The Victorian Government is committed to preventing violent extremism by providing an effective, accessible and targeted grants programs to build social cohesion and resilience within communities across Victoria.
On 15 March 2016, the Victorian Government announced the opening of two new grant programs: the Community Harmony Program 2016-17 and the Capacity Building and Participation Program 2016-17.
The Census of Population and Housing provides a snapshot of Australia's people and their dwellings. It provides the basis for estimating Australia's population which is used to distribute government funds and plan services. The Census helps Australians understand who we are, where we live and how we are changing.
When is it? World Interfaith Harmony Week is celebrated annually on the first week of February (February 1st to February 7th).
What is it about? World Interfaith Harmony Week aims to promote harmony between all people regardless of their faith and non-faith. It provides a platform, one week in the year, where people of every group can recognize their common values, build ties with each other, and work alongside one another to bring peace and harmony to their communities.
This multi-faith Australasian Conference ( 21 - 23 August 2016) is a rare opportunity to bring together people interested in understandings of sacred texts, and the experiences of people with disabilities and carers within the context of faith.
The Conference will draw on the wisdom of all faiths, and will deepen our understanding of the many aspects of disability and spirituality. We are interested in your experience, research, practice, and ideas and knowledge. Among the themes explored will be ethics, care, inclusion in faith communities, friendship, discrimination, love, justice, liberation.
In the state of Victoria, people practice more than 130 faiths, which means there are many significant holy days and festivals each year that are acknowledged. These significant moments, celebrated each so differently, all converge in their shared belief in something both within and transcendent of this world.
In this context, the Faith Communities Council of Victoria has put together a 2016 Multifaith Calendar honoring major holy days and festivals for the following faiths: Baha'i, Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism and Sikhism. To view this Calendar click here.
Nirvana Day is an annual Buddhist festival that remembers the death of the Buddha when he reached Nirvana at the age of 80. It is also known as Parinirvana Day.
On Sunday 22nd of November 2015, approximately 250 people from a diverse range of religious and spiritual backgrounds gathered at Kingston City Hall to participate in the 2015 Victorian Interfaith Networks Conference (VINC). This annual conference aims to help build the capacity and sustainability of existing interfaith networks and to bring people up-to-date with current multifaith and interfaith matters.
The Faith Communities Council of Victoria has issued the following statement on the eve of world leaders meeting in Paris for the United Nations climate summit (Nov 30-Dec 11), and the People’s Climate March scheduled in Melbourne @ 5.30pm Friday 27 November at the State Library:
The Faith Communities Council of Victoria (FCCV) endorses the following statement in response to preventing family violence:
The Faith Communities Council of Victoria has issued the following statement in response to the recent acts of violence in Paris and Beirut:
On Friday 27 November, people from across all faiths, Buddhist, Jewish, Islamic, Christian, Hindu and Baha’i are welcomed and have a place in People’s March.
On Sunday 11 October 2015, approximately 150 people from diverse faith backgrounds came together for a common purpose: to join together in solidarity and walk together in Friendship Walk organised by the Jewish Christian Muslim Association of Australia.