On Saturday, 20 May 2017 the Brimbank Maribyrnong Interfaith Network visited Bendigo as a part of spiritual exchange program with Bendigo Interfaith Council. A group of around 35 people visited The Great Stupa of Universal Compassion and took part of guided tours around the grounds of the Atisha Centre and the Stupa itself. After lunch the group moved to Bendigo for a guided tour of the Sacred Heart Cathedral in Bendigo. Enjoy the highlights from the visit.
Jane, Maureen and Kawalpreet were some of the participants at the recent visit to the Vaisakhi (Celebration of Birth of Khalsa) Festival at Federation Square. It was informative, celebratory, providing colour, music and food to all who attended. "We especially enjoyed the opportunity along with many others to wear a traditional turban"
The Buddhist Council of Victoria (BCV) celebrated 20 years of incorporation on 25 March 2017 at Quang Minh Buddhist Temple in Braybrook.
It was a great day opened with Acknowledgement of Country by local Aboriginal Elder Francine Ngardarb Riches followed by speech by speech by Maribyrnong Mayor Cr Catherine Cumming. The President of the BCV Ajahn Boonsom spoke followed by the Victorian Minister for Multicultural Affairs Minister Hon Robin Scott and shadow minister Inga Peulich.
The BMIN was represented by committee members Colin Reynolds, Nayran Tabiei, and Cecil Schmalkuche attended our information table. We had a chance to meet members of many Buddhist temples as well as representatives from the Islamic Council of Victoria.
One Sunday 12 March 2017 over 30 people from across Melbourne have joined us in visiting the Yen Ming Tang Buddhist Meditation Centre in Albion. We were able to witness Avalokitesvara Bodhisattva Birthday and enjoy lunch including a birthday cake at the centre. Following this visit we visited the St George Serbian Orthodox Church in St Albans. Rev. Borislav Petrovic gave an introduction to the church and answered many questions from the guests. After visiting the Church we were invited to the community hall where a Serbian traditional dancers performed a dance for us.
Brimbank City Council hosted the International Women’s Day event in collaboration with the Brimbank Maribyrnong Interfaith Network, at CommUnity Plus in Deer Park.
More than 60 people attended the event which included panellists: Hon Maria Vamvakinou MP, Brimbank Deputy Mayor Cr Georgina Papafotiou, InterAction Director Nivy Balachandran and Transformative community leader Ms Nayran Tabiei.
The event promoted interaction and understanding between individuals and communities of different faiths but also to promote gender equality by celebrating and recognising interfaith women's leadership. 'Be Bold For Change' was the theme for 2017 International Women's Day.
BMIN Committee endorsed multifaith and multicultural submission to the inquiry into freedom of speech (18C)
The multicultural, faith and community organisations listed at the end of this submission, represent a great diversity of the Victorian community. We thank the Australian Government and the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights for the opportunity to provide our views and express our concerns regarding changes to the Racial Discrimination Act 1975 (Cth) and the Australian Human Rights Commission Act 1986 (Cth).
On Christmas Day, 25 December 2016, Sunshine Salvos hosted around 70 guests from the greater Brimbank municipality to enjoy Christmas lunch. Along with their attendance, senior leaders from faith communities, along with BMIN (Brimbank Maribyrnong Interfaith Network) committee members volunteered to serve the meal.
Faith communities represented were the Quang Minh Buddhist Temple, The Salvation Army Sunshine, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints Deer Park, Sikh Interfaith Council of Victoria & Islamic community members. Brimbank City Council were also represented by Mayor John Hedditch, along with Cr. Virginia Tachos. This event was an awesome afternoon of community spirit, harmony, unity, love and great Christmas food!
Abbot of the Quang Minh Buddhist Temple in Braybrook said that “Christmas creates festive atmosphere but not everyone has the opportunity to feast together with their families. We don’t want anyone to miss out”
Lieutenant Colin Reynolds, Corps Officer at Sunshine Corps said that “many religious leaders talk about faith, peace and harmony during the Christmas season…well this year we are putting those words into action!”
For photo opportunities and interview contact Lieut. Colin Reynolds, Salvation Army Sunshine Corps 0412 930 285 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or Thich Phuoc Tan, Abbott at Quang Minh Buddhist Temple on 0414 464 194 or email@example.com.
On Wednesday 28 September the Brimbank Maribyrnong Interfaith Network visited the Jewish Museum of Australia and the historic and beautiful St Kilda Synagogue.
More than 60 people including a large group of Chin Burmese residents joined use for a guided tour of the synagogue, took part in a Shabbat ceremony that introduced Kosher Jewish lunch. The group then visited the St Kilda Synagogue.
Brimbank Youth Services is looking for young people aged between 12 and 25 years who live, work, study or recreate in Brimbank, to be part of Brimbank’s first Intercultural and Interfaith Youth Network.
The purpose of the network is to promote conversation, respect, collaboration and learning between young people. If are working with young people interested in sharing their culture and faith as well as learning about others in the process, we would like to hear from them.
First meeting will be held Friday 9 September at the Brimbank Community Civic Centre in Sunshine at 4pm, meet at reception.
For more information or to register to be part of this exciting new network please contact Dudu by the 30 August 2016 on 9249 4218 or DuduO@brimbank.vic.gov.au
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