Friday, 2 October 2015

Faith Communities Council of Victoria - FCCV - October 2015 : Events and News


Latest News & Upcoming Events

October 2015

Upcoming Events

Compassion Forum: Jewish Christian Muslim Association of Australia Women's Committee

4th October 12:15pm

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JCMA Friendship Walk: Jewish Christian Muslim Association of Australia

11th October 2:00pm

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Victorian Buddhist Centres Bus Tours: Buddhist Council of Victoria

12th October 9:20am

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Tour to Places of Worship: Dandenong Interfaith Network

14th October 8:30am

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DVD and Website Launch Event: Casey Multi-Faith Network

14th October 7:00pm

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Let's Hurry to Love: Boroondara Interfaith Network

18th October 2:00pm

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Food, Faith and Fasting: Cardinia Interfaith Network

18th October 3:00pm

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Bridges and Walls: The Australian Council of Christians and Jews

25th October 6:00pm

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Victorian Buddhist Centres Bus Tours: Buddhist Council of Victoria

26th October 9:20am

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Discovery Bus Tour: Manningham Interfaith Network

8th November 12:30pm

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Interfaith Conference on Tantra: MELA Interfaith Association

14th November 8:30am

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Non-Violent Interfaith Leadership Program

14th November 9:30am

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2015 Victorian Interfaith Networks Conference: Faith Communities Council of Victoria

22nd November 12:00pm

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People’s Climate March: Australian Religious Response to Climate Change

27th November 5:30pm

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Religious Dates & Holidays

Confucius Birthday (Confucianism)

9th October

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Navaratri (Hinduism)

13th October

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Islamic New Year (Islam)

14th October

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Conferment of Guruship to Guru Granth Sahib (Sikhism)

20th October

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All Hallow’s Eve (Christianity)

31st October

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All Saints Day (Christianity)

1st November

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All Souls Day (Christianity)

2nd November

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Diwali - Festival of Lights (Hinduism)

11th November

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Birth of the Bab (Baha'i)

13th November

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Birth of Baha'u'llah (Baha'i)

14th November

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Guru Tegh Bahadur’s Martyrdom (Sikhism)

24th November

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Birth of Guru Nanak Dev Ji (Sikhism)

25th November

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Day of the Covenant (Baha'i)

26th November

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Ascension of ‘Abdu’l-Baha (Baha'i)

28th November

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Advent (Christianity)

29th November

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Latest news

2015 Victorian Interfaith Networks Conference - Registration now open

 Registration is now open for the 2015 Victorian Interfaith Networks Conference to be held at Kingston City Hall (City of Kingston) on Sunday, 22 November 2015. To register for this free event go to Please note, places are limited so register early.

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Statement on Syrian and Iraqi Humanitarian Crisis: Faith Communities Council of Victoria

 The Faith Communities Council of Victoria (FCCV) has issued the following statement in response to the Syrian and Iraqi Humanitarian Crisis:

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Promoting Equality and Respect: An Interfaith Collaboration on Preventing Family Violence - The City of Greater Dandenong Interfaith Network

 On Wednesday 30 September 2015, in partnership with the City of Greater Dandenong, the Interfaith Network held a public launch of a faith-based resource to prevent family violence in the community.

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International Day of Peace Celebration 2015: Geelong Interfaith Network

 On Friday 18 September 2015, the Geelong Interfaith community shared with the City of Greater Geelong prayers for peace and harmony for individuals, each world nation and all life on earth in celebration of International Day of Peace.

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Wake Up for Peace: Brahma Kumaris Australia

 On Monday morning, 21 September 2015, over 300 people from the Melbourne community woke up for peace and proactively supported the UN International Day of Peace, along with millions around the world through a significant meditation event held at the heart of the city in Deakin Edge, Federation Square between 7.45am and 8.30am.

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Understanding Creates Acceptance - A Pledge for World Peace: COMMON

 On Monday 21 September 2015, COMMON (Centre of Melbourne Multifaith & Others Network) supported by WIN (Womens Interfaith Network) Foundation and Youth For Human Rights gathered at the Church of Scientology, Melbourne to celebrate the United Nations International Day of Peace. Over 150 attendees from various religious, faith and human rights groups attended the event. The theme for this year’s International Day of Peace was ‘Partnerships for Peace – Dignity for all.’

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International Peace Day & Ganesh Visarjan Festival: Manningham Interfaith Network

 On Sunday 20 September, the Manningham Interfaith Network celebrated the International Peace Day & Ganesh Visarjan Festival at Ruffey Park Lake in the City of Manningham.

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Lost in Translation: The Federation of Indian origin Multi-Faith Organisation

 On Saturday 5 September 2015, the “Lost In Translation” Interfaith Issues Forum was held by the Federation of Indian Origin Multi-Faith Organisation Inc (FIMO) at Walker St Gallery (Theatre) in Dandenong. This forum was an opportunity to contextualize some of the issues that community leaders, service providers, law enforcement bodies and the community at large face with regards to religious beliefs.

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On the theme of Domestic Violence: Yarra Interfaith Network

 On Wednesday 16 September 2105, Yarra Interfaith Network, supported by the City of Yarra, held an event  to raise awareness of and reflect on Domestic Violence in our society today at Richmond Town Hall . The event was well attended by many from the local community and interfaith connections from across Melbourne and regional Victoria.

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Interfaith September Get-Together: Casey Multi-Faith Network

 On Thursday 3 September, the Casey Multi-Faith Network held a special meeting which incorporated the theme of Interfaith September, an initiative of the Uniting Church in Australia.

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Interfaith Pilgrimage to India: MELA Interfaith Association

 The MELA Interfaith Association is organizing an Interfaith Pilgrimage to India and is seeking expressions of interest from people wishing to participate in this joint journey. The pilgrimage will take place from Saturday 6 February to Friday 19 February 2016, and will consist of a maximum group of fifteen people.

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Sikh Holy Day (20th October): Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji

 The Guru Granth Sahib Ji is truely unique among the world's great scriptures. It is considered the Supreme Spiritual Authority and Head of the Sikh religion, rather than any living person. It is also the only scripture of it's kind which not only contains the works of it's own religious founders but also writings of people from other faiths.

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Thousands rally in Melbourne for Syrian refugees as Prime Minister Tony Abbott vows to do more
Herald Sun, 8 September 2015

Proposed Plan to force religious clergy to join national faith register
Herald Sun, 30 September 2015

Bendigo councillors leave meeting under police escort after anti-mosque protest erupts
ABC, 17 September 2015

Rise Up Australia Party deputy and Casey Cr Rosalie Crestani sits down with Greens MP Nina Springle, Islamic Council of Victoria to discuss cultural tensions
Leader (South East), 22 September 2015

Faith leaders push for peace in the home
Leader (South East), 30 September 2015

World Peace March timely reminder in turbulent times
Geelong Times, 18 September 2015

Music for harmony
Indian Link, 4 September 2015

Vicious attack at Ahmadiyya Muslim Community Association centre in Langwarrin
Herald Sun, 10 September 2015

Blessing the State of Victoria
J Wire 9 September 2015


Inaugural Youth Parliament of World Religions

J Wire, 19 September 2015

Catholic anti-marriage equality booklet condemned as 'immeasurably harmful'
The Guardian, 28 September 2015

Scott Morrison says Christians will be focus of Australia's refugee intake
The Guardian, 10 September 2015

United in Prayer for Peace
Insights, 23 September 2015

NSW: Legacy of Abraham shared in One God Symposium
Religions for Peace Australia, 28 September 2015

Focus on individual efforts at International Day of Peace event
Australian Baha’is, 23 September 2015

No direct link between halal certification and Islamic terrorism, Senate inquiry told
ABC, 24 September 2015

Darwin Sikh Becomes Australian of the Day for Feeding the Poor
Singh Station, 1 September 2015


France pays inter-faith tribute to World War I Indian heroes
Hindustan Times, 3 September 2015

Putin Opens New Mosque in Moscow Amid Lingering Intolerance
The New York Times, 23 September 2015

Yom Kippur, Holiest Day Of Jewish Year, Begins
CBS, 22 September 2015

Palestinian Woman Is First to Oversee Muslim Wedding Vows
The New York Times, 22 September 2015

Pope Francis Assembles a Squad to Fight Religious Extremism
The Atlantic, 25 September 2015

Articles of Interest:

Bendigo: A city split over a multicultural future
The Age, 6 September 2015

Who are Syria's minority groups?
SBS, 11 September 2015

Whose Religion? Which Secularism? Australia Has a Serious Religious Literacy Problem
ABC, 23 September 2015

Back To School at the First Public School In The Country To Require A World Religions Course
Religion Dispatches, 9 September 2015

Yom Kippur, Eid al-Adha: Common Faith, Common Fate
Huffington Post, 21 September 2015

Stanford scholar casts new light on Hindu-Muslim relations
Stanford Report, 9 September 2015

Lunch with Dave Andrews: Jihad for Jesus
Sydney Morning Herald, 21 August 2015

Couple shares traditional Sikh wedding to educate, promote connection
The Fresno Bee, 3 September 2015

Celebrating and Deepening the New Christian-Jewish Relationship
Jewish-Christian Relations, 1 September 2015


Eid Al-Adha 2015 In Pictures: How Muslims Celebrated The Holiday Around The World
International Business Times, 25 September 2015

Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations for Hindu elephant god's birthday
ABC, 27 September 2015

Touching the Sacred
ABC Radio, 13 September 2015

Finding peace between Christianity and Islam
ABC Radio, 3 September 2015

What Western journalists could learn from Buddhism
ABC Radio, 3 September 2015

Victoria’s Governor Linda Dessau welcomed by her shule

J Wire, 8 September 2015

Eid al-Adha in 60 seconds
The Telegraph, 24 September 2015


Promoting Equality and Respect: Interfaith Collaboration on Preventing Family Violence
City of Greater Dandenong

Signposts – Policy and practice for teaching about religions and non-religious world views in intercultural education
Council of Europe
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