YIN Event Report September 2015

Yarra Interfaith Network, supported by the City of Yarra, held an event at the Richmond Town Hall on 16 September 2105, to raise awareness of and reflect on Domestic Violence in our society today.  The event was well attended by many from the local community and interfaith connections from across Melbourne and regional Victoria.

Leona Scott, from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (often known by the nickname 'Mormons' conducted the event and Michaela McCarthy,  from the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) gave a very moving recognition of the traditional Wurundjeri custodians of what is now the City of Yarra.

Two outstanding guests presented passionately on this issue.  Phil Clearly, a White Ribbon ambassador, former AFL footballer, coach, commentator and Member of Parliament, who has felt the terrible effect of violence against women through the murder of his sister, spoke powerfully, sharing moving excerpts from his family members.  Phil reflected on the positive progress that has been made in addressing violence against women but reminded all present of the role everyone has to play in changing attitudes and that we, as a society, can't just rely on the state to drive change.

Phil suggested there is a need for all members of society to overcome any lack of vigilance we encounter and that we should always be seeking to break with what stops us from growing.

Maureen McCarthy has written a number of award winning novels and a TV series and spoke about her novel Stay with Me, the unforgettable story of a young woman finding the courage to escape her present, face her past and embrace her future.  The lead character is inspired by a young woman fleeing domestic violence, that Maureen had a chance encounter with on train.  Maureen also related tragic personal experiences from her ancestors and the lasting impact that violence against women has.

The evening concluded with a special appearance by the KeyTones, a community choir, who performed Stay with Me, and an old spiritual, The Storm is Passing Over.  Leona then invited us all to reflect on the part that we can play in helping the storm of domestic violence pass over.


Annual General Meeting Report

Approximately 40 people attended the annual general meeting in November.  Once the official business was concluded, we were very privileged to hear the story of Alf  'Uncle Boydie' Turner from Abe Schwarz.  The presentation was a fascinating mingling of indigenous heritage, the biblical exodus and making a stand for the right.  More details at www.uncleboydiesdream.com

Letting unity flow

Welcome to the online presence of the Yarra Interfaith Network. The Yarra Interfaith Network seeks to contribute to the peace and harmony of the Yarra community through the promotion of dialogue, cooperation and understanding between peoples of diverse faith and by respecting the integrity of each other’s beliefs, culture and traditions.

We invite representatives of all faith groups within the City of Yarra to contact us and support our activities and initiatives.

Current office bearers

Ray Hehr (Chairperson)
Denise Mulcahy (Secretary)
Leona Scott (Treasurer)

2014 Executive Meeting dates

Richmond Town Hall
333 Bridge Road, Richmond

Meeting Room 2, First floor

5.45pm – 7.00pm
First Wednesday of the month except January

February 5
March 5
April 2
May 7
June 4
July 2
August 6
September 3
October 1
November 5
December 3