Victorian Multifaith Multicultural Youth Network 2014

Victorian Multicultural Commission

Made up of 16 to 25 year old Victorians from all faiths and cultural backgrounds, the MMYN advises the Victorian Government on issues affecting youth from diverse cultural, religious and linguistic communities making up Victoria. Recruits for the 2014 MMYN team are now being sought.

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Interfaith and The Arts

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The arts have always been a powerful medium for bringing about more understanding, respect, and opening the hearts of people from diverse cultures. The arts may include: music, song, theatre, poetry, film, multimedia, dance, visual arts and many other forms.

When we admire an artwork, a performance or any artistic accomplishment, not only do we increase our understanding but we also increase our respect for the peoples and the cultures, which produced them.

Here are some reflections about the role of the arts from members of the Arts and Culture Committee, Parliament of the World’s Religions, Melbourne 2009.

Rev. Helen Summers
Interfaith Minister
The Interfaith Centre of Melbourne

“Art has always communicated at levels that words rarely can, especially across languages and cultures. Art knows no boundaries and can affect lives as well as understandings.”

Sr. Rosemary Crumlin, Sister of Mercy,
Curator, Images of Religion in Australian Art

‘To the arts belongs a common language that moves beyond words. I invite you to the artistic and spiritual beauty of the 7th century Muslim scholar and poet, Jalal Al-Din Rumi:

This is how it always is
When I finish a poem.
A great silence overcomes me.
And I wonder why I ever thought
To use language

“It is the silence, the intangible, the space [in which] we learn to share.”

Nur Shkembi
Muslim
Arts Officer, The Islamic Council of Victoria

“All great spiritual traditions have a suspicion of talk and an exultation of art in praise of the divine, the great integrity, the ultimate dimension, God, or simply, the Allness of things. It should not be a choice between the two, but a balance of both, and balance implies some equality.”

Ian Roberts
Buddhist
Former Director, Melbourne International Arts Festival

“It is quite difficult to express and to evoke the spirit verbally. Music and the visual arts are powerful vehicles to convey the metaphysical spirit. Through the plastic arts artists express their experiences of the world imaginatively, personally and symbolically. They gift the viewer with a glimpse into their souls. They also challenge the viewer to enter their private world to contemplate the artist’s creation and their own responses. Engagement in the visual arts is a conversation, a silent conversation about values, fears, love, the beauty and ugliness of the world in which we all live and the belief systems that underpin us all as individuals and as community members.”

Dr Helen Light AM
Jewish
Former Director, The Jewish Museum of Australia

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My Spiritual Diary – Ven Freeman Trebilcock

Freeman Trebilcock

At 24, Freeman Trebilcock is a young Buddhist monk who thinks actions speak louder than words, which is why he is often very busy. Recently on the road with the visiting Nepalese singing nun, Ani Choying Drolma, the organising demands of the tour tested Freeman’s Buddhist practice to the limit.

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