The members of the Victorian Multifaith Advisory Group (MAG) and the Faith Communities Council of Victoria (FCCV) would like to make the following statement in response to recent world events:
On Sunday November 13th, over 300 people gathered at the Darebin Arts & Entertainment Centre in Preston for the 2016 Victorian Interfaith Networks Conference, hosted by the City of Darebin and Darebin Interfaith Council in association with the Faith Communities Council of Victoria.
On the eve of International Day of People with Disability, December 3, the Faith Communities Council of Victoria has issued the following statement:
The President of the Uniting Church in Australia Stuart McMillan has condemned as racist comments made by Immigration Minister Peter Dutton about Lebanese-Muslim Australians.
Source: Uniting Church in Australia
At the conclusion of a historic ecumenical celebration in Sweden, Pope Francis and the general-secretary of the world's Lutheran churches agreed to work together for a shared Eucharist.
Twenty Muslim women have been given a crash legal course on family violence, family law, the courts and dealing with police in the hope they will help their Melbourne communities better understand their rights.
The Jewish Christian Muslim Association of Australia recently held two friendship walk events one in Melbourne and one in Ballarat, which involved people of all faiths visiting a church, synagogue and a mosque in the spirit of friendship.
Source: Melbourne Catholic and The Advocate Bendigo
An independent company will 'name and shame' Catholic Church entities that fail to adhere to new national standards to protect children and vulnerable adults.
Source: Sky News
Child Safety Standards Legislation (from 01/01/17)
Child safety is a shared responsibility at all levels for communities, organisations and institutions that directly engage with or provide services to children. These bodies should act with the best interests of the child as a primary consideration. Institutions need to ensure that this principle is widely known and understood by all staff and volunteers, appropriately integrated, and consistently applied across all elements.
The Victorian Government now requires professional and voluntary organizations, sporting clubs and associations which have contact with children to implement Child Safe Standards by 01/01/17.
Buddhism is Australia’s second largest religion, and has a long history dating back to at least the 1850s Gold Rush period, yet the life stories of prominent Buddhists in Australia have remained largely undocumented until now.
The Chair of the Victorian Multicultural Commission, Ms Helen Kapalos has called for leadership among our key influencers in the debate surrounding Islam and its links to violent extremism and radicalisation at the Third Australasian Conference – Refuting the Theological Foundations of Violent Extremism and Radicalisation.
Source: Deakin University