ASRC | APPEAL | Winter June 2017

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Participation supports people seeking asylum in Victoria, with essentials to make winter that little bit warmer with ingredients for soups, curries and nutritious meals for this winter!

Most needed Material Aid items:
(visit Facebook page for more frequent updates)
• COLES brand Comfy Bots Nappies. All sizes, from newborn to XXL
• Unscented Nappy Wipes
• Cinema Tickets for families to see films during the school holidays
• Gift Cards for members to buy heaters and other essential household items they need (note: Coles Myer, Big W, Kmart are all great!)

Top 5 Foodbank Items
— Basmati Rice
— Split red lentils and dried chick peas
— canned tomatoes and tomato paste
— coconut cream/milk
— tinned fish in oil

Or make a financial donation towards service offerings.

Asylum Seeker Resource Centre
214-218 Nicholson Street Footscray Melbourne, VIC 3011 Australia
Tel: 03 9326 6066

ZCKMUS | SYMPOSIUM | Morality in a Time of Untruth | Interfaith Symposium | Saturday 17 June 2017 | 5.30-8.30pm

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A thought provoking symposium that explores morality from the view of different religions and philosophies. 

Speaker Panel:
• Christianity: Reverend Jay Robinson
• Confucianism: Ming Xia Ni
• Dejiao: Joanne Lin
• Sufism: Murshida Nuria Daly
• Taoism: Sifu Morgan Buchanan
• Moderator: Dr Nicholas Coleman | Deputy-Director, The Interfaith Centre of Melbourne

Where: ZCK Community Centre, Unit 1, 14-26 Audsley Street, Clayton South

Cost: Free, donations welcome

Inclusions: Vegetarian Dinner

Bookings: essential as seats are limited. Online through EventBrite

Zee Cheng Khor Moral Uplifting Society Stephen Chew 0418 566 714
Interfaith Centre of Melbourne Rev Helen Summers 0400 228 146

A collaboration between The Interfaith Centre of Melbourne and The Zee Cheng Khor Moral Uplifting Society

MELAIG | MEDITATION | In Action: the use of repetition in spiritual practice - Mantra, breathing, chanting and movement | Sunday 18 June 2017 | 9am-4pm

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Deepening our connection with the Divine through the practice of repetitive techniques from differing spiritual paths, and applying these techniques in our everyday lives. 

This workshop will feature practices from the Hindu and Islamic traditions.

• Dr. Jayant Bhalchandra Bapat
Dr Hreman Roborgh

Full program details, please click here.

Where: Janssen Spirituality Centre, 22 Woodvale Road Boronia Vic, 3155

Cost: $40 (includes morning/afternoon and a light lunch)

Registration: Please register online through TryBooking

MELA Interfaith Group

WIN | FILM | Constance on the Edge: What does it take to belong? | Wednesday 21 June 2017 | 6-8.30pm

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An award winning story of a South Sudanese woman and her family who have endured displacement and conflict settling in New South Wales. 

For a preview of this movie see:

Where: Wyndham Cultural Centre, 177 Watton Street, Werribee

Cost: $10

Inclusions: light refreshments

Bookings: RSVPs essential Monday 19 June 2017 | Laurence Gray: 03 9742 4013 |  

Wyndham Interfaith Network
Wyndham CEC
Tel: 03 9742 4013

MPIN | WALK | Listening to the Land (Winter Night Walk): Rye Back Beach - Number Sixteen | Saturday 1 July 2017 | 6-9pm

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Listening to the Land is an initiative seeking to bring people from different faith and cultural backgrounds together to connect or reconnect with the Land and to be moved to care for the Land.

Our special night time Listening to the Land program begins at 6pm and includes an introductory talk, a listening walk, and a meditation. The walk and meditation will be led by Gunditjamara Elder, Uncle Lionel Lauch.

Considerations: The walk will conclude around 9pm. Bring appropriate clothing, and a small torch if you have one.
The walk is mildly strenuous. Look forward to seeing you there – sunshine or rain.

Meeting Point: No 16 Beach Car Park - end of Marcia Avenue, Rye.

Cost: The event is by donation.

Bookings/Info: Judy O’Donnell; Tel: 03 5974 4969; Mob: 0400 088 410

The Mornington Peninsula Interfaith Network (MPIN)
Judy O’Donnell
Tel: 03 5974 4969
Mob: 0400 088 410

The Mornington Peninsula Interfaith Network (MPIN) acknowledges the traditional owners and custodians of the land, the Boonwurrung/Bunurong people, part of the Kulin Nation, and their elders past and present.

JCCV | MEAL FUNDRAISER | Annual Jewish and Catholic Friendship Dinner | Sunday 30 July | Arrive 7pm for 7.30pm start

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At this year’s annual Jewish and Catholic Friendship Dinner, enjoy good food, good wine and good company. Address together an important issue facing all Australians drawing on the wisdom of our Hebrew ancestors in faith: “Strangers and Neighbours: Responding to Asylum Seekers”.

Guest speakers: Sr Brigid Arthur, the Brigidine Asylum Seekers Project (BASP) and Rabbi Ralph Genende.

An opportunity to make a contribution to the work of the BASP in our local community.

Where: Adele Southwick Hall, St Kilda Hebrew Congregation, Gate 4, 12 Charnwood Grove, St Kilda 3162.

Cost: Tickets: $50 each (incl. Kosher dinner)

Bookings: online through TryBooking
Bookings close: 27 July

Enquiries: Jewish Community Council of Victoria Tel: 03 9272 5641; Email:

Hilary McMahon
Jewish Community Council of Victoria
Tel: 03 9272 5641

David Schütz
Ecumenical and Interfaith Commission
Tel: 03 9926 5708; Mob: 0400 978 938

AHRC | STUDENT COMPETITION | Race Discrimination Commissioner's Student Prize 2017 | CLOSES 15 September 2017

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An annual competition for school students aimed to promote research and discussion of racism among young people.

Who: Students in Years 10 and 11 at a school in any Australian state or territory are eligible to enter.

What do entrants need to do:
Entrants may write an essay (maximum 1,000 words) or record a speech (video or audio, maximum 5 minutes) and submit it to the Commission via the entry form by 15 September 2017.

Entrants must answer one of the following questions:

The best way of killing ugliness is with kindness. To what extent should this guide our society's response to racism?
Fighting racism demands that we also defend liberal democracy. Discuss.

Prize and judging
The winning student will be awarded a book voucher from Dymocks worth $150.00. Their work will also be featured on the Commission's website and in the Commissioner's monthly newsletter.

The winning student's school will be awarded a book voucher from Dymocks worth $500.00.

The best entry will be selected by the Race Discrimination Commissioner and the winner will be awarded their prize at the Annual Kep Enderby Memorial Lecture in Sydney in October 2017.

Last year's winner
The winner of the inaugural Student Prize was Mohamed Semra, a Year 11 student from Maribyrnong College, in Victoria.

Mohamed reflected on the question 'Ignorance is the root of racism' and discussed his experience growing up in Sudan and in Melbourne. You can read more here.

Australian Human Rights Commission
Street: Level 3, 175 Pitt Street, Sydney NSW 2000
Postal: GPO Box 5218, Sydney NSW 2001
Tel: (02) 9284 9600
National Information Service: 1300 656 419
General enquiries and publications: 1300 369 711
TTY: 1800 620 241

PPMN | COMMEMORATION | St Kilda Multicultural Iftar | Sunday 4 June 2017 | Arrive 4.30pm for 5-8pm

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The St Kilda Multicultural Iftar is fast approaching. The Iftar event has been organised by the City of Port Phillip Multifaith Network. 

The Port Phillip Multifaith Network comprises of representatives from a variety of religions and faith groups in the City of Port Phillip.

Iftar (Arabic: break-fast) takes place every night during Islamic month of Ramadhan, following prayers. The fast breaks at sunset (5.10pm), doors will be open at 4.30pm, the event will be start at 5pm sharp.

The City of Port Phillip Mayor Councillor Bernadine Voss will open the event. Invited speakers from various religious traditions will speak about fasting and rituals and a Welcome to Country by Senior Elder, Arweet Caroline (Boon Wurrung Foundation). There will be presentations from the Hare Krishnas, Muslims, Jewish and Christian faiths, with a special visit from Robert John (Bob) Maguire, AM RFD.

Where: Note new venue St Kilda Town Hall, 99a Carlisle Street, St Kilda

When: Sunday 4 June, 5-8pm

Bookings: Essential. RSVP - ASSIST on 03 9209 6777 or

Port Phillip Multifaith Network
City of Port Phillip
Postal: Private Bag 3, St Kilda, VIC 3182
Ewa Zysk, Acting Multicultural Liaison Officer | Access & Ageing
Tel: 9209 6385; Mobile: 0421 582 732

MIN | COMMEMORATION | Breaking Down Barriers | Open Iftar Together | Friday 9 June 2017 | 5-7pm

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With an emphasis on friendship, simplicity and a high regard for neighbours, please join us in a ceremonial Iftar, where you get a chance to learn about the significance of Ramadan and reconnect with fellow community members.

Iftar: (Arabic: break fast) takes place when the sun sets each evening during the sacred Islamic month of Ramadan, following Maghrib (sunset) prayers. The objective is to focus on the fasting rather than feasting.

Speakers from other faith groups are invited to share how fasting is significant in their respective faiths. Activities include Henna tattoos, Hijab Styling workshop.

Where: Melton Community Hall - 232 High Street, Melton

Cost: Free event

Inclusions: Delicious halal traditional meal will be served.

Bookings: RSVP book online through EventBrite

Melton Interfaith Network
David, Tel: 0424 125690

WIN | TOUR | Places of Worship June 2017 | Wednesday 14 June 2017 | 9.30am-2.30pm

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All aboard for this bus tour into friendship.

Tour includes:
  • Shri Durga Temple | 705-715 Neale Road. Rockbank 3335 | Briefed about the rituals performed in the Temple. Morning tea will be served here. Shoes to be taken off before entering the main Temple building
  • Gurudwara | 417 Sayers Road Hoppers Crossing 3029 | Briefed about the rituals. Shoes to be removed & head to be covered before entering the Gurudwara
  • Gurudwara Sahib | Tarneit, 560 Davis Road Tarneit 3029 | Join in prayers. Vegetarian lunch will be served | Shoes to be removed & heads to be covered before entering the Gurudwara
Bus departs: 9.30am from: Wyndham Community & Education Centre, 3 Princes Highway, Werribee
Bus returns to same location at 2pm

Cost: Free

Inclusions: A vegetarian lunch will be provided for all participants at the Gurudwara Sahib Tarneit

Bookings: RSVP essential by Friday 9 June 2017

Wyndham Interfaith Network
Laurence Gray
Tel: 0401 337 696

PPLS | WORKSHOP | Japanese Ink Art | Saturday 17 June 2017 | 10.30-12.30pm

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Join artist and teacher Junko Azukawa, a working artist who holds regular exhibitions and has won numerous Japanese art awards.

Participants will learn to make and use different sumi ink tones and brush techniques to create traditional Japanese sumi ink paintings on washi paper made from the mulberry.

Where: St Kilda Library Community Room

Cost: $6

Bookings: Please book online through Eventbrite
Event booked out? Put your name down to be notified if a space becomes available. Just select ‘Add to Waitlist’ on the Eventbrite listing page. You’ll need to do this for each person you want to add to the list.
Need to cancel? Please let us know if you can no longer make your booking. We get a lot of people on the waitlist who might miss out if you can’t come.

Port Phillip Library Service
City of Port Phillip
Tel: 9209 6655

BRASA & SIDE DOOR | CONCERT FUNDRAISER | Journeys through Song | Saturday 17 June 2017 | 6pm

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Bringing together art, music, poetry and food to inspire conversations about the refugee experience, this promises to be an engaging and exciting evening not to be missed! 

A Community Concert fundraiser showcasing Spoken Word Poetry, Opera, Jazz, Contemporary Song and World Music with artwork from detained refugees. 100% of ticket sale proceeds go to the Human Rights Law Centre for the support of refugees and people seeking asylum.

Don’t miss out on being part of this intriguing and worthy charity concert event!

6pm | Pre-Concert Soirée | Church Hall
The event will a pre-concert soirée in the Church Hall from 6pm with a string quartet Potted Palms and Refugee Artworks, exotic finger food provided by the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre (ASRC) Catering and wine, bubbly and softdrinks – all available for purchase on the evening.

7pm | The Guest Speaker and Concert Performance | Church building 
Featuring special Guest Speaker from the Executive Director of HRLC, Dr Hugh de Kretser, 
An excitingly eclectic mix of Opera, Jazz and Contemporary singers Lydia Sherren, Alison Jones and Fiona Scarlett, World Music band including refugee Saharnaz - originally from Iran and spoken word poet Tariro Mavondo.

Considerations: 15 minute interval included in concert, with drinks on sale and winners of raffle announced.

Inclusions: Complimentary Tea and Coffee will be available after the performance for the opportunity of more conversations in the Church Hall.

Where: St Leonard's Uniting Church, 2 Wolseley Grove (Cnr. New Street), Brighton Vic 3186

Cost:*       Adult:                                                                          $35 per person
                  Group (10+):                                                               $30 per person
                  (Pensioners, Healthcare Card Holders,
                   Student Card Holders & Children U18 only**):        $25 per person
               **NB: Seniors Card holders and any another categories are not eligible for concessions

Bookings: online through TryBooking*
*plus TryBooking fee $0.30 per ticket

Bayside Refugee Advocacy and Support Association (BRASA)
Greg Jones
Tel: 0458 001 736

Side Door Social Justice Hub (SIDE DOOR)
Uniting Church of Australia,
St. John's Uniting Church, 567 Glen Huntly Rd. Elsternwick
Jane Oldfield Email

CCJV | LUNCH TALK | My Enemy's Enemy - Europe's Jews, Muslims and the Far Right | Monday 19 June 2017 | 12.15-1.30pm

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For the first time since World War II, European ultra-nationalists are using their anti-Islamist credentials to make substantial inroads into Jewish communities and electorates who spurned them only a few years ago. 

Using statistical data, interviews and analyses we will explore both the reasons and the consequences of this under-discussed (and often inconvenient) development.

Guest Speaker Cnaan Liphshiz is a journalist for the Jewish Telegraphic Agency (JTA) and contributor to the Times of Israel and The Forward, reporting about Jewish life and communities in France, the United Kingdom, Hungary and the former Soviet Union. He previously served as a counterintelligence analyst for Israel’s Defence Ministry and has written for both Maariv and Haaretz. Born in Haifa and currently residing in Amsterdam, Cnaan has reported from approximately forty countries, including Uzbekistan, the Congo and rebel-held territories in Ukraine. He is visiting Australia as a guest of Limmud Oz.

Where: East Melbourne Hebrew Congregation, 488 Albert Street East Melbourne

Cost: $15 including light Kosher lunch.

Bookings: Please advise the CCJ office if you are attending, details below.

Council of Christians and Jews (Victoria)
Tel: (03) 9429 5212

PPLS | FREE HEARING TESTS | Emerald Hill, Port Melbourne and St Kilda Libraries | 19, 20, 22 June 2017

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Australian Hearing will be attending and providing hearing tests at three City of Port Phillip locations in June. 

Cost: free hearing tests to anyone who is interested.

Considerations: Each test will take twenty minutes, and individual timeslots can be booked throughout the sessions that are being run.

Emerald Hill Library and Heritage Centre | Monday 19 June 2017 | 1-4pm
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Port Melbourne Library | Tuesday 20 June 2017 | 10am-2pm
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St Kilda Library | Thursday 22 June 2017 | 10am-4pm
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Event booked out? Put your name down to be notified if a space becomes available. Just select ‘Add to Waitlist’ on the Eventbrite listing page. You’ll need to do this for each person you want to add to the list.
Need to cancel? Please let us know if you can no longer make your booking. We get a lot of people on the waitlist who might miss out if you can’t come.

Port Phillip Library Service
City of Port Phillip
Tel: 9209 6655

PPLS | AUTHOR TALK | John Safran Goes Rogue | Wednesday 21 June 2017 | 6.30-7.30pm

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John Safran, a Paladin dwarf and an ISIS supporter walk into a Catholic Church. Neo-Nazis are on the same side as the Jews. Pauline Hanson denies she was ever against Asian immigration… Welcome to Australia 2016. 

If it sounds mad, that’s because it is. And funny. But apparently that’s a dangerous thing now too – as Safran has just found out. Join us for this entertaining event as Safran reveals his alarming adventures in a weird world of misfits whose extremist views (and behaviour) have helped propel the rise of the alt-right.

Welcome to a place in time where blonde-haired, blue-eyed boys grow-up aspiring to be ISIS freedom fighters, an Islamic preacher quotes Monty Python and newly arrived immigrants oppose multiculturalism. Yep, that’s right. It all depends what you mean by extremist…

John Safran will be in conversation with Sally Wahaft, Melbourne broadcaster, anthropologist, writer and the host of the Wheeler Centre’s live journalism series: The Fifth Estate.

Where: St Kilda Library

Bookings: online through Eventbrite
Event booked out? Put your name down to be notified if a space becomes available. Just select ‘Add to Waitlist’ on the Eventbrite listing page.  You’ll need to do this for each person you want to add to the list.
Need to cancel? Please let us know if you can no longer make your booking. We get a lot of people on the waitlist who might miss out if you can’t come.

Port Phillip Library Service
City of Port Phillip
Tel: 9209 6655