ICM | SUPPORTING | In solidarity with Muslims in New Zealand and Australia | Saturday 16 March 2019

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We are horrified at the terrorist attack on 500 worshippers at Jummah prayers in the Al Noor Mosque and Linwood Mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand yesterday.

We are heartbroken for the deaths of at least 49 people, those who are injured and those who are traumatised. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims, their families and friends. We stand in solidarity with our neighbours in New Zealand.

Our Muslim sisters and brothers in Melbourne are holding events this weekend to celebrate Cultural Diversity Week and Harmony Day; events which aim to increase harmony, understanding and a sense of belonging. The events will go ahead as planned. In addition, Prayer Ceremonies and a Vigil have been added. As people of faith, and people of goodwill, let us stand in solidarity with our Muslim neighbours by attending the events.

Mosque Open Day.  Sunday 17th March, 10 am - 4 pm
Over 20 Mosques will be open - please go to the website of the Islamic Council of Victoria for names and addresses of Mosques:

Connect 2Gether 4 Harmony. Sunday 17th March 12 pm - 5 pm
Prayer Ceremony will begin at 4 pm.
This event is a Multicultural Fair for Cultural Diversity.
Venue: Preston City Hall, 286 Gower Street, Preston Vic 3072
For details and times of activities, please go to the AMAFHH Federation link :

Standing in solidarity for the loss of lives in two Christchurch Mosques.
Monday 18 March, 6.30pm
State Library, 328 Swanston Street, Melbourne

Board members of The Interfaith Centre of Melbourne condemn white supremacy statements and idealogy and the Islamophobia and anti-Semitism that is spread throughout the world.
We are committed to interfaith and interspiritual understanding, to engagement and cooperation between people of all world religions and spiritualities and people of goodwill.

Peace, Shalom, Salaam, Shanti

The Interfaith Centre of Melbourne
Post: PO Box 18335, Collins Street East, Melbourne Vic 8003 Australia

PWR | STANDING | With the Christchurch Community & Our Muslim Family Around the World

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On Fridays, the Parliament of the World’s Religions shares prayers from the 2018 Parliament Prayer Wall as part of our #FeelGoodFriday campaign. It’s hard to feel good when atrocities like the ones affecting the Christchurch community in New Zealand take place. 49 people were killed and 20 seriously wounded in an act of terrorism.

The Parliament of the World’s Religions condemns this attack against peoples of faith, the growing Islamophobia, anti-Semitism and white supremacy sentiments that are spreading throughout the world. The Parliament is committed to combatting hate and violence in our communities and stand firmly committed to interfaith cooperation, engagement, and understanding.

Our deepest condolences and heartfelt prayers to the victims and their families of this horrific attack.

We invite friends and colleagues in the interfaith movement and all peoples everywhere to commit to actions of peace, love, and understanding as antidotes to all acts of hatred and violence.

We've gathered resources from colleagues around the world to highlight the ways you can reach out and support the Christchurch community and Muslims around the world.

In New Zealand:
  • Attend a Peace Vigil in your community
  • Share support helplines and condemn racism in your community and social media.
  • Open Your Doors: Mosques have been instructed to close their doors nationwide if it is safe to do so offer your faith space, home or business space for people in need.
Around the World:
*Please Note: Security will be at an all-time high in a variety of faith spaces in response to the shooting, please be courteous and understanding with any security measures.

Parliament of the World's Religions
Address: 70 East Lake Street, Suite 320, Chicago, IL 60601

JCCV | TRAINING | Showing Up: Bystander Racisim Intervention | Monday 18 March 2019 | 9.30am-1pm

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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.

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.

FREE PROGRAM - Delivered across metropolitan Melbourne regional Victoria, the 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
Where: Darebin Intercultural Centre

Bookings: online

JCCV: Anat Aloni Tel: 9272 5642 Email:
AIS: Ahmet Keskin Tel: 9867 2248; Email:
Benevolence Australia: Jessica Swann Tel: 9913 8262; Email:

A collaboration by 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.

MIN | TOURING | Places of Worship by Bus | Wednesday 20 March 2019 | 9am-2pm

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All aboard the bus to witness the diversity of religious life in Melbourne on this opportunity to increase you understanding of different faiths and cultures through direct experience.

Visiting the Al Iman Islamic College in Melton. The Al Iman College provides Religious Education which instils the values of our Muslim faith in each of the Key Learning Areas. We will be welcomed by the Principal Zulfiquar Ali, staff and students and will enjoy morning tea at the College.

The second stop will be at the St Anthony of Padua Catholic Church in Melton South. The Parish was established in 1983 and Fr Fabian is the current Parish Priest. We will be welcomed by Aloysius Dacunha who is member of the parish and also secretary of the Melton Interfaith network.

Proceeding to Navan Park in Melton South to enjoy shared lunch and learn about our partners the Melton Interfaith Network.

Cost: Free. Event sponsored by the grant from Victorian Multicultural Commission.

Bookings: Places are limited so please register to attend today.

Melton Interfaith Network
Maria Meilak Coordinator
Tel: 0409 046 172

PPLS | HEARING | KeKoSon - Cuban Sounds | Wednesday 20 March 2019 | 6.30-7.30pm

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Channelling the essence of Cuban street music.

Join Keko Viran and his band of talented musicians including Cuban tres instrumentalist Nikos Krápalos, bassist Sergio Fredes, and Afro-Cuban percussionist Javi Fredes as they perform Cuban Son, a traditional upbeat style of Latin music that forms the rich earthy roots of modern salsa.

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

Cost: FREE

Bookings: online through Trybooking

Port Phillip Library Service
Tel: 03 9209 6655

CoPP | TRAINING | Challenging Racism Project: Bystander Anti-Racism Training | Thursday 21 March 2019 | 10am-3.30pm

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Facilitated by the Challenging Racism Project from University of Western Sydney, the training equips participants with the skills and awareness to take safe and constructive action when witnessing racism and it is specifically designed to enable bystanders to become active advocates for a racism-free workplace and community. 

Part of the Diversity Week 2019 activities at City of Port Phillip.

If you have any dietary, access or support requirements, please contact us.

Where: Betty Day Community Centre, St Kilda.

Bookings: Online through Trybooking. Places are limited to network members only

Diversity & Inclusion
City of Port Phillip
St Kilda Town Hall, 99a Carlisle Street, St Kilda Victoria 3182
Tel: 03 9209 6694

VMC | CELEBRATING | Victoria’s Multicultural Festival and Culture Waves Music Festival | Saturday 23 March 2019 | From 12 noon

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Victorian Multicultural Festival and Culture Waves lineups announced for Victoria’s largest multicultural celebrations!

Cultural Diversity Week will be held throughout the state from 16-24 March 2019, and offers an exciting program of festivals and events across metropolitan and regional areas.

Victoria’s Multicultural Festival
Where: Federation Square
A free one-day program of live performances, music, art, food and activities. Headlined by Dallas Woods!

Culture Waves Music Festival
Where: Federation Square
A free gig of some of Victoria’s best culturally diverse talent. Headlined by Baker Boy!

Baker Boy
An Indigenous Australian rapper, dancer, artist, and actor, Baker Boy attracted national attention as the winner of the Triple J Unearthed National Indigenous Music Awards Competition.
Known for his singles such as 'Cloud 9' and 'Black Magic', Baker boy has also performed at many festivals in Australia and internationally.
Baker Boy will be performing at Culture Waves Music Festival.

Dallas Woods
An Indigenous Australian rapper, MC and personality, Woods has performed at festivals such as Splendour in the Grass and St Jerome's Laneway Festival.
Woods gained attention winning the NT Song of the Year Award for Baker Boy's track 'Mr La Di Da Di'.
Dallas Woods will be headlining the Victorian Multicultural Festival.

At only 21-years old, PNG-born Kaiit has shaken up the world of future-soul and RnB with her inimitable style and edgy aesthetic.
Kaiit will be performing at Culture Waves Music Festival.

Adrian Eagle
Soul singer/song-writer born and raised in Adelaide, South Australia, Adrian Eagle vocalises over reggae, soul, hip-hop and acoustic flavoured beats.
Adrian shares his journey of overcoming suicidal mental health issues at the age of 17. He hopes to help other kids battling mental health issues with his message of self-love and positivity.
Adrian Eagle will be performing at Culture Waves Music Festival.

The YAY dance group was started, choreographed and led by the late JJay De Melo, with members and close friends, to promote self-confidence, entertainment and engage the youth and the wider community.
The YAY dance group dedicate their performance in honour of their dearly missed friend JJay de Melo.
YAY will be performing at the Victorian Multicultural Festival.

The Victorian Multicultural Commission thanks all of our Cultural Diversity Week 2019 sponsors for their support and outstanding dedication to encouraging Victorians to embrace cultural diversity.

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

AIS | TALKING | Responsible Leadership in Politics & Religion: Diverse Communities in an Age of Anxiety | Monday 25 March 2019 | 5.30-7.30pm

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Political instability in various parts of the developing world are giving rise to mass migration of people mainly fleeing poverty, political conflict or religious persecution. 

Political discourse has taken a more abrasive tone, whether in developing nations or mature developed nations, where minorities are being targeted.

Even religious leaders are grappling to remain true to their cause against the growing tide of divisive discourse by the fringe political parties centred on identity politics.

Why has it been difficult for the leaders, whether elected or entrusted, to remain true to their cause and continue to serve the people ? Why and where has it gone wrong ? What are we to expect of our political and religious leaders in this new millennia where nation states are jostling to increase their hegemony across the ethnic and religious divide ? What future lies ahead for minority groups who have called the land they had migrated to home or who are enjoying the safety of their host nation ?

Hear from our experts who share their observances on a very timely and important topic.

Panellists: Prof Simon Robinson (Leeds Beckett University, UK), Prof Emeritus Gary Bouma (Monash University, Australia). Moderated by Prof Michele Grossman (Deakin University, Australia)

Where: Deakin University Downtown - Tower 2, Level 12, 727 Collins St Melbourne

Cost: free and open to the public.

Bookings: RSVP online through EventBrite

Australian Intercultural Society

PMI | TALK | Abby Stein: from NY Rabbi to Global Transgender Activist | Monday 25 March 2019 | Arrive 7pm for 7.30

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As a young man, Abby attended Yeshiva, completing a rabbinical degree in 2011. In 2015 Abby came out as a woman of trans experience. Since then she has been working to raise support and awareness for trans rights and those leaving ultra-Orthodoxy. 

Abby Stein is a Jewish educator, writer, speaker, and activist who was born and brought up in a Hasidic family of rabbinic descent. Abby is a 10th generation descendant of the Baal Shem Tov – founder of Hasidic Judaism.

Abby’s story has been covered in the New York Times, New York Post, WSJ, New York Magazine, Jewish Daily Forward, Daily Mail, NBC, Vogue, InStyle, and more and she is currently studying gender studies and political science at Columbia University.

Hear Abby speak about her experience - the story of how a brave Jewish woman is striving for self determination, integrity & freedom, amid shifting communal attitudes.

Pathways Melbourne, in conjunction with St. Kilda Town Hall and Keshet Australia 
are thrilled to be hosting an evening with Abby Stein.

Where: St Kilda Town Hall 99a Carlise St, St Kilda, Victoria 3182

Cost: $15-$25 (Early bird special – all tickets General Admission)

Bookings: online through Trybooking

Pathways Melbourne Incorporated
PO Box 2561 Caulfield Junction VIC 3161

NCJWAV | SHARING | Women's Interfaith Model Passover Seder | Tuesday 2 April 2019 | Arrive 5.45 for 6-8.30pm

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The Passover story is an inspirational and fascinating tale. Our model Seder will focus on freedom, modern slavery, courage, determination and religious tolerance. 

A (women only event) and a unique and interactive experience for young girls and women alike. Facilitated by Etty Ben David and Danielle Jones Resnik

Where: Eva Besen Centre, 131-133 Hawthorn Road, Caulfield North

Adult – $30.00 Women only please!
Student – $15.00. Students to Year 12. Please register only fellow students as guests

National Council of Jewish Women of Australia Victoria (NCJWA VIC)
Post: PO Box 2220, Caulfield Junction VIC 3161
Tel: 03 9523 0535

PWR | APPEALING | for Yearly Memberships and Donations

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The 2018 Parliament in Toronto was a huge success. We brought together over 8,000 people from a range of faith traditions for a week of interfaith collaboration, communication, and learning. If you were able to join us in November for our Parliament in Toronto, you know what we are talking about.

Now as we move into 2019, the Parliament is looking to expand our reach even further. We want to be your partner in the interfaith movement not only during the months and days leading up to the Parliament but year-round!

Imagine being able to capture the energy of the Parliament year-round! Imagine how many more interfaith collaborations could take place, how many relationships could be built, and how much more peaceful the world could be.

This is what we want to achieve. But we can’t do it without you! That’s why we have created a new and improved membership program. We have memberships for individuals and organizations. With a membership of just $12/month or $125/year you will receive discounts on Parliament registrations, access to content from previous Parliaments, and recognition as a member!

If you’re already on board, check out our membership options!

Your yearly membership will allow the Parliament to:
Host Global Parliament Convenings
This is what we do best. We bring people of faith and conscience together to combat some of the world’s most pressing issues from perspectives of faith.

Celebrate World Interfaith Harmony Week
The Parliament hosts a local event in Chicago, in addition to providing resources on how anyone can host a World Interfaith Harmony Week event, networking resources, and webinars on how to host a successful event!

Take Action Against Climate Change
Our Climate Commitments project is revolutionizing the way faith-based climate action groups can communicate and collaborate. We bring together groups that are doing work for the climate all over the world and we make it easy for collaboration and learning to take place!

Promote Ethical Education
We are in the process of designing an education program based around the Parliament’s signature document, Towards A Global Ethic.

Connecting Peacemakers, Activists and People of Faith and Conscience
The Parliament exists to foster understanding between faiths. We want to continue finding ways to be a resource for interfaith activists and people of faith & conscience who support interfaith harmony.

There aren’t many organizations where your annual membership can:
  • support interfaith harmony
  • combat climate change
  • resist hate and intolerance
  • promote ethical education
All while providing you with:
  • significant discounts to the most diverse and inclusive interfaith convenings
  • exclusive video and online content
  • networking opportunities
If you can’t afford a membership, click here to make a one-time contribution to support our ongoing work.
Any amount you can give will go toward funding programs that will create a more peaceful, just and sustainable future.

Explore Individual Memberships

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Parliament of the World's Religions
Address: 70 East Lake Street, Suite 320, Chicago, IL 60601 USA

CoPP | CELEBRATING | Balance for Better Reception | Thursday 7 March 2019 | 6.30-8.30pm

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Gather for a panel of inspirational women, great entertainment, and a chance to enjoy a frank and fearless conversation about building a gender-balanced world.

The Mayor and Councillors of the City of Port Phillip host this cocktail reception for International Women’s Day 2019.

Where: St Kilda Town Hall, corner of Carlisle St and Brighton Rd, St Kilda VIC 3182

Cost: FREE. Please be mindful not to over-book tickets.

City of Port Phillip
The Mayor and Councillors’ office
Tel: 03 9209 6762

CEH | FORUM | Multicultural Sexual Health Network | Cranbourne | Friday 8 March 2019 | Arrive 1.45pm for 2-5 pm

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Join us for this forum focusing on consent and strategies to ensure better health and wellbeing outcomes for multicultural communities in cities of Greater Dandenong and Casey.

Topics include:
  1. Consent in respectful relationships with people from migrant, asylum seeker and refugee backgrounds
  2. Consent and domestic/family violence
  3. Consent and women’s health
Guest speakers include:
  • Jenny Walsh, Relationships and Sexuality Education
  • Cailin Molinari, South Eastern Centre Against Sexual Assault & Family Violence
  • Erin Fradd, Women's Health in the South East (WHISE)
Where: Amberlee Reception in 1451 South Gippsland Hwy, Cranbourne VIC 3977.

Cost: Free

Bookings: Online through EventBrite

Centre for Culture, Ethnicity & Health
Multicultural Health and Support Service
Address: 23 Lennox Street, Richmond VIC 3121
T: (03) 9418 9916
Community Engagement and Projects Officer: Amir ANSARI (Mon,Tue, Wed and Fri)

Looking for reliable translated health information? Visit the Health Translations Directory to access more than 16,000 resources in over 100 languages – free and online.

CEH | CELEBRATING | Poetry and Music for Gender Equality | Cranbourne | Friday 8 March 2019 | Arrive 5.45 for 6-10pm

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Join us to celebrate in Cranbourne with an evening offering songs, music, speeches and poetry from special guests and Afghan poets and artists.

Where: Amberlee Receptions, 1451 South Gippsland Highway, Cranbourne, VIC 3977
Cost: Free
Bookings: Online through Eventbrite

Centre for Culture, Ethnicity & Health
Multicultural Health and Support Service
Post: 23 Lennox Street, Richmond VIC 3121
Tel: (03) 9418 9916
Community Engagement and Projects Officer: Amir ANSARI (Mon,Tue, Wed and Fri)

A collaboration between Centre for Culture, Ethnicity & Health and Bakhtar Cultural Association

VMC | GRANTS | 2019-2020 Multicultural Festivals and Events Program | 1st Round | now open, CLOSES Friday 22 March 2019

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Are you or your organisation looking for funds to bring multicultural events and projects to life in Victoria?

Applications for Round One of the Victorian Government’s 2019-2020 Multicultural Festival and Events (MFE) Program are now open.
Note: Round One is for festivals and events taking place from 1 July to 31 December 2019.
There will be a continued focus on regional festivals and events, with a regional roadshow for Round One kicking off in February.
Don’t miss out on making an application for Round One before it closes on 22 March.

To find out more, including eligibility, how to apply and to make an application, visit

If you are looking for funds for an event to be held during the period 1 January 2020 to 30 June 2020, stay tuned for the release of MFE Round Two later in 2019.

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

MUBSS | FUNDRAISING | Infusion 2019: Contemporary and Classical Music of Asia Concert | Sunday 24 March 2019 | Doors open 3pm for 3.30pm

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Infusion 2019 is a symphony of contemporary and classical music of Asia; a harmony of instruments and ideas reflecting our 21st century global society. 

Bringing together an array of talent from various cultural backgrounds, such as India, Sri Lanka, Tibet, China, Japan, Korea, Cambodia, Thailand and Indonesia.

An afternoon concert celebrating impermanence and raising funds to support the rebuilding of the Vimokkharam forest hermitage in Kallista, which burnt down in January 2014.

Melbourne University Buddhist Studies Society (MUBSS) is a non-sectarian club aiming to provide both Buddhists and non-Buddhists the background to learn and practice goodwill and compassion in accordance to the teachings of the Buddha.

Infusion is an inaugural musical program organised by Melbourne University Buddhist Studies Society in partnership with Friends of Vimokkharam Forest Hermitage. 

Where: Rosina Auditorium, Abbotsford Convent, 1 St Heliers Street, Abbotsford, Vic 3067

Cost: $60

Bookings: Online through TryBooking

Melbourne University Buddhist Studies Society
Tel: 0433 891 194
Facebook: FB.ME/2019INFUSION

CoPP | OFFERING | Community Grants and Training Program 2019/20

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Providing the Port Phillip community with an opportunity to receive funding for projects as small as a few hundred dollars to anywhere up to $10,000.

City of Port Phillip Community Grants Program 2019/20 is open now to receive applications until Monday 8 April.
Public information sessions will be held and Council will also run free grant writing workshops as part of Council’s Community Training Calendar. To register visit: Community Grants Program

Other grants and subsidies 
Also open in February include: Cultural Development Fund, Seniors Festival Events Grants and Community Meals Subsidy. For further information about community funding opportunities at City of Port Phillip: Funds, Grants & Subsidies

For general queries about the guidelines, deadlines or questions about the application form, please contact the Community Grants and Funding Officer on 03 9209 6777 or email

Upcoming Training
Council runs free training sessions to build the capacity of local community groups and non-profit organisations. The sessions scheduled until June 2019 include National Standards for Volunteers, Grant Writing, Branding and Marketing, Fundraising and Funding Plans, Census Data, and Child Safety Standards. To register: Community Training Calendar. For general queries, please contact the Community Sector Project Officer on 03 9209 6777 or email

City of Port Phillip
Diversity & Inclusion
Address: St Kilda Town Hall, 99a Carlisle Street, St Kilda, Victoria 3182
Tel: 03 9209 6694

PWR | LAUNCHES | It's About Time for Religica | 2019

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Developed for a broad audience, Religica was created by Parliament of the World's Religions Trustee and Board Secretary Dr. Michael D. Trice and allies to produce original videos, podcasts, learning guides and articles. 

These works arise from a commitment to illuminating how faith and spiritual traditions are a force for good throughout the world, and promise to spark new and wondrous journeys for audiences across religious and interfaith movements.

Visitors to the robust web-hub will find portals of Religica resources that are enriched by showcasing multiple dimensions of diverse human experiences— filtered through religion's expression in the lives and communities of its guests, allies, and contributors. The site includes projects accessible today, and will continue to blossom throughout the year with resources now in development.

Parliament Distributes It's About Time Podcasts from Allies at New Web Hub,
The Parliament of the World's Religions is proud to distribute It's About Time, a weekly podcast produced in partnership with our allies at and Seattle University.

Producers say, "It's About Time focuses on local voices everywhere, from neighborhood influencers to internationally recognized speakers. Across fields of interest, our aim is to speak the truth where the integrity of real voices inspires us all. Join us in experiencing each of these unique and inspiring stories."
Listen to new episodes today

Religious Response to Violence Now Live
The Parliament of the World's Religions is also allied to on the launch of the robust web platform Religious Response to Violence, featuring videos, tools and resources exploring the religious landscape and the lives of those who interact across questions, theories and experiences of violence.
Learn more

Parliament of the World's Religions
Address: 70 East Lake Street, Suite 320, Chicago, IL 60601 USA

GLHV | LAUNCHES | LGBTIQ Intersect Website

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Building culturally safe and inclusive communities

LGBTIQ+ Intersect is an online resource created to support culturally diverse LGBTIQ-inclusive services within an intersectional approach.  Supporting the visibility, safety, mental health and wellbeing, social inclusion and sense of belonging amongst LGBTIQ people from multicultural, spiritual and faith based communities.
"There is no such thing as a single issue struggle because we do not live single issue lives."
Audre Lorde
LGBTIQ+ Intersect, has been created by Victorian Transcultural Mental Health (VTMH) as part of a partnership with GLHV@ARCSHS, La Trobe University (GLHV), funded as ‘Out in the CaLD’ a two year Harmony Grant from the Office of Multicultural Affairs and Social Cohesion.

Together we have developed resources for service providers, community leaders and other advocates and allies working with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, non-binary, intersex and queer (LGBTIQ) people from multicultural, spiritual and diverse faith backgrounds.

We honour all of the individuals and communities who have shared their stories with us as we work together in the service of greater visibility, voice, safety and participation.

LGBTIQ+ Intersect acknowledges the Aboriginal people as the traditional custodians of this land. We recognise their continuing connection to the land and water and we pay our respects to their Ancestors and the Elders, past present and emerging.

We make particular mention and honour the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer, trans, non-binary and intersex Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islanders, including Sistergirls and Brotherboys. We hope that this resource will open dialogue and contribute to a deeper understanding of diverse and unique identities, supporting collective healing.

LGBTIQ+ Intersect

PWR | ANNOUNCES | UN Environment Accredits the Parliament of the World's Religions New CSO-Affiliate | Friday 25 January 2019

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Announcing recent acceptance of the PoWR to the network of Civil Society Organizations affiliated to the United Nations Environment Program.

In this role, the PoWR gains observer status to UN Environment Assembly and its subsidiary bodies.

UN Environment is headquartered in Nairobi, Kenya, and works to “provide leadership and encourage partnership in caring for the environment by inspiring, informing, and enabling nations and peoples to improve their quality of life without compromising that of future generations.”

Its key foci includes climate change, disasters and conflicts, ecosystem management, environmental governance, chemicals and waste, resource efficiency, and environment under review. UNEP also takes on a special interest in leveraging the contributions of faith-based organizations to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals through its Faith for Earth Initiative.

“This new opportunity for PoWR to advocate for climate action with UN Environment comes at a time when the role of faith-based actors in confronting climate change is receiving heightened attention. Our status as an accredited organization will allow us to engage at the international level and amplify a crucial message of faith communities around the world: it is our moral obligation to protect creation and commit to a low carbon world. The interfaith movement, as a vital catalyst for sustainability, must undertake the work of questioning and informing the next steps in humanity’s task of maintaining global temperatures at 1.5 degrees Celsius in order to avoid the most catastrophic effects of climate change. Our partnership with UN Environment is important in accomplishing that,” said Joshua Basofin, PoWR’s Director of Climate Action.

Major groups and stakeholders accredited by the UNEP are able to participate in policy dialogue through regional and annual global assemblies, review and contribute to unedited working documents and statements, as well as submit written contributions. During assemblies, such CSOs are also able to attend plenaries, interact with key governmental authorities, make oral statements and circulate written statements.

UNEP representatives were able to witness the commitment of the Parliament of the World’s Religions to climate action first-hand as participants and presenters in the international convening in Toronto in November 2018. Dr. Iyad Abu Moghli, Principal Advisor of the Faith for Earth Initiative of UN Environment was a featured keynote and most recently addressed the Parliament’s network of faith-based climate actors in a virtual workshop in January, 2019.

The Climate Action Task Force of the Parliament of the World’s Religions looks forward to learning, growing, and advancing through the UNEP Assembly in 2019, as well as through its networks as a co-founding organization of the Interfaith Rainforest Initiative and member of the We’re Still In coalition.

The work of the Parliament is only possible with the on-going support from generous individuals like you. Donate to the Parliament

Parliament of the World's Religions
Address: 70 East Lake Street, Suite 320, Chicago, IL 60601

PWR | DECLARES | Revolutionary Love | Friday 15 February 2019

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At the 2018 Parliament of the World's Religions, the theme of  The Promise of Inclusion, The Power of Love: Pursuing Global Understanding, Reconciliation and Change was a global call to action to foster a more just, peaceful, and sustainable world. One of the loudest calls to action came from Parliament keynote Valarie Kaur on the ethic of Revolutionary Love

The Parliament of the World's Religions is a proud partner of The Revolutionary Love Project and we join the annual celebration of the #ReclaimLove campaign. We've pledged and invite you to join us in the pledge to:

Declare our love for all who are in harm’s way — refugees, immigrants, Muslims, Sikhs, Jews, queer and trans people, Black people, Latino people, the indigenous, the disabled, women and girls, working-class people and poor people. We vow to see one another as brothers, sisters, and siblings. Our humanity binds us together, and we vow to fight for a world where all of us can flourish.

Declare love even for our opponents. We oppose all policies that threaten the rights and dignity of any person. We vow to fight not with violence or vitriol, but by challenging the cultures and institutions that promote hate. In this way, we will challenge our opponents through the ethic of love.

Declare love for ourselves. We will protect our capacity for joy. We will rise and dance. We will honor our ancestors whose bodies, breath, and blood call us to a life of courage. In their name, we choose to see this darkness not as the darkness of the tomb – but of the womb. We will breathe and push through the pain of this era to birth a new future.

Join the #ReclaimLove campaign by posting why and how you or your organization #ReclaimLove as a force for social justice!

The work of the Parliament is only possible with the on-going support from generous individuals like you. Donate to the Parliament

Parliament of the World's Religions
Address: 70 East Lake Street, Suite 320, Chicago, IL 60601

GEIFN | MEDIA | Mix | March 2019

Let’s begin by sharing an insight:
“There is no such thing as a single issue struggle because we do not live single issue lives.” Audre Lorde
Discuss with sincerity. Deny that untrue. Dismiss when unuseful. Accept now useful. Adapt to changing circumstances. Adopt least effort most benefit. Adept with sharing. Enjoy throughout. As each case may be. Round. And again. Or not.

Approx 5 min reads

Judith Ireland explores changing times, equitable representation and leadership, meet the subject as “Linda Burney portrait unveiled: not just another painting of a suit” via The Age

Adam Carey explores an example of arriving as a refugee, receiving asylum, meet “Tien Kieu: From boat person to Victorian MP, Tien Kieu's incredible journey” via The Age

Jane Caro explores feminism, self acceptance and societal diversity, writing “Sexual freedoms have made progress, but these challenges still remain” via The Age

Alice Clarke explores collaborative technology enables reduced food waste, revealing the “Food apps to help you save money, the environment and small businesses” via The Age

Anna Prytz explores developments in classrooms, revealing “Education trends in Australia: What will education look like in 2019?” via The Age

Nicola Philp espouses Individual initiative, neighbourly belonging and collective responsibility, reasoning why “Victoria's recycling crisis is actually an opportunity” via The Age

Tim Soutphommasane explores identity, place and belonging, recounting his experience “Why being an Australian citizen doesn’t mean others will believe you truly belong” via The Sydney Morning Herald

Sarah Dempster explores finding a voice, being heard and emerging from Colonial suppression, reviewing “An Orchestra of Minorities: Chigozie Obioma novel has Nigeria at its core” via The Brisbane Times

Kerrie O’Brien explores place, belonging and running ahead of the pack, in the public interest with “Nova Peris: Australia Day is our remembrance day for our fallen soldiers” via The Canberra Times

Amelia Lester explores importance of valuing healthy relationships with self, place, culture, society, reasoning to “Lean in for a long and happy life” via WA Today

Darren Gray explores how big business is leading charge for effective reconciliatory approach, calling to just “'Get on with it': Rio boss urges Indigenous recognition” via The Sydney Morning Herald

Emma Koehn explores different technology connecting families with disability support providers, reporting reaching a “'Tipping point': Disability support start-ups are coming of age” via The Sydney Morning Herald

Jim Bright explores changing tastes, use-by dates, careers and calling time-out, reflecting upon “Age? Who cares, if you're doing a job well” via The Canberra Times

Jennifer Duke and John McDuling explores reach, trajectory and unforeseen ability to influence society by successful digital players, reflecting upon “15 years of Facebook: has it made the world, and Australia, a better place?” via WA Today

Miranda Tay explores family ties, ancestral rites, migration, respecting difference and modern Australian values, hear this “Chinese New Year: three families on the changing face of the Chinese community” via WA Today

Cara Waters explores contribution to society from migration, imported cultural mores and local familiarity overcoming divides, proving  “Daughters do count: sisters steam folklore to build dumpling dynasty” via The Sydney Morning Herald

Carolyn Webb explores a commemoration of diversity, acceptance and celebration, reporting why “Hot to trot: Participants soak in the sun at Midsumma Pride March”via The Age

Andrew Webster explores the personal responsibility that comes from being in the public gaze, celebrating inclusive leadership with “Preston Campbell: "Players forget how privileged they are"” via The Age

Jacqueline Maley explores gender diversity, role models, stopping violence and raising global citizens ready to champion ways towards a more civilised modern world, discover “How Elizabeth Broderick is taking soft-power feminism to the world” via The Canberra Times

Kate Geraghty explores gender, coexistence and equality as an article of faith, revealing “A quiet revolt: Female monks work to undo Thailand's 90-year ban” via The Canberra Times

Andrew Taylor explores the art of working hard landscapes and overcoming obstacles to be heard, to infinity and “'Beyond imagination': artists of the Kimberley share stories of their country” via The Sydney Morning Herald

10-20min presentations

Eric Liu: Why ordinary people need to understand power (17 mins)
Kimber McKay: Are five husbands better than one? (16 mins)
Diego Meneses: Third Culture Kids (6 mins)
Esther Perel: Rethinking infidelity ... a talk for anyone who has ever loved (22 mins)
Susie Green: Transgender: a mother’s story (16 mins)
Abhinav Seetharaman: The Beauty That Is Sanskrit (14 mins)

Approx 5 min presentation
Black Violin - Stereotypes

Approx 2 min presentation
Sesame Street and Seth Rogen: Embarrassed

Approx 20 min presentation
Baobab Studios: Crow - The Legend
A Native American tale of Creation and the Crow’s significance to life.

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, its a repeat of an oldie and a goodie. Or not. You be the judge.

Cryptic Clue:
What is a way to reconcile past mistakes, regrets and redress?

-- 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 Middle English via Old French sur, from Latin securus = free from doubt or uncertainty, secure.

1. [state of mind] to be completely confident/certain/definite. Ie, I'm sure I've seen that dress before; she had to check her diary to be sure of the day of the week.
2. [predictive certainty] to receive, get, or do something. Ie, based on their on-field performance, the team is sure of a finals' berth; it's sure to rain before morning.
3. [evidentiary] true beyond any doubt, reliable. Ie, what is sure is that learning is a complex business.
4. [attributive] able to be relied on or trusted. Ie, her neck was red - a sure sign of agitation.
5. [showing] confidence or assurance. Ie, the drawings impress by their sure sense of rhythm.
6. [used for] emphasis/agreement/consent: Ie, ‘Is it OK to do this?’ ‘Sure.’

From late Middle English via Old French assurer, based on Latin ad- = to (expressing change) + securus = free from doubt or uncertainty, secure.

Generally: reassured, convinced, satisfied, persuaded, guaranteed, promised, told; proved to, certified to, attested to, confirmed to, affirmed to, pledged to, given one's word to, given one's assurance to, vowed to, declared to.

1. telling someone something positively to dispel any doubts: [with object and clause]. Ie,  Tony assured me that there was a supermarket in the village; they assured him of their full confidence.
2. making certain of something. Ie, she assured herself that he was asleep.
3. making (something) certain to happen. Ie, victory was now assured; ie, their influence assured that the report would be tough.
4. being certain to get. Ie, you would be assured of a welcome.
5. (chiefly British) covering of a life by assurance. Ie, we guarantee to assure your life. Securing the future payment of (an amount) with insurance. Ie, the sum assured can be paid as a lump sum.

From late Middle English based on Latin re- = again, concentrate, return + ad- = to (expressing change) + securus = free from doubt, protected against uncertainty, secure.

Generally, saying or doing something to remove doubts and fears of (someone) or in a situation. Ie, she understood his feelings and tried to reassure him; Ie, the boss was reassuring to the workers as their concerns were listened to; Ie, Gina gave her a reassuring smile.


-- Chant Buddha Mantrastyle

Feel welcome to transform doubts by being sure, assured and reassuring with all, some or sum of the above meanings. Or not. As the case may be.

This is universal basis of re:lig:ion (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.