The third bus tour of 2019 is scheduled for Wednesday 4 September 2019 between 8:50am and 2:45pm.
We will visit the Islamic Museum of Australia in Thornbury. The Islamic Museum of Australia (IMA) provides educational and cross-cultural experiences and showcases the artistic and cultural heritage of Muslims in Australia and abroad. Through the five permanent galleries — Islamic Faith, Islamic Contributions to Civilisation, Art, Architecture and Australian Muslim History — the museum fosters a more nuanced and realistic understanding of what it means to be an Australian Muslim.
The second stop will be Gurudwara Sahib in Cragieburn. This is the center of the local Sikh community, spreading the values of sikhism and fulfilling the religious needs of the community. People from a radius of around 35Kms come here every Sunday and Wednesday, for the Diwans (Prayers). This Gurudwara Sahib offers some free facilities to the public, such as the Use of kitchen, Van for Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji, and Rooms for stay. This Gurudawara was designed keeping in mind the Traditional design and structure of the Indian Historical Gurudawaras which will be prominent in the special design of the Gurudawara Building.
Places are limited so please register now!
For more information please visit BMIN website http://www.bmin.org.au or contact Petr Svoboda at Maribyrnong City Council on firstname.lastname@example.org or call 9688 0452
On 12 June 2019 BMIN (Brimbank & Maribyrnong Interfaith Network) and MIN (Melton Interfaith Network) hosted an interfaith places of worship bus tour. First we visited the Jewish Museum and Synagogue in St Kilda and then enjoyed the hospitality of the ISKCON Hare Krishna Temple in Albert Park who provided us with a delicious lunch. The weather was awful but the company was lovely! Most of all our learning was broadened and our perspectives on faith expanded. Thanks to all who came along for the ride and also to our friends at the Jewish Museum and ISKCON! (Colin Reynolds, Salvation Army).
On Wednesday 20 March 2019 the Brimbank Maribyrnong Interfaith Network will partnered with the Melton Interfaith Network - MIN in visiting two special places of worship.
A group of 21 people from both networks first visited the Al Iman Islamic College in Melton. This is a secondary school with over 400 students focusing on religious education which instills the values of our Muslim faith in all learning areas. The school principal Zulfiquar Ali who is also member of the Melton Interfaith Network introduced us to the school, guided us on a walk through and served us morning tea.
We then visited the nearby St Anthony of Padua Catholic Church. Father Fabian Smith welcomed us to this unique church and introduced us to the history of this growing and vibrant Catholic community. Local parishioner Aloysious Dacunha who is also the secretary of Melton Interfaith Network then invited us to share in lunch provided by the BMIN.
We look forward to the next two tours in June and September 2019
BMIN is proud to announce a series of bus tours planned for 2019. In 2019 we will partner with the Melton Interfaith Network and organise three bus tours that will take us outside of our municipalities to witness the diversity of religious life in Melbourne. This will be an opportunity to increase you understanding of different faiths and cultures through direct experience.
PLACES OF WORSHIP TOUR - 2
Wednesday 12th June, 2019
Wednesday 4th September, 2019
On Christmas Day BMIN committee members and friends celebrated the annual Christmas Day Lunch at Sunshine Salvos. Attending from the BMIN committee were Colin Reynolds (Salvation Army), Nayran Tabiei (Muslim faith), Glenn Steere (Church of Jesus Christ & Latter-Day Saints), Venerable Phuoc Tan (Buddhist faith) and Kawalpreet Singh (Sikh faith). It was a lovely afternoon of community spirit, unity, generosity and love. There is no better day than Christmas Day to remind our local community that as a tapestry of faith traditions, we are united in harmony, love and respect!
The Star Weekly published the following article in the lead up to the Christmas Lunch:
The Christmas spirit will be on full display when the Sunshine Salvation Army lays on its annual lunch.
The Sunshine Salvos have been running a Christmas Day lunch for many years, but in recent times have combined with other faith groups around Brimbank to serve lunch for up to 80 people who may otherwise not have been able to celebrate.
Sunshine Salvation Army Lieutenant Colin Reynolds said the day was all about bringing people together.
“We’ve developed it into an expression of a lot of the different religious traditions around Sunshine,” Lieutenant Reynolds said.
“I think whenever you can get a lot of the main religions and faith traditions together, especially over food … it’s a really positive thing to share with the community.
“It’s a real reflection of the diversity of the whole Sunshine area.”
While the Salvos will be hosting the day, leaders of the Buddhist, Muslim, Sikh and Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints communities will be among those enjoying the day.
“The reason that we do the meal is because the people who come along and enjoy it wouldn’t necessarily have anyone to enjoy it with,” Lieutenant Reynolds said.
We are often shown images of men as being rough, aggressive, emotionless and disconnected. Moving beyond these stereotypes, healthy masculine roles can include broad emotional expression, active parenting, taking non-traditional roles, showing vulnerability, and healthy relationship skills.
There are many different ways to be a man. Acknowledging this provides an opportunity for everyone to be respected for who they are and give respect to others. We hope to highlight the men in our community who role model healthy behaviours and traits, and show that men are more than these unhealthy stereotypes.
On Sunday November 18th, approximately 265 people gathered at St. Alban's Comunity Centre for the 2018 Victorian Interfaith Networks Conference. The event was hosted by the Brimbank & Maribyrnong Interfaith Network and the City of Brimbank, in association with the Faith Communities Council of Victoria.
Proceedings commenced with various faith and community stands on display, which included fun activities, a delicious lunch and an opportunity for people to network.
A wonderful Welcome to Country was given by Aunty Julianne Axford, which was followed by dignitary speeches from Councillor Tachos from the City of Brimbank; Commander Stuart Bateson from Victoria Police - click here to view speech; and Helen Kapalos, Chair of Victorian Multicultural Commission. Master of Ceremonies was the Reverend Ray Gormann, from the Brimbank and Maribyrnong Interfaith Network. A statement on the Social Costs of Gambling Harm was read out by Reverend Ian Smith, Secretary of the Faith Communities Council of Victoria. Click here to view statement.
This year’s keynote theme was on the 'Social Cost of Gambling Harm’. Keynote speaker was the Reverend Tim Costello, spokeman and director of Alliance for Gambling Reform & Chief Advocate of World Vision Australia. Tim spoke on how Australians have become the world's most prolific gamblers, as gambling is normalised in our society and marketed as entertainment. But the social costs of gambling harm are enormous: relationship difficulties; emotional or phychological distress; financial, health, cultural problems etc. And these negative effects seem to fall disproportionately on those with low incomes and the disadvantaged, including culturally, linguistically and religious diverse communities. Listen to the keynote speech below:
The conference was wrapped up by Barry Palta, Chair of Brimbank & Maribyrnong Interfaith Network, who thanked the organisers and participants and handed the baton (message stick) back to Murray Davies, Chair of the Faith Communities Council of Victoria. Murray then officially announced the 2019 Victorian Interfaith Networks Conference will be held in Springvale on Sunday November 17th 2019, in partnership with the Interfaith Network of the City of Greater Dandenong and the City of Greater Dandenong. Delegates from both the Brimbank & Maribyrnong Interfaith Network and the Interfaith Network of the City of Greater Dandenong were invited on stage.
Further Information on the 2018 Victorian Interfaith Networks Conference
Saturday 4 August over 50 people gathered at Avalokitesvara Yuan Tong Monastery in Sunshine for Gift of Life Forum.
Participants were welcomed by the Abbess Venerable Jue Chu who introduced the Mayor of Brimbank City Council Cr Margaret Giudice who emphasised the important of hosting this forum. Dr Frobes McGain, an anaesthetist and intensive care physician working at Western Health, introduced participants to the key facts and reasons why we need Donate Life campaign.
Participants then enjoyed dance performance which was followed by a short 2 minute video introduction to the BMIN committee. This was followed by five short speeches by BMIN members who explained why they think their faith traditions welcome and encourage organ and tissue donation.
The forum then proceeded to present perspectives from a donor’s family which was presented by Monia Choudhary. Two more performances of flute by Megan Kenny and dance performance by members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints concluded this successful event.
On Thursday 31 May 2018 BMIN has celebrated Reconciliation Week and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture and the ongoing contributions they make. Organised in partnership with Duke Street Community House this event included free lunch and activities at Matthews Hill Reserve including Traditional Games, Aboriginal face-painting and arts and crafts. Hamsa Farah, a member of the Brimbank Maribyrnong Interfaith Network, Environmental Scientist and a Muslim community member talked about relate his understanding of the Muslim faith to the building reconciliation with Aboriginal people.
On Sunday 15 April 2018 the Brimbank Maribyrnong Interfaith Network (BMIN) took part in in the second annual Victorian Mosque Open Day. A bus of 40 participants visited the Australian Islamic Centre of Newport.
The group heard the interesting story of building this great place of worship which contains no traditional minaret or domes. The new center is now able to accommodate for multiple community uses enabling many more women to participate in the Friday prayers and will have new classrooms for religious and wider community use, along with a ground-floor commercial cafe and catering facilities. We also enjoyed the activities which included hijab demonstration and henna painting for women and Arabic calligraphy. The hosts provided BBQ sausages and drinks for all.
The Mosque Open Day is state-wide annual event, run by Islamic Council of Victoria’s (ICV) is supported by the Victorian Multicultural Commission and Victorian Government (Office of Multicultural Affairs and Social Cohesion). See more on ICV facebook page.
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