September is an important month that includes the anniversary of 9/11, International Day of Peace, and Social Justice Sunday, making it the perfect month to celebrate and participate in multifaith activities.

Victoria’s Multifaith Advisory Group (MAG) consists of leaders from a diverse range of faith traditions. This document represents a joint submission of the undersigned MAG members in response to the proposed amendments to section 18 of the Racial Discrimination Act (Cth).

by Rabbi Fred Morgan
Emeritus Rabbi, Temple Beth Israel, Melbourne
Professorial Fellow, Australian Catholic University
Facilitator, Grass Roots Dialogue Project, Council of Christians and Jews (Victoria)

On Tuesday the 22nd April 2014, 31 members and guests of the Casey Multifaith Network went on a Tour to Places of Worship. The tour began at 9:30am sharp leaving from Narre Warren North with Pam Mamouney OAM the official guide and organiser.

On Tuesday 1st of April 2014, the National Council of Jewish Women in Australia (Vic) together with Jewish Aid hosted a Women’s Intergenerational Interfaith Model Passover Seder, the purpose of which was to provide opportunities for people of diverse faiths to learn about Jewish festivals and traditions in a participatory experience, whilst promoting friendship and understanding.

Religious diversity in Australia is here to stay — and this fact raises several important theological questions. Does only my faith tradition enshrine truth? How do other religions deal with matters of ultimate concern? How can we best tackle societal ignorance about other faiths? With these questions in mind, a cluster of academics from the Faculty of Theology and Philosophy at Australian Catholic University set off from Melbourne on Thursday March 27 to attend the Shiva Yoga Interfaith Lecture 2014 on the Mornington Peninsula.

On Wednesday 26th March 2014, Gippsland Interfaith in conjunction with the Gippsland Ethic Communities Council (GECC) conducted the first Talking Faith Program in Traralgon Library.  Titled “People of the Book” the program presented a panel of Gippsland based Muslims (from the Gippsland Australian Muslim Community Inc – GAMCI, and the United Muslim Sisters of the Latrobe Valley - UMSLV) and Mormons (from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints – LDS, Moe) discussing a range of everyday issues based around their religious beliefs. 

On Sunday 23rd March 2014, the Mornington Peninsula Interfaith Network celebrated Harmony Day with a Listening to the Land program at Green's Bush, Main Ridge.

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