Geelong Interfaith Network
We meet every first Monday of the month from 5:30 – 7:00 pm (except January), in the City of Greater Geelong building overlooking the Yacht Club at Meeting Room 1, Ground Floor, 100 Brougham Street, Geelong.
(Free parking is available in the Council Car Park adjacent to the building.)
WHAT THE GEELONG INTERFAITH NETWORK IS AND IS NOT.
WHAT INTERFAITH IS.
WHAT INTERFAITH IS NOT.
|1. It is an opportunity for dialogue and understanding.||1. It is not an opportunity for religious argument.|
|2. It is a way of living with mutual respect and tolerance.||2. It is not an opportunity for conversion and proselytisation.|
|3. It is positive recognition of different faiths and traditions.||3. It is not a forum for exclusive religious claims.|
|4. It is celebration of the individuality and identity of each tradition.||4. It is not a compromise of any individual faith tradition.|
|5. It is a forum to help redress injustice due to racial prejudice, religious bigotry and intolerance of disadvantaged minorities.||5. It is not a jealous guarding of acquired or presumed rights and privileges|
|6. It is a partnership of many faith communities and the City of Greater Geelong.||6. It is not the creation of any particular faith community.|
To create mutual understanding between member groups, and within the wider community to which our groups belong.
To encourage acceptance of all faith traditions as members of the Geelong Community through understanding and educating the wider Community about their traditions, beliefs and values.
In a spirit of justice, love and peace sharing our common humanity, expressing our diverse spirituality in our community.
We proudly support and are actively involved in celebrating our rich cultural and religious diversity through:
- Pako Festa
- International Harmony Day
- Symphony of Peace Prayers
- Our proud association with Diversitat
- We also support Aboriginal reconciliation through links to The One Fire Reconciliation Group.
Recognising the ancient spirituality of the First People of this land, the Wathaurong, we commit ourselves to develop a spirit of mutual respect, trust and understanding between the diverse faith communities and traditions in Geelong.
We recognise and acknowledge the common human dignity and equality of all in our community, always respecting the diversity of beliefs, background, and particular national customs and values.
We seek to encourage full participation in the whole life of the community of the City of Greater Geelong, and to celebrate the rich traditions and cultural heritage, of each faith group.
Together we offer to the City of Greater Geelong our common and united commitment to live and work together in peaceful co-operation for the well being of the whole community.
Ever since 9/11, Muslims have experienced and felt isolation and persecution in communities around Australia. So on the eve of war in 2003, the late Monsignor James Murray had invited several representatives to pray for peace and understanding. Mayor Barbara Abley supported the initiative by allowing it to take place in the Geelong City Council offices.
After such a moving experience, a monthly meeting was organised and continues to today.
We continued there for about a year. Currently we meet at the Diversitat Offices at Pulse FM at 68 – 70 Little Ryrie Street, Geelong.
Activities since then have included:
Participation in the Pako Festival in Geelong West each year
An annual stall at the Pako Festival
Visits to each others’ faith venues
Voice of Interfaith on Pulse 94.7 FM (last Thursday of the month from 3 pm to 4 pm)
Geelong Interfaith Network joined in political and community leaders in the launch of the Multicultural Action Plan at the City of Greater Geelong council offices.