Monday, 8 June 2015

DAREBIN INTERFAITH - at the cutting edge

It seems to The Editor of Beside The Creek that Darebin Interfaith Council is at the cutting edge of the interfaith movement in Australia - because of its location, because of its demographic, because it was an early organisation of the interfaith movement in Victoria.


Joint Statement condemning violence proclaimed by Darebin’s 
Baha’i’, Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Jewish, and Muslim representatives.
Picture from here

Welcome to the June edition of the Darebin Interfaith e-Bulletin. We join with the local Buddhist community who celebrate Vesak, or Buddha’s Day, during this time. Why not take a moment to discuss with your Buddhist friends what this important occasion means for them.

Please find below and attached programs that may be of interest to you and your congregations, networks, organisations, community groups and friends. Feel free to distribute the information to anyone you feel may be interested.

In this edition below:
·         7th June - Climate Change Workshop
·         7th June - Mornington Peninsula Interfaith Festival
·         10th June - Darebin Council Traffic & Transport Consultation (10th, 20th & 24th June)
·         13th June - Empower Youth Leadership
·         13th June - Coburg Mosque Tour
·         14th June - Refugee Week Celebration in Darebin
·         14th June - Tour to Places of Worship in Brimbank & Maribyrnong
·         16th June - ISIS, Sectarianism and Islamophobia
·         18 June - Refugee Week: Melton Interfaith Network
·         20th June - Street Iftar in Meadow Heights
·         20 June - Friendship Gathering with Yarra Interfaith Network
·         21st June - Night of the Winter Solstice
·         29 June - Business, Faith, Law, and Morality: The Asylum Seeker Debate
·         18 July - 'How Different Are We?’ - Nelson Mandela Day
·         Farsi Mother’s Playgroup (Every Thursday during school terms)
·         Australia Citizenship Announcement
·         Stop Watch VIC
·         About the Darebin Interfaith Council (DIFC)

Climate Change Workshop (7th June)

The Australian Religious Response to Climate Change (ARRCC) and Greenfaith is running a community workshop on climate change.

Date & Time: Sunday, June 7, from 12:00pm-5:00pm
Venue: Multicultural Hub, Cnr Therry & Elizabeth Sts, Melbourne 

Mornington Peninsula Interfaith Festival (7th June)

On Sunday June 7th 2015, the Mornington Peninsula community will come together to celebrate at the Mornington Peninsula Interfaith Festival.
This annual festival is a celebration of diversity through music, dance, art, film, workshops and food - a celebration of multiculturalism, a celebration of multifaith, a celebration of the diversity within our community, and a celebration of our unique indigenous history.

Date & Time: Sunday, June 7th, from 12:30pm-4:30pm
Venue: Peninsula Community Theatre - corner of Nepean Highway & Wilsons Road, Mornington VIC (Melways Ref: 145 E2)

Entry: FREE

Further Information:

Come and celebrate in a fun and friendly atmosphere. Bring your family as there will be special activities for the kids.

Darebin Council Traffic & Transport Consultation (10th, 20th & 24th June)

Darebin Council is about to undertake a citywide consultation with our residents and businesses to identify the traffic and transport priorities of our community. This information will help shape the upcoming implementation of the Darebin Traffic Management Strategy, as well as help Council prioritise the projects that we advocate to the state government about.
We will have an online survey available for the month of June at  as well as community forums where everyone is welcome to come along and share concerns and ideas, and ask questions of our Councillors and Council staff.  The dates are locations for the forums are:
·         Wednesday 10 June, 7.00 – 8.30pm, Keon Park Children’s Hub, 1-7 Dole Ave, Reservoir
·         Saturday 20 June 10.00 – 11.30am, Darebin Arts and Entertainment Centre, Cnr Bell St and St Georges Rd, Preston
·         Wednesday 24 June, 7.00 – 8.30pm, Northcote Town Hall, 189 High St, Northcote

Empower Youth Leadership (13th June)

The Interfaith Centre of MelbourneDharma Drum Mountain Buddhist Association, and the Victorian Multicultural Commission are running a youth workshop to bring the influences of the social environment, our attitudes, our goals, our sense of self to consciousness so we can come to understand why we think what we think as we go through life.

Date & Time: Saturday, June 13, from 10:00am-5:00pm
Venue: Chellwe Room, Victorian Council of Churches, L4, Causeway House, 306 Lil Collins St, Melbourne

Coburg Mosque Tour (13th June)

Benevolence Australia is holding a tour of one of Australia's longest established mosques and Muslim community centres - Coburg Mosque.

Date & Time: Saturday, June 13, from 2pm-3pm
Venue: Coburg Mosque, 31 Nicholson St, Coburg
Dress: Appropriately, i.e. long pants or dress, head covering for women

Refugee Week Celebration in Darebin (14th June)

Darebin Mayor Councillor Steven Tsitas invites you to the opening of

The celebration will be in memory of Late Hon. Malcolm Fraser’s contribution to the settlement, welfare and successful integration of Vietnamese refugees into Australia.

Celebrating the courage of refugees and of people who fight against persecution and injustice. A call for unity and for action to welcome refugees and asylum seekers to acknowledge their contribution to building a cohesive and prosperous city.

Date & Time: Sunday, 14 June, from 12:00pm to 5:00pm
Venue: Preston Shire Hall, 286 Gower Street, Preston, Vic, 3072 
RSVP: Kenichi Kurioka on phone 8470 8630 or email 

Tour to Places of Worship in Brimbank & Maribyrnong (14th June)

The Brimbank and Maribyrnong Interfaith Network would like to invite you to:
Places of Worship Bus Tour

Date & Time: Sunday, 14 June, from 10am (Maribyrnong) and 10:15am (Brimbank) to 2:30pm

Pick-up Location: 
·         10am – Meet at Maribyrnong Council Town Hall located at the corner of Hyde & Napier St, Footscray
·         10:15am – Meet at Brimbank City Council Municipal Offices located at 6-18 Alexandra Avenue, Sunshine
Finish at approximately 2:30pm – Drop off is at pick up point.

As part of Refugee Week, participating venues include:
·         Quang Minh Buddhist Temple in Braybrook
·         Sikh Temple in Hoppers Crossing
·         Hindu Temple in Rockbank

A light lunch will be served.

Please wear comfortable shoes and modest clothing covering thighs and shoulders. You may be asked to remove your shoes or cover your head to enter some areas of worship.

RSVP: This is a free community event but registration is essential. Limited spaces. All are welcome to attend.

Register online at: or call (03) 9688 0342.

ISIS, Sectarianism and Islamophobia (16th June)

The Australian Muslim Women's Centre for Human Rights, Middle East Studies Forum, the Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation are running a public workshop titled; ISIS, Sectarianism and Islamophobia.

Speakers include; Prof Kevin Dunn, Dr Benjamin Isakhan, Dr Virginie Andre, Ghaith Krayem, Saara Sabbagh and Albert Fatileh.

Date & Time: Tuesday, June 16, from 10:00am-3:00pm
Venue: Burwood Corporate Centre Level 2, Building BC Deakin University 221 Burwood Hwy, Burwood

Refugee Week: Melton Interfaith Network (18 June)

Melton Interfaith Network in conjunction with Melton City Council invites you to celebrate:
Refugee Week, With Courage Let us all combine.

Date & Time: Thursday 18 June, from 12.00pm - 1.00pm
Venue: Melton Library & Learning Hub, 31 McKenzie Street, Melton
Keynote Speaker: David MacPhail from the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre

Lunch Provided

RSVP: 11 June 2015; David Cowan or 0424 125 690

Street Iftar in Meadow Heights (20th June)

Sareera Youth and Australia Youth are running their 6th annual Street Iftar free complimentary dinner to share the spirit of Ramadan and celebrate cultural diversity.

Date & Time: Wednesday, June 20, from 4pm
Venue: Meadow Heights Mosque, Hudson Circuit, Meadow Heights

(Iftar is an evening meal when Muslims end their daily Ramadan fast at sunset).

Friendship Gathering with Yarra Interfaith Network (20 June)

All are invited to attend an afternoon social get-together for the friends and supporters of the Yarra Interfaith Network. The afternoon will be a relaxed catch-up with friends and members.

Date & Time: Saturday, 20 June, from 2:30pm
Venue: Meeting Room (The New Complex), Old Colonists, Rushall Park, 20 Rushall Crescent, Fitzroy
Tea, coffee and light refreshments will be provided. All are welcome.
For more information: Leona (Secretary)

Night of the Winter Solstice (21st June)

The Interfaith Centre of Melbourne would like to invite you to the “Night of the Winter Solstice” - an evening of beautiful music, chants and candle lighting. Experience mystical and transformative insights into your life’s journey.

Date & Time: Sunday, June 21, from 5pm - 7:15pm
Venue: St John’s Uniting Church - Corner Mt Alexander Road and Buckley Street, Essendon

Special Guests:
·         Venerable Chang Ji is an ordained nun under Dharma Drum Mountain Buddhist Association in the Chinese Mahayana tradition of Buddhism.
·         Dr Alexander John Shaia is a spiritual director, educator, and psychologist
·         Cath Connelly is considered one of Australia's leading Celtic harpers. Interfaith Gathering in St John’s Church

Enquiries: Rev. Helen Summers, The Interfaith Centre of Melbourne    
Phone: (03) 9650 7163  Email:
Proudly supported by St John’s Uniting Church, Dharma Drum Mountain Melbourne Chapter andQuadrato.

Iftar Dinner with Australia Light Foundation Mosque (27 June)

The Brimbank and Maribyrnong Interfaith Network in partnership with Australia Light Foundation Mosque invite you to join us for an Iftar Dinner (Evening meal when Muslims end their daily Ramadan fast at sunset).

Date & Time: Saturday, 27 June 2015, from 5:15pm
Venue: Australia Light Foundation Mosque, 291-293 Sunshine Road, Tottenham

The venue has disability access and car parking facilities at the front and around the side and back of the building.

Please wear modest clothing covering thighs and shoulders. You may be asked to remove your shoes or cover your head. This is a no cost community event but registration is essential. Limited spaces. All welcome to attend.

RSVP by 19 June 2015: or call 0419 876 846.
Please inform us on any dietary requirements so that it can be taken into consideration.

Business, Faith, Law, and Morality: The Asylum Seeker Debate (29 June)

We are conducting a free debate. What is Your opinion?
The Asylum Seeker issue needs resolving. We encourage you to take advantage of this opportunity to listen to expert opinion and have your considerations and suggestions discussed.

What is the role of Faith and in the Asylum Seeker debate?
Are Asylum Seekers an Economic opportunity or threat?
Does Business have a role to play in the Asylum Seeker debate?
Do we have a Moral obligation to assist Asylum Seekers?
Is Australia’s policy to discourage some Asylum Seekers Legal?

Date & Time: Monday, 29 June, from 7:20 seated for prompt 7:30 start
Venue: Lonsdale Street, Melbourne (For more details visit:

RSVP: To reserve your FREE ticket and read more information, visit:

Experts to lead the discussion include:
·         Julian Burnside AO QC. Julian is a high profile barrister committed to human rights who has been nominated a National Living Treasure.
·         Jarrod McKenna Jarrod, who was a practicing Pastor, and his family live with 17 newly settled asylum seekers at the First Home Project. He established Love Makes A Way and is currently on secondment from World Vision to Common Grace.
·         Ivor Ries worked as a journalist overseas and here writing the esteemed Chanticleer for the AFR.
·         Rev Prof Andrew Dutney is president of the Uniting Church is widely published, and regularly broadcast, in both religious and mainstream ethics.
·         Pamela Curr Is one of Who's Who Australian women and works at the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre.
·         Ruth Bungay - is a multi-disciplined business consultant and economist.

'How Different Are We?’ - Nelson Mandela Day (18 July)

'How Different Are We?' celebrates our commonalities as people, united against the human rights violations that asylum seekers are enduring in detention.

Date & Time: Saturday, 18 July, from 12:00pm to 12:30pm
Venue: Federation Square, Corner Swanston Street & Flinders Street,

Group dance: YOU are invited to participate in the group dance on the day. All people of all backgrounds and ages (16 yrs+) are welcome – asylum seekers, refugees, migrants, non-refugees and all Melbournians. No dance experience is needed.

There are, however, compulsory and non-compulsory rehearsals if you wish to participate in the group dance.

Registration & information:
Facebook: How Different Are We?

Farsi Mother’s Playgroup (Every Thursday during school terms)

Do you know of any Farsi (Persian) speaking mothers who would appreciate a culturally sensitive playgroup for their children (aged 0-6)? This program is facilitated by a qualified Early Years Practitioner who speaks Persian/Fasi.

Date & Time: Every Thursday Morning, 10 am to 12 pm (During school terms)
Venue: 104a Reynard Street, Coburg

All enquiries to: Rebecca Heffernan on Ph: 9386 7128, Email:

Australia Citizenship Announcement

The Commonwealth Government intends to update the Australian Citizenship Act 2007 so dual nationals who engage in terrorism can lose their citizenship.

Further details about this announcement can be found at:

Stop Watch VIC

As part of their three-year action plan to address community concerns about racial profiling, Victoria Police have committed to implement a trial of ‘stop & search’ receipting in 2015, called the Receipting Proof of Concept (RPOC). It will be the first project of this type in Australia.

Access the Fact Sheet:

About the Darebin Interfaith Council (DIFC)

The Darebin Interfaith Council (DIFC) acts as a reference group to the City of Darebin. Since 2005, the DIFC has endeavoured to build compassionate communities through collaboration and being on the forefront of numerous grassroots issues facing our community.

The Darebin Interfaith Bulletin seeks to promote activities that are consistent with the aims and values of the Darebin Interfaith Council and that foster interfaith dialogue and collaboration relevant to the interfaith community within the municipality of Darebin. To promote your activities in this newsletter, please provide text and web links to your promotional material. Within the above criteria, we are happy to promote your activities subject to editorial discretion.

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Aziz Cooper
Interfaith Development Officer  |  Community Planning and Customer Service
84708519 0413 704 634
(Work Days: Wednesday & Thursday) 

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