Regional Interfaith Forum

Tree with symbols of religions

The Shepparton Interfaith Network will host a forum with Ballarat Interfaith Network and Loddon Campaspe Multifaith and Multicultural Network on 22 September.




The Shepparton Interfaith Network will host a forum with Ballarat Interfaith Network and Loddon Campaspe Multifaith and Multicultural Network on 22 September.

Following United Nations World Peace Day on September 21st, Ballarat Interfaith Network, together with Shepparton Interfaith Network, and LoddonCampaspe Multi-faith Network, will conduct a Regional Interfaith Forum.

This will commence at Mooroopna Mosque with a tour followed by a talk on Challenges and Opportunities for Rural Interfaith Networks;. The keynote address will be followed with a forum, lunch and a tour of the Sikh Gurduara.



People of different faiths

Professor Desmond Cahill, OAM.

The Keynote Address, Challenges and Opportunities for Rural Interfaith Networks, will be given by Prof. Des Cahill, OAM, Chair of Religions for Peace Australia.

Educated in Australia and Italy, Des Cahill, Professor of Intercultural Studies at RMIT University, has been a world leading researcher and teacher in the areas of immigrant, cross-cultural and international studies for more than three decades.

Prof. Des Cahill

Since the events of September 11th 2001, he has played a major role in researching and bringing together the various faith communities in Australia and across the world through his research and community activities. He currently chairs the Australian chapter of Religions for Peace International, the world's largest interfaith organization, and represents Australia on the executive committee of the Religions for Peace Asia - in October 2008, he was elected its Deputy Moderator by the Governing Board representing the 18 member nations including Bangladesh, China, India, Indonesia, Japan and the two Koreas. He is a member of the Australian Partnership of Religious Organisations (APRO) and of the Victoria Police Multifaith Advisory Council.

In 2006, he led Melbourne's successful bid, in competition against Delhi and Singapore, to host the Parliament of the World’s Religions during 3rd - 9th December 2009, the world's largest interfaith gathering. As a consequence, he has been made an Ambassador for Club Melbourne, a group of 100 leading scientists and academics, to promote the image of Melbourne around the world.

In the 2010 Queen's Birthday Honours List, he was awarded the Order of the Medal of Australia for "services to Intercultural Education and to the Interfaith Movement". Professor Cahill is Chair, Religions for Peace Australia.



Turkish Community and Cultural Centre, McLennan St, Mooroopna

Turkish Community and Cultural Centre, McLennan St, Mooroopna

Program

Host: Shepparton Interfaith Network

Event: Visit of Ballarat Interfaith Network and Loddon Campaspie Multifaith and Multicultural Network to Shepparton Interfaith Network

Activities: Tour of Mooroopna Mosque, Forum, Tour of Sikh Gurduara

Forum: Challenges and Opportunities for Rural Interfaith Networks

Who:Dr Frank Purcell, President of Shepparton Interfaith Network will open the forum;
Prof. Des Cahill OAM of Religions for Peace Australia gives keynote address,

When: Saturday, 22 September 2012 at 10:30am

Where: Turkish Cultural Centre and Mosque, 209 McLennan Street, Mooroopna

RSVP: to the Secretary, Shepparton Interfaith Network, by 8 September.

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Sikh Gurduara, Shepparton

Sikh Gurduara in Doyles Road, Shepparton

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