Cities of Harmony

From March 10, 2011 08:00 until March 10, 2011 12:00

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‘BUILDING CITIES OF HARMONY: EXPLORING LOCAL GOVERNMENT ENGAGEMENT WITH FAITH BASED COMMUNITIES’

Cities of Harmony is a not for profit association that exists as a legacy of the Parliament of World’s Religions held in Melbourne in 2009.  It aims are encourage inter-religious respect, understanding, and partnership, facilitate interfaith activities and events, and resource strategic, long-term cooperation between civic, community, and faith-based organisations.

For local governments working with diverse communities to promote progressive social change is core business. Faith-based organisations and religious leaders in rural, regional, and metropolitan areas constitute important parts of our local communities, and make exciting contributions to Victoria's multi-layered cultural landscape.

To help local governments and inter-faith groups work together for the benefit of their community, the Cities of Harmony Program is holding a Workshop on Thursday 10 March, aiming to:
1. Help local governments and inter-faith groups work together to build bridges and encourage cooperation between diverse cultural and faith traditions.
2. Help local governments utilise religious richness and diversity to cultivate congenial, peaceful communities.
3. Help inter-faith groups and other community leaders incorporate the cultural wisdom and experiences of religious and spiritual communities to strengthen the community as a whole.

The Workshop will be a half day forum from 9am to 1pm, hosted by Wyndham City Council.

Local government teams will consider the depth and breadth of council engagement with faith-based communities and organisations within their municipalities, and share their experiences and perspectives in addressing the challenge of promoting harmony amongst diverse cultural, ethnic, and religious groups.

For full details of the event or to register, contact Gordon Young at the VLGA on (03) 9349 7943 or email gordon@vlga.org.au

Click here to view workshop flyer OR Click here to view registration form

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