On Sunday June 19, the Women's Interfaith Network (WIN) Foundation ran a multi-faith concert of spiritual music. Held in the theatre of Collingwood College, and attended by the Deputy Consul-General of Japan, Mr Yasafume Kotake, the concert was organized to raise awareness and much needed funds for survivors of Japan’s recent earthquake, tsunami and resultant radiation leakage.

The Boroondara Interfaith Network marked World Environment Day, Sunday 5 June 2011, with a forum on the theme of Religion and Ecology hosted at the Leo Baeck Centre for Progressive Judaism. The event supported by a climate change awareness project of the City Of Boroondara’s Health, Aging and Disability Department and was held in partnership with locally based interfaith organisation focusing on environmental themes and awareness raising, GreenFaith Australia.

One of the many benefits of interfaith community is sharing and learning from one another. Over the years of interacting through the Casey Multifaith Network, members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and the Ahmadiyya Muslim Association have developed a friendship that goes beyond the confinements of meetings and get-togethers. Visits to each other’s places of worship, sharing meals together, and visiting one another in our homes are all part of this extension of friendship.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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