Melton Interfaith Network
The Melton Interfaith Network (MIN) aims to promote positive interaction, understanding and relationship building amongst various faith and intercultural communities in the City of Melton. It was established in 2013 and its vision is to achieve a cohesive, embracing and harmonious community. The Network attracts many faith and diverse community groups including the Baha’i, Christian, Hindu, Islamic, Zoroastrian and Sikh.
Melton City Council welcomes people of all faiths and is home to many churches, temples and other places of worship. To find out more information about the various places of worship in the City of Melton visit our Local Directory.
Council actively seeks opportunities for partnership to implement interfaith projects in collaboration with the MIN. Council also works towards building the capacity of the MIN by provision of leadership training in the areas of interfaith and religious pluralism.
A snapshot of MIN’s activities:
- Connecting Melton Community Dinner - In 2018 the Network collaborated with the Sri Durga Temple, a Hindu place of worship in Rockbank and Melton City Council to organise four free community dinners attended by over 1100 people from all walks of life. The Temple provided a delicious two-course meal free of cost for all these dinners.
- Iftar Dinners - The MIN organised two Iftar dinners since 2017 to celebrate Ramadan, the fasting month in Islamic calendar with the local Muslim community. Over 440 people from diverse backgrounds attended the events. Speakers from different faith groups reflected on the concept of fasting in their respective faiths. Sri Durga generously provided a free two-course meal for one of the Iftar dinners.
- Bus Tour of Places of worship - In 2018 the Network organised four bus tours of places of worship covering Christian, Muslim, Hindu, Baha’i and Buddhist faiths. 110 people from diverse backgrounds attended the tours.
- Preventing Violence against Women Workshops and Forum - The Network actively participated in the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence by partnering with Djerriwarrh Health and Women’s Health West delivering a forum on Prevention of Family Violence. As part of this event, Women’s Health West also delivered two workshops on Violence Against Women to members of the Network.
- Events - The Network collaborates with Council to celebrate Refugee Week and Harmony Day.
Council and the Melton Interfaith Network (MIN) partnership
Melton City Council actively supports the MIN. Council has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the MIN which has been committed in Council’s Interfaith Strategy. The MOU stipulates the role of Council in supporting the initiatives of the MIN which includes Council’s representation at MIN’s meeting, provision of Council’s facilities for their monthly meetings and events, providing Council’s community buses for tours of places of worship, promotion of their events in Council’s networks, financial assistance through Community Grants and Community Partnership Program and provision of stall in major Council events to interact with communities and promote their services.
For more information and how to get involved in the Network please visit:
Melton Interfaith Network website, and
Melton Interfaith Network Facebook page.
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