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2009 Parliament

Offsite Programs: December (2)

Sri Chinmoy Peace Run

Organisation: Sri Chinmoy Centre
Description: The Sri Chinmoy Oneness-Home Peace Run is a global relay that seeks to promote international friendship and understanding. As a symbol of peace and harmony, runners will carry a flaming torch, passing it from hand to hand. A special 'Peace Run for the Parliament' will join religious communities around Melbourne in a two-day relay as a precursor to the opening of the Parliament.
Location: Torch relay linking religious centres and communities around Melbourne
Date: 1 December 2009 - 2 December 2009
Time: 8.00am - 5.00pm
Bookings: Veeraja Uppal, 0412 314 080

Sri Chinmoy Soul-Bird Drawing Exhibition

Organisation: Sri Chinmoy Centre
Description: Using a wealth of coloured pens and markers and with just a few deft movements, Sri Chinmoy sketches full-bodied Soul-Bird images rich in vigour, personality and charm. He does not strive for representational detail, but rather for the essence of the aspiring consciousness of the soul. Each bird represents the eternal cry for freedom and oneness in each human heart.
Location: St Johns, Southgate, 20 City Rd, Southgate
Date: 1 December 2009 - 14 December 2009 Time: 10.00 am - 6.00 pm Cost: FREE
Erika Ashton Ph: 0422 511 782
Accessibility: approximately 8 minutes walking distance from MCEC along Yarra River


The Jewish Journey: A Tour of Jewish Time Through the Artistry of Glass

Organisation: Temple Beth Israel
Description: Over a period of ten years, the renowned Australian glass artist David Wright created a series of 23 giant glass medallions for Temple Beth Israel in Melbourne, illustrating the major journeys of the Jewish people: through the week, through the year, and through a Jewish life. This tour will introduce the participants to this remarkable artistic creation and explore its place within the architecture and outlook of the synagogue, Melbourne's largest.
Location: Temple Beth Israel, 76–82 Alma Rd, St Kilda
Date: Thursday 2nd December 2009 Time: 10.30 am – Noon
Cost: FREE
Bookings: Temple Beth Israel Ph: 9510 1488
Trams 3 and 67 from the city stop at the corner of Alma and Brighton Rds


Daily Walking Meditation

Organisation: Green Bamboo Sangha and Quang Minh Temple
Description: Walking meditation is a great way to start the day. Many spiritual traditions have found that walking meditation calms the mind and gives us the clarity we need to enjoy our busy lives. Join us by the river. Beginners are welcome.
Location: Batman Park, Melbourne CBD (by the Yarra River off Spencer St opposite the Crown Casino)
Date: Wednesday 2 December – Wednesday 9 December 2009 Time: 7.30 am – 8.30 am Cost: FREE


Change Yourself and Change the World: The Power of Personal Change Through Meditation

Organisation: Science of Spirituality
Description: Meditation is the key that unlocks the inner doorway to a life of deep inner peace and spiritual fulfilment. It is the core spiritual practice of all great spiritual and religious traditions. Through meditation, each of us can break through the illusion of separation to see the inherent unity of all life. Speakers: Jim and Sue Rose and Dr Margarete Czerny
Location: Southbank Room, Quay West Suites Melbourne, 26 Southgate Ave, Southbank (opposite rear of Hamer Hall)
Date: Thursday 3 December 2009 Time: 7.30 pm–9.30 pm Cost: Free
Enquiries: Etienne de Lavaulx — 0425 756258


Visions of A New World: Art Exhibition and Meditation Space

Organisation: Brahma Kumaris Raja Yoga Centres
Description: The artworks invite the viewer to journey into the essence of their being, and to travel to their most elevated spaces within. The works depict the pure energies of love, peace, innocence, and spiritual power, suggesting that as we draw from these core energies we allow change and exert a powerful renewing effect on our world.
Experience a tranquil meditation (guided meditation/music/silence).
Free transport/light lunch/afternoon tea (vegetarian).
Location: Brahma Kumaris Raja Yoga Centre, 256 Brunswick St, Fitzroy
Date: Thursday 3 December – Wednesday 9 December 2009 Time: The times of free pick-ups and drop-offs from and to the Convention Centre are as follows:
11.05 am – 12.30 pm
1.05 pm – 2.30 pm
4.35 pm – 6.00 pm Cost: FREE
Bookings: Please visit the exhibition booth of the Brahma Kumaris Raja Yoga Centres (shared with the World Congress of Faiths) during the week of the Parliament. Alternatively, telephone 9417 4883; email:


Prayer Labyrinth – Walking in Each Other’s Footsteps

Organisation: The Labyrinth Society, Inc. – Australian Region in collaboration with The Grove Wholistic Centre for Spirituality, The Melbourne City Council and International networks of The Labyrinth Society, Inc. and Veriditas labyrinth facilitators. All daytime walks will use the Santa Rosa Labyrinth designed of Lea Goode - Harris (c) The evening walk will use The Reconciliation Labyrinth designed by Clare Wilson (c).
Description: “The labyrinth enables people of different faiths to share the journey, as we walk together through the twists and turns of life; acknowledging that we all may have a different path to the Divine, but that we all travel towards the centre, where we receive strength, inspiration, guidance, then re-engage with the world in a new way, as we walk out of the labyrinth”
Location: The labyrinth is Batman Park which runs between Kingsway & Spencer Street Melbourne. The park is a short walk from The Melbourne Exhibition and Conference Centre.
Date and Times:
Thursday 3 Dec. 9.00 am – 10.00 am  - Walking Sacred Desires - Becoming Contemplatives in Action
Thursday 3 Dec. 2009, 3.30 pm – 5.30 pm - Walking Together in Faith and Healing — A Global Healing Walk Promoted Through Labyrinth Networks Worldwide
Friday 4 Dec. 8.30 pm – 10.00 pm - Healing the Earth with Traditional Wisdom – A Candlelight Walk with Shane Charles – Yorta Yorta Man of the Kulin Nation Playing the Didgeridoo
Saturday 5 Dec. 3.30 pm – 4.30 pm - Children’ s Peace Walk – Bubbles of Fun
Saturday 5 Dec. 5.00 pm – 6.00 pm -  A Personal Spiritual Journey: Past, Present, Future
Sunday 6 Dec. 1.00 pm – 2.00 pm - “Prayer - A Walking Meditation”
Monday 7 Dec. 5.00 pm – 6.00 pm - “Interfaith Youth Walking a Pathway to Peace”
Bookings: Geoffrey Rodda Ph: 0408 138 065
Accessibility: Walking distance from the Melbourne Convention Centre


One is warm in Winter; the Other has a better view

Organisation:  Platform Youth Theatre
Description:  A theatre performance about the weight of faith in this secular society from the point of view of young people from across the spectrum of religions and cultures in Melbourne. Writer Adam J.A Cass and Director Caitlin Dullard. Duration 80 Minutes. No Interval
Location:&nvbsp; fortyfivedownstairs 45 Flinders Lane, City
Date:  3 December — 12 December
Times:  Opening Night: Thursday 3 December 8pm
             Friday 4 December – 8 pm Show
             Saturday 5 December – 8 pm Show
             Sunday 6 December – 4 pm Show
             Wednesday 9 December – 8 pm Show
             Thursday 10 December – 8 pm Show
             Friday 11 December – 8 pm Show
             Saturday 12 December – 9 pm Closing Night Show
             Sunday 13 December – 4 pm Matinee Night Show

Duration: 80 mins
Cost:  $15 Concession, PYT members and PWR 2009 delegates; $20 Adult
Bookings:  fortyfivedownstairs box office   Ph:  (03) 9662 9966 or
Accessibility:  Melways ref 1B, U9. Walking distance or a quick tram trip up Flinders Street. Nearest train station: Parliament Station.
Disability Access:  If you have a companion Card and/or if you require disability access, please notify fortyfivedownstairs on (03) 9662 996

Voices for Didgeridoo, Organ and Narrator by Philip Glass

Organisation: Interfaith Centre of Melbourne and the City of Melbourne
Description: US composer extraordinaire Philip Glass was commissioned to write this piece by the City of Melbourne to celebrate the reopening of the Melbourne Town Hall Grand Organ in 2001. Together with celebrated didgeridoo artist Mark Atkins and Wurundjeri elder Joy Murphy Wandin, Glass created a musical and spiritual message that speaks of both indigenous and Western cultures.
Organist: Dr Calvin Bowman
Didgeridoo: Mark Atkins, Ron Murray
Narrator: Joy Murphy Wandin
Voices will be complemented by other musical performers from the Parliament.
Location: Melbourne Town Hall, Corner of Swanston and Collins Sts, City
Date: Friday 4 December 2009 Time: 6.30 pm–8.20 pm with intermission (doors open at 6.00 pm) General admission seating Cost: Parliament registrants: $15.00 (ID at door)
Non-registrant prices: $15.00–$25.00
Bookings and / or enquiries: Easy Tix
Ph: 9639 0096
East Tix office, located at the Melbourne Town Hall, Swanson St
Opening Hours for this event: Friday 4 December: 11.00 am–6.30 pm
Accessibility: Trams 109, 112 from Convention Centre to Swanston St, 10 minutes. Walking distance 30 minutes

The Ecology of the Soul – Integrating Spirituality and Meditation into Your Daily Life

Organisation: Science of Spirituality
Description: Meditation is the key to survival in our modern world. It’s your own private retreat, a key that unlocks the doorway to deep inner peace. When your day begins with meditation, you’re calm and peaceful all day long. Speakers: Jim Rose and Dr Andrew Vidich.
Location: Southbank Room, Quay West Suites Melbourne, 26 Southgate Ave, Southbank (opposite rear of Hamer Hall)
Date: Friday 4 December 2009 Time: 7.30 pm–9.30 pm Cost: Free 
Enquiries: Etienne de Lavaulx — 0425 756258

Change the Dream

Organisation: Be the Change, Australia
Description: Through dynamic group interactions, leading edge information, and inspiring multimedia, you will reconnect with your deep concern for our world, and be empowered to make a difference. Designed by The Pachamama Alliance in collaboration with some of the finest scientific, indigenous and activist minds in the world, the Symposium explores the current state of our planet from a new perspective.
Join us in exploring the most critical concerns of our times, and discover new opportunities to make a real difference in accelerating the emergence of an environmentally sustainable, spiritually fulfilling, and socially just human presence on this planet!
Location: Melbourne Multicultural Hub, 506 Elizabeth Street, City
Date: Friday 4th Dec,
Monday 7th Dec
Tuesday 8th Dec
Wednesday 9th Dec Time: 2.30 pm till 5.30 pm Cost: Donation
Bookings: Neil Mitchell Ph: 0405 207 622 Email:
Accessibility: Route 57 (West Maribyrnong), Route 59 (Airport West), Route 19 (North Coburg) all travel along Elizabeth street and stop outside the Queen Victoria Market. The Hub is directly opposite this tram stop.

Shabbat Visit to a Suburban Progressive Jewish Congregation

Organisation: Leo Baeck Centre for Progressive Judaism
Description: An opportunity to visit a delightful Progressive Jewish congregation in Melbourne’s leafy Eastern suburbs to celebrate the Sabbath with us.
Location: Leo Baeck Centre for Progressive Judaism, 31–37 Harp Rd, East Kew
Date: Saturday 5 December 2009 Time: 9:00am – 2:00 pm Cost: FREE
Bookings: 03 9819 7160
Accessibility: Bus service provided

Living Ahimsa – The Power of Peace World Tour 2009-2011 Satsanga with Mother Maya

Organisation:  Wise Earth Monastery
Description:  The mission of My Peace Vow is to unite the millions of peace lovers and hundreds of peace organizations throughout the world through the simple practice of taking The Vow of Ahimsa—the powerful, yet simple intention to pursue peace and harmony in our thoughts, speech, and actions: Ahimsa.

Our objective is to get 1 million world citizens to take The Vow of Ahimsa in person at Living Ahimsa-The Power of Peace World Tour 2009-2011 (presented by Mother Maya).
Location:  Theosophical Society, 126 Russell Street, City
Date:  Saturday 5 December 2009 Time: 2:30pm – 4:30pm Cost: Donation
Bookings:    Ph:  (03) 96502315

Meditation the Ultimate Transformative Experience

Organisation: Science of Spirituality
Description: Jyoti meditation, meditation on the inner Light, is a universal practice that connects you to your true self. When you develop insight into the profound questions of life — who you truly are and what the true purpose of your life is – you have taken the first steps toward personal transformation and spiritual enlightenment. Speakers: Dr Margarete Czerny, Jim and Sue Rose and Dr Andrew Vidich
Location: Southbank Room, Quay West Suites Melbourne, 26 Southgate Ave, Southbank (opposite rear of Hamer Hall)
Date: Saturday 5 December 2009 Time: 7.30 pm–9.30 pm Cost: Free
Enquiries: Etienne de Lavaulx — 0425 756258

Quaker Worship Meeting

Organisation:  The Religious Society of Friends (Quakers)
Description:  Worship followed by discussion. "We seek a gathered stillness in our meetings for worship so that all may feel the power of God’s love drawing us together and leading us"
Location:  Australian Volunteers International, 88 Kerr Street, Fitzroy
Date:  Sunday, 6 December 2009
Time:  10:30am - 11:30am followed by refreshments
Cost:  Free
Enquires:  Bruce     Ph:  9370 4896

Yoga Aid Challenge 2009

Organisation:  Yoga Aid
Description:  The Yoga Aid Challenge promotes awareness of yoga in the community while raising money for local charities. To complete the Challenge, participants perform 108 sun salutations over two hours and personally raise funds for charity.
Location:  161 Harbour Esplanade, Peninsula Room, Shed 9 Central Pier, Docklands
Date:  Sunday 6 December Time:  8:00am – 12:00pm
Cost: Free with personal fundraising encouraged
Bookings:  Rose Macdonald -

Soul Food

Organisation: Soul Food Working Group, Baha’i Community of Victoria
Description: Soul Food provides an opportunity to relax in a tranquil environment and reflect on our relationship to our earth and environment. It features music, visuals and readings from faiths and philosophers, authors and indigenous cultures, from across the world. All welcome.
Location: State Library of Victoria – Village Roadshow Theatrette, Corner Swanston St & La Trobe St (Entry from La Trobe St)
Date: Sunday 6 December 2009 Time: 10.30 am – 11.30 am
Cost: FREE
Bookings: No bookings required.


Sunday Mass at St Patrick's Cathedral

Organisation: Ecumenical and Interfaith Commission of the Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne
Description: The Archbishop of Melbourne, the Most Rev. Denis Hart, will celebrate Holy Mass.
Location: St Patrick's Cathedral, Cathedral Place, East Melbourne
Date:Sunday 6 December 2009 Time: 11am
Bookings:No Booking Required

Accessibility: Trams: 109 to Box Hill, 112 to West Preston

Light On Yoga Retreat; Finding Peace and Lasting Joy in Challenging Times

Organisation: Science of Spirituality
Description: Move from the fast lane of stress, hurry and worry to the vast lane of abiding joy through the practice of yoga. Surat Shabd Yoga, meditation on the inner Light, reconnects your spirit to its Source. It’s more than relaxation – it’s connecting with who you are at the level of your soul. Panel of international speakers: Dr Margarete Czerny, Jim Rose, Sue Rose, Dr Andrew Vidich and Dr Art Stein. With an interlude of sacred music (Anne and Caroline Vercoe – classical singers)
Location: The Ruskin Hall, Dame Nellie Melba Opera Trust, 46 York St, Richmond
Date: Sunday 6 December 2009 Time: 1:30 pm–6.00 pm Cost: Free
Enquiries: Etienne de Lavaulx — 0425 756258

Music Deli @ MRC

Description: Melbourne Recital Centre, ABC Radio’s Music Deli and Multicultural Arts Victoria have combined forces to bring together an exquisite mix of musical styles to invite you on a unique musical journey. This concert is dedicated to the people of Samoa and their families affected by the Tsunami which devastated the South East Coast of Samoa.
Location: Melbourne Recital Centre, Cnr Southbank Bvd & Sturt Street, SOUTHBANK
Date: Sunday 6 December 2009 Cost:

3.00pm - SALON - 1 hour concert (no interval)
Gnarnayarrahe Waitairie Didgeridoo
Jali Buba Kuyateh Kora
Noriko Tadano Shamisen
Tickets $15.00 ($10 concession)

4.00pm - AUDI FOYER
La Voce Della Luna, Italian Women’s Choir lead by Kavisha Mazzella
Brothers In Christ, Samoan Choir

5.00pm - ELISABETH MURDOCH HALL - 2 hour concert duration (inc interval)
Fine Blue Thread
Zulya & the Children of the Underground
Tickets $25 ($20 concession)

Bookings: Concert tickets can be booked at or call the Box Office on 03 9699 3333

Accessibility: Melbourne Recital Centre is located 1.6km from the Melbourne Convention Centre, which is approximately a 20 minute walk.

Creation, Climate Change, Christians and Copenhagen

Organisation: World Vision
Description: A service of worship, prayer, and story as we meet in support of those joining Archbishop Rowan Williams and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew at the Copenhagen UN Conference on Climate Change in Copenhagen Cathedral. Climate Change affects us all, but the poor will clearly suffer the most. As people of Christian faith, hope and love we need to hear, listen and act with justice and compassion. Tim Costello, CEO of World Vision, will speak.
Location: St Peter’s Eastern Hill Anglican Church, 15 Gisborne St, City
Date: Sunday 6 December 2009 Time: 5.00 pm–6.15 pm Cost: FREE
Enquiries: World Vision, Ph: 13 32 48, email:
Accessibility: Good parking on site and nearby. 109 Tram goes right past. Close to Parliament Station by train.



Quaker Silent Vigil, Supporting Justice for Indigenous Australians

Organisation: The Religious Society of Friends (Quakers)
Description: This vigil has been held every Monday for over 10 years. It is a visible sign to the Australian Community that the concerns of Aboriginal Australians
have been heard, and invites passers-by to become informed and to participate to make a different.
Location: Bourke St Mall, outside the old GPO; Cnr Elizabeth & Bourke Sts, City
Date: Monday, 7 December 2009, 12 noon - 1pm Cost Free
Enquiries: John Ph: (03) 9893 3642
Accessibility: Melway Map 1A L5





The Go thic Cathedral: A Sermon in Stone

Organisation: Ecumenical and Interfaith Commission of the Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne and the Friends of St Patrick's Cathedral
Description: St Patrick's Catholic Cathedral in Melbourne is one of the finest Gothic revival cathedrals in the world. A reflection on the spiritual meaning of the architecture and design of the Cathedral will be given, followed by guided tours of the building.
Location: St Patrick's Cathedral, Cathedral Place, East Melbourne
Dates and Times:
Monday 7 December 2009 ; 10.00 am and 2.00 pm
Tuesday 8 December 2009 ; 10.00 am and 2.00 pm
Wednesday 9 December 2009 ; 10.00 am and 2.00 pm
Each session lasts one hour
Bookings:David Schutz
Ph: 9926 5708
Accessibility:Trams: 109 to Box Hill, 112 to West Preston