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Victorian Interfaith Networks Conference - Bendigo, November 2017

The Faith Communities Council of Victoria, in association with the Bendigo Interfaith Council and the City of Greater Bendigo, would like to invite you to the 2017 Victorian Interfaith Networks Conference.

When:     Sunday, November 12 2017   12pm - 4:30pm
Where:    Ulumbarra Theatre - 10 Gaol Rd, Bendigo VIC 3550

About the Conference:
The Victorian Interfaith Networks Conference is a grass-roots conference which aims to help build the capacity and sustainability of existing multifaith/interfaith networks, bring people up-to-date with current multifaith/interfaith matters and provide networking opportunities.

12:00pm-1:25pm: Registration, networking, faith and community stands
1:30pm-2:15pm: Honoured guests and keynote speech on Religious Freedom in a 21st Century Pluralist Society
2:20pm-3:50pm: Workshops and plenary sessions (see below)
4:00pm-4:30pm: Summary & closing ceremony

Workshops & Plenary Sessions:
Enrollment for workshops and plenary sessions to be made on the day of event so please arrive early to enroll in your preferred workshop or session.
     1: Religious Freedom & Social Cohesion
     2: Educational Program for Schools - Understanding Religious Diversity
     3: Active bystander training to prevent violence against women
     4: Introductory Training Workshop for Emergencies Ministry

To register for the event go to and click on the green Register button.

Click here to view flyer.

Faith-based Governance & Dispute Resolution Conference - Melbourne December 2017

The Sir Zelman Cowen Centre at Victoria University invites you to the Faith-based Governance & Dispute Resolution Conference.

Faith-based organisations are the largest category of charity in Australia, making a significant impact on social well-being.This Conference will provide an opportunity for these organisations to come together to build the capacity of their leaders, boards and community workers and improve their governance for the benefit of their communities. The two-day conference is designed to showcase and discuss best practice governance for faith-based organisations.

Dates:      Tuesday 5 & Wednesday 6 December 2017
Venue:     Victoria University Convention Centre, Level 12, 300 Flinders Street, Melbourne

Who should attend?
Religious leaders, lay leaders and board members of faith-based organisations, dispute resolution practitioners, government service providers and regulators, legal and other academics with research interests in the intersection of law, culture and diversity.

Our keynote addresses, panel discussions and masterclasses will provide delegates with new knowledge, skills and resources for governance that meet the challenges of increased regulatory scrutiny and heightened community expectations.



  • Beyond the Royal Commission: Governance, risk management, and complaint handling for faith-based organisations.
    The Hon. Jennifer Coate, Commissioner, Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse
    The Hon. Marcia Neave, Commissioner, Royal Commission into Family Violence
  • ‘Meet the Regulators’ panel
  • Between Religion and Democracy
  • When the Sh..candal Hits the Fan: Risk, Reputation and Relationship Management



  • Back to Schools: Decision Making, Governance & Conflicts of Interest
  • Reframing Our History: Coming to Terms with Our Past
  • Religion and Respectful Relationships
  • Keeping it Civil: Religions Commercial Arbitration and Resolution of Civil Disputes
  • Servants to Many Masters: Managing Conflict of Interest in Small Communities
  • Sacking God's Messenger: Hiring, Firing and Disciplining Clergy



  • Following the Money: Getting Grant-Ready
  • Financial Literacy
  • Employment and Industrial Issues for Religious Groups



  • Information exchange hub featuring best practice governance case studies, tutorials and resources

Register and more information: | | (03) 9919 1271

Conference Partners: The Eva and Les Erdi Humanitarian Charitable Foundation, Islamic Council of Victoria, Jewish Community Council of Victoria Inc, Justice Connect, National Council of Churches in Australia,


4th International Conference on Receptive Ecumenism - Canberra November 2017

Leaning into the Spirit: discernment, decision-making and reception

When:   6 - 9 November 2017

Where:  University House, Australian National University, Canberra

The Centre for Ecumenical Studies as part of the Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture (CSU), together with The Australian Catholic University's Institute for Religion and Critical Inquiry and the Research Centre for Public and Contextual Theology (CSU) are co-ordinating the 4th International Conference on Receptive Ecumenism. Download the flyer.

What is Receptive Ecumenism?
Receptive Ecumenism is a fresh ecumenical methodology emphasising receptivity, learning, and listening.  It is about learning from other Christians in order to learn about ourselves.  It is a process of conversion, and openness to the Holy Spirit.
Receptive Ecumenism is summed up in the following quote from the Third International Conference programme notes:
The essential principle is that the primary ecumenical responsibility is to ask not "What do the other traditions first need to learn from us?" but "What do we need to learn from them?"  The assumption is that if all were asking this question seriously and acting upon it then all would be moving in ways that would both deepen our authentic respective identities and draw us into more intimate relationship.

For full details about the Conference including speakers, programme, accommodation options click here.

2018 International Dementia Conference - Sydney June 2018

Mission Impossible - Truth and Lies in the age of choice

When:       7  - 8 June 2018

Where:      Hilton Sydney NSW

Mission Impossible? This is the question we’ll be addressing with thought leaders from across the globe. Choice is at the core of this International Dementia Conference and we will confront and debate what choice means in every aspect of our lives, clinical decisions and care. ‘Truth and Lies in the age of choice’ will provide a major platform for listening and learning from the international and Australian communities through research, experience and practice in our plenary talks and concurrent sessions, with many opportunities for important networking and engagement.

If you have any questions at all about how we can support you as a person with dementia or family carer to attend the International Dementia Conference, please don’t hesitate to phone our Conference Team on +61 (0)2 8437 7355, or send us an email at

For more information go to the website.

Call for Papers closes Nov 24 2017 
We are calling for submissions of oral and ‘E-poster’ presentations on a range of contemporary and critical themes.

Spiritual Care Australia Conference - Newcastle, May 2018

Mark your calendar for next year’s SCA Conference being held in Newcastle, in the beautiful Hunter Valley of NSW. With the theme “Towards New Horizons,” the Hunter branch of SCA are planning a conference that will speak to your spirit and to the practicalities of providing spiritual care in the 21st century.

When:    Sunday 6 - Wednesday 9 May 2018
Newcastle City Hall, NSW

In today’s society, people engage with religion and spirituality in traditional, new and diverse ways. Spiritual care is evolving too, exploring new horizons to meet contemporary needs.

Horizons from a distance are a constant,
they give us perspective,
they define and keep us safe,
they determine what is seen,
they alter as our reference point changes,
they invite exploration
and we wonder with anticipation what is beyond...

As turn our gaze towards new horizons to meet the spiritual needs of people in the 21st Century, what is inviting us, what is challenging us? Plan to come to Newcastle in 2018 as we look to and move towards new horizons.

Dates to remember:
15 September 2017 – Watch for the call for submissions of abstracts for workshops and seminars and plan now what you might present about new horizons in spiritual care.
03 November 2017 – Deadline for submitting abstracts.
Late January 2018 – Registrations open.
16 March 2018 – Early Bird Registrations close.
30 April 2018 – Final day to register for the conference.
06 May 2018 – Opening event.

Things to know:
The Conference will be held in Newcastle’s beautiful and historic City Hall, with many accommodation options an easy walk from the Conference venue. Accommodation deals will be advised in coming months.
Newcastle is well served by air and train, and is an easy drive or train ride from Sydney. Newcastle has daily direct flights from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and the Gold Coast. Melbourne, Brisbane and the Gold Coast are good transit points when travelling from other centres.

Please spread the word! Many people register because they hear about the Conference from someone they trust! Make that person you!

Parliament of the World’s Religions - Toronto November 2018

The next international gathering of the Parliament of the World's Religions has been announced. 

When:  1 - 7 November 2018

Where: Toronto, Ontario, Canada

More than 10,000 people will participate in the 2018 Parliament, which will last for seven days and comprise more than 500 programs, workshops, and dialogues, alongside music, dance, art and photography exhibitions, and related events presented by the world’s religious communities and cultural institutions.

Since the historic 1893 World’s Parliament of Religions in Chicago, modern Parliaments have attracted participants from more than 200 diverse religious, indigenous, and secular beliefs and more than 80 nations to its international gatherings in Chicago (1993), Cape Town (1999), Barcelona (2004), Melbourne (2009), and Salt Lake City (2015). These Parliament events are the world’s oldest, largest, and most inclusive gatherings of the global interfaith movement. Professor Mark Toulouse, Co-Chair of the host committee, believes that “the selection of Toronto was a perfect match for the Parliament.”

He continues, “As one of the most international, multicultural, and religiously pluralistic cities in the world, Toronto provides a perfect venue for the Parliament of the World’s Religions. More than 140 languages are spoken every day, and at least 47% of Toronto’s population speak a native language other than French or English. Over half were born outside of Canada, representing more than 200 ethnic origins.”

Toronto Mayor John Tory added his support for a Toronto Parliament, saying: “Nowhere is our diversity more evident than in the variety of places of worship you can find in communities across Toronto. These institutions are an integral part of the social fabric of our city . . . [and] our faith communities help build bridges of mutual understanding and make Toronto a welcoming place for people of all beliefs.”
In the coming 18 months, the 2018 Parliament program will be developed in close consultation with Toronto itself, as well as with religious and civic stakeholders across Canada and around the world, so that the event reflects the perspectives and priorities of multiple faiths and ideologies.

Rev. John Joseph Mastandrea, Parliament Ambassador and Interfaith Chaplain who serves on the Executive Committee of the Greater Toronto Interfaith Council, will be among those introducing the 2018 event to groups across Ontario.

He said, “more than a symbol, the Parliament is an instrument of peace. This is why the Parliament of the World’s Religions will be converging on Toronto in 2018.”

Click here for more information.



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