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2009 Parliament

Offsite Programs: December (3)

The Inner Voice of Peace–
Interfaith: A Life Changing Experience

Description:Led by Rev Dr Marcus Braybrooke and Sister Maureen Goodman. A great opportunity to pause and ponder how the Parliament has changed us. This half day programme is intended to help participants listen more attentively to the Inner Voice of Peace and re-dedicate themselves to work for peace and the welfare of all beings.
Location: Mission to Seafarers in Melbourne, 717 Flinders Street, Melbourne
Date: Monday 7 December, 11.30am to 4.00pm
Cost: Free
Bookings: register at stand number 21 or e-mail Sister Kalvinder Shields at If you decide at the last minute you are very welcome.
Accessibility: walk from MCEC
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Dean's Tours of St Paul's Cathedral

Organisation: St Paul's Cathedral 
Description: Tours of the Cathedral conducted by the Dean, with particular reference to the symbolic and practical
architecture and decoration.
Location: St Paul's Cathedral, 109 Flinders Lne Melbourne
Date: Monday 7 December - Tuesday 8 December
Cost: Free
Bookings: 95634333 maximum of 20 people per group, tours will be 40 minutes in duration. Times according to demand. Bookings are essential
Accessibility: Tram, walk from MCEC

"Stitches and Symbols": Substance and the Sacred 

Organisation: St Paul's Cathedral
Description: A Selection of ecclesiastical embroderies, garments and decorative effects used in worship, with particular attention to the useof Christain symbols
Location: St Paul's Cathedral, 109 Flinders Lne, Melbourne
Date: Monday 7 December - Wednesday 9 December
Time: 8.00am - 6.00pm
Cost: FREE
Accessibility: Tram, walk from MCEC




An Interfaith Perspective on ‘Making a World of Difference: Hearing Each Other, Healing the Earth:’ A Presentation and Discussion Between Three Faith Communities – Christian Scientists, Sufis, and Baha’is

Organisation: Sponsored by Christian Scientists, Sufis and Baha’is
Description: The goal of this panel discussion is to illustrate the unity and healing capacity of three very different faith communities, specifically through their discussion of the Parliament theme, ‘Make a World of Difference: Hearing each other, Healing the earth.’ These three religions are: Christian Science, Sufi, and Baha’i. The unifying factor is their mutual conviction in the power of spirituality to heal the earth of its sorrows and pains. While each tradition is clear about its own wholeness and value to humanity, we look forward to learning from each other, live!
Location: Melbourne University, Elisabeth Murdoch Building 134, Theatre A
Date:Monday 7 December 2009 Time: 7.30 pm – 9.30 pm
Enquiries:Wendy Verhagen
Ph: 9803 3432
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Wendy Verhagen  0425 775 810
Natalie Mobini-Keshesh  0414 603 145
Safa Hull  0433 075 457
Accessibility:Allow at least half an hour by public transport from Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre
How to Get There: Download Map

Basic Principles and Practice of Tibetan Buddhism

Organisation: Tara Institute
Description: This session is presented by Damian Busby, an experienced western teacher of Tibetan Buddhism. Damian will explain some of the basic principles of Buddhism in simple terms and lead a guided non denominational meditation which will provide an opportunity for participants to experience a Buddhist approach to deep contemplation.
Location: Tara Institute , 3 Mavis Avenue, East Brighton
Date:Monday 7 December 2009
Cost:Free. Three-course vegetarian meals are available for $16 prior to the session if booked by 30th November
Bookings:Jill Lancashire 9596 7410
Accessibility:Allow at least half an hour by public transport from Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre

A Jewish Walk of 19th Century Marvellous Melbourne

Organisation: Australian Jewish Historical Society
Description: An easy two-hour walk around the eastern side of the city, showing the sites around which the Jewish community lived, and explaining life in 19th century Melbourne. Plenty of stops along the way, portable loud-speaker system used. Tour Guide will be Dr Howard Freeman OAM, President AJHS
Location: East Melbourne Synagogue 488 Albert St East Melbourne
Date:Tuesday 8th December & Wed 9th December
Time: 10am sharp
Cost:$20 per head
Bookings: Liz James
Ph: 9822 2849
Accessibility:Trams: 109 to Box Hill, 112 to West Preston, 100 meters East from corner of Albert St and Victoria Streets East Melbourne

Reconciliation Bus Ride to Iramoo

Organisation: Iramoo Sustainable Community Centre
Description: Reconciliation bus ride to Iramoo. Join a Wurundjeri elder on a three-hour bus trip. Visit Wurundjeri sacred sites at Bullum Bullum. See how the Western region of Melbourne Islamic, Christian and Buddhist multi-faith groups are working together in planting a community garden at Iramoo Sustainable Community Centre
Location: Pick-up and drop-off at Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre
Date: Tuesday 8 December 2009
Time: Pick-up at MCEC 9.30 am Drop-off at MCEC at 1.30 pm Cost: $15 (includes Lunch)
Ph: 9919 2815 or 0408 032 052

Peace Through Justice – Nobel Peace Prize Celebration Breakfast

Organisation: Co-hosted by Australia Tibet Council and Amnesty International
Description: On 10th December 1989, His Holiness was presented with the Nobel Peace Prize, in recognition of his work towards a peaceful resolution to the issue of Tibet. On the 20th anniversary of his award, in the company of other leading human rights advocates, His Holiness will speak about the importance of justice in the lasting resolution of conflict. The event will highlight the issue of poverty as a violation of human rights, as part of the Demand Dignity campaign by Amnesty International, itself a Nobel-Prize-winning organisation.
Location: Melbourne Exhibition and Convention Centre
Date:Thursday 10 December 2009 Time: 8.00am to 10.15am (includes breakfast)
Cost: $145/$125
Enquiries:02-9283 3466
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Interreligious Relations in the 21st Century: a Post-Parliament Reflection

Organisation: The UNESCO Chair in Interreligious and Intercultural Relations Team in partnership with the Centre for Islam and the Modern World, the Australian Centre for Jewish Civilization, the Centre for Studies in Religion & Theology and the Monash Asia Institute, Monash University.
Description: A one-day symposium for scholars in the field of interreligious relations following the Melbourne Parliament of the World’s Religions.
Location: 900 Dandenong Road, Monash University Caulfield
Date:Thursday, 10 December 2009
Time: 8:30am to 5:00pm
Cost:$50 (full registration), $30 (student concession)
Bookings:Participation is restricted to those who have attended the Parliament of the World’s Religions. If you are interested in receiving an invitation to this symposium, contact
Accessibility:5 minutes walk from Caulfield train station

World Peace, Who is Responsible? A Public Talk by His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama

Organisation: Dalai Lama in Australia
Description: “Compassion can heal not only inner anger, but the world’s violence.” His Holiness has been a champion of World Peace for over 50 years and 20 years ago, he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in recognition of his non-violent, middle way approach to finding a solution to the situation in Tibet.
Location: The Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre – Plenary Hall, 2 Clarendon Street, Southbank
Date:Thursday 10 December
Time:2pm to 4pm
Cost:Plenary Hall – Platinum $125.00
Plenary Hall - A Reserve $ 75.00
Plenary Hall - B Reserve $ 55.00
Banquet Room – C Reserve $ 35.00
(Talk to be relayed via large screens in room)

Jewish Environmental Showhouse Tour

Description: There will be a detailed tour of the house and its features. The primary goal is to demonstrate the many unique water- and energy-saving features.
Location: Private house, Camberwell
Date: Thursday 10 December 2009 Time: 2.00 pm – 4.00 pm Cost: FREE
Bookings: Leo Baeck Centre 03 9819 7160


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 10 December 2009 Time: 10.30 am – Noon Cost: FREE
Bookings: Temple Beth Israel Ph: 9510 1488
Accessibility: Trams 3 and 67 from the city stop at the corner of Alma and Brighton Rds



2010 Melbourne Believer Slam – 3rd Heat

Location: Collins Street Baptist Church, 174 Collins Street, City
Date: Thursday 10 December
Time: Doors open at 7:30; starts at 8:00pm
Cost: $10 ($5 Concession)