Bright and early on Saturday morning, 4 February 2017, almost before the sun was up, over 70 people from various faith communities and neighbouring interfaith networks, members of the police force, community leaders and people working in the area of Family Violence began arriving for the Interfaith Network’s Sixth Annual Interfaith Breakfast held during United Nations World Interfaith Harmony Week 2017. This was held at “The Castle”, Hemmings Park in Dandenong.
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.
On the eve of International Day of People with Disability, December 3, the Faith Communities Council of Victoria has issued the following statement:
On Sunday November 13th, over 300 people gathered at the Darebin Arts & Entertainment Centre in Preston for the 2016 Victorian Interfaith Networks Conference, hosted by the City of Darebin and Darebin Interfaith Council in association with the Faith Communities Council of Victoria.
How sad we view two women in hijabs as 'controversial' and 'un-Australian'.
Ms Helen Kapalos, Chairperson of the Victorian Multicultural Commission shares her views and opinion in this article that upholds diversity.
Source: Victorian Multicultural Commission
A five-year-old boy has been banned from wearing his traditional head-wear at a Melbourne school, because it doesn't conform with the uniform protocol.
A Jewish congregation has held a Pride Shabbat to encourage equality and diversity in the Jewish community.
As the Temple Beth Israel (TBI) congregation sang along to the choir’s rendition of “Shabbat Shalom”, there was an extra sense of acceptance in the air.
The Jewish Christian Muslim Association of Australia has issued a statement regarding the Mosque shooting in Quebec City in Canada.
Source: JCMA Facebook
A very first gurdwara could open soon in Geelong, where the local Sikh community will be able to host prayers and weekly gatherings.
The Advertiser reported that the community has their eyes set on a historic building which once, was a church site.
The Victorian Child Safe Standards Faith Communities Toolkit and Training Portal have been created to assist all Faith Communities in Victoria meet the legislative requirements for organisations that provide services to children.
The Victorian Council of Churches (VCC,) in partnership with the National Council of Churches in Australia - Safe Church Program, have collaborated together to provide this toolkit and the Training Portal to ensure that all Faith Communities in Victoria have the opportunity to ensure that they are prepared to implement the Child Safe Standards in their Faith Community.
The members of the Victorian Multifaith Advisory Group (MAG) and the Faith Communities Council of Victoria (FCCV) would like to make the following statement in response to recent world events: