Friday, June 19, 2009

Geelong Interfaith Network

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Yesterday I attended the launch of the Geelong Interfaith Network website at City Hall. We had several very good guest speakers and I was most impressed by Professor Cahill from RMIT where he lectures in Intercultural Studies - a calm peaceful man who spoke without jargon. Another speaker was a young woman who lived in a refugee camp in Thailand for twenty years! She comes from the Karen people of Burma. She said 'There are no universities in refugee camps!' and now she is happy to be doing tertiary studies here and feeling free for the first time in her life. Respect for other religions and cultures is a priority of the network. Surely this is the way to view people - instead of the mistakes that have been made in Australia over the last ten years about 'boat people' and even more recently the attacks on Indian students in Melbourne. this is NOT the Australian way!



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