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 Tuesday 29 March 2016, Australia’s first Royal Commission into Family Violence tabled its findings with a 1900 page report which includes 227 recommendations. The report includes a ten-page section on 'Faith Communities', highlighting the important role faith-based communities and organisations can play in the lives of Victorians affected by family violence.
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.
The JCMA Schools Program has been running since 2007 and is designed to enhance the understanding and acceptance of different faiths and cultural traditions by young people in primary and secondary schools.