Hobsons Bay Interfaith Network
The network includes over 30 different faith leaders and representatives from around Hobsons Bay who gather to engage in interfaith dialogue, share each other's stories and traditions, enter each other's places of worship, and organise community activities that support interfaith and intercultural connections.
The network's purpose is to promote connection, respect and acceptance for the integrity of each other’s beliefs, cultures and traditions. A desire arising from both a shared and common humanity and from being people of faith spirituality and community.
Hobsons Bay City Council is a member of and supports the network as part of its commitments under the Hobsons Bay 2030 vision and Multicultural Policy 2016-20(PDF, 1MB).
MESSAGE TO THE MUSLIM COMMUNITY
We, the non-Muslim members of the Hobsons Bay Interfaith Network, offer our deepest sympathy to our Muslim friends after the terrorist attack in Christchurch. We are horrified that peaceful worshippers were killed and injured as they were at prayer. We commit ourselves to standing with our Muslim neighbours in this time of tragedy.
Those of use who are Anglo-Celtic Australians acknowledge that the terrorist was one of us, and said that he was acting in our name. We utterly repudiate his message of hate. We rejoice that we live in a multi-cultural and multi-faith community, and that all of us have been welcomed into Hobsons Bay by the elders of the Kulin Nations, who are the sovereign peoples of this land. We reject anything that divides us from one another.
As members of the Hobsons Bay Interfaith Network we commit ourselves to responding to hate with love; to terror with courage; to attempts to divide us with deeper commitment to one another.
Hobsons Bay Interfaith Network Core Members:
- Rev Dr Avril Hannah-Jone, Williamstown Uniting Church
- Faz Fakhiyardi, Association of Islamic Dakwah Australia
- Myly Nguyen, United Vietnamese Buddhist Congregation in Victoria (Quang Minh Temple)
- Bishop Philip Huggins, Locum Priest, Holy Trinity Williamstown Anglican Church
- Saad Hussein, Altona Muslim Youth Association
- Dr Scott Phillips, Holy Trinity Williamstown Anglican Church
Some of the recent activities of the network have included:
2018 Think Prevent – Preventing Violence against Women Interfaith Workshop
2018 Growing Together – Spring Lunch (see film below)
2018 Harmony Day – Places of Worship Tour
2017 Come Dine with Me - Midwinter Feast (see film below)
2016 Sailing Day – Tenacious Tall Ship
The Interfaith Network is:
- an opportunity for dialogue and understanding
- a way of living with mutual respect and dignity
- a positive recognition of different faiths and spiritual beliefs
- a celebration of individuality and identity of each tradition
- held together by human values and goodwill
- a partnership of many faith communities and the civic authority
The Interfaith Network is not:
- an opportunity for conversion and proselytisation
- a compromise of any individual faith tradition
- the creation of any particular faith community
- a forum for exclusive religious claims
- an opportunity for religious argument
For more information:
W. Hobsons Bay Community Directory
PH. Community Development - at Hobsons Bay City Council on 9932 1000.