LMFP | SURVEY | Knowledge, Experience and Understanding Through LGBTIQ+ Multicultural and Faith Project | CLOSING soon

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A project seeking to increase acceptance of LGBTIQ+ culturally diverse communities and support their inclusion in all spheres of Victorian life.

The Project has been busy listening to people across LGBTIQ+, multicultural and faith communities over the last few months. Now, we are getting ready for the next phase of the project.

Our first survey is closing in a few days and we would love it if you could complete it (if you haven't already) and share it online with your friends and colleagues.
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Organisers are forming a partnership with the Australian GLBTIQ Multicultural Council (AGMC) and speaking to other groups. To ensure this project is guided and led by people with a lived experience. This reflects what we have heard about how real change has to be led from within communities for it to be effective and lasting.

The second is that we are now starting the second phase of the project, which will comprise face-to-face interviews, workshops and focus groups with members of the community.

To get a deeper understanding of the lived experience of LGBTIQ+ people and the barriers to safety and inclusion that currently exist. We will be co-designing and piloting this in partnership with two community groups: Victorians of Chinese and Greek ancestry. These two pilot communities are two of the largest and most established multicultural communities in Victoria – providing a range of partnership opportunities to support the delivery of this pilot. In addition, we will also explore and identify values, themes and messages that resonate with other communities.

The pilot will provide the Victorian Government with an opportunity to learn from and build the capacity of Victoria’s Greek and Chinese communities, as well as inform possible future work with other culturally diverse communities. Here is a fact sheet with a bit more information.

The LGBTIQ+ Multicultural and Faith Project is a Victorian Government initiative being delivered in partnership with Social Change Projects.

Click here to complete the survey

LGBTIQ+ Multicultural and Faith Project
Post: PO Box 303, Carlton South VIC 3053 Australia
Tel: 0402 596 297

CoS | CELEBRATING | World Interfaith Harmony Week | Wednesday 20 February 2019 | 10am-12noon

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A morning tea for building understanding through Interfaith friendships.

World Interfaith Harmony Week encourages all interfaith groups and groups of goodwill to build ties and recognize their common values, with the aim of bringing peace and harmony to their communities.

Where: Scientology Community Centre, 231-251 Mount Alexander Road, Ascot Vale

Considerations: Hosted by the Melbourne Scientology Volunteer Ministers. Light refreshments served. Free onsite parking.

Cost: Free.

Bookings: RSVP to 0409 046 172 or

Scientology Community Centre
231-251 Mount Alexander Road, Ascot Vale
Tel: 03 9654 8655

BYN | PETITIONING | It’s time to back our neighbours, friends and communities against cruel support cuts

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Join us in declaring it’s time to back our neighbours, friends and communities against cruel support cuts

We should be supporting people fleeing war and persecution to land on their feet. Help us show the government that we stand against cuts that will push thousands into poverty and homelessness.

Since World War II, Australia has welcomed more than 800,000 people who’ve fled war and persecution. These people have contributed to our communities and our country on every level, from our culture to our sporting traditions, from medicine to the law, from science and research to our global reputation for excellence in the culinary arts.

Yet earlier this year, the federal government outlined a plan to cut support from up to 7,000 people who had come to Australia fleeing war and persecution. The scheme currently provides payments to asylum seekers living in the community while the federal government finalises their protection claim. Without these support programs, thousands of people seeking asylum will become homeless or destitute, forcing them to use already overstretched council and charity sector services.
The government is withdrawing support services for people living in our communities who have fled war and persecution, including financial support and trauma counselling from victims of torture.
We are calling on Australians to tell the federal government that we don’t need to cut the SRSS program, that we don’t need to put many people – who might otherwise become our doctors, nurses, lawyers, colleagues, friends and neighbours – out on the streets.

Because when we back our neighbours, they give back.

Sign the petition

Back Your Neighbour campaign

CCYP | RELEASING | New Resource for Faith Communities and Religious Organisations on the Reportable Conduct Scheme

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From 1 January 2018, religious and faith-based organisations have been required to comply with the Reportable Conduct Scheme. 

This means these organisations must respond to allegations of reportable conduct made against their workers and volunteers by investigating those allegations and reporting to the Commission for Children and Young People.

Additionally, from 1 January 2017, religious organisations that provide services for children have been required to comply with the Child Safe Standards. These standards aim to drive cultural change in organisations so that protecting children from abuse is embedded in everyday thinking and practice. The standards are compulsory but not prescriptive. This allows religious organisations some flexibility in how they implement the standards.

The Commission for Children and Young People, in collaboration with the Victorian Council of Churches and Faith Communities Council of Victoria, has produced a short, easy to follow booklet to familiarise faith communities and religious organisations with their obligations under the Reportable Conduct Scheme.

A guide for Faith Communities on the Reportable Conduct Scheme
This booklet can be used as a resource by any religious organisations and/or faith-based community. To download a copy go to:

To register for free information sessions offered by the Commission for Children and Young People on Child Safe Standards and the Reportable Conduct Scheme go to:

Support for organisations
There are a range of other resources available on the Commission's website:

  • Information sheets about the Reportable Conduct Scheme
  • Frequently asked questions
  • A guide for Child Safe Standards
Commission for Children and Young People
Address: Level 20, 570 Bourke Street, Melbourne Vic 3000
Tel: 03 8601 5281 (during business hours)

ICV | WELCOMING | Annual Victorian Mosque Open Day | Sunday 17 March 2019 | 10am-4pm

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Victorian Mosque Open Day will see Mosques across Victoria open their doors and hearts for visitors from any race, belief and gender.

The Australian Muslim community is a multicultural phenomenon in itself – and proud Victorian Muslims are celebrating their diversity through caring and sharing. 

Cultural Diversity Week (March 16 -24) and Harmony Day (March 21) are Victoria’s largest multicultural celebrations, featuring week-long programs of festivals and events in metropolitan and regional areas.

This year, the Islamic Council of Victoria’s (ICV) annual Victorian Mosque Open Day will run in line with both festivals, and will see Mosques across Victoria open their doors  and hearts for visitors from any race, belief and gender on Sunday, March 17 between 10-4pm.

The Australian Muslim community is adorned with an estimated 63 different backgrounds, and 200,000 Muslims call Victoria home. The Victorian Muslim community is diverse with cultural backgrounds from Albania, Pakistan, Bosnia, Lebanon, Burma, Egypt, Afghanistan and many more.

The following 18 mosques and Islamic communities will open their doors on the day anytime between 10-4pm:

  • Albanian Islamic Centre of Dandenong, 12 Dalgety Street, Dandenong South
  • Albanian Mosque - Albanian Australian Islamic Society, 765 Drummond St, Carlton North
  • Australian Bosnian Islamic Centre, 285 Station Rd, Deer Park
  • Australian Islamic Centre, 23/31 Blenheim Rd, Newport
  • Benevolence Australia, 125 George St, Doncaster East
  • Doncaster Mosque - UMMA Centre, 72 George St, Doncaster East
  • El Sedeaq Heidelberg Mosque, 32 Elliott St, Heidelberg Heights 
  • Geelong Mosque - Islamic Society of Geelong, 45-47 Bostok Avenue, Manifold Heights
  • Golden Wattle Mosque, 700 Davis Rd, Tarneit
  • Hallam Mosque (IEWAD), 131-133 Hallam Rd, Narre Warren North
  • ICV City Mosque, 66-68 Jeffcott St, Melbourne West
  • IISCA Brunswick Islamic Centre, 31 Edward St, Brunswick
  • Islamic Museum of Australia, 15A Anderson Rd, Thornbury
  • Light of Hidayah, 6 Victor Street, Morwell
  • Monash Mosque - Islamic Association of Monash, 16 Beddoe Ave, Clayton
  • Omar Farooq Mosque, 14-16 Photomia St, Doveton
  • Preston Mosque - Islamic Society of Victoria, 90 Cramer St, Preston
  • Virgin Mary Mosque; 143A Hogans Road, Hoppers Crossing

Find your nearest participating mosque, new Mosques who come on board and keep up to date with the Victorian Mosque Open Day here.

Islamic Council of Victoria (ICV)
66-68 Jeffcott St, West Melbourne 3003, Victoria, Australia
Tel: (03) 9328 2067

BMIN | SEEKING | New Members 2019

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Brimbank Maribyrnong Interfaith Network Committee is seeking new members!

In November 2018 the BMIN received new funding from the Victorian Multicultural Commission for the next two years to continue to  focus on building intergenerational relationships in our faith based communities.

We have revised the Committee Terms of Reference and are expanding our committee membership to 16 members to reflect our growing diversity of our communities. We are also formalizing committee member roles that will be selected by the membership.

If you are interested in being part of the Committee please read the new Terms of Reference and apply to join.

For more information please contact:
Diversity and Inclusion Planning Officer, Brimbank City Council
Phone 9249 4000

Diversity Planner, Maribyrnong City Council
Phone: 9688 0452

Brimbank Maribyrnong Interfaith Network (BMIN)

FCCV | COMMEMORATING | World Interfaith Harmony Week 2019 | 1-7 February

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When is it?  World Interfaith Harmony Week is celebrated annually on the first week of February (February 1st to February 7th).

What is it about?
World Interfaith Harmony Week aims to promote harmony between all people regardless of their faith and non-faith. It provides a platform, one week in the year, where people of every group can recognize their common values, build ties with each other, and work alongside one another to bring peace and harmony to their communities.

How did it originate?
World Interfaith Harmony Week was first proposed at the United Nations General Assembly on September 23, 2010 by H.M. King Abdullah II of Jordan. Just under a month later, on October 20, 2010, it was unanimously adopted by the United Nations and henceforth the first week of February became World Interfaith Harmony Week.

What is it based on?
World Interfaith Harmony Week is based on the pioneering work of The Common Word initiative. This initiative, which started in 2007, called for Muslim and Christian leaders to engage in a dialogue based on two common fundamental religious Commandments; Love of God, and Love of the Neighbour, without nevertheless compromising any of their own religious tenets. The Two commandments are at the heart of the three Monotheistic religions and therefore provide the most solid theological ground possible.

World Interfaith Harmony Week extends the Two Commandments by adding ‘Love of the Good, and Love of the Neighbour’. This formula includes all people of goodwill. It includes those of other faiths, and those with no faith.

How do I get involved?
In 2019, a number of interfaith networks are running events across Victoria to celebrate World Interfaith Harmony Week. To get involved simply contact the organiser of the event nearest to you.

Other Related Links:
World Interfaith Harmony Week
5 Things to Know About World Interfaith Harmony Week

Faith Communities Council of Victoria

AIS | TRAINING | Showing Up: Bystander Intervention Program

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Empowering people to be active bystanders when confronted with Islamophobia or Antisemitism; trained to be confident and tooled-up to take a safe active stance when observing Antisemitism and Islamophobia.

As part of the Anti-Racism and Anti-Discrimination Action Plan, the Victorian Government is supporting key organisations to deliver community-led responses to Islamophobia and Antisemitism.  A collaboration between the Jewish Community Council of Victoria (JCCV), Australian Intercultural Society (AIS), Australian Union of Jewish Students (AUJS) and Benevolence Australia who have formed a united body aimed at addressing these issues.

Teaming up with the renowned training organisation Polykala, for their experiential leadership programs including ‘Say no to racism’ and their work in diversity and inclusion training.

Delivered across metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria, the half day programs will:
  • Provide community-led responses to Islamophobia and Antisemitism
  • Support people who have been subjected to Islamophobia and Antisemitism
  • Support bystanders to respond to situations
  • Raise awareness of issues and promote respectful behaviour and interfaith understanding
We currently have sessions arranged for the following dates:
  • Friday 1 February 2019
  • Monday 4 February 2019 (BE QUICK, ONLY FEW SPOTS REMAIN...)
  • Monday 18 March 2019
  • Tuesday 30 April 2019
Cost: Free. Bookings essential as places limited.

Bookings: online

Australian Intercultural Society

YWNF | ENGAGING | Yaluk-ut Weelam Ngargee Special Concert | Friday 1 February 2019 | 7-11pm

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The Yaluk-ut Weelam Ngargee special concert event is an incredible celebration of Australia’s Indigenous arts through live music, spoken word and projection art.

Featuring a female-led music line-up of Mojo Juju, The Merindas, Squid Nebula and Kalyani, the evening will also incorporate spoken word performances in front of an amazing projected backdrop by Charlotte Allingham.

Considerations: Doors 6pm for a 7pm start. Please note that this is a standing event with limited seating available.

Where: MEMO Music Hall, Acland Street, St Kilda

Cost: $25 (full); $20 (concession)

Bookings: online

Yaluk-ut Weelam Ngargee Festival
City of Port Phillip

HEALTH | TRANSLATIONS | Online library of health resources in over 100 languages

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Health Translations is an online library which provides easy access to translated health resources in over 100 languages for clients and practitioners. The collection is growing - there are almost 19,000 free resources available.

When there isn’t much time, translated health information can greatly improve communication between a patient and healthcare professional.

Resources are produced and hosted by peak health organisations including the Australian Heart Foundation, Australian Cancer Council, Asthma Australia and the Royal Children’s Hospital. Editorial standards ensure resources are quality, accurate and up-to-date.

Popular resources include Cue cards in over 60 languages produced by Eastern Health, Catch up vaccinations for refugees and asylum seekers in Victoria produced by CEH, and Getting to know healthcare in Australia by the North West Primary Health Network.

For more information please contact Anni or Sabina.

Access resources: online

Centre for Culture, Ethnicity and Health
Address: 23 Lennox Street, Richmond, VIC 3121 Australia

CEH | VIDEO | Interview with a Vietnamese mother: Disability & Stigma | 6 min

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The stigma surrounding disability is strong in some communities and can stop people from accessing services for fear of facing their community’s disapproval.

In this new video, a Vietnamese mother talks about her son’s condition and shares her experience of overcoming discrimination to help him access the best support available. The video is available in Vietnamese and English on the Health Translations website.

Centre for Culture, Ethnicity and Health
Address: 23 Lennox Street, Richmond, VIC 3121 Australia

PPLS | TELLING STORIES | at the Yaluk-ut Weelam Ngargee Festival | Saturday 2 February 2019 | from 11am

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Come and join us for stories and songs at the Yaluk-ut Weelam Ngargee Festival - a FREE family-friendly celebration of Australia’s Indigenous cultures.

Join in the celebration with live music, dance, arts, food and activities for young and old.

What you'll find at our Story-Space marquee:

11.40am-12pm: Bubup stories
Indigenous story session with the Library story time team

12.20-12.40 pm: Bubup stories
Indigenous story session with the Library story time team

1-1.20pm: Bush tucker of Port Phillip region
Explore indigenous bush tucker with David Sparks from Bili Nursery

1.40-2pm: Bush tucker of Port Phillip region
Explore indigenous bush tucker with David Sparks from Bili Nursery

2.20-2.40pm: Bubup stories
Indigenous story session with Jaeden Williams, proud Yaluk-ut Weelam man of the Boonwurrung

3-3.20pm: Bubup stories
Indigenous story session with Jaeden Williams, proud Yaluk-ut Weelam man of the Boonwurrung

3.40-4pm: Bubup stories
Indigenous story session with the Library story time team

Where: O'Donnell Gardens - look for us in the Yulendj Workshop Space.

Port Phillip Library Services
@ Yaluk-ut Weelam Ngargee Festival
City of Port Phillip

GEIFN | ENCOURAGING | An Equitable Reconciling For a Shared Brighter Future | Australia 2019

Freshly launched at Australia Day 26 January 2019, and in time for Interfaith Harmony Week, a picture tells a 1,000 words. 

Now available in packs of 10, these 10x15cm photo cards are easy to carry and to share the message as you go about the round. Contact GEIFN caretaker to find out how you can get your set.

GEIFN | MEDIA | Mix | February 2019

Approx 5 min reads

Chloe Booker explores an example of a right of passage, journey and anticipating arriving to destination when revealing “10km-long poem along bike path from Brunswick to Fawkner Cemetery” via The Age

Jacinta Tynan explores dealing with loss, growing self-awareness and how getting things done with true mindfulness brings back smiley face faster “Leaning in to pain is a thing, and we should embrace it” via The Canberra Times

Evelyn Heard explores pilgrimage, applied compassion and the individual getting of Wisdom, life lessons in “Faith: How to not judge a book by its cover” via The Brisbane Times

Peter Hannam explores place, shared purpose and respectful co-existence, swimming in “'Cultural water': Indigenous water claims finally on Darling agenda” via The Age

Dvir Abramovich explores bigotry, racism and role for wider public response, responding that “For Jews, 'Never Again' is right now” via The Age

Gabriella Marchant explores early Australian entrepreneurs, enterprise and endeavour, history with one lump or two under the spot light as “Virtual reality brings 'invisible history' of the outback Muslims who helped build Australia to life” via ABC News

Sasha Petrova explores migrant experience, badges of arrivals and discovering new ways to get along, revealing why she’s “Embarrassed: when my parents tried to fit in, now I understand” via The Age

Kerrie O’Brien discussing self-acceptance, purposeful art and diverse belonging, revealing reasons over lunch why “'If in doubt, take your clothes off': a revealing lunch with Maude Davey” via The Sydney Morning Herald

Farhad Manjoo explores an Ancient way of dealing with causes, affects and effectiveness of busy, modern times, calmly asking “Why haven't you started meditating, already? Why hasn't everyone?” via The Canberra Times

Natassia Chrysanthos discusses public visibility, positive role modeling and constructive engagement, inviting us to meet “Brooke Boney from Channel Nine's Today show on being commercial breakfast TV's first Indigenous star” via The Age

Joseph Wakim explores an example of symbolism being seen as a sign of the times, sharing “Faith: Spotting celestial signs of Jesus' scars in the Southern Cross” via The Sydney Morning Herald

Ray Edgar describes examples of green-volution taking place in various urban planning when citing “From Skyrail to sewer, Victoria embraces a new state of play” via The Sydney Morning Herald

John Elder explores the modern science of ancient walking on water, reasons for marveling in “The gecko get-go 'They're superheroes'” via The Canberra Times

Bridget McManus explores the enduring value in unedited storytelling, reviewing “All aboard the Indian Pacific for SBS' next 'slow TV' experiment” via The Age

Stephen Harrison explores collaborative learning, peer review and public accessibility, declaring “Happy birthday, Wikipedia, you're all grown up now” via The Age

Wendy Harmer reveals life-lessons in love, overcoming difficulties and reveling in effective teamwork with inspiring leadership, describing “The lesson from facing my fears and peers after life-changing surgery” via The Sydney Morning Herald

Nicole Partridge explores a creative collaboration expanding horizons, about the “Two of Us: actor Gerard O'Dwyer and Bus Stop Films CEO Genevieve Clay-Smith” via The Age

Richard Woolveridge explores positive developments in overcoming personal distress and inability to cope, revealing “Care, collaborate, connect new approach to suicide prevention” via The Brisbane Times

Brian Johnston explores early recycling as an act of everyday spiritual worship, bedazzled by “Bangkok, Thailand: The porcelain work in the Thai capital's many temples is dazzling” via

Mujib Mashal explores an ongoing cost of war and rehabilitation as “Quiet ‘hero’ marks 30 years restoring limbs, and dignity, in war” via The Sydney Morning Herald

Kerrie O’Brien explores the importance of knowing culture, country and family to grow belonging, self-determination and a realized equity, over lunch with Barkindji artist Kent Morris, revealing “Once you know who you are – your culture, country and family – you're halfway there” via The Age

10-20min presentations

Samina Ali: What does the Quran really say about a Muslim woman's hijab? (18 mins)
Sue Klebold: My son was a Columbine shooter. This is my story (15 mins)
Gaurav Tekriwal: The magic of Vedic math (10 mins)
Jeff Speck: 4 ways to make a city more walkable (18 mins)
Grace Kim: How cohousing can make us happier (and live longer) (10 mins)

Approx 5 min presentation

Lisa Simone, Dianne Reeves, Lizz Wright, Angélique Kidjo - Four Women

Approx 2 min presentation

Sesame Street with Jason Bateman: Comfort

Approx 74 min presentation

Adam Hills: Happyism (47 mins)
Caution, some crude language. Celebrates difability (differently abled), Dali Lama and sharing discovery of the secret to getting along is useful speech, kindness in family and doing good for all. Via ABC iView.

Approx 30 min presentation + reflection times

If desired, a short selection of publicly available material on a chosen theme for personal reflection.

For best results, sit comfortably with a straight back, have headphones in a shared space, after each clicked link, allow a little reflection with your personally-held view before clicking on the next link.

Get ready to Reflect!
Choose your playing level:
Be introduced at 1.
Be soothed at 2-4.
Be shocked at 5.
Be inspired at 6.
Fuller illumination 1-6.
And yes, it might be a repeat of an oldie and a goodie. Or not. You be the judge.

Cryptic Clue:
What is a tip to reconcile unreasonable expectations?

-- Inspire
-- Perspire
-- Collaborate
-- Engage: Test for personal circumstances, if useful keep, if unuseful discard, if exceeds needs, share mindfully
-- Endure: Adapt for present times without sacrificing intent
-- Endear: (Inspiring Others To Tend the Flame) live/ demonstrate/ inspire/ teach experience with others

From mid 16th century English = defer action, wait; via Middle French expectation, from Latin exspectare = look out for, from ex- = out + spectare = to look +‎ at = be in, abide in, placed + ion = energy

1. Object: A strong belief that something will happen or be the case. Ie, reality had not lived up to expectations. Ie, I sat down in expectation of a feast of nostalgia.
2. Action: A belief that someone will or should achieve something. Ie, students have high expectations for their future.
3. Subject: archaic one's prospects of inheritance.
4. Mathematics: another term for expected value.

From late Middle English (as a verb): from French lamenter or Latin lamentari, from lamenta (plural) = weeping, wailing.

1. a passionate expression of grief or sorrow. Ie, the late and much lamented Leonard Bernstein.
2. a song, piece of music, or poem expressing grief or sorrow. Ie, the piper played a lament.
3. a complaint. Ie, there were constant laments about the conditions of employment.

From mid 16th century: from Latin magnanimus: magnus = great + animus = soul + -ous = characterised by, distinguishing features

= Generous or forgiving, especially towards a rival or less powerful person. Ie, the goal of "being a good sport" is to try hard, play fair and be magnanimous in victory.

[Practice ]

-- Chant Buddha Mantrastyle:

Feel welcome to transform expectations, let go of lament and become magnanimous with all, some or sum of the above meanings. Or not. As the case may be.

This is universal basis of re:lig:ions (again:uniting:energy). Here in this email, we'll hear it as countless sounds: of thoughts, words and actions wishing, causing and receiving less Suffering and more Happiness. For benefit initially of the individual increasing in beneficiaries until it includes all across all times and directions.

It is not personal, it just the way things are.