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The National Multicultural Festival will take place in Canberra over the weekend of 8 - 10 February. Canberra Interfaith will conduct a day-long Interfaith Forum on 10 February.

The National Multicultural Festival will take place in Canberra over the weekend of 8 - 10 February. Canberra Interfaith will conduct a day-long Interfaith Forum on 10 February.

Sunday 10th February 2013 at London Circuit (Corner of Ainslie Avenue), Civic

Program for Interfaith Public Forum - 2013 Multicultural Festival

Morning Session (10.00 am – 12.00 noon)

  • Baha’i Devotional Meeting, presented by the ACT Baha’i Community
  • Brief introduction to ‘Raja Yoga Meditation’ followed by meditation, presented by Panna Patel, Coordinator of the ACT Brahma Kumaris Raja Yoga Centre
  • Brief introduction to Zen and its practices, such as sitting and walking meditation, presented by Canberra Soto Zen Group
  • Presentation of Hymn Singing as an integral part of Tongan Christian worship by Toe Tatalanoa Congregation, Canberra City Uniting Church
  • Presentation about how Hindu Puja is performed
  • Demonstration of how and why Muslims pray the way they do
  • Performance of Gurbani Kirtan (devotional singing) by Canberra Sikh Community
  • Demonstration of the Jewish rite on the eve of the Sabbath, by Janet Frommer, National Council of Jewish Women.
  • Meeting for Worship presented by Canberra Quakers (Religious Society of Friends)
  • Devotional singing by Sathya Sai Organisation
  • Spiritual practice of 'Giving Light', presented by Canberra Sukyo Mahikari Community

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Afternoon Session (1.00pm - 4.00pm)

Interfaith Symposium on ‘How Can My Spiritual Tradition Contribute to Community Partnership for the Future?"

1. Welcome and Introduction by Dean Sahu Khan - (Chair of Canberra Interfaith Forum)

2. Opening of Interfaith Symposium - Ms Joy Burch MLA, Minister for Multicultural Affairs

3. Chairperson to invite representatives from faith groups:

  • Indigenous:- Mr Rod Little, Chair of ACT Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Elected Body
  • Baha’i - Dr Natalie Mobini
  • Brahma Kumaris - Ms Robyn Horton
  • Buddhism - Venerable Tenpa Bejanke
  • Christianity - Rev Gregor Henderson
  • Hinduism- Ms Jayanti Gupta
  • Islam - Mr Ahmed Youssef
  • Judaism - Ms Simcha Udwin
  • Pagan Awareness Network- Mr David Garland
  • Quakers - Ms Shobha Varkey
  • Sathya Sai - Dr Mohan Bhullar
  • Sikhism - Mr Amardeep Singh
  • Sukyo Mahikari - Mr Paul Taylor

4. Question and Answer session

5. Conclusion and Summation - Mr Harry Oppermann

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Canberra Interfaith Forum, National Multicultural Festival

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