On the evening of Wednesday 18 May 2011, Boroondara Interfaith Network participants and community members shared in the knowledge, creativity and stories of the Faith, Expression and Learning Gathering held at the Ashburton Library.

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Listening to the Land and listening to indigenous elders has, since the founding of the Mornington Peninsula Interfaith Network in 2008, been an integral part of the vision of the network. Four times a year, in conjunctions with the seasons, we walk sacred places around the Peninsula.

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Volunteers are sought to help serve up The Fast Supper, a mobile food van being run by young people who are passionate about getting religious groups to work together for the common good.

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CATHOLIC priest Father Bob Maguire has called for a review into the way religion is taught in schools.

The priest and community worker said he believed religious education should be broader than instruction in one belief system.

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RELIGIOUS education in state schools must be replaced by a multifaith version that includes different ethical traditions and be taught by trained teachers rather than volunteers, says a new network of academics. The Religions, Ethics and Education Network Australia (REENA) has written to Prime Minister Julia Gillard, Victorian Premier Ted Baillieu, New South Wales Premier Barry O'Farrell and the respective education ministers seeking an urgent review of religious education so changes can be included in the new national curriculum.

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Religious and spiritual leaders came together to offer prayers and chants at an interfaith ceremony for the people of Japan following the Great East Earthquake and Tsunami of March 11.  The Ceremony was held on Saturday April 9 at BMW Edge, Federation Square. The Acting Consul-General of Japan, Melbourne, Mr Yasufumi Kotake, spoke about the worst natural disaster in Japan’s history, the subsequent trouble of the Fukushima nuclear power plant, the death toll over 12,000 with 18,000 people still missing, and the likelihood of the casualty list exceeding 30,000.

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Brussels - the capital of the Belgians and of 500,000,000 Europeans - has been chosen as the host city of the Parliament of the World’s Religions in 2014. The selection of Brussels was made by the Board of Trustees of the governing organization at its March 13, 2011 meeting in Chicago.

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Report on the JCMA Women's Conference (March 13-15th)

A model for a more peaceful world

Rabbi Jonathan Sacks, the Chief Rabbi of the British Commonwealth, has written an inspirational book, The Dignity of Difference, in which he argues that God created a world rich in a diversity of cultures, faiths, and civilizations, one world in which we must all work for peace together. Sacks sees the only way to achieve this most desired goal is through conversation.

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