To-day is the final day of The Tree of Life Project.
This concludes the nine days of an all-inclusive, community-wide
opportunity for people of all faiths and of none
to come together and rub shoulders with each other.
We have had children's art; a visit to the oldest Synagogue
on the Australian mainland; we have welcomed the Jewish Shabbat;
we have gone bush and meditated on the major religions of the world
and included, as well, humanism;
we have remembered the Trees of Faith planted around Ballarat
which testify to the hope of the human spirit;
we have listened to various religious speakers
telling us of The Tree of Life in their traditions;
we have listened to children singing from the Russian tradition;
we have listened to what it is like to be a stateless and displaced person
yet have hope in your heart and solace in art.
We have met and shared with a diverse range of people.
To-day we conclude with poetry, music, food and trees.
From 2pm-4pm we have Poetry
from three published Ballarat poets -
Barry Breen, Ross Gillett, and Lorraine McGuigan -
at The Known World Bookshop, 14 Sturt Street, Ballarat.
We then dash across to the Ballarat Botanical Gardens
for a 4.30pm start to the Conservatory to hear
Chris Parnell of the Shepparton Interfaith Network speak
to listen to Like Honey, a singing group from Geelong.
And then it will be multicultural food across the courtyard
in the Robert Clark Centre.
At 6.15 pm we conclude.
A big thank-you to all who participated in the many events.
We bless you and hope you took away warmth and good thoughts
from the events.
We hope you will join the members and supporters of
Ballarat Interfaith Network
at future events.
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