PEOPLE professing no religion have moved past Anglicans to be the second-largest grouping after Catholics in the 2011 Census. Nearly 4.8 million people said they had no religion, up 29 per cent from 2006, but the number of people not answering the question dropped by 2 per cent. This suggested that more people were claiming a religious identity (including no religion), said Monash University sociology professor Gary Bouma.

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The Moonee Valley Interfaith Network held its inaugural meeting on Thursday 22 March 2012, providing an opportunity to celebrate the launch of our new network and our diversity, and the elections for the Executive Board for all Interfaith Network members.

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The My Dress, My Image, My Choice project was an interfaith, intercultural community event designed to address misconceptions concerning Muslim women, Islam’s attitude toward women and, in particular, the dress choices made by many Muslim women.

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The Boroondara Interfaith Network partnered with The Spiritual Assembly of the Baha’i of Boroondara to offer this special event of live music, audio-visual pieces and readings from faiths and philosophers, authors, leaders and indigenous cultures, from around the world. Annette Subhani, Heather Pym and Ruby Haddad worked the Boroondara Interfaith Network conveners to make this event possible.

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Friday, 25 November 2011                       
STATEMENT ON BEHALF OF THE MULTIFAITH ADVISORY GROUP IN RECOGNITION OF WHITE RIBBON DAY:

FAITH COMMUNITIES CONDEMN VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN
On behalf of Victoria’s faith communities, we, the members of the Multifaith Advisory Group (MAG), join together on White Ribbon Day to voice our support for women affected by violence and to unequivocally denounce such violence.

Violence against women is a sad reality in the Victorian and Australian community, lurking in the shadows and impacting on those of all ages, faiths, ethnicities, education levels and socio-economic statuses.

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On 1 January 2011, Pope Benedict XVI announced that he wished to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the historic meeting that took place in Assisi on 27 October 1986, at the wish of Blessed Pope John Paul II. On the day of the anniversary, 27 October this year, the Holy Father held a Day of reflection, dialogue and prayer for peace and justice in the world, making a pilgrimage to the home of Saint Francis and inviting fellow Christians from different denominations, representatives of the world’s religious traditions and, in some sense, all men and women of good will, to join him once again on this journey.

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International Year of Forests: “Giving Shelter, Sustaining life” was the theme for this year’s Annual Gathering of the Interfaith Network – City of Greater Dandenong.   At the Annual Gathering, faith and community leaders gather to renew their commitment to work together in promoting peace and harmony in the City of Greater Dandenong. This is a unique ceremony where the faith and spiritual diversity of the City of Greater Dandenong is celebrated.

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The 'A Different Point of View' forum was held on Thursday 27 October at Swinburne College, Swinburne University. The theme of mental health and wellbeing from diverse cultural and religious perspectives was selected by Boroondara Interfaith Network members at the annual planning meeting early in 2011. The key aim of this final event of the 2011 Boroondara Interfaith Network Program was to raise awareness and open a dialogue between community members and service providers on the diversity of mental health and wellbeing needs and understandings in our multicultural community.

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