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.
Harmony dinner celebrating World Interfaith Harmony Week 2018 Hosted by My Community Voice convened by MiCare.
On 5 February, Brimbank Council, My Community Voice network, and MiCare hosted the Brimbank and Maribyrnong Interfaith Network (BMIN) in recognising World Interfaith Harmony Week (WIHW), an Annual UN Observance Week.
James (above), MiCare’s Youth and Communities Program Co-ordinator, welcomes our attendees and thanks them for coming to the event. The event involves a discussion between the networks about their activities, presentations from the BMIN and a cultural dinner funded by Brimbank council.
The My Community Voice network has membership of new and emerging group leaders from a multiplicity of backgrounds such as Iraq Syriac, Persian, Hazara, Sayed, Chin, Ethopian, Liberian, Sierra Leonean, Pashtun, Tibetan and Somalian.
Ray Gorman is the pastor of Sunshine Uniting Church and is one of the members of BMIN. Ray tells us about his life as he was growing up and how he came to join BMIN. Ray tells us he grew up in Melbourne’s South Eastern suburbs. As a child he remembers being told to stay away from the city’s western suburbs because it was regarded as “the rough side of town”. However, in later years his work brought him to the other side of Melbourne. Ray instantly felt the community friendliness and fell in love with the multicultural diversity of the people who lived in these areas. Ray eventually based himself in Sunshine for work and now lives in Footscray.
Nayran is one of the members of BMIN. Despite cultural and religious differences she and other attendees connected through their stories as refugees coming to Australia and the hardships and difficulties they faced. They also shared their experience of war and its devastating effect on their people in their home countries.
Nearing the end of the event was the cultural dinner. Our amazing staff member, Sanaz, put together an absolutely fragrant and delicious shared meal that was both Halal and vegetarian friendly. As our attendees mingled and chatted many also went for second helpings and some even went for thirds in between conversations. Thank you, Sanaz for the yummy spread.
25 December 2017
Much thanks to our faithful team of volunteers who made this year's Sunshine Salvos Community Christmas Lunch such a wonderful event! With around 100 adults and children enjoying fine food, finer company and toys for all the kids we had a great afternoon.
Today we were supported by our Quang Minh Buddhist friends, our Uniting Church, Lutheran and Latter-Day Saints friends and also our friends from the Sikh Community. We might come from different faith traditions but we all stand equally side-by-side serving our local Sunshine-Brimbank community. May this Christmas be a time of peace and harmony between all people of all faiths.
Colin Reynolds (Lieutenant)
Sunshine Corps | Central Victoria Division
The Salvation Army | Australia Southern Territory
42 Devonshire Road Sunshine 3020|PO Box 316, Sunshine VIC 3020
On Saturday, 11 November 2017, the Brimbank and Maribyrnong Interfaith Network (BMIN) visited Bendigo, Victoria. A group of 25 people visited Bendigo for a guided tour of the Sacred Heart Cathedral (Sandhurst Diocese) in Bendigo. After morning tea and lunch provided by the Cathedral volunteers, the group moved to Great Stupa of Universal Compassion and took part of guided tours around the grounds of the Atisha Buddhist Centre Bendigo and the Stupa itself. Enjoy the highlights from the visit.
On Tuesday the 15 of August, Maribyrnong Youth Services, in partnership with the the Brmbank Maribyrnong Interfaith Network organised a multi-faith dinner for young people in Maribyrnong.
The event brought 58 young people together to discuss what it like is for a young person to believe in a faith in 2017. Throughout the night, Maribyrnong Youth Services alongside the Maribyrnong Youth advisory Committee (MYAC), customized activities like bingo and trivia to explore topics with other young people, using interactive games and discussions about the value of believing in a faith. The event focused on allowing the young people to share similarities between their religious and spiritual beliefs and hear from a keynote speaker Nivy Balachandran, Coordinator at United Religious Initiative and delegate at the 2016 Paris Climate Change Conference speaker.
Brimbank Maribyrnong Interfaith Network (BMIN) - Articles of Faith: Collection of Interfaith Stories
Thank you for coming to the Brimbank Welcome Dinner on Friday night. It was an incredibly special night and one that we won't forget any time soon! Thank you for bringing a plate of food to share and for your energy, enthusiasm and big smiles. For those who couldn't make it, we hope you enjoy reading about it and can attend future events.
The dinner was made possible through the generosity of Brimbank City Council and the St Albans Community Centre (STACC), together with partners Brimbank-Maribyrnong Interfaith Network (BMIN) and New Hope Foundation / MiCare. Thank you to all the efforts of the council and STACC staff (in particular Nantiya Balm and Jo Trevathan) and Welcome Dinner Project volunteers.
Thank you also to Uncle Ron Jones, Mayor John Hedditch, Councillors Virginia Tachos and Duyen Anh Pham who spoke, as well as many other councillors for joining us!
BMIN Launched our first video the video 'Articles of Faith'
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Photos from the event will be available soon. Please comment on the album and let us know your experience! You can also like the Welcome Dinner Project Victoria FB page to stay in touch with us.
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.
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