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2009 Parliament

Wednesday, 9th December

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Each day of the Parliament will include over 100 programs, including observances, performances, films, plenary sessions and more; we hope you enjoy this brief preview.

Programming for Wednesday, 9th December will include:

Courage to Care: Listening to the Messages of the Holocaust Survivors

Dr Anthony Weldon, Chairman of Courage to Care (Vic.) and Holocaust Survivors

Melbourne has one of the highest numbers of Holocaust survivors in the world. Drawing on their experience and the example of non-Jews who stood up against the Nazi genocide, this session will challenge participants to reflect on their own stance in extreme situations and how they might deal with the dangers caused by ideologies of hate. The workshop will be enriched by the perceptions of a second-generation survivor.

The Stolen Generation and The Apology

Melissa Brickell and Representatives of Stolen Generation Victoria (SGV)

This presentation will focus on the ways in which people and organisations can support and address the needs of those people affected by practices and policies of removing the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples from family, community, country and culture. It will also highlight a personal journey that contributed to The Apology by the Prime Minister of Australia to the Stolen Generation.

11:30am, Room 212

Health and Healing: Indigenous Healing in Modern Allopathic Medical World

Mandaza Kandemwa (Shona/Ndebele:Zimbabwe), Dr. Jennie R. Joe (Navajo:USA), Constantino Pinto (Timorese:East Timor)

The health status of many indigenous communities is substandard. Frequently these communities are faced with escalating health challenges or diseases that are not easily cured with modern medicine. In addressing these problems, indigenous communities are utilizing many resources including that of traditional healers. This panel will discuss some of these culturally-based medical interventions.

The Hazards of Writing about Religion

Prof James Jupp, Australian National University; Barney Zwartz, Religious Journalist; Hanifa Deen, Writer

How does one report and write about religion? This panel of writers from three different genres -- narrative non-fiction, journalism and academia -- focuses on potentially hazardous writing about sensitive themes such as religious vilification, conversion, persecuted religious minorities, conflicting beliefs, claims of supremacy and the interface between religion and politics. This Australian group of top-flight writers will reflect on how they deal with difference without falling into a crusading spirit or becoming a bland harmonist, papering over conflict.

Health and Healing: Healing the Person, Healing the Family

Omie Baldwin (Dine’:USA) and others

Health and healing have a mental and a spiritual side. Such challenges as substance abuse, the destruction of families, child abuse and neglect call in particular for this dimension of healing. This panel will discuss the forced adoption of indigenous children, the problems experienced by the lost generation, and provide examples of the use of spiritual methods of healing such wounds.

The Black GST – Genocide Sovereignty Treaty

Robert Thorpe, Aboriginal activist and founder of The Black GST; Dennis Walker, Treaties activist

Robert Thorpe, Aboriginal Activist and founder of The Black GST - Genocide, Sovereignty, Treaty, will present an honest thought provoking presentation on the Truth of how Australia was established. "The Government would have you think that they are trying to do the right thing by Aboriginal people. A conversation with Aboriginal people almost anywhere in Australia will reveal that the [Government’s] divide and conquer policy - and its outcome of despair - are familiar to people almost everywhere in Australia" This will be followed by presentation by Dennis Walker, Aboriginal activist on Treaties with Aboriginal people in Australia.


His Holiness Tenzin Gyatso
The XIVth Dalai Lama

Evening Plenary:

Closing Plenary

Official closing plenary with highlights from participants' commitments, presentation of awards for contribution to the International Interreligious Movement, major speakers and artistic performances.






Observances will include:

Rabbi Or Rose

Contemplative Shacharit (Jewish Morning) Service

Rabbi Or Rose

Rabbi Or Rose, an associate dean of the Rabbinical School of Hebrew College in Boston, MA, will use the traditional rubrics of the Jewish Morning service to explore several key prayers through song, chant, and silent meditation. Rabbi Rose, an authority on Jewish spirituality, interfaith cooperation, and social justice, will lead this contemplative practice aimed at furthering personal and communal transformation.


Films will include:

The Soul of Kalaupapa

Fred E. Woods

From 1866 to 1969 the Kalaupapa peninsula on the Hawaiian island of Molokai was home to over 8,000 patients isolated there due to the fear of spreading Hansen’s disease. From a mixture of cultures and religions, the patients at Kalaupapa enjoyed a degree of cooperation touching not only the residents but also those who visited and served at the settlement. The Soul of Kalaupapa is a film that captures the powerful spirit of intercultural collaboration at this unusual settlement.


This schedule is subject to change.







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