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AWAKENING | Compassion in Uncertain Times | COMMEMORATING | UN International Day of Peace | Tuesday 21 September 2021

GEIFN | AWAKENING | Compassion in Uncertain Times

In This Section

  • GEIFN | Aspiring
  • UN | COMMEMORATING | International Day of Peace | 21 September
  • UNHCR | UPDATING | Forcibly Displaced, Refugees & Stateless | Figures at a Glance | 18 June 2021
  • Engaging Privilege, Inequality, Equity and Society
  • Supporting Global Engagement in Friendlier Neighbourhoods
  • Sharing Downloadable PDF Statements
  • Dedicating Merit and Best Wishes for Less Suffering with Vajrasattva Mantra



GEIFN | Aspiring

GEIFN was formed in early 2011 with representation from many faith groups. Currently in caretaker mode with Carey Rohrlach attending. In keeping with these simpler times, please note the new geifn website and email addresses.

  • Promoting harmony and respect for faiths, values, cultures and traditions in our shared community.
  • Providing opportunities for dialogue, understanding, harmonious interaction, co-operative community service and events that highlight positive contributions in the community.
  • Demonstrating respect for others belief’s, cultures and traditions. This desire arises from our common humanity and our being people of faith.
  • Recognising neighbours, that we have responsibilities to ourselves, community and the world.
  • Encouraging citizens, all to put aside intolerance, prejudice and divisiveness to attain peaceful and fruitful co-existence.
  • Acknowledging traditional inhabitants of Port Phillip, Glen Eira and surrounds are the Boon Wurrung and Wurundjeri peoples of the Kulin Nation.
  • Respecting past, present and future elders of all spiritual traditions. May we find together a generous way to accommodate those in need of refuge. Let us be cool, strive individually and together to overcome inequality, violence, disengagement, tragedy and injustice wherever it may be. Let us honour, savour and enjoy results of mindful effort so more thrive peacefully in our place called home.

This annual supplement is a curation from information in public domain. Thankyou to all the many exemplars who have shared their aspiration, experience and results to be the peace making they wish to see in the world. Received with gratitude.


UN | COMMEMORATING | International Day of Peace | 21 September

The International Day of Peace was established in 1981 by the United Nations General Assembly. Two decades later, in 2001, the General Assembly unanimously voted to designate the Day as a period of non-violence and cease-fire.

Each year the International Day of Peace is observed around the world on 21 September. The UN General Assembly has declared this as a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, through observing 24 hours of non-violence and cease-fire.

In 2021, as we heal from the COVID-19 pandemic, we are inspired to think creatively and collectively about how to help everyone recover better, how to build resilience, and how to transform our world into one that is more equal, more just, equitable, inclusive, sustainable, and healthier.

The pandemic is known for hitting the underprivileged and marginalized groups the hardest. By April 2021, over 687 million COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered globally, but over 100 countries have not received a single dose. People caught in conflict are especially vulnerable in terms of lack of access to healthcare.

In line with the Secretary-General’s appeal for a global ceasefire last March, in February 2021 the Security Council unanimously passed a resolution calling for Member States to support a “sustained humanitarian pause” to local conflicts. The global ceasefire must continue to be honoured, to ensure people caught in conflict have access to lifesaving vaccinations and treatments.

The pandemic has been accompanied by a surge in stigma, discrimination, and hatred, which only cost more lives instead of saving them: the virus attacks all without caring about where we are from or what we believe in. Confronting this common enemy of humankind, we must be reminded that we are not each other’s enemy. To be able to recover from the devastation of the pandemic, we must make peace with one another.

And we must make peace with nature. Despite the travel restrictions and economic shutdowns, climate change is not on pause. What we need is a green and sustainable global economy that produces jobs, reduces emissions, and builds resilience to climate impacts.

The 2021 theme for the International Day of Peace is “Recovering better for an equitable and sustainable world”. We invite you to join the efforts of the United Nations family as we focus on recovering better for a more equitable and peaceful world. Celebrate peace by standing up against acts of hate online and offline, and by spreading compassion, kindness, and hope in the face of the pandemic, and as we recover. More

COVID-19 Response
This is a global health crisis unlike any other — one that is spreading human suffering, destabilizing the global economy and upending the lives of billions of people around the globe. Vulnerable populations in countries with weaker health systems, facing existing humanitarian crises are at great risk. The United Nations is committed to ensuring all people have access to all the tools to defeat COVID-19. Global solidarity is not only a moral imperative, it is in everyone’s interests. More




UNHCR | UPDATING | Forcibly Displaced, Refugees & Stateless | Figures at a Glance | 18 June 2021

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the UN Refugee Agency, is a global organization dedicated to saving lives, protecting rights and building a better future for refugees, other forcibly displaced communities and stateless people. 

At least 82.4 million people around the world have been forced to flee their homes. Among them are nearly 26.4 million refugeesaround half under the age of 18.

There are also millions of stateless people, who have been denied a nationality and lack access to basic rights such as education, health care, employment and freedom of movement.

At a time when 1 in every 95 people on earth has fled their home as a result of conflict or persecution, UNHCR's workis more important than ever before.



UNHCR personnel are the backbone of UNHCR. As of 31 December 2020, UNHCR employed 17,878 people, of whom around nearly 91 per cent are based in the field.
We work in 132 countries and territories, with personnel based in a mixture of regional and branch offices and sub and field offices. Our teams work hard to help the displaced, specializing in a wide range of disciplines, including legal protection, administration, community services, public affairs and health.

UNHCR is funded almost entirely by voluntary contributions, with 85 per cent from governments and the European Union. Three per cent comes from other inter-governmental organizations and pooled funding mechanisms, while a further 11 per cent is from the private sector, including foundations, corporations and the public. Additionally, we receive a limited subsidy (one per cent) from the UN budget for administrative costs, and accept in-kind contributions, including items such as tents, medicines and trucks. For up to date information about UNHCR’s financial needs visit Global Focus website.



Engaging Privilege, Inequality, Equity and Society


ABC: Australian Story: Spanish flu vs COVID-19: An Australian perspective of a pandemic (33 mins)

Kings and Generals: Muslim Schism: How Islam Split into the Sunni and Shia Branches (19 mins)

History of China: The Qing Dynasty Harem System - Imperial Concubines (14 mins)

Origin of Everything: Why Did Europeans Enslave Africans? (10 mins)

Xuan Zang (2 hours)
Chinese + English Subtitles
A reconstructed account of the historical 16th CE Chinese monk who journeyed to the West (India).


Supporting Global Engagement in Friendlier Neighbourhoods

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  • Photocards
  • Coffee Mugs
  • Contemplations
  • Inspirations
  • Sharing Downloadable PDF Statements
  • Dedicating Merit and Best Wishes for Less Suffering
  • Update Your Contact Details
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Take Away Contemplation (Front):
We give thanks for the precious nature
of life.

We give thanks for the precious nature 
of the lives of those we care for
and who care for us.

We give thanks for the precious nature 
of the many interconnected conditions
that come together today
to allow us to enjoy this place, 
this company, 
this purpose, 
this potential, 
this time.

We give thanks for the precious nature 
of all Teachers, Teachings and Opportunities to Share.

We give thanks for the precious nature 
of my/your/our life. 

May all beings enjoy such benefits
or if not, have less Suffering until planting the seeds for growth. 

For the benefit of all, thankyou.

Daily, before meals or anytime


Contemplating Departure (Back):
Please forgive me 
For anything I did or said 
Or failed to do or say, 
That hurt you or upset you, 
Whether I did them intentionally or unintentionally

I forgive you
For anything you did or said
Or failed to do or say
That hurt me or upset me,
Whether you did them intentionally or unintentionally

May all live in Peace, Wellbeing and Happiness

Daily, after meals or at the closing

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Be Aspiring, Change View (Front):
Found Peace. If it was easy then everybody would be enjoying it.

Beat Time, Check Source (Back):
Re:lig:ion = again/back : join/unite : energy

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Dedicating Merit and Best Wishes for Less Suffering


“May all our positive energy today
Extend out like a great ocean
Bringing less Suffering, peace and happiness to all.
May less Suffering and great peace begin here.”



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AWAKENING | Peace in Uncertain Times | Monday 21 September 2020


ACKNOWLEDGING

We acknowledge traditional inhabitants of Cities of Port Phillip and Glen Eira are the Boon Wurrung and Wurundjeri peoples of the Kulin Nation. Respect is offered to past, present and future elders of all spiritual traditions. May we find together a generous way to accommodate those in need of refuge. Let us be cool, strive individually and together to overcome inequality, violence, disengagement, tragedy and injustice wherever it may be. Let us honour, savor and enjoy results of mindful effort so more thrive peacefully with less effort in our place called home.

[This is a curated presentation from information in public domain.]


COMMEMORATING | United Nations International Day of Peace | 21 September

The International Day of Peace was established in 1981 by the United Nations General Assembly. Two decades later, in 2001, the General Assembly unanimously voted to designate the Day as a period of non-violence and cease-fire.

The United Nations invites all nations and people to honour a cessation of hostilities during the Day, and to otherwise commemorate the Day through education and public awareness on issues related to peace.

COVID-19 is a global health crisis unlike any other — one that is spreading human suffering, destabilizing the global economy and upending the lives of billions of people around the globe. Vulnerable populations in countries with weaker health systems, facing existing humanitarian crises are at great risk. The United Nations is committed to ensuring all people have access to all the tools to defeat COVID-19. Global solidarity is not only a moral imperative, it is in everyone’s interests.

Read More about UN International Day of Peace 21 September




UPDATING | UNHCR’s Forcibly Displaced People Figures at a Glance

At least 79.5 million people around the world have been forced to flee their homes. Among them are nearly 26 million refugees, around half of whom are under the age of 18.

There are also millions of stateless people, who have been denied a nationality and lack access to basic rights such as education, health care, employment and freedom of movement.

At a time when 1 per cent of the world’s population have fled their homes as a result of conflict or persecution.

As of 31 May 2020 UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) employed 17,324 people, of whom around nearly 90 per cent are based in the field.

UNHCR works in 135 countries, with personnel based in a mixture of regional and branch offices and sub and field offices. Our teams work hard to help the displaced, specializing in a wide range of disciplines, including legal protection, administration, community services, public affairs and health.

Funded almost entirely by voluntary contributions, with 86 per cent from governments and the European Union. Three per cent comes from other inter-governmental organizations and pooled funding mechanisms, while a further 10 per cent is from the private sector, including foundations, corporations and the public. Additionally, UNHCR receives a limited subsidy (one per cent) from the UN budget for administrative costs, and accept in-kind contributions, including items such as tents, medicines and trucks.



RECONCILING | If we can imagine the injustice, then we can imagine its opposite. And we can have justice.




RECONCILIATION | Imagine 





ENGAGING | Privilege, Inequality, Equity and Society


The girl who lost her face: A story of courage and friendship in a remarkable clinic for victims of acid attacks in Bangladesh. Many of the staff are survivors of acid attacks themselves. Giles Duley, a journalist injured on assignment in Afghanistan several years ago visited the clinic in the capital Dhaka to tell the story of a young victim rebuilding her life and the team helping her.

They are the children of criminals. Their parents are doing time in Chinese prisons, some serving life sentences for horrific crimes. With no one to care for them and nowhere to go, Sun Village, a shelter in Beijing, takes them in

Millions of refugees travelled to Germany, among them thousands of LGBT people. They're fleeing not only conflict, but persecution in countries like Iraq and Syria where being gay can get you killed. Shaunagh Connaire discovered that for some gay refugees the hatred and danger they faced in the Middle East has pursued them all the way to Germany.

Filipino nurses make up an outsized portion of the nursing workforce. About one-third of all foreign-born nurses in the US are Filipino. Since 1960, 150,000 Filipino nurses have come to work in the US. And that’s because over the past century the US built a pipeline that draws nurses from the Philippines every time it faces a shortage. This system began in the early 20th century when the US invaded and colonized the Philippines and lives on through today. 




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DEDICATING MERIT | and Best Wishes for Less Suffering with Medicine Buddha Mantra


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AWAKENING | Peace in Turbulent Times | Saturday 21 September 2019 | 5-8.30pm



Acknowledgment to Country

Aunty Judith ‘Jacko’ Jackson. Aunty Jacko, a Gunggari (QLD) woman and elder, is popularly regarded as a glue binding the Aboriginal community in the City of Port Phillip. With wisdom gained from her own early struggles, she helps make a difference to the health of many community members in Melbourne’s inner southern suburbs. Aunty Jacko has received a number of awards for her outstanding community work, including being inducted in the 2016 Victorian Aboriginal Honour Roll.

Foreword

Dr Katie Allen MP is Federal Member for Higgins, Liberal Party. A Higgins local for over 40 years, involved in the community and volunteering for many causes.

Together with husband Malcolm, proud parents of four children. A working mother, Katie understands how delivering of services is essential to her community. Experience as a doctor of paediatrics at the Royal Children’s hospital, Katie has a demonstrated career of serving with motivation to improve others’ quality of life.

UNHCR’s annual Global Trends Report

We are now witnessing the highest levels of displacement on record.
An unprecedented 70.8 million people around the world have been forced from home. Among them are nearly 25.9 million refugees, over half of whom are under the age of 18.
There are also millions of stateless people who have been denied a nationality and access to basic rights such as education, healthcare, employment and freedom of movement.
In a world where nearly 1 person is forcibly displaced every two seconds as a result of conflict or persecution, the work of UNHCR is more important than ever before.

Key Address

Makarrata, coming together after a struggle*: a Christian, Muslim and Jewish View.
  • Peace: Reverand Dr Coralie Ling, on behalf of Christian Community
    Reverand Coralie, now retired as United Church Minister. Lifetime campaigner of equal rights for women. Australia’s first ordained female Methodist Minister of Religion. Active Representative on City of Port Phillip’s Older Persons Consultative Committee. Christian Uniting Church representative on Port Phillip Multifaith Network. Ongoing social justice campaigner and active environmentalist.
    "Peace is at the heart of Christianity and we remember Jesus’ words “Blessed are the peacemakers for they shall be called the children of God.” Peace is understood as the harmonious connection between the earth, its creatures, its peoples and the Divine. ‘Justice, peace and the integrity of creation’ has been one of the projects of the World Council of Churches since the 80’s and 90’s of last century.
    The early Christians were pacifists and there continues to be a pacifist stream within Christianity but with the alliance of Christianity with the Roman state ‘just war theory’ was developed though in today’s climate it is questioned whether any war can be just.
    With white settlement in Australia there was a failure to recognize the first aboriginal peoples as sovereign nations and with this failure no recognition of frontier wars that took place and a failure in history as truth telling.
    The Uniting Church in Australia (my own church) and some other churches as well has begun to recognize the spirituality, culture and rights of aboriginal people. In 1985 we established an Aboriginal Congress which has a voice in its own and  all church decision making. In 2009 the Uniting Church constitution was changed to give full recognition to the first peoples. The Uniting Church supports the Uluru Statement from the Heart and the need for a treaty with the first peoples. All of this is necessary if there is to be peace with justice and the land."
  • Assalamualaikum: Imam Mohsin Mohammed, on behalf of Islamic Community
    Member of a St Kilda based Muslim Community. Islamic representative on Port Phillip Multifaith Network. Since 2016, a key instigator of Port Phillip’s annual Multifaith IFTAR events. Earlier this year organised a united gathering of local Aboriginal, Maori, Christian, Jewish and Islamic communities in public Jumar prayers.
  • Shalom: Avraham Schwarz, on behalf of Jewish Community
    Abe is a frequently sighted member at community building events and a Jewish representative on Port Phillip Multifaith Network. An enthusiastic community campaigner, he has a long track record of being an early Crisis Line responder, to more public UN Peace Day events. Past collaborators are grassroots groups such as WIN and COMMON, Calm-in-the-City and Planetary Healing Artists.
* NT Arnham Land Yolngu word Makarrata as mentioned Paragraph 9-10 of Uluru Statement of the Heart 2017

Panel Discussion with Audience Q&A

  • Bearing Witness - The Practice of Peaceful, Active, Engagement. Venerable Chi Kwang Sunim, Abbess of the Seon Centre Kinglake, Korean Zen Tradition
    Sunim was born in Australia and has been a Korean Zen Buddhist Nunof 40 years, 20 years cultivating meditation and Buddhism in Korea. In Australia, Sunim is Founder and Resident Abbess of Kinglake Seon Centre, also traveling and teaching broadly. Sunim engages in various Buddhist circles and local environmental efforts, notably post-Black Saturday recovery efforts. She frequently returns to Korea for teaching and retreat.
  • Kindness and Peace - The Bodhicitta Vows. Venerable Cathy, Tibetan Buddhist Society Melbourne, Mahayana Tradition
    Venerable Cathy was born in Australia and was a student of Sera Je Geshe Acharya Thubten Loden from 1984 to his passing in 2011. In 2008, Venerable Cathy was ordained as a Tibetan Mahayana Buddhist Nunand has travelled extensively in India. A practising health practitioner for many years and has completed both graduate and post graduate studies. Extensively studied the Path to Enlightenment and is now half way through a six year Masters in Nalanda Philosophy Program from Tibet House, New Delhi, India.
  • Creating Peace in a Busy Life. Anita Carter, Abbot, Buddhist Discussion Centre Australia, non-sectarian Buddhist temple for laypersons.
    Born in India, Anita is Abbot of a non-sectarian Buddhist temple for laypersons: the Buddhist Discussion Centre Australia (BDCA). Founded in Upwey, Victoria, in 1978, BDCA celebrated its 40th anniversary in September last year. In 2011, Anita was a joint recipient of the annually awarded Outstanding Woman in Buddhism Award. Chosen by an international committee of scholars and Buddhist monastics - presented and organised by the World Buddhist University.
    "It is essential for us to maintain peace in turbulent times as the interface between our awakening minds and the turbulent worlds we live in.
    Peace through understanding.
    We live in turbulence, we come from turbulence, our lives are turbulent, so embrace it. Embrace the turbulence to have peace”.


This occasion was hosted by the Buddhist Community of Victoria. Thankyou to the many volunteers, Speakers, Suppliers and Guests whose presence made the occasion what it was.
A local commemoration of UN International Day of Peace presented by CITYZENBSV and bENGAGED on behalf of the general community of Victoria.

Related Notices

Letter from Hon. Michael O'Brien MP

Indigenous Representation was facilitated by Boon Wurrung Foundation
The Boon Wurrung Foundation represents the traditional people and custodians of the lands from the Werribee River to Wilson Promontory and who are proud members of the Kulin People in Victoria. A not for profit organisation dedicated to restoring language, customs and history of the Boon Wurrung people.

Oprah Winfrey Network: India.Arie: Break the Shell (5 mins)

Event Catering was skilfully provided by long established social enterprise ASRC Catering:
ASRC Catering is a non-for-profit social enterprise of the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre, offering global food experiences, with a cause. Food reflects rich and diverse cultures of asylum seeker members, expressed in modern interpretations of classic flavours from Africa, Middle East and Asia.
More than a catering company, helping provide social and economic empowerment for people seeking asylum. Professional and dedicated catering team comprises ASRC asylum seeker members led by an experienced team of mentor chefs.

One OK Rock - Be the light (6 mins)

Port Phillip Multifaith Network Letter to Prime Minister Regarding Climate Change September 2019
Click to view 2pp PDF

TED Talk: Greta Thunberg: The disarming case to act right now on climate change (11 mins)

Glen Eira Interfaith Network
The Network was formed in early 2011 with representation from many faith groups. Currently in caretaker mode. Coming together 'is a beginning'. Keeping together 'for progress'. Working together 'by success'. Agreeable experience 'in harmony'. Increasing beneficiaries 'as symphony'. This email concludes our contact for this event. If you wish to continue the relationship, subscribe for monthly newsletter

Jane Siberry & KD Lang: Calling All Angels (5 mins)

Invitation to Intercultural "Succat Shalom" party | Thursday 17 October 2019 | 6pm+
Hold the Date for a special Multifaith and Indigenous commemoration of "Succat Shalom" in a city-based heritage-listed Orthodox synagogue. In Hebrew, Shalom = Peace. Succah is the booth that Jews live in for 7-8 days, like a cubby house with a roof made of palm branches, during the annual Festival of "Succot" (Feast of Tabernacles).
Biblically, it is referred to as a "Succat Shalom = Tabernacle of Peace. This PEACE Party continues the theme of UN Peace Day in a way. Further details not available until the week before.
Indicate Interest for more information: Abe Swartz of Catalyst Enterprises

Dechen Shak-Dagsay: Om Mani Padma Hum (10 mins)

FCCV | Victorian Interfaith Networks Conference | Sunday 17 November 2019 | 12noon-4.30pm
The Victorian Interfaith Networks Conference (VINC) is an annual grass-roots conference which aims to help build capacity and sustainability of existing multifaith/interfaith networks, bring people up-to-date with current multifaith/interfaith matters and provide networking opportunities. Springvale Town Hall. This event is proudly supported by the Faith Communities Council of Victoria, the Interfaith Network of the City of Greater Dandenong, The City of Greater Dandenong, and the Victorian State Government - Department of Premier and Cabinet.
Click here to find out more or to register for event

Pentatonix: Come Along (4 mins)




Speed Dating A Religious Zealot? An Other Perspective | Saturday 22 September 2018 | 1.30-2.30pm 

[Report is compiled from multiple public addresses, multiple sources made over multiple publication dates and post-event reflection]
A commemoration of UN International Peace Day and opportunity for audience members to sit informally together with people of different religious traditions and intersectionality all working, living and loving in Victoria.
General discussion yielded that arriving and established migrants often come with a religious background and have all sorts of positive and negative experiences as the different face in town. 

  • Upon arrival, religion might be the last point of call due to historical experience or entrenched prejudice. 
  • As a newly arrived, it might be difficult to make and sustain meaningful friendships and relationships. 
  • As an old arrival, when has enough time passed to be considered a local?
As a demonstration of compounded intersectionality (having multiple identities co-exisiting at the same time), a minute’s ‘silence’ for UN International Peace Day was combined with Acknowledgement of Country and Guided Meditation.

To minimise confusion in thoughts, dialogues or activities, discussion of the usefulness in establishing definitions of key words at the start of important conversations. The importance of checking the source, citing the Boon Wurrung and Wurundjeri word Ngargee (gathering for celebration); Latin words Zeal (passion, enthusiasm) and Religion (again uniting energy); and modern causes for Confusion like West vs East.



The questions were posed to the audience that, based on the literal Latin definition of Religion:
  • would AFL qualify with its recent advances on gender, race and sexuality equity?
  • would AGMC's Living Loving Diversity qualify as religious?
Discussion included hazards of generalisations, specifics and subjectivity when establishing personal identity. When times are confusing, it is important to understand that all concepts and words are flawed, but useful in the beginning to start somewhere. This included understandings that any concept like binary can be understood to actually have 3 components. When this concept gets easier, then the 3 expands to 5. When that gets easier, then the 5 expands to unlimited. And when that gets easier, all contracts to 1. 

In this way, the Root Cause of Suffering can be considered as being the consequence of conditions numbering 2,3,5, infinity and back to 1. If/When/As that 1 is Ignorance.

As we all know, understanding, trust and peace does not arrive by accident. It arrives in step by step increments. Overcoming the occasional slip-ups and trips that any journey is subject to. Beginning with the individual. Growing in beneficiaries until including a greater number, if not all.

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On this and every day, thankyou for playing a part in striving towards a society with fairer sharing of equity. Together we are better.

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.


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This is an adjunct to GEIFN's Annual Observance of UN International Peace Day 21 September






"For Equality: YES, I do" Badges | 15 September - 6 November 2017


Wearable support for equality in marriage. 
In response to Australian Government's postal survey regarding Australia giving all its citizens a fair go, GEIFN produced a limited edition run of badges as an adjunct to its UN International Peace Day celebrations.



57cm Round Button Badge with brochure pin on reverse side.


Orders: Equality everyday and lasting is a result of many heads, hearts and hands striving together. Uniting to this shared goal, this material symbol was only available temporarily between 15 September-6 November 2017 or while stocks lasted. 



Free on pick-up, OR + postage, limited to 5 per person until stocks run out. OR advise desired quantities plus delivery details and a quote will be arranged.



Contact caretaker for sponsorship opportunities, quantity, supply address details and stock availability, accurate quote and expected delivery time.



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Caretaker Carey Rohrlach (CARO)
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This is an adjunct to GEIFN's Annual Observance of UN International Peace Day 21 September









Lost Piece? | A local UN International Peace Day Observance | 21 August-21 September 2017

Each year the International Day of Peace is observed around the world on 21 September. The General Assembly has declared this as a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and peoples.

2017 theme Together for Peace: Respect, Safety and Dignity for All honoured the spirit of TOGETHER, a global initiative that promotes respect, safety and dignity for everyone forced to flee their homes in search of a better life. TOGETHER unites the organizations of the United Nations System, the 193 Member States of the United Nations, the private sector, civil society, academic institutions and individual citizens in a global partnership in support of diversity, non-discrimination and acceptance of refugees and migrants. It was initiated during the United Nations Summit for Refugees and Migrants on 19 September 2016.

More information about this declaration and day is available on United Nations (UN) website: http://www.un.org/en/events/peaceday/

Spreading the word: promoting equal recognition and rights for all families. Challenging the ignorance, misinformation and occurrence of discrimination is everybody's business.

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

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


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

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

Recipient Charities:
-- Switchboard http://www.switchboard.org.au Rec #GN806079
-- Ardoch Youth Foundation https://www.ardoch.org.au Rec #AUD88304970
-- Asylum Seeker Resource Centre http://www.asrc.org.au/ Rec #0198454
-- Koorie Heritage Trust Inc www.koorieheritagetrust.com Rec #00000000200/072270
-- Parliament of World's Religions http://www.parliamentofreligions.org Rec #7A084682L3367314G

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Glen Eira Interfaith Network (GEIFN)
Global engagement in friendly neighborhoods. Join us in humanising 'the other'.
Caretaker Carey Rohrlach
Email: carey@caro.com.au
Website: www.gleneirainterfaith.org

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





Being Peace | A local UN International Peace Day Observance | Engaging Inner and Outer Peace Workshop | Sunday 25 September 2016 | 2-4pm

Organizer is pleased to report results of Glen Eira Interfaith Network's commemoration of UN International Peace Day.
"Be the change you wish to see in the world". Mahatma Ghandi
As part of the event and to show support for every day peace makers benefitting countless others, funds were raised for nominated charities.

Total Donations Raised (incl pledges): $1,000 shared equally between 5 charities. A big thankyou to those who participated with presence and, in case of not being able to attend, support to the endeavour by making donations in kind or in absentia.

Recipient Charities:
-- Ardoch Youth Foundation https://www.ardoch.org.au Rec #195320469
-- Asylum Seeker Resource Centre http://www.asrc.org.au/ Rec #0080618
-- Koorie Heritage Trust Inc www.koorieheritagetrust.com Rec #195329279
-- Meditation in Victorian Primary Schools, Buddhist Instruction Program http://www.bcv.org.au/buddhist-sri-in-schools.html Rec #GEFIN BEING PEACE
-- Parliament of World's Religions http://www.parliamentofreligions.org Rec #66448753D00021059

Feel welcome to download the official electronic souvenir Guide (PDF) from the day. Thankyou for the Patience with the size (approx 2MB).

Venue Sponsor: Body Moves, 107 Hawthorn Road, Caulfield Junction

On behalf of Buddhist Council Victoria Interfaith (bINTER) and Glen Eira Interfaith Network (GEIFN), thankyou to all who Peace Make for making a positive difference in your piece of the world, received with gratitude.

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Caretaker: Carey 0438 371 488




Being Equalness | A local UN International Peace Day Observance and A Sunday Family Dinner | Sunday 20 September 2015 | 1-6pm

THANKYOU to all for interest, support, participation and feedback with GEIFN's Being Equalness, received with gratitude.

To our host and keynote speaker Reverand Philip Leibelt and Uniting Church in Australia Elsternwick, our gratitude.

Thankyou to our special visitors for wrestling with busy schedules to visit and share occasion:
-- David Southwick, State Member for Caulfield
-- April Robinson, Uniting Church in Australia's Interfaith Network Developer Commission for Mission, Victoria and Tasmania
-- Murray Lobley, Gippsland Ethnic Communities Council and Interfaith Network City of Greater Dandenong

Thankyou to all participants who made the time to share the occasion.

Thankyou to Sanchez from Falafel Kitchen Elsternwick for the Middle Eastern mains, and to Uma from Bikanerwala Clayton for the Indian sweets.

To the many helpers along the way, especially Shaun, Gerald and Di whose contribution behind, during, in front and beyond the scene was warmly received. Thankyou to everyone who stayed to clean, pack up and close in a wonderful team spirit.

TOTAL RAISED on day including absentee pledges is $2,000. There are of course many charitable organisations doing incredible work. Our nominated recipients are just a few that consistently come into view.

PROPORTIONALLY PAID in accordance with attending participants' preferences:
-- Asylum Seeker Resource Centre http://www.asrc.org.au/home/our-services/how-we-help/empowerment/cleaning-service/
29% = $580, 20/9 Receipt: GN570533
-- Buddhist Instruction in Victorian Primary Schools http://www.bcv.org.au/buddhist-sri-in-schools.html
28% = $560, 20/9 Receipt: N092054190738
-- Koorie Heritage Trust
http://www.koorieheritagetrust.com/about_us
18% = $360, 20/9 Receipt: on file.
-- Ardoch Youth Foundation https://www.ardoch.org.au
13% = $260, 20/9 Receipt: 154582393
-- Parliament of World's Religions http://www.parliamentofreligions.org
12% = $240, 20/9 Receipt: 7G747475WX472505B

Substantiation available at time of event.

REFLECTIONS FROM THE DAY

TEAM-PLAYERS

DEDICATION: May the benefits accrued with our thoughts, words and actions start within us, radiating outwards until it includes all.




Glen Eira Annual Celebration of Interconnectedness | Saturday 16 May 2014 @ 5.30pm

What:  Interconnectedness is a Buddha's teaching that explains how what we experience in the present has no beginning and the future has unlimited possibilities. Its just a matter of view, choice, and action in this moment, that benefits ourselves increasing in beneficiaries until it includes all. 


It is a difficult climate with many demands on the individual and household. However, Annual Celebration of Interconnectedness raised on night 15/6 from presenting diners and pledges from absent friends of $8,000.

The precise figure is unknown as efforts "in kind" are are unlimited and indefinable.

What is known, on 3/6, the $8,000 purchased a chest freezer and the balance in basic grocery items including:
Oils, Rice, Legumes, Ghee, Spices, Nuts, Food Mixes and Other to fill the pledged amount up to $8,000.

16/5 Dinner costs sponsored by Caro Way.
3/6 Grocery buying discount sponsored by Needs Grocery.
3/6 Delivery costs from Elsternwick to Footscray sponsored by Man with a Van.
Throughout: Ancillary Support and moving arrangers by Chony and Asylum Seeker Resource Centre Food Bank.

Our combined efforts will assist Asylum Seeker Resource Centre in a small but meaningful way to feed, support and overcome obstacles for over 500 people weekly.

For those wishing substantiation, a final receipt of purchased goods is available upon request for a limited time. Unless there is a major change to plan and promises made, this constitutes concluding report.

Except to say, thank you for the role each individual plays in making this piece of the world a brighter and more equitable place for everyone, received with gratitude. Wherever and whenever this is. May the change we wish to see in the world begin on the inside and radiate out benefiting a greater number until reaching all.

On this symbolic occasion, we interconnected to lend a hand to those at a frontline and recipients who are benefitting from friends in the right time in the right place for the right reason. No need to wait until next year, usually a smile on the street is enough, patience in a queue or kindness with a telemarketer.

Venue: Coco Thai, 586 Glen Huntly Rd,  Elsternwick Vic 3185

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Organiser: Caro Way 0438 371 488 on behalf of Glen Eira interfaith activity


REFLECTIONS FROM THE NIGHT
From top left: Restaurant detail and unseen kind, courteous and efficient Restaurant staff; Dave, Beck, Niki, Owen, James, Carey, Stephen, (photographer) Regina




Being Happyness | A Hindu, Sikh and Buddhist Perspective | Thursday 15 November 2012 | 7pm

A full house joined this warm and friendly discussion with Abhay Awasthi, Jasbir Singh and Julian Bamford as they share their spiritual tradition, personal observations and experience on the path to happy-ness. Moderated by Church of Latter Day Saints' Mark Bender.


Scheduled Program
7.00pm Supper. A vegetarian plate to share was welcomed with special remarks received for the Sikh Pakoras
7.30-9pm Presentation and Panel Discussion. Followed by audience questions


Venue: St John’s Uniting Church, side entrance
, 567 Glen Huntly Road, Elsternwick






When Passover meets Easter and Shavout meets Pentecost | Thursday 24 May 2012 | 7.30-9pm

Jewish and Christian perspectivesThe interested crowd received a warm hearted introduction by Mark Bender, The Church Of Jesus Christ Of Latter-day Saints. This led to the speakers presenting individually then joining for discussion. Our gratitude is offered towards event speakers Rabbi Shamir Caplan, Beit Aharon Synagogue and David Sch├╝tz, Ecumenical and Interfaith Commission, Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne.

Scheduled Program
7.00pm Supper. Bring a clearly labelled vegetarian plate to share.
7.30-9pm Presentation and Panel Discussion. Followed by audience questions


Venue: Cultural Hall, The Church Of Jesus Christ Of Latter-day Saints, 5 Hawthorn Road, Caulfiled North