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Monash Interfaith Gathering Inc. (MIG Inc)



The Monash Interfaith Gathering (MIG Inc) was created to contribute to the harmony of the Monash community, by promoting positive relations between people of different faiths, beliefs and cultures, including those with no religious beliefs. The Gathering seeks to build bridges between people through greater public awareness of the teachings, customs and practises of the world diverse faith traditions as practised in Victoria. The MIG recognises that the relationships between people of different faiths and cultures must be grounded in respect and  mutual understanding, which support the uniqueness of each tradition and encourage co-operative action. MIG Inc supports the right of individuals in Victoria to freely practise their faith. MIG is open to all individuals who support the aims and objectives of the Gathering.                    



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PALS  Spring 2023 edition pdf, click on the picture or 

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9 Thu Active Bystander Awareness – Monash Volunteers

Thursday 9 November 2023 | 10am-12pm | Wheelers Hill Library – Meeting Room, 860 Ferntree Gully Road
Book now via Trybooking or email or call 9518 3555 for any questions 

Have you witnessed sexist behaviour on the street, heard a racist comment, or noticed homophobic language but weren’t sure what to do?

Active Bystander Awareness session will give you some tools for when you witness disrespectful language or behaviours in everyday life. This information will help create fair, inclusive, and respectful communities without discrimination such as sexism, racism, ableism, homophobia and transphobia.

Please note bystander action is not intervening in violent or dangerous situations. This session is to disrupt disrespectful or discriminatory behaviour only when it is safe.

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Time: 7:00pm, Thursday, 16 November 2023

            THE AWARE SELF

An exploration of meditation and the self

“When you touch one thing with deep awareness, you touch everything.”

  – Lao Tzu  ·  Discover passive and dynamic meditation techniques

  •  Learn how to deal with distraction
  •  Explore the breath
  •  Tap your inner peace
  •  Deepen your connection with your inner self
  •  Deepen your connection with your universal self
  •  Deepen your connection with spirit

We will meditate sitting in chairs. If you prefer to sit on the floor,                           

please bring a cushion or mat and arrive a little early to arrange seating. 

Wear comfortable clothing appropriate for the weather of the day.

Trainer: Daleena Samarajiwa is a certified teacher of SriMa Transformational Meditation and a dedicated wellness practitioner who has taught meditation to children and adults in Hong Kong and Sri Lanka.

The meditation workshop will follow our next bi-monthly meeting, to be held on Thursday 16 November, commencing at 7:00pm.

It will take place at Swedenborg Community Victoria,

3/20 Duerdin Street, Clayton VIC 3168

If you wish to attend IN PERSON, book here:

If you wish to attend ONLINE, book here:

[Artwork by Anne Nygard on Unsplash]


The First Church of Christ, Scientist, Waverley

Where: Huntingtower School Performing Arts Centre
               77 Waimarie Drive, Mount Waverley

When: Thursday 16 November 2023 at 7:30pm

Topic: Prayer that is effective and reliable

“Prayer inspires thought to recognise God’s spiritual law of harmony that Jesus proved.
Christian Science brings understanding, making prayer effective and reliable.”
All are welcome to come Sponsored by the First Church of Christ, Scientist, Waverley
256 Stephenson’s Road Mt Waverley   web:
Experienced Christian Science healer  Edwina J Aubin CSB will be giving a free
inspirational talk.


17 Fri

Positive Ageing Network meeting Agenda

Please find attached the Agenda for the Positive Ageing Network meeting on

Date: Friday 17 November 2023, at 11am-12.30pm

Address: Oakleigh Chambers, Large meeting room, 1A Atherton Road, Oakleigh.

Parking is available on-site or multi-deck carpark in Atkinson Street.

Update Community Group contact information

Coming to the end of the year we are updating community group contact information and

asking if you want to receive an invitation to attend the Positive Ageing Network Forum meetings.

If you elect not to receive an invitation to the Positive Ageing Network meetings

you will still receive email updates and information.


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Staying Safe in a Heatwave

Presented by Ambulance Victoria you will learn what you can do to stay safe and cool during heatwaves.

Talk to paramedics at our session and find out what you can do to keep yourself and your loved ones safe

in the hot summer months.

Date:     Thursday 23 November 2023

Time:     12.00 pm – 1.00 pm

Venue:   Clayton Community Centre – Meeting Room B1,  9-15 Cooke Street, Clayton

Cost:      FREE (light lunch and refreshments provided)


Parking: Three-hour parking behind the Clayton Community Centre

For enquiries, please contact the Community Safety Officer on 9518 3555.

Regards, Vicki


Phone: 9518 3552       Email:


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Looking for volunteers for a focus group on Housing Affordability.

Wednesday 29 November 2023 | 6.30pm-8.00pm | Whitehorse Civic Centre, 379-399 Whitehorse Road Nunawading

The City of Monash, in partnership with The Regional Local Government Homelessness and Social Housing Group Charter is seeking participants for a focus group on the topic of housing affordability. We are wanting to hear from a diverse range of people on your  thoughts, opinions and experiences on housing affordability. There is no right or wrong answer and the information is intended to help us better understand the views of our community on this important topic.

What to expect?
Council staff will lead a focus group discussion about solutions to housing affordability in the areas which encompass Metropolitan East/Inner Metropolitan Southeast/Metropolitan South and ask you for your thoughts and suggestions.

Your participation is voluntary, and all contributions will be kept confidential.

Why participate?
Your feedback is important to us. It will help us to better understand the views of the community and ensure that housing affordability policies and programs meet community expectations.

We encourage people from all walks of life to participate to ensure the views of the community are well represented.

You will be reimbursed for your time.

If you are interested in participating, please contact our social policy and advocacy officer, Rebecca Walton at or our Project support officer, Marian Nicholls at

If you have any questions or queries about any of these programs please reply to this email at

Kind regards
Monash Grants Team.


30 Thu Intersectionality:  Racism and sexism at work and study

Have you experienced or witnessed racism and don’t know what to
do about it? Do you feel guilty about not doing more at the time?
This is very common for people who have experienced or witnessed racism.
If you have experienced any of these things, we invite you to join
our Resilience Against Racism workshops to learn practical tools to
empower yourself, so you can deal with racism with confidence and
support others dealing with racism.
Participants can choose to attend one, some, or all

For more information and bookings go to





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Saturday, 2 December 2023

Visit to Places of Worship

Join us as we visit:

Melbourne Thai Buddhist Temple, 489 Elgar Road, Box Hill

On Saturday 2 December 2023, from 1:00pm

If you wish to attend, book here:



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At the annual AGM on the 13th of July 2023 the new MIG Inc management Committee was elected,

Sithy Marika passed the presidency baton to new president elect Mrs Forough Derahkshan from the Baha’i faith.


 New president Forough D  &  past president Sithy M.           Committee:Ehsan, Kamla, Jan, Forough, Sithy,Michelle & David

Congratulations to the new MIG Inc Management Committee. 




To view more MIG Inc events go to the BLOG Page:–> Blog – Monash Interfaith Gathering

NAIDOC Week Book Club 2023

Unity in Diversity - Dr Shara Ket



MIG Inc 4-March 2023
Heather Yelland - Harmony Lunch address

We were fortunate to welcome Heather Yelland as guest speaker to address the MIG Harmony Lunch on Saturday 4 March 2023.

Heather is the founder and the Director of The Elevation Company, a leading authority in Values Based Leadership, and is a respected voice in the international arena of business and corporate innovation, consulting and coaching. With formal training in arts, psychology, family and systems theory and business, Heather has been a ‘people’ specialist for over 30 years. Her ability to get to the heart of what drives and inspires people, what limits them and prevents them from realising their fullest potential, has been the foundation of her work in Australia, New Zealand, the UK, the USA and Asia.

Heather is a renowned figure in the change leadership, business engagement and leadership development fields, bringing a new architecture to the structure of how wedo this work, and the impact it has on individual employee satisfaction, team innovation and business growth. Heather specialises in the development of strong and abiding relationships and sees this as being the essence of all her work, with individuals, children, families and businesses. She is also the Founder and Director of the highly acclaimed Green SuperCamp™ Australia programme, offering personal leadership, academic acceleration and environmental awareness to children aged 10 to 18 years. This work also takes Heather to Myanmar, where she provides training for students and teachers at the Brainworks Total Group of Schools.

(1) Heather Yelland at MIG Inc 4-03-2023 Harmony Lunch address – YouTube (time: 59 min)



MIG Inc 14-November 2022
Heather Yelland - Gender Equality/Respectful Relationships

MIG Inc welcomed Heather Yelland to address its members on the commission activities to facilitate harmony in our communities.

This is White Ribbon Week, and Monash Interfaith Gathering has invited international speaker Heather Yelland to give a speech on Gender Equality/Respectful Relationships. Heather is the Founder and Director of The Elevation Company. She has been a ‘people’s specialist’ for over 30 years, is a leading authority in Values Based Leadership, and is a respected voice in the international arena.

If you missed the event, you may like to watch the event now. 

(1) Heather Yelland at MIG In 2022-11-14 Gender Equality Respectful Relationships – YouTube (time: 1 h: 22 min)

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