Pre-Parliament Event: Melbourne/Doncaster East, Australia
23 August 2009

Victorian Interfaith Networks
Annual Conference 2009

~Aims and Strategies Interfaith Networking~

The aim was for the representatives of interfaith networks and local government, the supporters of these, to meet each other, share and mingle, to exchange information about strategies in interfaith networking, to discuss and join in to work together in a synchronised way, to define the aims of interfaith networking.  By exchanging information on the work and experiences of the interfaith networks they gathered information on the way it is most efficient to work for and with the community. The discussion led to conclusions and to enhance collaboration and synchronisation of the work of networks, especially in organising regional events, where several networks would work together.


1. Welcome Ceremony by Reg Blow, Koori Elder

2. Opening address by a representative of the Victorian government

3. Aims and strategies in interfaith networking on local, regional, state and international levels - presentations

Prof. Gary Bouma: The Aims and Strategies of the Parliament of World religions
Prof. Raymond Canning: The Networking of the Asia-Pacific Centre for Inter-religious Dialogue
Jessie Kour Singh: International Interfaith Networking - overview
Walter Rapaport: The Work of the Council of Cristians and Jews of Victoria
Jo Elvins: The Work of Religions for Peace (tbc)
Jim Reiher: The Way UNOH Works
Jamel Kour Dhillon: Strategies of GreenFaith
Marta Balan: Music as a Multi-faith Medium - Aims and Strategies of the Holy Melbourne Concerts

4. Reports of representatives of interfaith networks of Victoria
Ballarat IN ~ Margaret Lenan Ellis
Boroondara IN~ Jo Elvins (tbc)
Casey IN ~ Rev. Mat Hurry
COMMON ~ Jessiee Kour Singh
Darebin IC ~ Ian Smith
Geelong IN ~ Doolaree (Veema) Mooniapah
HUME IN ~ Kristine Mueller
Jewish-Christian-Muslim Assocation of Aust. ~ Fr. Paul Newman
Kingston IN ~ Janice Raux
Knox IN ~ Peter Evans
Manningham IN ~ Garry Nolan
Melbourne Interfaith Centre ~ Dr Nicholas coleman
Mornington Penninsula IN~ Rev Christiansen
Shepparton IN ~ Frank Purcell
Unity in Diversity Inc.~ Alice Opper
Victorian Council of Churches ~ Theo Mckaay
Whitehorse IN ~ Amy Yuen and Bo Ai
Whittelsea IN ~ Farzaneh Dehghan

5. Planning regional community events ~ discussion

6. Closing

Moderator: Alice Opper













Location, Date & Time:

Room 14
The Pines Learning and Activity Centre
520 Blackburn Road
Doncaster East Vic 3109

23 August 2009
1.00 - 5.00 PM






For inquiries, contact:

Marta Balan