642 0422

GEIFN | GOES | Speed Dating a Religious Zealot | in commemoration of UN International Peace Day 21 September

A round-table opportunity for audience members to sit informally together with people of different religious traditions and ask any/all the questions they always wanted to ask but never had the opportunity.

Check back for more details or express your interest to be first in the loop and have your religion representing.

Click for more about UN International Peace Day.

Human rights are everyone's rights. Everyone's business. Everyone's solution.

Glen Eira Interfaith Network
Carey Rohrlach, Caretaker

PWR | ASKS | How will Vandana Shiva, Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish, and Weiming Tu Inspire the Parliament? | Toronto Ontario | 1- 7 November 2018

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The Voices of PoWR are expanding, explore our luminary lineup for the 2018 Parliament of the World's Religions! 

The biggest weapon of mass destruction is the hate in our souls. Dr Abuelaish
Among the Voices of PoWR featured in this fourth roster of luminaries taking stage at the 2018 Parliament of the World’s Religions, Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish’s story completely embodies the capacity of love to change the world.

Abuelaish became the first Palestinian doctor to work in an Israeli hospital. But the spotlight found him when his on-air reaction to the deaths of his three young daughters and niece went viral.

In his book “I Shall Not Hate” and advocacy work, he shares lessons in healing and forgiveness globally.

And at the 2018 Parliament, Dr. Abuelaish is joined by a new class of Voices of PoWR, inspiring us in the pursuit of understanding, reconciliation, and change.

Frank Fredericks will explain how we can end religious violence in a generation on the Next Gen stage.

Dr. Azza Karam will unpack the roles of women in the pursuit of human development in the Women’s Assembly.

Dr. Weiming Tu will share Confucian thought drawing from a fusion of heart, mind, and soul with the Climate Assembly in the pursuit of Earth and humanitarian ethics in today’s world.

Dr. Miguel De La Torre will zoom in on the injustices common to the Latinx experience and confront the ways that religions interact with these problems on the Justice stage.

Dr. Beverley Jacobs will share how the painstaking journey of making justice and reconciliation is even possible in the shadow of atrocity, in the Indigenous Peoples Program.

Jessica Bolduc will prove that supporting today’s Indigenous youth through relationships across faiths, cultures, and ethnicities will ensure that these atrocities never happen again.

Dr. Vandana Shiva a globally-recognized physicist, Hindu author and ecofeminist, will return as a PoWR keynote and bring the strength of women to the Climate Assembly stage. A beacon of empowerment, Shiva last left attendees at the the 2015 Parliament inaugural women’s assembly with a dramatic call to act:
I hope with this wonderful gathering this Parliament of World's Religions will go down in history as the day women put the new imperialism of corporate domination on notice and said, "No more. No more!" Dr. Vandana Shiva
Join us, once again, in welcoming to the Parliament of the World's Religions these exceptional living examples of the promise of inclusion and the power of love.

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



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Parliament of the World's Religions
Address: 70 East Lake Street, Suite 205, Chicago, IL 60601

MHFA | WALK | Mental Health Wellbeing Walk | Sunday 4 November 2018 | 10am-12.30pm

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The perfect opportunity to meet good people, in a good environment and move together for a great cause. When people come together as one friendships bloom, connections form, and change begins. 

This year, Mental Health Foundation Australia presents the Mental Health Wellbeing Walk as part of Mental Health Month 2018.

We can’t wait for all of us to stand out and speak up as one!

Where: Albert Park Lake, Melbourne

Inclusions: refreshments, exciting entertainment and great company is guaranteed.

Event Information:

Registrations: online through Trybooking (close 15 September 2018)

Mental Health Foundation Australia
Suite J, 450 Chapel Street
South Yarra Victoria, 3141

GEIFN | REPORTS | HCWPRLM | DIALOGUE | 39th WARP Office: The Beginning and the Origin of All Things | Saturday 21 July 2018 | 4-6pm

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

Civic, Religious and Community Leaders and Guests assembled to address from their scriptural viewpoint: The Beginning and the Origin of All Things.

On this occasion, a square-table discussion on the trustworthiness of Scripture was moderated by Steven Gouw and other contributors were from 2 forms of Christianity, Islam and Buddhism. With opportunities for questions and input from a growing audience.

The Buddhist programmed appearance was on behalf of Buddhist Council Victoria Religious Instruction (bENGAGED) and Glen Eira Interfaith Network (GEIFN). There are many views, here is a reflected Buddhist account offered on the day and expanded post-event for a wider audience.

1. Is there a record in your scripture/teaching about who created all things (the source and its power that formed all things)?

Before this question can be answered correctly by a Buddhist, it needs to be contextualised to the time, place and situation in Ancient India 2,600 years ago. The question is not a ‘who’ but rather a ‘What. Why. How. When. Or Not. As the Case May be’.

The Buddha taught that understanding is beginningless and limitless, only limited by our Ignorance. If you look just 1 second before any beginning, you will find another beginning in an unbroken circular loop. The starting point is subjective or relative to the perceiver. Creation exists because conditions to support it are present. After starting, there is Existence, dependent on conditions to remain, subject to time passing (use by). And if there is a Creation (start date), there must also be an End Date (past use by date).

Often to understand complicated ideas, it is useful to try and find an everyday example to see if it fits. Think of a packaged meal. It has a “best before” or “use by” date. But where did this begin? Who was the beginner? Was it the ink maker that stamped the date? The package printer that designed an enticing image that rarely looks like the reality? The kitchen maker? The cook? The recipe keeper? The shopper? The market gardener? The irrigator? Etc etc etc.

Or Not. Did it all begin because of an action? Or the second before it which had the thought? Or the second before that which felt hunger?

If evidence proves there is no 1 definable creation date, then there is no 1 creator. At the very least there should be 2. And if 2, why not more? If every present moment has creation as part of its nature, then logically we are all creators, determining our now and influencing our future, pregnant with possibilities.

2. Is there a record in your scripture/teaching about the order in which all things were created (formed)?

Over 2,600 years of Buddhism has yielded many translations of beginningless and limitless potential, evolving with language and developing understanding from passed on knowledge, lived experience and conditions of sharing.

Simply put: From the Buddha view, only things with Minds perceive Suffering. Free the mind from its attachment to Suffering. Discover for one’s self that Positive things create positive results. Negative things create negative results. Neutral things create mixed results.

Creating the 3 Perfecting Realisations: Fearlessness from deep understanding of truth. Joyfulness that arises from a deep experience of kindness. Generosity that arises from a deep experience of non-selfishness.

Creating Perfect conditions for these 3 primary Wisdom Aspects to coexist in the same place, body and endurance over time, sometimes called Bohdi Citta (Sanskrit) or Awakened Mind (English).

These are more commonly known names:
  • Karma (Causality, Cause and Effects, Choice and Consequences)
  • Tripitaka (3 Baskets)
  • Emptiness
  • Dependent Origination
  • Dependent Arising
  • Interconnectedness

3. Is there a record in your scripture/teaching about what all things and human beings are made of?

From the Buddhist view, as in 2 above, there are many models by which understanding of the material, subjective and objective realms are composed. Here is one of them:

5 Elements: Space, Air, Fire, Water, Earth

This can be divided into at least 2 different compositional types:
Sanskrit: 3 Doshas:
Vata (Space + Air), Pitta (Air + Fire or Fire + Water), Kapha (Water + Earth)

Tibetan: 2 Base + 3 Determinants
Space + Earth, changeable by 3 forces (internal or external) of change: Air, Fire and Water

All matter consists of 1-4 elements. Only living beings have the 5th element Space (potential for Consciousness, Creativity, Cognisance). The result of all 5 elements coexisting without disturbance produces the 6th element: Pure Insight, Enlightenment or Awakened Mind.

Not be Confused with Delusion, Illusion or Ignorance. Which might look the same, but completely different in reality.

It is nothing to be taken personally. It is just the way things are. From a Buddhist view, the short name for this is called Triple Gems or Buddha/Dharma/Sangha (Sanskrit: Way of Buddha/Teachings/Relativity).

See attached Religious Comparator Guidelines as supplied by Host as briefing notes to Speakers.

On behalf of BCV’s Buddhist Religious Instruction (bENGAGED) and Glen Eira Interfaith Network (GEIFN), thankyou to Hosts, Organisers, Volunteers and Participants working to share, build collaborations, celebrate diversity and foster team approach to addressing today's society. Received with gratitude.

Heavenly Culture, World Peace, Restoration of Light Melbourne (HCWPRL)
Tel: +61 434 281 446

GEIFN | MEDIA | Mix | August 2018

Approx 5 min reads

Esther Han explores medical developments in spiritual care, asking “How do you talk to a young cancer sufferer about possible death?” via The Age

Bill Pugh shares his Faith, saluting life passages and citing moral exemplars in atheists “Jim and June, salt of the earth” of via WA Today

Ross Coady describes a long road home to self acceptance, in shared “Reflections: 'Where were my angel wings, where was my glitter?'” via The Age

Maureen Matthews explores uniting different outlooks under one roof, addressing a reader’s question in “About Last Night: The trouble with being too positive” via The Brisbane Times

Jane Caro explores inbuilt male entitlement, gender blindness, bias and denialism, revealing “The book that had redefined my outlook on sexism” via The Age

Robert Nelson reflects upon postcards of time, space and dedication, reviewing “French masterworks shed light on artists' imagination” via The Age

Benjamin Law explores retiring from public figurehead, existing without limelight and loving teamwork, rolling with “Dicey Topics: Bob Murphy talks death, politics and money” via The Canberra Times

Elissa Blake explores gender, relatability and engaging in life, revealing insight informing “Rachel Griffith's female take on the cop-buddy genre” via The Age

Georgina Dent explores repurposing surplus energy or time for jugglers of busy living, answering  “Why the gig economy is a no-brainer for Baby Boomers” via WA Today

Caitlin Fitzsimmons explores perceptions, violent perpetrators, victims, gender and societal pressures, using evidence to reason “Australia is safer than it used to be but family violence persists” via WA Today

Nigel Gladstone explores diversity of experience, languages and ingredients for successful resettlement, revealing how “Immigration: Australian dream becoming reality for migrants, ABS shows” via The Age

Eryk Bagshaw explores migration, innovation and job creation “States chase migrants to deliver small business boom” via The Brisbane Times

Maureen Mathews explores how to identify personal insecurities to positively transform workplace and homelife, in overcoming “About Last Night: Prejudice in the workplace” via The Canberra Times

Michael Gleeson explores examples of team work, Australian spirit and individually putting best foot forward, just some of the reasons why “Record-breaking Deng has his sights set firmly on Tokyo glory” via The Sydney Morning Herald

Latika Bourke explores an example of exported Aussie-technology addressing a long running regional conflict, innovating technology with global implications, revealing some ingredients that make “The Aussie boy who's at home spruiking for Israel” via WA Today

Melinda Houston explores how insight, investigation, evidence and humour can change attitudes, reviewing some of the ingredients needed for winning the “War On Waste” via The Canberra Times

Christine McGinn explores an inclusive approach to a broad and diverse congregation when “Uniting Church to allow same-sex marriages” via The Canberra Times

Matthew Knott explores different examples of Aussie spirit towards asylum seekers “The Aussies helping Manus and Nauru refugees resettle in America” via The Sydney Morning Herald

Jake Niall explores how footy continues to kick goals in humanitarianism when “AFL Bombers listen and learn on difference and acceptance on transgender, non-binary identities” via The Sydney Morning Herald

Melissa Heagney explores sustainability and livability of being civic-minded and collectively inspired as “Green Melbourne developments like Milieu and The Commons see rise in resale values” via

Neha Kale explores an example of multi-influenced individuals teaming for success, reconciling “Cultural collision is creative lifeblood for Alice Springs band Apakatjah” via The Canberra Times

Approx 20min presentations

Marco Tempest: The magic of truth and lies (and iPods)

Malcolm Gladwell: Choice, happiness and spaghetti sauce

Boniface Mwangi: The day I stood up alone

Approx 5 min presentation

The Herd - A Thousand Lives (1000 Lives)

Approx 2 min presentation

Sesame Street and Elmo: Imagine

Approx 30 min presentation

HerStory: Because of her, we can.
Brooke Boney hosts a NAIDOC commemorative discussion by Indigenous female actors, writers and producers about the contribution of women to their communities and identity. Featuring Rachel Perkins, Nakkiah Lui, Sally Riley and Nayuka Gorrie.