Multi-faith service to inspire

Members of Hume Interfaith Network  
Faith in Hume: Members of the Hume Interfaith Network prepare for a multi-faith service.

A multi-faith service in Broadmeadows will demonstrate the wide array of religions that people practice across the Hume municipality.

Everyone is invited to attend the service, which will take place on Tuesday 8 March 2016, between 5.30pm and 7.00pm, at the Broadmeadows Town Hall, 1074 Pascoe Vale Road.

Hume Mayor, Councillor Helen Patsikatheodorou, said she was confident that the service would inspire many.

“Hume is one of the most diverse places in Australia, because our community is home to people who have come from more than 166 different countries,” Cr Patsikatheodorou said.

“The service will feature presentations from people who represent faiths such as Christianity, Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam, and Sikhism.

“It will be an up-lifting event, and one that helps to inform attendees about various aspects of religions that are followed across Hume.

“The service shall offer people the chance to pause and reflect on their own beliefs, and give thanks for the life they enjoy in this great part of the world.”

The multi-faith gathering is an initiative of the Hume Interfaith Network, which brings together leaders of different religious and cultural organisations in Hume.

Cr Patsikatheodorou said members of the Hume Interfaith Network would participate in the service, including the network’s chair, The Venerable Judi Pollard, Vicar and Archdeacon of La Trobe, from The Anglican Parish of Westmeadows/Bulla.

“The Hume Interfaith Network aims to nurture harmony across the municipality,” she said.

“Its members meet regularly to deepen friendships and share experiences.

“The network helps to lead a community in which almost 80 per cent of residents have indicated that they follow a religion.”

In 2015, the Hume Interfaith Network’s youth ambassadors visited a number of temples and mosques in Hume, to learn about different religions and get to know other people of faith.

Several youth ambassadors are expected to come to the multi-faith service.

Cr Patsikatheodorou encouraged anyone with an interest in faith to also attend the service.

“Everyone is welcome and there is no charge to enter,” she said.

“Many people in Hume have strong values, and the service will be a terrific way to get to know others of faith, including people who are excellent role models in our community.”

For further information about the multi-faith service, call 03 9205 2200.

Posted on 12:00 AM, 22 February 2016

Updated : 4:38 PM, 24 February 2016

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