About Us

The Interfaith Network is a group of diverse cultural and religious faiths and spiritual organisations, who work in equal but independent partnership with the City of Greater Dandenong Council to promote peace and harmony within the municipality.

About The Interfaith Network

A Brief History

Established in 1989 as the first Interfaith Network in Australia, the Network consists of various traditional and multi-faith groups guided by a simple and powerful message – promoting understanding, respect and tolerance for each other’s beliefs by living together in peace and goodwill.

The Interfaith Network covers faith communities in the Springvale, Dandenong, Keysborough and Noble Park areas. The Network strives to achieve the vision of ‘Many Faiths, One People’.

 

Membership

The Network consists of leaders of the Baha’i, Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Islamic, Jewish and Sikh faiths and their communities. The spiritual organisations of the Sathya Sai and the Brahma Kumaris are also members of the network. As the Interfaith Network becomes known and accepted, membership continues to grow.

Please visit the Executive Committee Section to view the Interfaith Network’s current Executive Committee and Staffing Team.

 

Events and Activities

In addition to the priorities detailed within the 3-year IFN strategic plan, the Network offers a calendar of events and activities throughout the year including:

  • The annual Signing of the Common Statement, held in August.
  • Regular Talking Faith Forums – Open to all!
  • Tours of Places of Worship within the City of Greater Dandenong. Offered throughout the year, these Tours are open to primary and secondary students and teachers, specific interest groups including local businesses and members of the general public.
  • A comprehensive School’s Program which includes a Combined Schools Annual Interfaith Gathering, held in October.
  • The fortnightly offering of prayer at Council meetings by Faith Leaders.
  • The weekly offering of Messages of Hope published in the Dandenong Star Journal.
  • Involvement in celebrating community festivals like Sumnation, Harmony Day and Volunteers Week.
  • Creating opportunities to share Faith beliefs and practices.
  • Creating resources and supports to support our Faith and Spiritual Leaders.
  • Providing resources for public events and multi-faith gatherings in times of significant world events.
  • The Annual General Meeting.

For further information about our activities, please visit our Events Section.

What The Interfaith Network Is and Is Not

The IFN is:

  • is an opportunity for dialogue and understanding

The IFN is not:

  • is not an opportunity for religious argument
  • is a way of living mutual respect and understanding
  • is not an opportunity for conversion and proselytization
  • is a positive recognition of different faiths and spiritual traditions
  • is not a forum for exclusive religious claims
  • is a celebration of individuality and identity of each tradition
  • is not a compromise of any individual faith tradition
  • is held together by human values and good-will
  • is not a jealous guarding of acquired or presumed rights and privileges
  • is a partnership of many faith communities and the civic authority
  • is not the creation of any particular faith community

Rules

The Interfaith Network is an Incorporated body, and is governed by several rules. 

Processes & Structures

Local faith leaders and faith representatives of faith communities, who support the ideals of the Common Statement and sign it, belong to the Interfaith Network. The faith leaders and faith representatives attend meetings, contribute to the development of the Network, assist in planning, and participate in activities of the Network. After participating as observers, faith leaders and faith representatives may formalise their community membership by signing the Common Statement at the Annual Gathering.

Common Statement

Faith Leaders of the Interfaith Network of the City of Greater Dandenong sign a Common Statement, affirming their commitment to the City of Greater Dandenong, and their commitment to work together for peace, harmony and understanding in the community.