GEIFN | DISCOVERING | Lost Piece? | UN International Peace Day Observance | NOW until 21 September 2017

Found Peace. If it was easy, everybody would be enjoying it.

Bring the spirit, message and enduring reminder into your home, workplace, staffroom, engine-room or co-shared space! $5 from every item purchased goes to charity, shared equally between 5 recipients.

Commemorative Items:

MUGS (2 designs)

Ceramic, Single AUD$28 (single price includes $5 donation, 1 Mug and domestic postage. Enquire about larger quantity discounts or international postage.)

2 designs to choose from:
Lost piece? Found Peace
If it was easy, everybody would be enjoying it.
Same Difference Equal
Gay marriage? It's not gay marriage, just gender-neutral marriage between equals.


A4: 210x297mm, 60 piece. AUD$28 (single price includes $5 donation, 1 Jigsaw and domestic postage. Enquire about larger quantity discounts or international postage.)
Pathways to Peace Artwork
Pathways to Peace Example Puzzle


Large: 139 x 107 mmAUD$10 (single price includes $5 donation, set of 2 magnets and domestic postage. Enquire about larger quantity discounts or international postage.)
Small: 87 x 50mmAUD$8 (single price includes $5 donation, 1 magnet and domestic postage. Enquire about larger quantity discounts or international postage.)


Peace everyday and lasting is a result of many heads, hearts and hands. Uniting to this shared goal, these material symbols are only available temporarily between 21 August-21 September 2017 or while stocks last. Contact caretaker with quantity and address details for stock availability, accurate quote and expected delivery time.

While world peace may appear unrealisable in uncertain times, here are a small selection of everyday heroes who strive to make and grow greater peace in their piece of the world.
Recipient Charities:
-- Ardoch Youth Foundation
-- Asylum Seeker Resource Centre
-- Koorie Heritage Trust Inc
-- Parliament of World's Religions

Glen Eira Interfaith Network (GEIFN)
Global engagement in friendlier neighbourhoods. Join us with 'humanising the other'
Caretaker Carey Rohrlach (CARO)
Tel: 0438 371 488

This is GEIFN's Annual Observance of UN International Peace Day 21 September

MIN | TOUR | Jewish Holocaust Museum | Sunday 17 September 2017 | 12.15-4pm

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All aboard the bus for One People – Many Faiths. Promoting Respect, Harmony and Understanding

Discover more about the Jewish Holocaust Museum

Tour departs from: Manningham City Council, 699 Doncaster Rd, Doncaster

BYO: snacks and drinks

Cost: Free

Bookings: Places are limited. Bookings essential by 7 September to details below.

Manningham Interfaith Network
Tel: Telmay 0438 136 958

SJUCE | MEAL | Inter-faith Peace Gathering and Shared Meal | UN International Peace Day Observance | Sunday 17 September 2017 | 5pm

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A local gathering for peace, respect, safety and dignity for all.

All welcome.

Cost: Free. Guests are invited to bring a contribution to the meal.

Where: St John's Uniting Church Elsternwick, 567 Glen Huntly Rd, Elsternwick

Rev. Philip Liebelt, Minister
St John's Uniting Church Elsternwick
567 Glen Huntly Rd, Elsternwick
Tel: Mobile: 0400 631 264

PHAAA | EXHIBIT | One World 2017 | OPENING Thursday 21 September 2017 | 6-9pm

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Celebrating World Peace Day, with the One World exhibition running until Sunday 1 October.

Artists from different cultures and beliefs, come together in the spirit of love and compassion to create community peace. Connecting as one world together, artists explore the notion of what their spirituality and inner feelings are in relationship to their own creativity.

Through the community experiencing the artists’ explorative journeys, understanding will grow and boundaries of misinformation will be broken down.

Venue: 4Dverse gallery (above Vegilicious) at 1/118A Carlisle St, St Kilda VIC 3182

Planetary Healing Artists Association of Australia

Celebrating World Peace for this world in which we live in a time when peace is so much needed.

ICM | COMMEMORATION | Walking Together for Inner and Outer Peace | UN International Peace Day Observance | Thursday 21 September 2017

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On the timeless path of the labyrinth, together for Peace: Respect, Safety and Dignity for All

Scheduled Program
Opening Ceremony: 11.30am
Minute of Silence/Moment of Peace: 12midday
Lunchtime Walks: 12.05-2pm
Afternoon Walks: 3-5pm
Evening Walks: 6-8pm

When: Drop in during the day. Book for facilitated walk online through EventBrite

Where: Deakin Edge, Federation Square, Cnr Swanston and Flinders Streets, Melbourne

Cost: All Welcome: Free Event

The Interfaith Centre of Melbourne
PO Box 18355, Collins Street East, Melbourne Vic 3000, Australia
Tel: (03) 9650 7163

CoM | PERFORMANCE | Bells of Peace | UN International Peace Day Observance | 21 September 2017 | 12.30-1.30pm

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A performance of Bells of Peace by school children and choirs from the Yarra Ranges, played by the Federation Bells at Birrarung Marr on the International Day of Peace.

The inspiration for the song Bells of Peace came from Dame Nellie Melba ringing the Lilydale Fire Station bell to let the people of Lilydale know that WW1 had ended. Commissioned in 2015 by the Dandenong Ranges Music Council (DRMC) for the Anzac Centenary and was originally composed for handbells. In 2017 the creative development of the song has involved choral arrangements by Kate Sadler, arrangement for the bells and composition of the new piece, War Bells, by Karen Berger.

The International Day of Peace is observed around the world each year on 21 September, 'commemorating and strengthening the ideals of peace both within and among all nations and peoples'. The 2017 U.N. Peace Day theme is 'Together for Peace: Respect, Safety and Dignity for All'.

Presented by the Dandenong Ranges Music Council. Supported by the City of Melbourne

Participants; Kallista Primary School, Belgrave South Primary School, Tecoma Primary School, Upwey High School, Tecoma Peace Choir.

All ages. BYO

City of Melbourne  
Tel: 03 9656 9658

Creative development of the Bells of Peace is supported by the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria.

EQUALITY | CAMPAIGNING | Working Together to Achieve Marriage Equality | NOW until 6 November 2017

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Together we can achieve marriage equality.

The Equality Campaign is a national campaign to win marriage equality for all Australians. Marriage is about love and commitment and, in a country based on equal citizenship, it should be available to everyone.

Watch video telling the story of The Equality Campaign: A diverse community of Australians working to achieve marriage equality through a parliamentary vote.
Featuring everyday Australians: families, couples, friends, young and old, from all corners of the country. Putting their hand up to take part, because they want to see marriage equality become a reality in this parliament. Participants have volunteered to tell their stories and explain why they believe marriage equality is long overdue.

Join the Equality Campaign today and together let's make equality and fairness a reality for all.

The Equality Campaign
Post: PO Box Q1914, QVB Post Office, NSW 1230

The Equality Campaign is a joint initiative of Australian Marriage Equality and Australians for Equality.

GEIFN | APPLAUDS | Shining a light for Diversity of Human Experience and Equality in Marriage

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The impact is well documented of intolerant attitudes, threatened or actual violence, marriage inequality and the need for the same legal rights for same sex couples.

City of Port Phillip's 16 August 2017 council meeting saw the passing and adoption of the St Kilda Town Hall being lit up in rainbow colours, investigate painting four pedestrian crossings in the Fitzroy Street area in rainbow colours and inclusion of rainbow banners on its website

Mayor Bernadene Voss is quoted as saying "We believe marriage equality is about fairness, not political correctness."

Deputy Mayor Katerine Copsey was quoted as saying "All our residents are entitled to have their rights respected and shoulbe be treated equally before the law. All love is equal".

Besides being a long time supporter of Midsumma Pride March, City of Port Phillip is contributing $13m to Australia's first Pride Centre to be located on Fitzroy Street, St Kilda.

City of Port Phillip
ST Kilda Town Hall, 99a Carlisle Street, St Kilda 3182
Tel: (03) 9209 6777

GEIFN | BADGES | For Equality: YES, I do | NOW until 6 November 2017

Wear your support for equality in marriage. 

In response to Australian Government's postal survey regarding Australia giving all its citizens a fair go, GEIFN has produced a limited edition run of badges as an adjunct to its UN International Peace Day celebrations.

57cm Round Button Badge with brochure pin on reverse side.

For equality: YES, I do


Equality everyday and lasting is a result of many heads, hearts and hands striving together. Uniting to this shared goal, this material symbol is only available temporarily between 15 September-6 November 2017 or while stocks last. 

Free on pick-up, OR + postage, limited to 5 per person until stocks run out. OR advise desired quantities plus delivery details and a quote will be arranged.

Contact caretaker for sponsorship opportunities, quantity, supply address details and stock availability, accurate quote and expected delivery time.

Glen Eira Interfaith Network (GEIFN)
Global engagement in friendlier neighbourhoods. Join us with 'humanising the other'
Caretaker Carey Rohrlach (CARO)
Tel: 0438 371 488

This is an adjunct to GEIFN's Annual Observance of UN International Peace Day 21 September

VLGMIN | FORUM | Safeguarding Social Cohesion - An interfaith imperative | Tuesday 26 September 2017 | 9am-4.30pm

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Interfaith is a unique space where inter-culturalism and social inclusion happen naturally. 

It is imperative for Councils to protect and strengthen community cohesion by recognising the significance of religious literacy (knowledge of, and ability to understand, religion) and engaging with all of their interfaith communities. Without direct connection to these communities Council becomes ineffective, uninformed and disconnected from their communities.

As the level of government closest to the community, local government knows better than most the important work of councils to promote and facilitate social cohesion at the local level. The 2017 Victorian Local Government Multicultural Issues Network Annual Forum will focus on how councils can leverage their work through partnerships and collaborations to achieve better outcomes to strengthen social cohesion across their communities.

Keynote speaker: George Megalogenis, a Walkley Award winning author and documentary maker. George will challenge our assumptions about what works to support social cohesion in today’s Australia.

The scheduled program includes presentations, panel discussions, Q&A and workshops, exploring the role local government plays in leveraging its position to strengthen social inclusion. The forum will facilitate dialogue amongst a range of stakeholders who are active in social cohesion research, policy development, projects and practice.

A workshop example is this Interfaith panel: a collaboration between the Interfaith Network of the City of Greater Dandenong and the City of Darebin Interfaith Council with contribution from Nivy Balachandran of the United Religious Initiative who will offer her perspectives on international models of interfaith councils.

Interfaith Panel Presenters:
Aziz Cooper, Interfaith Officer from Darebin City Council will talk about why local government needs to have religious literacy
Helen Heath, Interfaith Network Development Officer - The Interfaith Network of the City of Greater Dandenong
Nivy Balachandran, Regional co-ordinator (Australia-Pacific sub zone) for URI (United Religions Initiative) and Executive Director at InterAction, interfaith youth organisation
Introduced and facilitated by: Petr Svoboda of Moreland and Maribyrnong Councils and former program officer at the Parliament of the World's Religions – Melbourne 2009

Where: Kensington Town Hall, 30-34 Bellair St, Kensington

Registration: on day begins at 9:00am, and the forum includes morning tea and lunch
Or for whole forum:

Victorian Local Government Multicultural Issues Network (VLGMIN)
Municipal Association of Victoria
Post: Level 12, 60 Collins St, Melbourne 3000
Tel: 03 9667 5555
Katherine Wositzky, Diversity Policy Adviser on Tel:  03 9667 5580

CoPP | APPLICATIONS OPEN | Toyota Mentoring Program 2017 | NOW until 2 October 2017

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The Toyota Mentoring Program offers Port Phillip local community organisations’ the opportunity to access specialised one-to-one mentoring support, at no cost.

The Program aims to build management and operational capabilities of local community organisations and to help them operate independently whilst facilitating stronger networks within Port Phillip.

Council is excited to have recruited two highly experienced professionals as our 2017 Mentors:
  • Karen Bryant: Karen has been involved in arts and event management for over 25 years and built extensive skills in; general management of community or cultural organisations, business management, working with boards, event management, arts and culture planning. In July 2016 Karen became the Chief Executive for Midsumma Festival and previously was the CEO of the Adelaide Festival of Arts.
  • Linda Norman: Linda is a partner with local business HR Plus with over 30 years professional HR experience working with corporations, not for profits and boards. Linda has specialist skills in human resources and governance including strategic planning, operational and risk management.
About the Program:
Successful applicants will be provided with four face-to-face sessions focused on projects related to one of the following topics
Business Management
Strategic Planning
Operational Management
Human Resources
Risk Management.

Guidelines and Information Kit

City of Port Phillip
Grants & Community Projects
Emma Blackford
Phone: 03 9209 6874

A partnership between Toyota Community Foundation and the City of Port Phillip

MIN | ENGAGING | Respect Soccer Event | Sunday 15 October 2017 | 9am-3pm

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Kicking goals! An interfaith match-up with a difference.

9.30am    Early Registration for kids clinic and Round Robin
9.45am    Kids clinic start (Under 13 years)
10.15am  Opening Ceremony
10.30am  Round Robin start (13-17 years) (18 and above)
12.00pm  Lunch
12.45pm  Final Soccer match Community vs. Victoria Police Soccer Team
2.00pm    Medals and Trophies Presentation

Where: Andersons Park, 117 Andersons Creek Rd, Doncaster East

Registration: Participant Registration Essential for Kids Clinic & Round

Manningham Interfaith Network

SKEBC | STATEMENT | From our Pastors on Same Sex Marriage | August 2017

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As the pastoral team of the St Kilda Elsternwick Baptist Church, we hold strongly the conviction of our church as “a community of people drawn together by the love and grace of God exemplified for us in the life of Jesus. 

We welcome everyone. This includes people of all cultures, races, religions, mental and physical capabilities, sexual orientation and gender identity. We are committed to peace with justice, and the integrity of all creation”.

For some years our society has been trying to find a way to answer the question as to whether the Marriage Act should be changed to extend the social recognition of marriage to include same-sex relationships. Because we recognise the diversity of thought and opinion held by the congregation of St Kilda/Elsternwick Baptist Church and the Baptist conviction of “freedom of conscience” for all people, we can’t presume to speak for our whole church community.

However, exercising our own freedom of conscience we would like to offer the following simple convictions. It seems clear to us that lesbian and gay orientation is part of the created order. We understand that God desires the option of loving and faithful intimacy for all people regardless of sexual orientation. We recognise that marriage is the vehicle through which our society recognises and honours such intimacy. For many of us it is in such faithful and lifelong commitment that the unconditional love of God is experienced as a reality. As such we would celebrate and welcome the opportunity for same-sex marriage.

We offer our regret that such a beautiful gift that humanises us has become such a political football in our society. We especially regret the impact on gay and lesbian people for whom such a personal and intimate reality has become subject to vitriolic debate. We love and respect all those who follow Jesus who feel that same sex marriage somehow dishonours God or damages the health of human society. But we wish they would not presume to speak for the whole Christian Church. We love and serve Jesus with all our hearts too.

We believe that even in the midst of the messiness of this debate, the God of life is profoundly present to all people, inviting us to recognise that God is closer to our humanity than we could dream and that God’s invitation is to know that we are all loved regardless of who we are and what we have done. We are all invited into the joy of a life together which is marked by compassion, justice, truth, mercy and love for all people.

Rev Stacey Aslangul and Rev Andrew Woff

St Kilda Elsternwick Baptist Church
9 Pakington Street, St Kilda, Vic 3182, Australia
Tel: 03 9525 4620

GEIFN | STATEMENT | Supporting Equality for All: a fair go of gender-neutral marriage between equals | Thursday 7 September 2017

ON 17 AUGUST 2017, over 100 faith and community leaders came together in Victoria to better support the health and well-being of lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, intersex and gender diverse (LGBTIQA+) in our communities. 

Celebrating Victoria’s diverse faith and multicultural communities, Glen Eira Interfaith Network would like to say the following: 
  • Faith has been and continues to be a source of both solace and suffering for many LGBTIQA+ around the world; many continue to cherish their faith community but too many have been forced to leave communities behind due to condemnation of LGBTIQA+ people.
  • LGBTIQA+ from faith and culturally diverse backgrounds continue to face exclusion and rejection from families, communities and places of worship, and also from broader LGBTIQA+ community. 
  • Discrimination and conversion therapy has a devastating impact upon mental health and well-being of LGBTIQA+ people. And we know LGBTIQA+ people from all backgrounds experience significantly higher levels of mental distress, self-harm and suicide than heterosexuals. This will only be exacerbated by divisive debates if the postal survey on marriage equality goes ahead. 
  • Faith and community leaders are invited to recognise how supportive communities help to protect and nourish self-esteem of all its members, while providing a sense of belonging and worth for LGBTIQA+. Let us work together to grow respectful and compassionate relationships with LGBTIQA+ Victorians, continuing development of inclusive faith-based resources, and creating safe and affirmative spaces in our communities for LGBTIQA+ people and their families. 
All Victorians are entitled to live their lives free from fear, exclusion, discrimination, and violence. We call for all Victoria’s communities, including faith communities, to take a strong stand against discrimination in all its forms. Equality in Marriage for all Australian Citizens is a logical, evidence-based expression for the every day.

UN | OBSERVATION | International Day of Peace 21 September

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Together for Peace: Respect, Safety and Dignity for All.

Each year the International Day of Peace is observed around the world on 21 September. The General Assembly has declared this as a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and peoples.

The theme honours the spirit of TOGETHER, a global initiative that promotes respect, safety and dignity for everyone forced to flee their homes in search of a better life. TOGETHER unites the organizations of the United Nations System, the 193 Member States of the United Nations, the private sector, civil society, academic institutions and individual citizens in a global partnership in support of diversity, non-discrimination and acceptance of refugees and migrants. It was initiated during the United Nations Summit for Refugees and Migrants on 19 September 2016.
“In times of insecurity, communities that look different become convenient scapegoats. We must resist cynical efforts to divide communities and portray neighbours as ‘the other’. Discrimination diminishes us all. It prevents people — and societies — from achieving their full potential. Together, let us stand up against bigotry and for human rights. Together, let us build bridges. Together, let us transform fear into hope.” António Guterres, United Nations Secretary-General
This year, the International Day of Peace will focus on engaging and mobilizing people throughout the world to show support for refugees and migrants. Its messages will be shared with communities hosting refugees and migrants as well as people concerned that refugees and migrants may bring physical and economic insecurity to their lives.

The Day will highlight solidarity with refugees and migrants and showcase the shared benefits of migration to economies and nations, while also acknowledging legitimate concerns of host communities. Ultimately, it will be about bringing people together and reminding them of their common humanity.

Young people will have a vital role to play. For example, they can volunteer to welcome and help refugees and migrants in their communities. They can also extend the hand of friendship to young refugees and migrants who they might meet in their classrooms and neighbourhoods.

On 15 September 2017, from 9-9.30am, the Secretary-General will celebrate the Day in the Peace Garden at United Nations Headquarters by ringing the Peace Bell and observing a minute of silence. United Nations Messengers of Peace will participate in the ceremony. The United Nations Education Outreach Section will hold a global student videoconference on the same day, from 9.30am-12.30pm, also at United Nations Headquarters.

United Nations (UN)