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The Third Catholic Interfaith Symposium




Bishop Christopher Prowse, Melbourne Southern Region,

will open the Symposium



Guest Speakers

Swami  Shankarananda   -  Mt Eliza Ashram

Mr Garrie O’Toole           -  Kagyu E-Vam Buddhist Institute

Mrs Fulya Celik               -   Religious Education Department, Isik College, Broadmeadows

Fr Trevor Trotter SSC     -   Columban Priest and Director of Columban Mission in Australia and New Zealand         


As the interfaith movement grows and religious communities come together more often for interfaith services, especially whenever there are natural disasters, such as the recent tsunami, new questions are being asked about the possibility of praying together.  What does it mean when we gather together in remembrance and to pray for the innocent and those who suffer and grieve, or simply to worship God?  It is timely to ask the question if we can pray together and if so when and in what way?


Where:          Common Room

          Yarra Theological Union, 98 Albion Road,  Box Hill, Victoria.


When:              Sunday, 26 June 2005, 9:45 – 4:00;  Registration at 9:15 am

                           BYO Lunch.   Morning and Afternoon tea provided.


Donation:        $10 suggested


For further information contact: or

Charlotte Hain-Sharlow on 9899 4350  or  Fr John Dupuche on 0417 560 087

Sponsored by the Catholic Interfaith Committee, Archdiocese of Melbourne



April 2005


The Rev. Dr. John Dupuche (Catholic Parish Priest), Swami Sannyasanand (Yogi and Neuroscientist) and Ven. Lobsang Tendar (Tibetan Buddhist Monk) have created an interfaith household in Beaumaris.   The diversity and harmony of their approaches leads to a significantly deeper meditative experience. You are invited to the first of their workshops.


9th April: 10am - 4pm (BYO Lunch)

Garden Room,

Stella Maris Church, Charlotte Rd, Beaumaris.

Cost: $50.Limited places.

Registration: 9589 2271 or


March 2005
Australian Intercultural Society proudly organising a whirling Dervishes Sufi music and a spiritual art performances (Whirling Dervishes) in the Arts centre on 1st. of March.  
The Arts centre, Hamer Hall

1300 136 166
See their website here:


Feb 2005

From: "Linda Sparrow" <> "'Ken Blackman'" < > Chris Tate

Invitation to Meeting  -  Reconciliation in Bayside 2005

Dear Aboriginal Reconciliation Supporter

As you may be aware, Jungai Inter-Church Aboriginal Awareness Group
decided to close late last year, after some 16 years.
Bayside Indigenous Rights & Reconciliation Action Group - only seven
years old - decided it would be beneficial to join with Jungai
supporters in the formation of a continuing Reconciliation action group within the Bayside area.

We see this as an opportunity to review, renew and reform what we have been trying to do.

The enclosed / attached 'initiating proposal' suggests some possible priorities.

You are invited to a meeting to consider these proposals, and to help decide on local Reconciliation action into 2005.

WHEN     Monday February 14th at 7 pm.
WHERE   Sandringham Uniting Church, 17 Trentham St., Sandringham

We hope to see you there!

Linda Sparrow
Ken Blackman
Chris Tate
Attached Files to download

- "Click here" to download: "Draft for Meeting January 2005.pdf"

- "Click here" to download: "aij_mtg_doc_final_140205.pdf"


21st of Nov 2004


WCRP Australia Inc.

Religions for Peace



World Conference of Religions for Peace Australia


Invites you to join us in:


"Bringing Local Interfaith Networks Together"

      Sharing resources, stories, experiences, events


Sunday, 21st November 2004
2.00 – 4.30 pm

-         Includes Afternoon Tea 

Brunswick Town Hall

Cnr  Dawson-Glenlyon & Sydney Rds. Brunswick,

Melways Map: 29:G8


RSVP: Contact  WCRP Carlton Office: (03) 9348 1100


8th of Aug 2004
Welcome to
The Second Interfaith Symposium:
8 August 2004

Sponsored by the
Catholic Interfaith Committee, Archdiocese of Melbourne
Bishop Christopher Prowse,
Melbourne Southern Region,
will open the Symposium

Guest Speakers
Mrs Melissa Brickell  -  Chairperson, National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander

                   Catholic Council
Ven. Santhindriya - North Victoria Buddhist Association
Sheik Isse Musse  -  West Melbourne Mosque
Rabbi Ralph Genende -  Mt Scopus & Beit Haron  

In a world of conflict and division healing requires us to forgive and accept forgiveness. The speakers will share teaching and experience of forgiveness within their different religious traditions.

Where:     Common Room, Yarra Theological       Union, 98 Albion Road, Box Hill  
When:         August 8, 2004, 9:45 – 4:00
                Registration 9:15,     BYO Lunch
Morning and Afternoon tea provided
Donation:         $10 suggested

For further information contact:  
Mrs Charlotte Hain-Sharlow:   (03) 9899 4350  
Fr John  Dupuche: (03) 9589 2886


16th to 18th of July 2004
FAMSY 22st Lecture Tour
Muslim Activism Against Terrorism
See, for more details: FAMSY


10th to 19th of June 2004
Ken Beadle, good supporter of the above cause [Aboriginal Reconciliation] and recently mayor of Bayside has suggested a group booking to the "BANGARRA DANCE CO." show at the Arts centre - June 10 - 19. Costs $45.90, and that's with discount. We will try to fix on a date at a meeting of the local Indigenous Advisory Committee on Tuesday 18th. IF you are interested, check it out on and call me on
9521 6184! .... Ken Blackman


29th of May 2004
"Flag Raising Ceremony" conducted by Bayside City Council
Event: Flag Raising Ceremony/opening of reconciliation week
When: 29th of May, 2004 at 2pm
Where: Bayside City Council Corporate Centre, 76 Royal Ave Sandringham.
For further details see:


22nd to 23rd of May 2004
"International Inter-Religion Abraham Conference"
"Our Future Together:
Muslims, Christians & Jews"
Australian Catholic University
115 Victoria Pde.
East Melbourne



1st of May 2004

"Interfaith Walk"

When: 1st of May 2004 from 2 to 4pm

Where: Outside Black Rock House

Ebden Ave Black Rock

Victoria, Australia


This our first initiative under the direction of Father John Dupuche the groups founder is an Interfaith Walk with the theme of Aboriginal culture as our focus. The walk will begin just outside Black Rock House and then head in the direction of Red Bluff (the beautiful eroded cliffs of half Moon Bay Black Rock) and the return via the foreshore to Black Rock House. Though the walk is relatively short it sends a powerful message to the community that we are serious about reconciliation and we can walk together in unity with the original inhabitants of this magnificent land and at the same time learn a little bit of what it means to be Aboriginal through stories and reflection.


If you are interested in attending please mark in your diaries/e-organisers the 1st of May at 2pm outside Black Rock House; there is a bus stop outside Black Rock House should you need it. The walk is open to all and it is free (though donations are welcome please discuss with Father John).


You will see advertising in our local Leader Newspaper, flyers at your local Newsagency or library advertising the date and time shortly once it has been confirmed.

Please "Click on" the link below this text for Program Guide for the walk. Thank you.


If you are interested in attending the walk please let us know by one of the following methods:


Send us an email by filling out the form after clicking this link.


Tel: (03) 9589 2271




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Black Rock House. Photo taken by the friends of Black Rock House.


Part of bush track on the walk


Part of Red Bluff with vista of Half Moon Bay looking back towards the Half Moon Surf Club


Close up of the wonderous eroded cliff face of Red Bluff at Half Moon Bay Black Rock