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2009 Parliament

Offsite Programs: October – December (1)


Organisation: St Michael’s Uniting Church, Melbourne
Description: Mingary is a quiet place for reflection and is dedicated to healing, restoration, inspiration, vision and empowerment.
Location: St Michael's Church, 120 Collins St, City (corner of Collins and Russell Sts)
Date: Sundays – Fridays Time: Weekdays 8.00 am–5.00 pm
Sunday 8.00 am–1.00 pm Cost: FREE
Bookings: No bookings required
Accessibility: Entrance off Russell St

Tours of St Michael's Uniting Church

Organisation: St Michael’s Uniting Church, Melbourne
Description: Tours of the church including an explanation of Klaus Zimmer's contemporary stained glass windows by knowledgeable and friendly members of the church. The tour will also include an outline of the architectural aspects of the building.
Location: St Michael's Church, 120 Collins St, City (corner of Collins and Russell Sts)
Date: Monday—Friday Time: 10.30 am—1.00 pm
Cost: FREE
Bookings: No bookings required


 Women in the Bible: Tricksters, Victors & (M)others

Organisation:  Jewish Museum of Australia
Description:  This exhibition will explore a selection of female characters in the Bible, from the mythical characters of the book of Genesis (such as Even, the matriarchs) to the historical figures in the Prophets and Writings (such as Deborah, Yael, Esther). The exhibition will also investigate some of the lesser known and nameless women of the Bible and the status and daily lives of ordinary women in biblical society. It will include a diverse range of artworks, some borrowed from major public and private collections around Australia and some specially commissioned contemporary interpretations of the biblical characters.
Location:  Jewish Museum of Australia , 26 Alma Road St Kilda
Date:  1st October 2009 — 1 March 2010
Time:  Tue — Thur 10am— 4pm, Sunday 10am—5pm
Cost:  $10 for adults; $5 for children and concessions
Enquiries:  Phone  03 8534 3600 or visit
Accessibility:  Trams: 3 and 67 along St Kilda Rd.


Melbourne Believer Slam – 2009 Final

Program Title:  Melbourne Believer Slam – Parliament Series Heat 2

Location:  Westgate Baptist Community 16 High Street Yarraville
Date:  Saturday 21 November 09
Time:  Doors open at 7:30; starts at 8:00pm
Cost:  Please check the website
Accessibility:  15 min walk to Yarraville station

Free Public Talk - Interfaith Youth Core (IFYC) @ Monash University

Description: The IFYC is a Chicago-based international non-profit organisation that is building a movement of interreligious and intercultural cooperation  through youth leadership and community service. The IFYC trainers are widely recognised as leaders in the field of interfaith relations in and beyond the US.

Location:  Monash Universitym; Caulfield Campus; Building H , Room H1.16
Date:  16 November 2009
Time:  2:00pm - 4:00pm
Cost:  Free
If you have any questions please email:
To register for this public talk please visit:

Interpreting St Francis and St Clare in a Multi-religious Society: from the Middle Ages to the Present

Organisation: Centre for Studies in Religion and Theology, Monash University and Yarra Theological Union, Melbourne College of Divinity
Description: 2009 marks the 800th anniversary of the founding of the Franciscan movement by Francis of Assisi and of his first encounter with Clare. They lived in a society divided by religious zealotry and the fear of heresy, a situation confronted by their disciples
Location: St Mary’s College, Parkville and Graduate Centre, Yarra Theological Union
St Mary’s College, 871 Swanston St, Parkville (Free public lecture 19 Nov 2009 5.45-7.15pm) and 98 Albion Rd, Box Hill, Victoria 3128 (Conference 20-21 Nov 2009)
Date: 19 Nov 2009 5.45pm-7.15pm 21 Nov 2009 9.00am-5.00 pm
Cost: $80.00, Conc. $50 for 2 days;
$50.00, Conc. $30 for 1 day.
Bookings: Cary Baker –



Mornington Peninsula Interfaith Festival

Description: Faith traditions coming together in the spirit of peace to celebrate. The festival will allow individuals and groups to learn more about each others beliefs and practices. In particular, traditions will demonstrate different aspects of their faith through music, dance, art, food, workshops and talks. View an ‘Art Exhibition’, listen to an ‘Enviromental Talk’ from a faith perspective, join a workshop on 'Learn To Meditate’, ‘African Drumming’, or 'Butter Sculpting', taste ‘Delicious Food’ from around the world, or sit back and enjoy the ‘Multifaith Music & Dance Carnivale'.

Location: Peninsula Community Theatre, Cnr Nepean Highway & Wilsons Road, Mornington (Melways Ref 145E2)

Date: Sunday 22 November 2009

Time: 1.30pm-10.00pm

Cost: Free

Enquiries: Annie Whitlocke 0408 809 673


Rhythms and Forms of Existence: Earth, Fire, Air, Water

Organisation:  Box Hill Baptist Church
Description:  This art exhibition will creatively explore the elements of existence. How do these elements create a space in which we engage with God through both ritual and daily life? The intent is to create the sense of immediacy and presence of existence through.
Location:  Chapel on Station Gallery, Cnr Station St. and Ellingworth Pde, Box Hill
Date:  26 November  - 10 December
Time:  Tues — Fri 11:30 — 3:00; Saturday 1:00 — 4:00; Sunday 4:30 — 7:00
Cost:  Free
Accessibility:  Tram: 109 Train: Belgrave and Lilydale lines


Walking Humbly: A Journey to the Murray

Organisation: Greenfaith Australia
Description: GreenFaith Australia presents - Walking Humbly 2009: a journey to the Murray . It will take place 27 to 29 November 2009 inclusive. It is a Pre-Parliament of World Religions event sponsored by Victoria Multicultural Commission. We invite you to join us and and participate as one of 150 diverse interfaith Pilgrims in an experience of learning, friendship-building, celebration and awareness raising in this ecologically imperilled, brave and beautiful part of our country.
Location: Through this journey we will engage with different communities and environments within the south eastern Murray-Darling Basin in Victoria
Date: Friday 27 – Sunday 29 November, 2009
Cost: $200 per person $160 concession For group bookings and cabins please contact Jamel
Bookings: Jamel K Dhillon Email: Phone: 03 8774 1778


Trip to Lake Mungo

Organisation: Centre for Ecology and Spirituality
Description: This ecumenical and inter-faith trip will visit Lake Mungo, one of a series of dry lakes that once supported many tribes of aboriginal people thousands of years ago.
The trip introduces people to the edge of the ‘Outback’ with its aura of romance and stories of the aboriginal people, the early settlers, stage coaches and pioneering men and women. There will be ample opportunity for quiet contemplation and reflection.
Location: Lake Mungo Southern NSW. (Accommodation at the Shearer’s Quarters Lake Mungo, NSW) Tour will depart Treacy Centre Parkville Melbourne at 7:00am and return 5:00pm at Parkville
Date: Saturday 28th November - Tuesday 1st December 2009 Cost: (AUD) $540 per person, includes all transportation, accommodation, meals and tours. Participants will be required to assist with meals. A deposit of (AUD) $100 will be required by 1st November 2009.
Bookings are essential: Trevor Parton – Centre for Ecology and Spirituality
Phone: +61 5797 8532

Talking Faiths – My Story, Your Story, Our Story

Organisation: Immigration Museum
Description: To coincide with the Parliament the Immigration Museum will document two innovative interfaith dialogue projects involving over 20 schools, during the course of the 2009 academic year. The Melbourne Interfaith Socratic Circle Cluster and the Building Bridges, Eastern Region group will work with visual artists and museum staff in the process of developing interfaith dialogue with Year 9 and 10 students from many faiths including Catholic, Jewish and Islamic and will provide the basis for an interactive multi-media exhibition.
Location: Immigration Museum, 400 Flinders St, City
Date: 27 November 2009 — June 2010
Time: 10.00 am—5.00 pm every day (Closed Christmas Day and Good Friday)
Cost: Exhibition Ground Floor – No Charge; Museum Entry $8.00; Students, children, concession FREE
Enquiries: 13 11 02


Campfire Film Festival Awards

Description:  The Campfire Awards is the inaugural live screening of the Campfire Film Festival, the culmination of three years of online quality short film exhibition and discussion for people of all faiths and ideologies. Campfire is an independent, not—for—profit organisation which aims to promote 'the spiritual' in short films, and encourage all people to use short films as a way of engaging with the big questions of life.

Location:  ACMI Cinema Federation Square Melbourne
Date:  November 29 2009
Time:  Pre Screening: 12:15 — 2:15; Awards Screening: 2:30pm
Bookings:  Tickets for the awards screening and after party at ACMI will be in sale through ACMI shortly


Melbourne College of Divinity Intensive School Ministry in Transition: Ecumenism, Generous Orthodoxy and Inter—Faith Engagement

Description:  The Intensive School will be a rich experience in which participants from a wide variety of religious traditions will engage with each other, as well as with internationally—recognised scholars, on matters concerning the life and future of religion and ministry. Particularly suited to those who are active in ministry or other forms of religious leadership, the school will focus on the changing nature of ministerial practice within 21st Century (Australian) society.
Location:  Centre for Theology and Ministry, 1 Morrison Close Parkville
Date:  Monday 30 November — Wednesday 2 December 2009
Time:  9:00am — 5:00pm daily
Cost: $400.00 (general public) This includes the cost of:
• Pre—reading materials (sent out in advance)
• Teaching and workshop fees
• Morning and afternoon teas
• Lunch
• Tuesday dinner
Bookings:  Dr Mark Lindsay     Ph:  03 98533177
Accessibility:  Walking distance to Tram 19, Royal Parade and Lygon Street


Sacred Icons and Other Images — Image Versus Idol

Organisation: The Icon School of St Peter – Melbourne in Association with Trinity College, Melbourne
Description: This exhibition presents modern sacred icons by members of the School and by other local and international iconographers.
Membership of the School includes people from a variety of Christian traditions including Anglicans, Catholics, Lutherans, Maronite Church, Uniting Church, Interfaith Centre, both lay people and clergy and members of religious orders.
Whilst teaching the Byzantine tradition, our inspiration is drawn from sources such as Greece, Russia, Coptic Egypt and Ethiopia, Crete, the Balkans, Italy and Cyprus – anywhere that iconographical traditions have flourished.
Location: Leeper Library, 1st floor of the Burge Building Trinity College, University of Melbourne
Royal Pde, Parkville – entry via gates B, C and E
Date: Monday 30 November 2009 —
Friday 11 December 2009 Time: 10.00 am – 5.00 pm
(Closed Saturdays and Sundays) Cost: FREE
Enquiries: Judy Bink –
Ph: 9571 5490
Accessibility: Tram 19 (North Coburg) to Stop 12, Royal Pde


Venice, Rumi and the Architecture of the Soul

Description: This exhibition is a fundraising event for the Alola Foundation that supports women and children in East Timor. The artwork was mostly done in Venice and is inspired by the poetry of Rumi. The sacred ambience of Venice is evoked with whirling dervishes, lovers and ordinary people going about their everyday business.
Location: Richmond Town Hall, 333 Bridge Rd, Richmond
Date: 30 November 2009 –  8 January 2010 Time: 8.30 am – 5.00 pm, Monday – Friday
Extra opening for PWR: Monday 7 December 2009, 6.00 pm–8.00 pm Cost: FREE
To arrange a viewing time ring Civic Facilities on 9205 5220
Enquiries: / 0450 457 027
Tram 75 from Flinders St to Stop 19