Harmony Day - Religion, Society & Interfaith

On Sunday 16th March 2014, the Frankston Interfaith Network celebrated Harmony Day with a panel discussion on 'Religion, Society & Interfaith' at Frankston Library. The discussion was faciliated by Norman Currie from Channel 31's Diversity in Harmony program.

 Harmony Day 2014 - Frankston Interfaith Network

A panel of four women from the following faiths traditions were invited to share their thoughts on Religion, Society and Interfaith:

  • Nasirah Cavaney, Victorian Representative of Islam Australia Inc.
  • Ven Bom Hyon Sunim, Buddhist nun from Korean Zen tradition & Healthcare Chaplain
  • Sr Jacqueline Russell, Coordinator of Brahma Kumaris Centre for Spiritual Learning in Baxter
  • Rev Jay Robinson, Uniting Church Frankston & Multifaith Chaplain at Monash University Peninsula Campus.

Norman Currie invited each panel member to respond to the following questions:

1. Would you outline briefly what your faith/spiritual beliefs mean to you in daily life and living?
2. Name one item of news media reporting which impacts on your faith/spiritual perspective.
3. Is there one particular government policy which impacts on your religious/spiritual beliefs?
4. In the entertainment media what is the main feature which impacts on your religious/spiritual beliefs?
5. What is one thing that you would like to be achieved for your faith/spiritual beliefs in 2014?

Norman summed up the panel discussion by saying, "Here are four women dedicated to their faith, seeking justice for our society and with a passion to help make the world a better place. The common ground is palpable."

Following the discussion, the audience was invited to ask a few questions to the panelists, and to write their thoughts on the question: "What can I do or be to create harmony in the world"? These thoughts were written on harmony cards and collected into a harmony bowl. The bowl will be used by Frankston Interfaith Network at times when wisdom and harmony is sought, by randomly selecting one of the cards for guidance. In doing this, the Interfaith Network acknowledged the collective wisdom of those present at the event.

At the conclusion of the event, afternoon tea was served and guests and panelists mingled over a cuppa and snacks. The event was professionally filmed by Channel 31, details of which will be released in the near future.

Frankston Interfaith Network would like to hear from you (old, young and in between) as to what issues you are interested in discussing in Future Forums associated with religion and spirituality and its relevance in today's world. Please email Pamela Engelander at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your suggestions.

By Pamela Engelander
Frankston Interfaith Network